SPRINGFIELD, NJ — It was not the outcome Westfield graduate and Rhode Island-bound Sean Taylor wanted, but his experience at the USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will serve him well as he heads up the East Coast on Sept. 4.

After qualifying and taking home medalist honors in his first ever Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifier last month at nearby Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, Taylor and fellow qualifier Morristown graduate and Georgtown-bound William O’Neill each had the honors of playing in the first tee times at last week’s 71st annual edition of the championship at the famed Lower and Upper Courses of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield.

Taylor teed off at 6:45 a.m. on the Upper Course last Monday to start two days of stroke play to determine the top 64 seeds who would advance to match play last Wednesday.

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Taylor did not make the cut after shooting 27-over-par (83-85---168). Taylor posted one birdie over the two days on the par 3, 176-yard 15th hole during round one.

I went into the tournament not having my best game and going through a couple of swing changes which did prove to be a great game plan. I thought I was close to putting together a good round but was not meant to be,” said Taylor, who was named to NJ.com’s 1st Team All-State team in June. “The Upper Course was an absolute treat. Really great conditions and played as tough as I have ever seen it. I was so nervous. Ever since I was little I loved when people watched me play, but this was something different. I felt like everyone from the course was pulling for myself and Will (O’Neill) which made it a little more nerve racking. It was such a cool experience to be that first tee shot, not many people get that opportunity.”

Taylor is not finished with his summer play as he has the Carter Cup, the State Junior and hopefully the Met Open on his future tournaments he will play or try to qualify to play in.

“I learned so much about myself at the U.S. Junior Amateur. Golf is a funny game and sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t, but if your not giving it 100 percent then what’s the point?” Taylor said. “Just being surrounded by great golfers was something that I can learn from as I continue in college.”

Follow Sean’s college career on Twitter: @RhodyGolf