By Robert Wilson
Jackson Academy alumnus Wilson Furr shot a two-under par 69 Thursday and is tied for 39th in the CoBank Colorado Open in Denver. The top 60 players and ties make the cut in the event.
Furr played in the Texarkana Children’s Charity Open, an APT Tour event in Arkansas, and the Alabama Open earlier this month. He shot 1 over and tied for 57th and won $530 at Texarkana July 14-17 and shot 8 under and tied for fourth and won $1,225 at the Alabama Open last week.
Furr, who turned 23 July 8, made his professional debut at the U.S. Open as an automatic qualifier earlier this summer at Torrey Pines, Calif. Furr shot 77 and 82 in the first two rounds and didn’t make the cut. He received one of the 54 automatic qualifying spots when four players withdrew. Furr finished as the co-medalist in the 36-hole qualifier Tuesday at the Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C. He was one of 685 players in nine qualifiers across the country, one in Japan and one in Canada trying to get in the 54 spots.
Furr helped Alabama reach four consecutive NCAA Regionals, including a national runner-up finish in 2018. He shot a 9-under 62 in the second round of the 2020 U.S. Amateur on his way to becoming the second player in Alabama men’s golf history to win stroke play medalist honors.
Furr was a second-team Rolex All-American in 2015 while at JA and finished second in the 2015 Junior PGA Championship. At age 16, Furr became the youngest player in the 100-year history of the Mississippi State Amateur to win the event, winning by eight strokes and missing the tournament record by two strokes.
In 2018, Furr won the Mississippi State Amateur for the second time, qualifying him to play in the PGA Sanderson Farms Classic in Jackson.
Furr was ranked as the No. 6 high school prospect in the country in the 2017 class by Golfweek.com.
He was one of six players named to the boys United States Junior Ryder Cup team in the summer of 2016.