Wilson Furr
Wilson Furr

Jackson’s Wilson Furr, a senior at Jackson Academy, won both his matches Monday in the Junior Ryder Cup at Interlachen Golf Club in Edina, Minn., helping the Americans to a 7-5 lead over the Europeans entering today’s final round of play.

Furr is one of six boys chosen to play on the U.S. team along with six girls. They played two foursomes matches Monday and finish with singles play today. The Americans need to win five of the 12 singles matches today to retain possession of the Junior Ryder Cup.

Monday morning, Furr teamed with future Alabama teammate Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tenn., to beat Kristoffer Reitan of Norway and Marcus Svensson of Sweden, winning the match four-up with three holes left to play. Monday afternoon, Furr teamed with Emillia Migliaccio of Raleigh, N.C. to defeat the French team of Adrienne Pendaries and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard one-up.

In today’s singles match, Furr plays Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen of Denmark. Furr won three of the first four holes to go three-up. You can follow the match at http://www.rydercup.com/2016-junior-ryder-cup-interlachen.

For more about the Junior Ryder Cup and Furr, click here.


Winning at golf is nothing new for Furr. This column is from 2013.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.