The Wotnosky name is starting to carry some weight in the amateur golf world.
Haeley is a rising senior at Virginia and has played in one U.S. Women’s Amateur and three U.S. Girls’ Junior championships. Grayson is entering his sophomore year for the Cavaliers.
And then there’s Davis. At 12 years, 6 months, 16 days old, he is now the second-youngest player to compete in U.S. Junior Amateur history. Wotnosky began the week at The Country Club of North Carolina with a 2-over 74 on the Dogwood Course with Haeley on the bag.
“It’s really fun. I’ve always been really good friends with my brother and sister,” Wotnosky said of his family support. “She keeps me loose and it’s always awesome to have another eye from someone who is a golfer and has played in tournaments.”
Wotnosky began the day on the par-4 10th with a bogey then settled in with a pair of pars followed by a pair of birdies on Nos. 13 and 14, his only two of the day.
Davis Wotnosky hits from the woods on hole 15 during the first round of stroke play at the 2021 U.S. Junior at The Country Club of North in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Chris Keane/USGA)
“On No. 13, I hit an OK tee shot to about 50 feet. I hit the putt way too hard and it hit the back of the hole and bounced up and went down. So, I got really lucky there,” explained Wotnosky. “On 14 it’s a tough hole. I hit it center of fairway and then hit it to 30 feet. I had it lip in and that is always nice to have.”
Playing about 90 minutes down the road from his Wake Forest, North Carolina, home, Wotnosky remarked special it is to make his Junior Amateur debut in North Carolina.
“I wanted to play in this event, especially here, for a long time,” said Wotnosky. “I was pretty nervous on the first tee. I usually do not get nervous. I certainly felt it there.
“It’s been fun. I know this golf course and I have played it a few times. And to have all the people I know here is great.”
The youngest to ever play the event is Matthew Pierce Jr., who competed in the Junior Am in 2001 at the age of 12 years, two months, 15 days. In 1996, Kevin Na was 12 years, 10 months and 13 days old. He’s now fourth on the list of youngest competitors in the event.