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Nick Masuda
Sam Horsfield, No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, verbally committed to Florida on Saturday.
Sam Horsfield, No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, verbally committed to Florida on Saturday.

It was a good day to be a Florida Gator.

Not only did UF advance to the Final Four in men's basketball with a 62-52 victory over Dayton, the the school also verbally landed maybe the most prized 2015 men's golf recruit.

Sam Horsfield, No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings and third in the Class of 2015, told coach Buddy Alexander and the Gators that he plans on joining them in the fall of 2015.

He cannot sign his national letter of intent until November.

"It's only an hour and a half from my house ...

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Cassie Stein

Preston Fleenor and Benjamin Baxter share the lead at the Under Armour / Hunter Mahan Championship after the first round.

Fleenor, a junior at Pembroke Hill in Mission Hills Kan., and Baxter, who will attend SMU in the fall, shot 3-under 69s at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas on Saturday.

Zach Partin, Yu-Chuan Hsiang, Charles Kim and Brandon Smith are tied for third at 2 under.

In the girls division, Alexis Sadeghy, Jordy LaBarbera and Maddie Szeryk are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 1-under 71 at Stonebriar.

Each girl is graduating in 2014 and will attend different ...

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Andy Zunz
SMU signee Benjamin Baxter is one of 43 Texans preparing to play at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.
SMU signee Benjamin Baxter is one of 43 Texans preparing to play at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.

If the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship needs to find a new name any time soon, the Texas Shootout may not be a terrible choice.

Forty three Texans will compete Saturday through Sunday at the event at Stonebriar Country Club. Five of those players – Courtney Dow, Brandon Smith, Brielle Ward, Matthew Whitney and Sean Wilcox – will play in their hometown of Frisco, Texas.

The field of 78 golfers will play 36 holes over the weekend. Benjamin Baxter, an SMU signee and the No. 29 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, said he is excited to play in his home state ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys

Theo Humphrey first started making the trip to Sea Island, Ga., in October 2011 to work with swing instructor Todd Anderson. Before that, Humphrey said he was a self-taught golfer.

Now, the 18-year-old senior at Rye (N.Y.) Country Day School is one of the top junior golfers in the country. He's ranked 20th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and is signed to play at Vanderbilt in the fall.

“I didn’t have the swing," Humphrey said. "It was pretty ugly. Todd can definitely take a lot of the credit for that. He has helped me so much."

Said ...

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March 24, 2014 | 4:35 p.m.

Player of the week: Jack Comstock

Golfweek Staff

Jack Comstock of Jacksonville, Fla., topped a talented field at the Florida Junior Tour event at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary, Fla. Comstock shot 68-69 to finish at 7-under 137, one shot better than runner-up Andy Zhang and two shots better than third-place Robin Wang.

Andy Zunz
Doug Ghim, shown at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, is excited to join the Texas Longhorns in the fall.
Doug Ghim, shown at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, is excited to join the Texas Longhorns in the fall.

Doug Ghim is starting to feel a bit of senioritis.

You know, the anxious feeling high school seniors get when they look toward the future. It's the same for Ghim, who is slated to join the Texas Longhorns in the fall.

"I'm counting down the minutes," Ghim said, with a laugh. "I'll be on Instagram seeing pictures of the courses that they get to play and the stuff they get being on the team. Being on the team with a bunch of other really talented kids would be really cool. I can't tell you how excited ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys
March 18, 2014 | 2:26 p.m.

Player of the week: Zachary Campbell

Golfweek Staff

Zachary Campbell of Benbrook, Texas, won the Texas Junior Golf Tour's Traditions Spring Break Invite at Texas A&M. Campbell shot 74-73 to finish at 3-over 147, then won a six-man playoff for the title.

Cassie Stein
Scottie Scheffler is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
Scottie Scheffler is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.

The Junior Invitational at Sage Valley will take place April 24-26 at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C., less than 15 miles away from Augusta, Ga.

Highlighting this year’s field are 23 of the top 25 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings led by 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, Scottie Scheffler. Italy’s Renato Paratore and Germany’s Dominic Foos are two notable international players in the field.

The field list for the 2014 Junior Invitational, listed in order of Golfweek rank as of March 12:

• 1. Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas

• 3. Andy Zhang, Reunion ...

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Brad Dalke
On his way to a tournament in South Africa, Brad Dalke made a stop in Dubai to check out this skyline.
On his way to a tournament in South Africa, Brad Dalke made a stop in Dubai to check out this skyline.

My 2014 season has started and I'm glad to be back on the blog this year. Most of my schedule is planned and hopefully I can get a few more wins in 2014!

In the last month I have played in three events: the Jones Cup Amateur at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.; the AJGA CB&I Championship (formerly the HP Championship) at Carlton Woods in the Woodlands, Texas; and the Curro South Africa International Junior in Langebaan, South Africa.

