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Brentley Romine
Forsyth Country Day School of Lewisville, N.C., won its second straight Palmetto High School Championship title March 19, while senior Ben Schlottman (third from left) took medalist honors for a second straight year.
Forsyth Country Day School of Lewisville, N.C., won its second straight Palmetto High School Championship title March 19, while senior Ben Schlottman (third from left) took medalist honors for a second straight year.

SUNSET BEACH, N.C. – Eric Mitchell, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, N.C., is signed to play college golf at Princeton in the fall. So, it's a bit puzzling that the future Ivy Leaguer has been struggling with the mental part of his golf game.

"The past few rounds I played, I probably felt more lost than I ever had on the golf course," said Mitchell, who shot 82 in the qualifying round of the Palmetto High School Championship on Thursday before carding an 86 in Friday's first round.

"I've been struggling a ...

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Brentley Romine
Ben Schlottman, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School and an Auburn signee
Ben Schlottman, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School and an Auburn signee

OCEAN ISLAND BEACH, N.C. –– Ben Schlottman has grown quite fond of the Palmetto High School Championship, and for good reason.

The Forsyth (N.C.) Country Day School senior is making his fourth appearance in the tournament this year. He tied for 12th as a freshman, finished T-22 as a sophomore, won team and individual titles as a junior, and now he has the first-round lead after a 7-under 65 Friday at Ocean Ridge Plantation's Lion's Paw course.

"I love this tournament," said Schlottman, an Auburn signee from Advance, N.C. "I've played it four years now ...

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Andy Zunz
Jaye Marie Green hits balls in 2011 with Annika Sorenstam, who was 5 months pregnant at the time, during The Annika Clinic at the Annika Academy at Reunion Resort.
Jaye Marie Green hits balls in 2011 with Annika Sorenstam, who was 5 months pregnant at the time, during The Annika Clinic at the Annika Academy at Reunion Resort.

The Annika Academy has been certified as the first USA Junior National Team Training Center in Florida.

The instruction and fitness school, which is located in Reunion, will feature two of the five USA Junior National Team programs – Future Stars and Pre-Elite.

“One of our Academy’s cornerstones is training the next generation of collegiate and professional golfers,” Annika Sorenstam said in a news release. “Our Academy team is unmatched when it comes to making practice productive and fun for juniors, and takes great pride in helping them achieve their goals on and off the course."

The Annika Academy will ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls
Brentley Romine

OCEAN ISLAND BEACH, N.C. – Kevin Steinfeld was ecstatic when he arrived at the scoring tent Thursday at the Palmetto High School Championship.

He knew he had played pretty well, firing a 2-under 70 with four birdies in the qualifying round at Ocean Ridge Plantation's Panther's Run course. Then he found out it was good enough to earn him a share of medalist honors.

"I was pretty happy with the way I played," said the senior from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. "I was really comfortable with the greens. . . . Most of the putts I made were ...

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Categories: Brentley Romine, Junior, Boys
Brentley Romine

OCEAN ISLAND BEACH, N.C. –– What happens when a team is missing its best player?

In most cases, the No. 2 or 3 guy steps up to fill the top spot in the lineup. In the case of Christ School from Arden, N.C., it was an eighth-grader who provided a lift Thursday in the qualifying round of the Palmetto High School Championship.

Carson Ownbey shot 74 last week to earn a spot in coach David Gaines' lineup, which would be without junior Jonathan Rector, a Clemson commit who is playing in an AJGA event this weekend. Thursday, Ownbey carded ...

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Categories: Blog Jr., Junior, Boys
Brentley Romine
Ben Schlottman, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School and an Auburn signee
Ben Schlottman, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School and an Auburn signee

OCEAN ISLAND BEACH, N.C. –– It's not easy to defend.

Forsyth Country Day School from Lewisville, N.C., found that out Thursday at the Palmetto High School Championship.

The Furies, winner of last year's tournament by two shots, recorded a 16-over 304 in the qualifying round at Ocean Ridge Plantation's Lion's Paw course. They finished the day tied for third with Bishop Gorman, 10 shots behind Charlotte (N.C.) Christian, which will be the top seed in the 36-hole championship flight after a 6-over 294 on the Panther's Run course.

"Last year, they were hunting ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys
Alistair Tait

SOLIHULL, England – Bradley Moore didn’t make junior golf history, but he came very close. The 16-year-old English amateur was bidding to do what no player had ever done: win the McEvoy Trophy for the second year in a row.

