17 year old Bobby Wyatt of Mobile Alabama just one upped everybody this week. In the second round of the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship at the 6638 yard Country Club of Mobile, Wyatt shot a 14 under 57! Just for the record, that’s two shots better than Paul Goydos’ recent 59 at the John Deere Classic, and one shot better than Ryo Ishikawa’s 58 on the Japan PGA Tour earlier this year. Sure, Wyatt isn’t a pro. Hell, he’s barely old enough to drive, but no matter where you are or what course you are playing, shooting 57 is no small feat.
Wyatt made 12 birdies and an eagle on the par 71 layout, where his family have been members since Bobby was a little kid. His front-nine 26 included seven birdies and an eagle. He birdied #10 and #11 to get to 11 under through 11 holes, and closed with birdies on #13, #16 and #17 before leaving his birdie putt hanging on the lip on 18 for a 56.
“It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes,” said Trey Mullinax, who played alongside Wyatt. “It was the smoothest swing I’ve seen from Bobby in a long time, and I’ve known him for a very long time.”
“I’ve played (the Country Club of Mobile) at least a thousand times,” Wyatt said. “I was hitting the shots I’ve hit all my life. It really allowed me to just play shot by shot.”
Wyatt and Mullinax will be moving into an apartment at the University of Alabama on Aug. 13 to start their freshman year with the Crimson Tide.
It’s possible Wyatt’s score set a world record as the lowest score in competitive play on a golf course of more than 6,500 yards, which the Guinness Book of World Records uses as the standard. The course as played by Wyatt today measured 6,643 yards.
The Guinness Book has recognized a pair of 58s, posted by Jason Bohn in the final round to win the Canadian Tour’s Bayer Championship, and by Shigeki Maruyama who posted the round in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier.
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