Junior Fantasy: HP Boys and Annika Invite

Jim Liu and Jaye Marie Green are among the Junior Fantasy Experts' picks this week.
Jim Liu and Jaye Marie Green are among the Junior Fantasy Experts' picks this week. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The year's first AJGA Invitationals kick off this weekend and it's time to start the race for the Junior Fantasy Cup. Golfweek.com's Junior Fantasy Experts, Julie Williams, Ryan Lavner and D.J. Piehowski, will shed light on the junior golf circuit throughout the season.

This week, it's the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and the Annika Invite at Reunion. Let's get started!

Rank HP Boys Winner Annika Winner
Williams Jim Liu

Last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur win was just the tip of the iceberg for the 15-year-old. An AJGA Invitational title has long been a goal of his.

Erynne Lee

The UCLA signee had three top-10 finishes in AJGA Invites last year, and also shared co-medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Lavner Jordan Spieth

There are no sure things in golf . . . but this is a sure thing. Playing in Texas, playing with great form (lost in playoff at the Jones Cup), Spieth will cruise to an easy victory.

Jaye Marie Green

Those confidence issues appear to be a thing of the past. Big wins at the AJGA Polo Junior and Sally make Green one of the hottest players in junior golf.

Piehowski Shun Yat Hak

Since Mr. Lavner is probably going to go with Jordan Spieth, I’m relying on Hak to give me some early-season separation from the pack. Hak had an unreal five top-10 finishes in invitationals last year and should have no problem with the lengthy Carlton Woods.

Jaye Marie Green

While defending champ Victoria Tanco is in the field, I’m going with Green, who has been rolling through the Sunshine State since October, winning the Polo and the Sally. Here’s hoping the Florida girl can keep it going at Reunion.

Scoring: Win (50 points), runner-up (30 points), top-5 (20 points), top-10 (10 points), top-20 (5 points). Zero points for anything outside the top 20. Bonus points when specified. (Only rule: You can’t pick the same player two consecutive weeks.)

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