By SEAN MARTIN
The Golfweek Junior Invitational traditionally has one of the strongest fields in junior golf (and no, we’re not just saying that because it’s ours). In 2006, the event had the ninth-strongest boys field and 19th-strongest girls field of the year. Here are 10 boys and 10 girls to watch this year:
Jacob Burger: The South Carolinan, No. 17 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, will play for Clemson next year.
Zeyu He: He, an IMG/David Leadbetter Golf Academy student from China, won this year’s Southern Junior.
Jace Long: Long, winner of two AJGA titles this year, has the distinction of being the youngest winner in AJGA history (13 years, 2 months and 6 days, at 2003 Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Kingwood).
Michael Muscatell: Muscatell may be No. 272 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, but he can get on a hot streak. He beat the likes of Walker Cupper Rickie Fowler, AJGA player of the year Peter Uihlein and U.S. Junior champ Philip Francis to win the 2006 Scott Robertson Memorial.
Drew Page: Page, No. 106 in Golfweek’s junior rankings, has made a commitment to powerhouse Oklahoma State (and an appearance in GolfweekTV’s infamous putting contest video from the HP).
Brinson Paolini: The Virginian, Golfweek’s No. 26 junior, has won two FCWT events and his state junior title this year. He finished T-9 at the Junior Players Championship.
Andrew Perez: The Californian, No. 62 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, is coming off a T-11 finish earlier this month at the AJGA Mayakoba Junior Classic. He has two top-5 finishes in AJGA events this year.
David Sanders: Sanders has won five Golfweek ranked events (four IJGT, one AJGA) this year. He was runner-up to Peter Uihlein at the FootJoy Boys Invitational and a member of the East Canon Cup team.
Julian Suri: Suri, No. 20 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, is coming off victory in a Florida Junior Tour event.
Patrick Winther: The Denmark native is Golfweek’s No. 19 junior thanks to five IJGT wins this year and a 498-32-9 head-to-head record.
Elisa Aoki: Defending champion is No. 25 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, has three top-11 finishes in four AJGA events this year, and finished T-3 Oct. 14 at the FCWT World Woods Rolling Oaks Classic.
Sarah Brown: Brown, No. 33 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, has won two AJGA events this fall. (To read more about Brown, click here.)
Stephanie Kim: Kim, No. 76 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, won three Golfweek ranked junior events in a four-week span in September and October by an average of eight shots.
Victoria Kiser: She’s Golfweek’s 40th-ranked junior and the fifth-best sophomore in the country.
Daniela Lendl: The lesser known of the Lendl sisters has three top 10s in three FCWT events this season (Marika, No. 38 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, is also in the field). Daniela is No. 7 in the Class of 2011.
Stephanie Meadow: The Irish lass, No. 69 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, finished T-3 at the AJGA Mayakoba Junior Classic Oct. 8. She has two top-5 finishes in two AJGA starts this year.
Demi Runas: Runas, a teammate of Jane Rah and 2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior champ Jenny Shin at Torrance (Calif.) High, advanced to the Round of 16 at this year’s Junior. She’s 10-10-2 against the top 25 players in the country this year.
Haley Sanders: The Arkansas native’s run at the U.S. Girls’ Junior was ended in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Kristen Park. She’s No. 44 in the Golfweek junior rankings.
Kristina Wong: She shared medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur with NCAA champ Stacy Lewis.
Marta Silva Zamora: The Spaniard shot 68-63 to win an IJGT event by nine shots Oct. 21.
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Sean Martin is a Golfweek assistant editor. To reach him email [email protected]