1. USGA Jr Amateur Champion 2018, Baltusrol CC (16y)
2. DriveChipPutt Winner with Tom Watson 2014 (14y)
3. USGA Jr Amateur Final FoxSport TV
4. Massachusetts Open, Low Amateur medalist (15y). 5th Overall.
Michael Thorbjornsen Golf on Facebook
Name: Michael Andreas Chiang Thorbjornsen
College: Verbal Commit to Stanford University.
Some of the Big Tournament Michael is already exempt to play in 2019
-US OPEN (June 10-16, 2019. Pebble Beach, CA)
(Playing with the Professionals including Tiger Woods)
-US Junior Amateur (Jul. 15-20, 2019. Inverness Club, Toledo, OH)
(Michael is the Defending Champion. This competition is for 19 and below )
-US Amateur (Aug. 12-18, 2019. Pinehurst NC)
(Top Amateur players in the world)
The President's Cup (Dec. 9 - 15, 2019) Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Australia)
Team Event, representing the US
-2018 USGA Jr Amateur Champion
-2019 Player Representative for the (AJGA) America Junior Golf Association Board.
-2018 All American First Team
-Rolex Junior Golf Ranking (2/20/2019) Current: 2nd Best: 2nd
-World Amateur Golf Ranking (2/20/2019) Current: 24th Best: 24th
School: Junior at IMG with a 4.2 GPA
Home Town: Wellesley, MA
Birth Town: Cleveland, OH
Born: 09/16/2001 (17yo)
2018 Junior Ryder Cup Team member 2018 France
2018 AJGA Ping Invitational Champion
2018 US Amateur 4th seed. 33rd
2018 Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T
2018 Doral-Publix Junior Classic 3rd
2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions 5th
2018 AJGA Junior at Blue Hill 2nd
2018 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship 8th
2018 Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament 8th
2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championship 6th
2018 Massachusetts Open Championship 5th, Won Low Amateur
2017 IMG World 6th
2016 Doral/Publix Junior Classic- Champion
2016 Mass Open (Amateur Event) 17th. (Age 14)
2015 Canadian Junior World Championship- Champion
2015 Mass Young Golfers Amateur- Champion
2015 Junior Round UP (14-15yo) – (69)Champion
2013 US KidsGolf World Championship 11-year-olds- Champion
2012 US KidsGolf World Championship 10-year-olds- Champion
After winning the USGA Junior Amateur, I was exempted to play at the US OPEN 2019 and US Amateur 2018 and 2019, US Junior Amateur 2019.
Playing golf is expensive and more so playing at a high level at amateur events, I am dependent on my mother to drive me to practices and tournaments, some which are 3 or 4-day tournaments and require additional days for qualifiers and practice rounds. At amateur events, my fellow competitors are older, and at driving age which makes it easier and cheaper.
Expenses include tournament fees, hotel accommodation for tournaments, food and transportation, flights and out-of-pocket expenses related to tournaments and living away from home.
In MA, I live with my mom and three sisters. Since I live away from home I have travel expenses to and fro MA to visit family.
In 2016 I had to leave my family and move to FL to attend IMG Golf Academy, this enabled me to practice and compete for all year round and to compete against the best. The more I compete and do well, in tournaments, the better my rankings. As my standings in the rankings improve, I qualify to play high profile tournaments where I can compete against the best and get valuable experience.
From the age of 2, I wanted to be a golf professional. I have been competing since the age of 6.
My goal is to be a top world-class golfer and represent the USA in the international golf world. With great achievement and recognition, I hope to make a change for others less fortunate.