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Where Will They Be?
Text by Joe Lemire
July 14, 2008
You may not know their names or their faces just yet, but you will—and soon. These 15 teens are among the best in their sports in their age groups, and each one is on track to be a star at a major college, earn professional riches or go for gold at an Olympic Games. (In some cases, maybe all three)
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July 14, 2008

Where Will They Be?

You may not know their names or their faces just yet, but you will—and soon. These 15 teens are among the best in their sports in their age groups, and each one is on track to be a star at a major college, earn professional riches or go for gold at an Olympic Games. (In some cases, maybe all three)

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Cory Whitsett
16 GOLFER
Houston

Achievements Cory won last summer's U.S. Junior Amateur, an event previously taken by the likes of Johnny Miller, David Duval and Tiger Woods (three times). A junior at Memorial High who is ranked No. 2 by the American Junior Golf Association, the lefthander won the Texas 5A state title in May and the prestigious Western Junior in June.

Reminiscent of Justin Leonard. Cory's wise-beyond-his-years approach evokes a comparison to his fellow Lone Star State native, who excels in the mental game. "I think I'm pretty tough," Cory says. "I've had to scrap out a lot of rounds, and that's what I pride myself on."

Coach's comment "All the physical skills are there, but the intangible aspects are what Cory has always excelled at," says his personal coach, Paul Marchand, the head pro at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. "The kid is so far beyond his age in terms of development."

Next step Cory still has two more years of high school and junior golf ahead of him, then, he says, he'll "definitely" play in college. "His real focus is working up the ladder," says Marchand. "Given good health, his potential is quite high."

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