Teen headed to U.S. Junior Amateur championship

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Noah Gillard tells the story like he’s describing a walk around the block.

The 15-year-old qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur golf championship by winning a sudden death playoff following 36 holes on June 19 at Prestwick Country Club in Avon. The Junior Amateur is as big an event as there is in the country for a golfer of Noah’s age, but

you’d never guess from the even-keeled manner in which he describes the playoff.

Tied with one other golfer for the second and final qualifying spot after shooting rounds of 72 and 75, Gillard and his opponent began the playoff at the first hole.

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