Who to watch at the Golfweek Jr. Invitational

Thursday, November 5, 2009

With the Golfweek Junior Invitational coming up this weekend at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., consider this your cheat-sheet for the field.

In the girls’ division, Stephanie Meadow, ranked No. 9 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, has a title to defend at Reunion after winning the event last year. She played in the Ladies Irish Open in June, but missed the cut at 16-over 160. That performance was sandwiched by a win at the IJGT Tournament of Champions in May, and a second-place finish at the AJGA Girls Championship in September. Meadow also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and has committed to Alabama for next fall.

Simin Feng, 14, hits the Golfweek Junior after a week spent in South Korea at the LPGA Hana Bank Kolon Championship. Feng finished 70th at 16-over 232 in her first LPGA event. She won big at the AJGA Annika Invitational in January, and just barely missed qualifying for match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Yueer Cindy Feng, 13, is also one to watch at Reunion after a whirlwind summer that saw wins at the Thunderbird International Junior in May and the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls’ Championship in July. Feng, ranked No. 21 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open (where she missed the cut) and also advanced to match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Feng missed match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur by two shots.

All three players were named to the AJGA’s Rolex Junior All-Americans list.

Looking at the boys division, Richard Werenski, 17, enters the weekend with the highest Golfweek/Titleist ranking at No. 45. Werenski, who finished third at the IJGT Tournament of Champions and fifth at the AJGA FootJoy Invitational, was named a Rolex Junior All-American. He also qualified for the U.S. Amateur, but missed match play, and is committed to play for Georgia Tech in the fall.

Speaking of Werenskis, don’t count out Richard’s younger brother, Michael. Not much sparks more competitive fire than sibling rivalry (though Michael says he likes it when Richard is also in the field), but it’s not like he needs it. Michael, 15, has won the last three IJGT tournaments he’s entered, shooting a personal-best 68 in two of those events. He also finished T-2 at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Pine Needles Oct. 25. All that combined makes him the hottest player entering the tournament.

Motin Yeung is another player to keep track of this weekend, as he always seems to be in contention. Yeung won the IJGT Tournament of Champions, and finished in the top 10 five times in AJGA events this summer. Yeung also qualified for the U.S. Junior, but missed match play, and received Rolex Junior All-American honors last month.

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