Thomas Hutchison will be part of Team California at upcoming USGA Men's State Team Championship
Thomas Hutchison after NCGA Junior Championship <br>(NCGA Photo)
Thomas Hutchison after NCGA Junior Championship
(NCGA Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (September 21, 2016) -- Youth is the name of the game for the 2016 Team California's three-man USGA Men's State Team Championship team. All three players, including Northern California's Thomas Hutchinson, heading to the Country Club of Birmingham for next weeks event are just 17-years of age.

Hutchinson, the the 2015-2016 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year, has committed to UC Davis for the fall of 2017 and this past July he won the prestigious Northern California Junior Boys' Title. With the victory Hutchinson, of San Jose, CA, joined a list of past winners that includes Ken Venturi (1949), Johnny Miiler (1963) and Bobby Clampett (1976).

Fellow 17-year-olds Ashwin Arasu (San Diego, CA) who played in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and 2017 Texas A&M commit Dan Erickson (Wittier, CA) will also be making the trip to Alabama. In 2015 Erickson became the youngest non-collegian player to win the Southern California Match Play title when he won as a 16-year-old.

The trio will compete for non-playing captain Keenan Barber.

ABOUT THE USGA Men's State Team

The USGA State Team Championships grew out of the Association's Centennial Celebration in 1995, and have been held on an every-other- year basis since. 52 men’s teams (including teams from Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) compete for the trophy named in honor of former USGA President James Hand. Fifty women’s teams compete for the trophy named for past USGA President Judy Bell.

State golf associations select three of their top non-college amateurs to represent them in this biennial team championship. The top two scores of the three players count toward the team total for each of the three days.

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