Tadd Fujikawa, a 15-year-old who just completed his freshman year at Moanalua High School, beat out nine other players in the smallest U.S. Open sectional qualifier to earn a trip to Winged Foot next week.And...
"Maybe in my wildest dreams I thought about it," Fujikawa said.
Fujikawa missed by one year becoming the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Open. Tyrell Garth was 14 when he qualified to play in the 1941 U.S. Open at Colonial.
Lori Fujikawa said her son didn't start getting serious about golf until four years ago when he began taking lessons. He was previously into judo. Despite being just over 5 feet, the teen averages about 285 yards off the tee.
Fujikawa said he doesn't know what to expect, but he likes the idea of being inside the ropes with the best players in the world.
"I don't really have a favorite player, but of course it will be pretty cool to be in the same tournament as Tiger Woods," he said.