U.S. Junior Amateur: Luke Clanton takes down the No. 1 seed, then a local Pinehurst favorite

Get to know the player who took down the two U.S. Junior Amateur favorites in the same day.

U.S. Junior Amateur: Luke Clanton takes down the No. 1 seed, then a local Pinehurst favorite

Welcome to the Luke Clanton show.

If you’re unfamiliar with the 17-year-old from Miami Lakes, Florida, let me hit you with some knowledge. He’s committed to Florida State, has won the Class 2A state title in two of the last three years and is off to a blistering start at this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur at The Country Club of North Carolina in the Village of Pinehurst.

“It was kind of funny because me and (caddie Ben) were talking on the first tee and we kind of knew the whole day was going to be one-sided with the crowd,” explained Clanton.

Clanton took down top-seed Kelly Chinn in the morning Round of 32 on Thursday, 1 up, and then defeated Pinehurst local favorite Jackson Van Paris, 2 and 1, in the Round of 16.

U.S. Junior: Match results

“But it was an unbelievable experience with everyone out here. I can’t even think – I was looking down an iron shot and I saw like a bunch of people surrounding the green, so that’s kind of cool,” he continued. “I just said, ‘one shot at a time,’ and I played really well today. I think I only had one bogey and five birdies. It was just kind of one of those days where I took it one shot at a time, and Jackson is a great opponent, great player, known him for a while. It was fun today, and I just played a little bit better today. That’s it.”

Already this year, Clanton has three top-5 finishes, including a T-2 at the Dustin Johnson Junior Worlds. Last year he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational Junior and posted three top-10 finishes.

“He’s a great player, and he’s definitely a guy that you go into the match knowing you have to play good to beat,” said Van Paris after the match. “He’s not going to lay over. He’s a great competitor. I have no doubt that he’ll continue playing well and keep it going for the rest of the week.”

Awaiting Clanton in the quarterfinals is Vanderbilt-bound Gordon Sargent, a two-time defending Alabama State Amateur champion and three-time Rolex Junior All-American.

For Clanton, he believes in himself just as much as Van Paris.

“My goal is to win,” he said.

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2021 Olympics: USA Golf gets wind, forest, fire and mountain themes from Adidas

The men and women of Team USA will be sporting looks from Adidas as they compete to make history at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

2021 Olympics: USA Golf gets wind, forest, fire and mountain themes from Adidas

As the official uniform provider for USA Golf at the Tokyo Olympics, Adidas worked with Tokyo-based artist Hiroko Takahashi on how the red, white and blue will be presented at the Games. Takahashi is known for her minimalistic touches in her art. She used elements such as circles and straight lines to represent infinite possibilities as USA Golf works to make history in this year’s competition.

The golfers will play Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo, and each round’s uniform scripting will represent a different characteristic: Round 1 – wind, Round 2 – forest, Round 3 – fire, and Round 4 – mountain.

Golf in the Games begins with the four-round men’s competition July 30-August 1, and the women will compete August 4-7.

(Shop the Hiroko Takahashi Collection at Adidas for $40-$180.)

The USA men’s outfits for the Tokyo Olympics (Adidas)

The men’s team will be fitted in Ultimate365 and Heat.Rdy polos so players can remain cool as Tokyo’s temperatures rise. The material is made of Aqua-X yarns that are built to wick away sweat.

  • Round 1 men: An Ultimate365 polo in a white base with bold blue stripes.
  • Round 2 men: A sport-inspired light gray printed polo with a blade collar.
  • Round 3 men: A bright red polo featuring Takahashi’s unique representation of fire.
  • Round 4 men: A blue polo that complements an athletic look with a single red stripe from the collar and into the sleeves for added design detail.

The men will have a blue pant option to wear as their bottoms. The pant is made with Adidas’ beltway material deigned for a soft and ventilated feel.

The USA women’s outfits for the Tokyo Olympics (Adidas)

The women will wear a mixture of Heat.Rdy and Aeroready materials to beat the Tokyo heat and play comfortably.

  • Round 1 women: A crew mock short-sleeve polo with a white base and blue stripes, paired with a 16-inch Ultimate Solid Skort with a bright red under short for an additional color.
  • Round 2 women: A choice between a mock collar long-sleeve shirt, short-sleeve or sleeveless polo featuring a sport collar construction. The women will pair this with a 3-inch pull-on woven short in blue with a USA logo and side slits in red.
  • Round 3 women: The players will be decked out in all red.
  • Round 4 women: A dress with a mock collar and hidden-zip closure. The dress is sleeveless and has an athletic cut.

“I think that I was able to design with a different perspective from when I design products for everyone to wear,” Takahashi said. “I believe that golf is a unique sport in a sense that it’s an individual sport, but you can also play it with a team. With that in my mind, I designed the USA Golf uniforms with links of circles and lines, imagining the powers of individuals coming together as one and spreading into infinite possibilities.”  

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