Golfweek’s Junior Invitational series will expand to seven tournaments for the 2015 season. Dates and venues are still being finalized at this time, but here is a brief overview of the upcoming season:
Golfweek Northern California Junior Invitational
The inaugural Golfweek Northern California Junior Invitational will take place April 18-19 at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif. All players ranked in the top 300 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings are granted automatic entry. Requests for special invitations will be accepted in mid-February.
Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational
The fifth Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational will take place May 16-17 at Mesa Country Club just outside Phoenix, Ariz. The first wave of invitations will go out the first week of March.
Golfweek Midwest Junior Invitational
The third Golfweek Midwest Junior Invitational will take place July 28-30 at Cog Hill Country Club outside Chicago, Ill. The first wave of invitations will go out in mid-May.
Golfweek New England Junior Invitational
The fourth Golfweek New England Junior Invitational will take place Aug. 4-5 at Wintonbury Hills in Hartford, Conn.. The first wave of invitations will go out the third week of May.
Golfweek Texas Junior Invitational
The inaugural Golfweek Texas Junior Invitational will take place Aug. 17-18 at a venue to be determined. All players ranked in the top-300 are granted automatic acceptance into the event. Requests for special invitations will be taken starting in March.
Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational
The second Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational will take place Sept. 5 at Willbrook Plantation Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. The event is a one-day 36-hole double shotgun as a preview to the Golfweek Program Challenge collegiate event that starts the following day. Invitations will go out in late June.
Golfweek International Junior Invitational
Formerly the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational, the International Junior Invitational is the flagship event of the series and every year draws a top field in junior golf. For 2015, the event is going to expand to accommodate full fields for both boys and girls. The tournament will take place Nov. 7-8 in the Orlando, Fla., area at a venue to be determined.
HOW INVITATIONS ARE AWARDED
Entry into any Golfweek Junior Invitational event is by invitation-only. The following lists the order of invitations as they are extended by email:
- Top 100 ranked players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings at the time of initial wave of invitations, 10 weeks prior to start of event.
- Players ranked 101-200 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings at the time of initial wave of invitations, 9 weeks prior to start of event.
- Players ranked 201-400 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings at the time of initial wave of invitations, 8 weeks prior to start of event.
- Invitations can also be extended to players on the following basis: through exemptions granted to various tours, schools or tournaments; competent players who are siblings of otherwise-invited players, local exemptions granted to host venues and special invitations extended to players who have petitioned to the selection committee.
Petitioning the selection committee for a special invitation
Any player is welcome to petition the Golfweek Junior Invitational Selection Committee for an invitation. Players are asked to email their petitions along with a brief golf resume and summary of tournament experience to Carlton Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org. All petitions are reviewed and players will either be granted an invitation immediately or placed on a wait list.
About the Golfweek Junior Invitational Series
The first Golfweek Junior Invitational took place in 2001 at Championsgate in Orlando and drew a strong national field, just as it has every year since. With the need for a similar event with easier access for west coast players, the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational was added in 2011 and the original event was re-named the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational.
The New England Junior Invitational began in 2012 in Boston and was played last year in Connecticut. The event moves back to the Boston area for 2014.
Last year, the Golfweek Midwest Junior Invitational conducted its first event at Chicago’s famed Cog Hill Country Club, where it will return for the 2014 tournament.
With such a demand from quality players across the country to compete in the East Coast Junior Invitational, the tournament will expand to two full fields of girls and boys divisions for the 2014 event. To reflect the international character of the field of players the event has been re-named as the Golfweek International Junior Invitational.
To replace the East Coast Junior Invitational, the Southeast Junior Invitational and Texas Junior Invitational will take place for the first time this year, the former in the Carolinas region and the latter in the Dallas area.