Moore finished second to England teammate Haydn McCullen, but he made McCullen sweat over the closing nine holes of Copt Heath Golf Club.

Five shots behind McCullen heading into the final round, Moore looked to have ceded his title early when he bogeyed the first two holes. The 2013 winner was six shots behind after nine holes but came home ...

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Brentley Romine
Gray Townsend, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School, will walk on at SMU this fall.
Gray Townsend, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School, will walk on at SMU this fall.

OCEAN ISLAND BEACH, N.C. – Two months ago, Gray Townsend was unsure where he would play his college golf.

Townsend, a senior at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, N.C., signed with Furman in November, but after the Paladins announced in February that the school would drop its men's golf program after the spring season, Townsend asked for and was granted a release from his national letter of intent.

"It was a big surprise," said Townsend, who is with his high school team competing in the Palmetto High School Championship Thursday-Saturday at various courses near the southern North ...

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April 14, 2014 | 5:48 p.m.

Player of the week: Rodrigo Sanchez

Golfweek Staff

Rodrigo Sanchez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, won the AJGA Preseason Junior at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club March 13 in Palm Harbor, Fla. It was the first career AJGA start for Sanchez, who finished at 3-under 137 to win by five shots over Felipe Torres of Apopka, Fla.

April 7, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.

Player of the week: Spencer Soosman

Golfweek Staff

Spencer Soosman of Westlake Village, Calif., shot a pair of 4-under 68s to win the AJGA Junior at River Ridge Golf Club's Victoria Lakes Course in Oxnard, Calif., by four shots. It was his first AJGA victory.

Andy Zunz
Davis Riley won the Terra Cotta Invitational by one stroke in Naples, Fla.
Davis Riley won the Terra Cotta Invitational by one stroke in Naples, Fla.

When Davis Riley hit his 7-iron on the 182-yard par 3 third hole, he thought he'd struck gold.

"I saw it land and saw it rolling and it went just past the edge to about 2 feet past the hole," Riley said. "It kind of got me there, thinking I had a hole-in-one."

That was the story of the weekend for Riley at the Terra Cotta Invitational in Naples, Fla. – not missed opportunities, but greens in regulation.

Riley, the No. 10 junior in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, cited his ballstriking as the key to a one-stroke victory at the ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys
Jim McCabe
NIne-year-old Kelly Xu won the 7-9 girls’ division of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest at the finale at Augusta National.
NIne-year-old Kelly Xu won the 7-9 girls’ division of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest at the finale at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Locked away for safe keeping is a priceless piece of information and should you question his credentials, Mark O’Meara could smile and remind you of how it is he came in possession of a certain green jacket.

It was 16 years ago when O’Meara on an April Sunday stared down a putt at the 72nd green at Augusta National Golf Club and curled it from right-to-left into the hole. The winning putt at the 1998 Masters is a memory worth talking about forever, any time, any place.

“About 18 to 20 feet,” O’Meara said, when ...

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Jim McCabe
Yep, just like Tiger Woods, the finalists of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition will take to the practice green by the Augusta National clubhouse in front of a crowd.
Yep, just like Tiger Woods, the finalists of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition will take to the practice green by the Augusta National clubhouse in front of a crowd.

It would be a dream moment that almost every golfer is born with, though precious few get to realize. Mark O’Meara accomplished it, but not until his 15th try and at the age of 41. Phil Mickelson? He did it, too, but he was 33 and in his 12th attempt.

Akshay Bhatia and Zell Wilson? They may pull it off in their first attempts – at 12 and 9, respectively.

We’re talking a winning putt at the 18th hole on an April Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Now if you have no trouble recalling O’Meara’s right-to-left ...

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Brandon Smith during the Under Armour / Hunter Mahan Championship.
Brandon Smith during the Under Armour / Hunter Mahan Championship.

Brandon Smith had been dreaming about his first AJGA victory for a long time, and finally broke through on March 30 at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.

Smith is ranked No. 46 in the class of 2015 Golfweek rankings and has given a verbal commitment to attend Texas A&M.

Here are 5 questions with the recent winner:

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1. It's easy to be nervous going into the final round in contention when you're trying for your first victory. Were you nervous entering the final day and if so, did starting with three straight birdies help calm you ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys
March 31, 2014 | 2:21 p.m.

Player of the week: Brandon Smith

Golfweek Staff

Brandon Smith recorded his first AJGA victory March 30 at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship at Stonebriar Country Club in Smith's hometown of Frisco, Texas. He finished at 3-under 141, winning by a shot over Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, La.

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