Update (6/16/19): Thorbjornsen finished the tournament with a +5 on Round 4, for a total of +20. Congrats to the young player on what we hope will be just the first of many big tourneys.
Update (6/15/19): It was a rough day for Thorbjornsen, who bogied 12 of 18 holes, including a 9 on the par 5 14th hole. He finished with an 83, which puts him at +13 through 3 rounds. One highlight: This sweet approach shot on the 8th hole, which he birdied in 3 shots and just missed eagling it. More good news: The young Wellesley golfer still has Sunday to finish strong.
Update (6/14/19): Thorbjornsen shoots 2 over par, for a 73 on Day 2, and 144 overall. He had 3 birdies, 5 bogies. The projected cut to play the final 2 days had been a score of +1 or better, but Thorbjornsen made the cut. The amateur golfer tees off Saturday at 12:26 eastern standard time alongside Chip McDaniel.
Update (6/13/19): Thorbjornsen hits even par on Day 1, sandwiching himself between Tiger Woods at -1 and Phil Mickelson at +1.
We’ll barely have time to recover from the Bruins’ Stanley Cup finale on Wednesday before the next big sporting event of interest to Wellesley fans takes place: The U.S. Open Championship in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Wellesley native Michael Thorbjornsen, who has been honing his golf skills at Florida’s IMG Academy in recent years, is scheduled to tee off just after 4pm eastern standard time on Thursday, June 13. Americans Chez Reavie and David Toms will be playing alongside him.
The teenager last year earned his way into the tournament, which runs June 13-16, by winning the U.S. Junior Amateur title. He’s scheduled to graduate from high school next year and has verbally committed to attending Stanford University and playing golf there. The Boston Globe reports that Thorbjornsen is actually slated to move back to Wellesley for his senior year in high school.
We reached out to Wellesley Country Club to see if they might have anything special going on to rally members around Thorbjornsen. They didn’t indicate any such thing in their reply, but did issue this statement: “The Wellesley Country Club community would like to congratulate Wellesley’s own Michael Thorbjornsen on making it to the US Open and we wish him much success!”
We did reach out to Michael via his Facebook page as well, and will share any of his pre-tournament thoughts with you if we hear back…