New York golfer Cameron Young on the hunt

TULSA, Oklahoma — Cameron Young has a chance to bring a major championship home to the New York metro area.

Of course, the 25-year-old Young, who learned the game in the footsteps of his father David, longtime director of golf at Sleep Hollow Country Club at Briarcliff Manor, wants to win the PGA Championship for himself and his family.

But a win on Sunday would put Young at the top of a short list of the greatest golfing achievements ever by a Met Area player.

Young, after blasting a 3-under par 67 in the third round on Saturday to move up to 5-under for the tournament, is in the best position to do so in the final round at Southern Hills on Sunday, where he is fourth and fourth shots behind leader Mito Pereira who is 9-under.

A win in the PGA would be hugely significant for the Young family considering Dave’s 35 years as a PGA pro was not only his career, it was the springboard that got Cam into the game in the first place.

Cameron Young
Cameron Young
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“It’s the PGA Championship that means a lot to me because of my family connection,” said Young. “It’s up to the PGA [my dad] had the job he had for the last many years. Without that, I don’t start playing Sleepy Hollow at four or younger. I don’t have the access I had growing up. I started playing PGA junior events when I was nine, eight or something like that.

“Through this organization I’ve been given so much access to golf that being able to go from local PGA juniors, national PGA juniors to the Junior Ryder Cup and even play in a PGA championship is really cool for me . It kind of stuck with me the whole way.

“If I were going to win a major championship, I would take any of them. This one specifically with my parents here this week would be pretty amazing.”

David Young, who coaches his son, and his wife Barbara sat on a wall in front of the Southern Hills clubhouse after Cameron’s round and beamed.

“This is kind of off the charts,” David told the Post. “He’s been looking forward to this for a long time. The PGA Championship is something very special for us. It’s a big championship to begin with, and then being led by the organization I’ve been a part of for 35 years gives it a little more meaning.

“We were all lucky. I’ve been with Sleepy Hollow for 20+ years and they support everything I’ve done while spending time with Cam. You have been so supportive of me. I’m sure not all professionals have the support I get from my club to go to the unscheduled events.

“I’ve been really, really lucky for the PGA of America and Sleepy for the opportunities I’ve had and had the cam.”

Now, in his rookie year on the PGA Tour, Cam has a chance to change his life with a win on Sunday. He’s already had an incredible freshman year with three second-place finishes and one third-place finish, making his first Masters appearance despite missing the cut.

“I feel like I’m in the middle of a nice stretch of golf and it feels like I should,” said Cam.

“One can only dream,” said David Young about a possible victory. “He has a real chance. He’s playing great and hasn’t had that Sunday that blew everyone’s socks off yet. But he’s due. He’s had a couple of good finishes this year, just waiting for that one hot Sunday lap.”

The highlight of Cam’s third round was the short par-4 17th, which he hit with an eagle on 5-under after drilling a 4-wood onto the green and hitting the putt. David Young stood on the green to witness it all.

“I was up on the green for the tee shot,” said David. “And I was right behind the ball and the hole for the putt and I could see the putt disappear. Maybe that actually got me going.”

Perhaps David Young will have reason to jump a little higher on Sunday when his son wins his first Major. New York golfer Cameron Young on the hunt


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