Jackson Van Paris, who just six weeks ago shot a record-breaking 61 at the North & South Amateur to shatter the course record for Pinehurst No. 4, has broken yet another record at the renowned “Eastern Home of American Golf.”
Van Paris, a 19-year-old rising star (yes, you read that right—he is only 19 years old), is a Junior at Vanderbilt University and is a native of Pinehurst. He clearly appeared to have the home-field advantage this past Sunday as he teed off at the resort’s par-3 course, The Cradle. His remarkable display of talent and grace was on full display as he dismantled the track, shooting 9 under for a total score of, wait for it, 18! To put that in perspective, Bryson DeChambeau recently took it on and shot 2 under…Granted, Bryson isn’t known for his short game, and it was a small par 3 track with a par of 27, but all that considered, 9 under through 9 holes is going to be awfully tough to beat. I mean, literally, like EVER! Ill go so far as to claim that one really famous golfer with the name of a large cat probably wouldn’t get close to 9 under! Maybe if it were his day, he was firing on all cylinders and made every putt he looked at. He may get to (-5) under; heck, we will give him even 6 under…
Sorry, Tiger, The gauntlet has been thrown down. Hit me up to schedule the exhibition match Bobby Jones style… In the meantime, check out the layout below and comment at the bottom of the BLOG what you think you would shoot and if you think Tiger (or any other PGA superstar) could break the course record.
Van Paris, who is now ranked No. 44 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, will compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in the Denver suburb of Cherry Creek next week. He didn’t make the finals at the North and South, but he did win the Sunnehanna Amateur and place in the top 10 at the Northeast Amateur earlier this summer.
Which course at Pinehurst will be Van Paris’s next target, you may ask? “I’d like to conquer the deuce next!” He says it casually over a bowl of oatmeal. “I have my sights set on a score of 29 going out. I like the front nine; it just seems to set up for my eye better. Yeah, I’ll knock down a 29 on the front soon. I can feel it…It’s coming.”
Oh yeah…BTW, he shot an 18-hole round on the nine-hole par-31 course, including seven birdies and a hole-in-one on the sixth hole. Watch out #2 You’ve got a Jackson who is taking dead aim at you… I am not a betting man, but I’d put a Jackson on Jackson to do pretty well anytime he steps foot on the hallowed Pinehurst grounds. See what I did there? There’s no doubt the kids a stick; let’s see what he can do in the coming months. Remember his name. We may be hearing a lot more from this phenom very soon…
Jackson Van Paris, 2021 AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods Champion
RECORDS BROKEN AT PINEHURST 👇👇👇
Well, it’s two down, eight to go for this Vanderbilt phenom at Pinehurst Resort. He has his sights set on breaking the course record on every course at the Resort. Van Paris is having quite the summer on the course; he also won the Sunnehanna Amateur, posting another 61 there. What will Van Paris do next? We can’t wait to see which record at Pinehurst’s 10 courses—soon to be 11—he checks off next. For the record, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, and Gibby Gilbert share the low round at No. 2, the site of the 2024 U.S. Open, with a score of 62.
Dream big, Jackson! Dream Big! We are pulling for ya’!