2016 Invitational Series Schedule
Monday, February 1, 2016
The Golfweek Junior Invitational Series will consist of seven events in 2016, all nationally ranked by Golfweek/Sagarin and National Junior Golf Scoreboard and all holding AJGA PBE status. The flagship event is the International Junior Invitational which takes place the first weekend in November and is annually among the top-rated fields in junior golf. The winner of any Golfweek Junior Invitational event is granted an automatic invitation to the International event regardless of ranking status.
As dates and venues are set, the following schedule will be updated. Please see below for an explanation of how invitations are secured.
Golfweek Northern California Junior Invitational
Date: April 16-17
Venue: Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.
2015 Champions: Bradley Reeves and Katrina Prendergast
Notes: This will be the second year of this event. Any player ranked in the top 300 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings will automatically be granted an invitation upon request. Requests for special invitations will be accepted in mid-February.
Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational
Date: May 14-15
Venue: Mesa Country Club, Mesa, Arizona
2015 Champions: Bradley Reeves and Ashley Kim
Notes: Played every year since 2011, the West Coast Invitational has been consistently rated among the top 75 fields in junior golf. This will be the third straight year Mesa CC has hosted the event. The first wave of official invitations will go to players ranked in the top 200 of the Golfweek Sagarin rankings the first week of March.
Golfweek Midwest Junior Invitational
Date: June 29-30
Venue: Cog Hill Country Club, Dubsdread Course, Lemont, Ill.
2015 Champions: Caden Orewiler and Reena Sulkar
Notes: This will be the fourth year of the event, all played at the famed Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill. Any player ranked in the top 500 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings will receive an automatic invitation upon request.
Golfweek Canadian Junior Invitational
Date: July 11-12
Venue: Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls, Ontario
2015 Champions: Jaret Chipman and Emily Chu
Notes: This will be the second year of the event and it is run by the Canadian Junior Golf Association. Registration is open at cjga.com and any player ranked in the top 500 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings will be granted an automatic invitation upon request.
Golfweek New England Junior Invitational
Date: July/August TBA
2015 Champions: Tyler Nagano and Sophie DiPetrillo
Notes: This will be the fifth annual event with any player ranked in the top 500 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings granted an automatic invitation. This tournament has been played in the Boston area and Connecticut alternating years since its inception.
Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational
Date: Sept. 10-11
Venue: Litchfield Country Club, Pawleys Island, S.C.
2015 Champions: Garrett Whitfield, Kanata Irei (co-boys champions) and Jensen Castle
Notes: This will be the third annual event with any player ranked in the top 500 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings granted an automatic invitation. This is played in conjunction with the Golfweek Program Challenge, a Division-I college tournament for men and women at True Blue Golf Course and Caledonia Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Golfweek International Junior Invitational
Date: November 5-6
Venue: Florida, TBA
2015 Champions: Robin Wang and Ya Chun Chang
Notes: Played annually since 2001, this tournament has been a staple of elite junior golf. In early August, the top 100 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings will receive automatic invitations. Ten days after the first wave of invitations, players ranked in the top 200 will receive invitations. Ten days later, special invitations to players submitting resumes and requests will go out.
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 [email protected] All petitions are reviewed and players will either be granted an invitation immediately or placed on a wait list.
For all events outside the International and West Coast, the majority of invitations end up going to players who request special invitations.
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 2016.
In 2014, the Golfweek Midwest Junior Invitational conducted its first event at Chicago’s famed Cog Hill Country Club, where it was played in 2015 and will again this year.
With such high demand for elite junior competition and AJGA status, the Series has added events to Northern California, South Carolina and Canada the past several years.
With such a demand from quality players across the country to compete in the East Junior Invitational, the tournament expanded 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 was been re-named as the Golfweek International Junior Invitational.
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