I headed into my second Jones Cup Amateur a little rusty. It sure makes a difference not having competed for two months. As a result, I didn't putt ...

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Cassie Stein
Cale McLellen's scorecard from the Santa Teresa Junior Golf Club event on March 15.
Cale McLellen's scorecard from the Santa Teresa Junior Golf Club event on March 15.

If San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan’s son doesn’t want to play professional hockey like his old man, he may have a future in golf.

Cale McLellan, 14, made back-to-back hole-in-ones at Santa Teresa Golf Club in San Jose. Calif., on March 15.

Playing in the Spring Spirit tournament, part of the junior golf program at Santa Teresa, McLellan played the par-27, 913-yard, nine-hole short course and made his holes-in-one on Nos. 8 and 9 – which played 84 and 116 yards.

McLellan finished third overall in the tournament and is tied for 25th on the overall point ...

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Categories: Cassie Stein, Junior, Boys
Andy Zunz

Benjamin Baxter will hit the SMU campus in the fall, but has a lot of plans between now and then.

The senior out of Flower Mound, Texas, said that he plans on heaping his plate full of amateur tournaments this year, including the Texas Amateur, Northern Amateur and the Texas State Open. He's also accepted a spot in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.

Baxter, who said he, "(thrives) on accurate driving ... and solid iron play," is listed as the No. 29 junior in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. He's one of the headliners that will play ...

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Categories: SMU Mustangs, Junior, Boys
Brentley Romine
Shintaro Ban won the 2014 San Francisco City Championship Sunday.
Shintaro Ban won the 2014 San Francisco City Championship Sunday.

Shintaro Ban picked up the biggest victory of his young career as the 18-year-old UNLV signee from San Jose, Calif., won the San Fancisco City Men's Amateur on March 9 at Presidio Golf Course.

Ban defeated Rick Reinsberg, 8 and 7, in the final match.

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Golfweek caught up with Ban to chat with him about the big victory in San Francisco, his older brother, Shotaro, who plays at Cal, and his future college team:

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Talk about the big victory in San Francisco. Now, you were the stroke-play medalist at the ...

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March 11, 2014 | 10:15 a.m.

Robin Wang, 15, plays beyond his age group

Andy Zunz
Robin Wang, shown on the far right, has emerged as one of the top junior golfers in the class of 2017.
Robin Wang, shown on the far right, has emerged as one of the top junior golfers in the class of 2017.

One of Robin Wang's best birthday gifts came from his flat stick this year.

He rolled in two 30-foot putts in the final round of the Florida Junior Tour's event at the LPGA National Golf Club's Jones Course in Daytona Beach March 2. The first was for birdie, and the second gave the class of 2017 junior golfer an eagle en route to a 4-under 68. He finished the tournament at 7 under, well ahead of the rest of the pack in the boys 13-15 division.

Wang turned 15 two days later. The tournament is an example ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys
March 10, 2014 | 4:21 p.m.

Player of the week: Cameron Willis

Golfweek Staff

Cameron Willis won the Golfweek Junior Tour event March 8-9 in Georgetown, Ky. Willis shot 6-over 72 in the first round before carding a final-round 67 to finish at 1-over 145, five shots clear of second-place Andrew Walker.

March 3, 2014 | 2:26 p.m.

Player of the week: Robin Wang

Golfweek Staff

Robin Wang won the Florida Junior Tour event at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., on March 2, carding rounds of 68-69 for a 7-under 137 total. He won by six shots over runner-up Sachin Kumar, last week's Golfweek junior boys player of the week.

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Video: Junior Invitational at Sage Valley preview

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Video: Sage Valley Cribs with Doug Ghim

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37th Junior PGA: Tournament recap

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37th Junior PGA: Championship recap

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37th Junior PGA: Day 3 recap

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Junior Invitational at Sage Valley: Day 3

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Junior Invitational at Sage Valley: Day 1

We visit with a plethora of the world's best junior players to talk about why the Junior Invitational appeals to them.

Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship

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Palmetto Championship: Final Round

After two rounds, the individual title at the Palmetto High School Championship came down to a playoff. Charlotte Country Day took the team title.

Palmetto Championship: Round 1

Players from some of the leading schools share their frustrations about the inclement weather at the Palmetto High School Championship.

Golfweek Junior Series at Longbow: Highlights

Longbow proved to be a challenge for some, but others stepped up their game in order to qualify for the Golfweek Junior Invitational.

18 holes with Austin Cody

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Golfweek Jr. Series: Day 1 at Pine Needles

Cold rain and wind was the story of the day at the Golfweek Junior Series at Pine Needles. See how players weathered the storm.

Golfweek.com's SAT Challenge

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