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.
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."
"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."