Noah Goodwin of Corinth added to his impressive list of accomplishments over Memorial Day weekend when he shot a 59, breaking the course record from the tips at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth.
Goodwin, 16, is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin boys junior golf rankings. He was the runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur. The junior at Laurel Springs School, an online school, has committed to SMU.
He birdied the first three holes and shot 5-under 31 on the front nine. He birdied 11 and 12 to get to 7 under.
"On hole 13, I had a chip shot for eagle, and that was the first time I thought about 59," he wrote in an email. "The people in my group were talking about the course record of 61. I chipped in to be 9 under. The chip in for eagle was a major highlight of the round."
Goodwin, who played with Oakmont assistant pro Jeff Marshall and club members James Cook, Mitzi Campbell and Jenn McLaughlin, birdied No. 14 and had a putt for eagle lip out on No. 15. He followed that with a birdie on 16 after nearly holing out from the fairway. He made a birdie from 14 feet on 17 to get to 13-under. He missed a 20-foot putt for birdie on 18 to finish with a 59, breaking the course record by Tim Koressel, the GM at Stonebriar CC.
On Monday, Goodwin shot a 5-under 137 in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Lakewood Country Club to miss a playoff for an alternate spot by two shots.
His summer golf plans include the Sunnehanna Amateur in Johnstown, Pa., in June, the U.S. Junior Amateur in July and the Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur in August.