Despite qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Open sectional qualifier at TPC Harding Park and Lake Merced weeks ago, Andrew Buchanan, the 17-year-old golfing prospect from Menlo School, won’t be teeing it up come Monday.
Buchanan, who won the Central Coast Section boys’ golf title this month, injured his right elbow during a pickup basketball game at a friend’s graduation party Sunday night.
“It’s really a healing process from a bruise,” said Dave Buchanan, Andrew’s father and golf coach at Menlo. “But he’s stiff and it’ll take a couple weeks to get back.”
Andrew was apparently running down the court when he collided with another player and fell on his elbow.
The Buchanans visited an orthopedic surgeon friend later that night and discovered that the X-rays revealed no structural damage.
“It was a relief that the doctor said his elbow is structurally perfect ... it’s just going to be rest,” Dave said. “Then ... the waves of disappointment hit. That you’re going to have to call these tournaments and withdraw.”
But the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Lake Merced isn’t all the Menlo golfer will be missing.
In the first three weeks of June, Buchanan was scheduled to play in the AJGA Footjoy Invitational, the Western Junior Championship and the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
“Those are kind of all up in the air right now, so yeah, it’s a big disappointment,” Dave said. “He’s hoping to make one or two of them. But it will be tight.”
The nationally ranked Buchanan, who will be a senior next year, has verbally committed to Southern Methodist University because of their golfing program.
“He’s totally in love with golf,” Dave said of his son. “His goal is to be a professional golfer.”