Junior PGA runners-up take aim at 2013 title
POTOMAC FALLS, Va. – The 38th Junior PGA Championship is set to take place this week at Trump National Golf Club (Washington, D.C.) from July 30 to Aug. 2. It marks the first time the championship will be held in the state of Virginia.
This year, the field will be led by the 2012 Junior PGA Championship runners-up Cameron Champ and Samantha Wagner.
Champ is No. 6 in the Golfweek Junior Ranking. He has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas A&M in 2014. He also played on the 2012 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team.
Wagner is No. 17 in the Golfweek Junior Ranking. She has committed to play college golf in her home state at Florida and also played on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team.
Other players and groups to watch include the three boys in the 12:20 p.m. group off No. 11 on Tuesday. It consists of Zachary Bauchou, Brad Dalke and Benjamin Griffin. All three juniors are ranked inside the top 11 in the Golfweek Junior Ranking.
For the girls division, the 8:30 a.m. group off of No. 11 includes Isabella DiLisio, Amy Lee and Bethany Wu, all stars in the class of 2015. Lee and Wu are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the class of 2015 rankings, while DiLisio is No. 29.
Last year, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., won the tournament at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. Jutanugarn turned professional in December, and has already claimed victory on the Ladies European Tour. Shelton will be a freshman at Alabama in the fall and is playing amateur tournaments this summer, including this week's Western Amateur.
The championship is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament with a cut after 54 holes to the low 30 boys and 30 girls. Trump National has two 18-hole courses – the Championship course and the River course. This week, the players will play the par-71 Championship course. The boys will play it at 7,040 yards, the girls at 6,130 yards.