Residence: Birmingham, Ala.
High School: Mountain Brook High School
College Commitment: Vanderbilt
WAGR® 18-and-under Ranking: No. 9 (as of 7/7)
Accomplishments: 2020 and 2021 Alabama State Amateur Champion. Three-time Rolex Junior All American. 2020 PING Invitational Runner-up.
Gordon Sargent knows a thing or two about Pinehurst. He’s been coming to the “Home of American Golf” for years, staying with his future college roommate and CCNC resident Jackson Van Paris. Gordon’s first visit to Pinehurst was for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship when he was 10 and has competed in tournaments here ever since.
Gordon has been playing his best golf recently as he has climbed to a career-best 79th in the WAGR® Rankings. He has finished inside the top 11 in seven of his last eight events, including a win at the Alabama State Amateur for the second year in a row.
How is your relationship with Jackson Van Paris?
“Jackson and I have known each other for a while. We committed to Vanderbilt within the same week, we were talking about it for a while and planned to room together right away. We’ve hung out and roomed together at almost every tournament since. We have a great relationship and I’m looking forward to continuing it at Vanderbilt.”
What do you think about CCNC and its golf courses?
“The CCNC courses are pretty sweet. It’s a perfect spot for the Junior Amateur to have its first expanded field since there are two championship golf courses. They’re pretty similar but at the same time a little different. I think Dogwood is a great place to have match play because there’s a good amount of risk and reward, so it should be pretty interesting.”
What are the strengths of your game?
“I feel like I drive the ball well, and usually, I’m a pretty good putter. I think if those both get in a good spot, it should be fun in match play.”
How does the U.S. Junior Amateur stand out from the other tournaments?
“It’s the one that everyone highlights because that’s the one you want to win because of the prestige of it, and obviously, the U.S. Open exemption is pretty cool. All the top players are getting together to play, and I think a lot of people are attracted to the match play because it’s a lot different than most tournaments. It’s a pretty cool experience.”
What would it mean to be a U.S. Junior Amateur Champion?
“It would mean a lot. I played two years ago when I was 16 and going against 18-year-olds. I went into the week playing to win, but I was also looking up to the older guys. Now that I am one of those older guys it would be pretty cool to make a run, especially because my friends and family would be able to watch me play on T.V.
By Taft Gantt