Preview: AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Some of the country’s top players headline the field at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. The tournament, to be played Nov. 25-29 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will feature 36 holes of stroke play followed by five rounds of match play.
The Rolex Junior All-Americans will be honored at a pre-tournament banquet. The 156-player field features 76 current and former Rolex All-Americans. The top 32 boys and the top 32 girls advance to match play.
1. Scott Scheffler: Scheffler put himself in great position to win the event in 2012 by earning the No. 1 seed on the match-play bracket. He fell to Adam Wood in the final, but his victory at the U.S. Junior Amateur shows he is a force to be reckoned with in any format. Scheffler, a Texas signee, is the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings.
2. Adam Wood: As the defending chamion, Wood will be a target. But the Duke signee is familiar with playing in tough fields. He posted top-10 finishes at the Junior Players Championship and the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
3. Brad Dalke: The class of 2016 phenom fell to Scheffler in last year’s semifinals. Dalke won the Ping Invitational in October, his third AJGA invitational title.
4. Jorge Garcia: Garcia boasts two wins in 2013 – one at the Puerto Rico Junior Open and another at the Thunderbird International Junior. He is the No. 2-ranked player in the class of 2015 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
5. George Cunningham: The Arizona signee earned three runner-up finishes in AJGA events and a victory in 2013. He lost (in 24 holes) in the third round of the U.S. Junior Amateur.
1. Bethany Wu: Wu made a run to the semifinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior in July, taking down Casie Cathrea, Nicole Morales and Samantha Wagner along the way. She also made it to the semis of the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
2. Nicole Morales: Morales, who recently signed to play at Alabama, won this event in 2011. She is the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, and also owns the 2012 Thunderbird International Junior title.
3. Andrea Lee: Lee nabbed three match-play victories en route to a West victory in the Winn Junior Cup last week. She was the only player to make it through the tournament without a loss. That confidence could carry over into match play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
4. Amy Lee: Lee, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, earned five top-10 AJGA finishes in 2013. She fell in the second round of match play at last year’s Polo Golf Junior Classic.
5. Megan Khang: Khang won the Ping Invitational in October, securing her first AJGA title. She could be riding a wave of confidence after overcoming a one-stroke deficit in the final round to take the win.