Biography

Photo by John Michael Simpson

Favorites

Food – Quail
Movies – Caddyshack, Lone Survivor
Restaurants – Carrabba’s
Hobbies – Reading, fishing, Alabama athletics
Clothier – The Locker Room Tuscaloosa
Passions – Houston Texans
Pet peeves – People making improper unprotected left turns
Favorite sports teams – Alabama Crimson Tide and Houston Texans
Favorite golfers – Fred Couples

Quick Hits

Pro or college sports? Love them both
Tiger or Jack? Tiger
Win a Masters or US Open? Masters
Italian or Mexican food? Love them both
Faster Jay Seawell talking or Mike McGraw eating? Depends on the day
Favorite sister? That’s a trick question

After a stellar junior, collegiate and amateur career, professional golf is next for Cory Whitsett. Growing up in Houston, Texas, Cory first arrived on the golf scene winning multiple local, state, and national tournaments. Working with instructor Paul Marchand, he rapidly progressed through the junior ranks eventually becoming the number one ranked junior golfer in the United States. The pinnacle of his junior career was winning two Texas high school golf championships, and the 2007 USGA US Junior. As a junior, he was selected to represent his country in the Spirit International with Peter Uihlein, and the US Junior Ryder Cup term in 2008. He lead a dominant US team effort, which overwhelmed the European juniors 22 to 2. Cory anchored the final day singles matches by defeating Matteo Manassero to help solidify the US victory.

The Crimson Tide of Alabama became his next place to refine his game. Under the direction of coach Jay Seawell, he became one of the most decorated golfers in Tide history. Winning multiple collegiate tournaments, he was one of the top ranked college golfers during his career. The highlight of his career was the 2013 NCAA National Championship, which was Alabama’s first men’s golf National Championship title. His dominant performance in match play (3-0) helped the Tide forge its way into college golf history. So dominant was his performance, no match play opponent made it past the sixteenth hole against him. In his first three matches, he played the first thirty-one holes in fourteen under par without recording a bogey.

With the 2013 NCAA title achieved, Cory set out to claim his lifelong personal goal of becoming a US Walker Cup member. This pursuit saw him become the number one ranked amateur in the world (by world amateur golf rankings) and was selected to the US Palmer Cup team. Accompanied by teammates Bobby Wyatt, Justin Thomas and lead by coach Jay Seawell, the US dominated the European team 20.5 to 9.5 and was benefited by Cory’s 3-0-1 record.

Shortly after he proceeded to finally win the Northeast Amateur, a prestigious tournament he had competed in since he was sixteen. A final round 63 set a record for low final round by a champion, and set a low score record for the tournament. After continuing his strong summer, he received a call from Walker Cup Captain Jim Holtgrieve, selecting him to the 2013 Walker Cup team. After a memorable week in Southampton, New York, the 2013 event was contested at the historic National Golf Links of America. The historic club, home of the first Walker Cup match in 1923 provided a breathtaking venue for the competition. The US team was dominant and scored a 17-9 victory over the GB&I team. Cory’s 2-1-1 record was critical in his team’s resounding victory.