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William Zalatoris and his caddie Scott Fawcett celebrate his victory on the 15th green on the 33rd hole of the final round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Club at Carlton Woods.
William Zalatoris and his caddie Scott Fawcett celebrate his victory on the 15th green on the 33rd hole of the final round of match play of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Club at Carlton Woods.

When Will Zalatoris finally got to his phone a couple of hours after winning the U.S. Junior Amateur last month, he was a little shocked.

"It was insane – 143 texts, 28 missed calls, gained 100 followers on Twitter," said Zalatoris, a 17-year-old from Plano, Texas. "My phone was literally about to explode. . . . and I'm still getting them (texts and phone calls)."

The newly-gained fame didn't stop there. While waiting in an airport terminal to catch a flight to Atlanta two Fridays ago to practice for the U.S. Amateur, a man and his son walked up to ...

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Recruiting Extra
Braden Bailey, ranked 31st in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2015, has given his verbal commitment to Baylor.
Braden Bailey, ranked 31st in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2015, has given his verbal commitment to Baylor.

Braden Bailey, ranked 31st in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2015, has given his verbal commitment to Baylor.

Bailey, who currently attends Port Neches Groves High School in Groves, Texas, was originally recruited by former Baylor coach Greg Priest, who resigned in June to become athletic director for the Tyler (Texas) Independent School District. Now, he'll play college golf for new Bears head coach Mike McGraw.

"The process was a little overwhelming at times and I talked to a lot of great schools. I was looking for a school that had a great balance of ...

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August 5, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.

The field: 2014 Southeast Junior Invitational

Registration is underway for Golfweek’s Southeast Junior Invitational, the newest addition to Golfweek’s junior invitational series. The 2014 tournament, a 36-hole event, will be played Sept. 6 at Willbrook Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C. Keep track of the field here.

Players with top finishes at Willbrook will receive Performance Based entry status from the AJGA. Please contact Carlton Reese, creeese@golfweek.com, or Julie Williams, jwilliams@golfweek.com, with questions.

BOYS

  • Jamie Agnew, Fairfax, Va.
  • Christian Baliker, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Tyler Barker, Evans, Ga.
  • Michael Brown, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Zakariya Butt, Summerville, S.C.
  • Brian Chen, Cary, N ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls
Brentley Romine
Sam Burns during the second round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Sam Burns during the second round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

BRYAN, Texas – Two months ago, Sam Burns held the 54-hole lead at the Sunnehanna Amateur, but couldn’t hold off Will Murphy, who topped Burns in a playoff.

Friday, the 18-year-old Shreveport, La., native wasn’t about to endure a similar fate.

Despite seeing a six-shot lead at the turn evaporate to just one, Burns held on to win the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club.

“I’ll always have that feeling of kind of a broken heart after that (loss at the Sunnehanna), but that only made me stronger to go through a situation like this,” said Burns ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas – Inclement weather prevented the completion of Thursday’s third round of the Junior PGA Championship.

While the girls were able to complete 54 holes at Miramont Country Club, the lead boys group was on the 12th hole when play was halted around 5:30 p.m. CDT because of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Second-round leader Gordon Neale of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., leads by two shots at 8 under. Neale is 2 under through 11 holes in his third round.

Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., is also 2 under through 11 holes and sits in second at 6 ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas –– A common theme talked about by the top three girls on the leaderboard after three rounds of the Junior PGA Championship was focusing on each shot and not thinking too far ahead.

For leader Kristen Gillman, that mindset will be key if she hopes to convert her current six-shot lead into the biggest victory of her junior-golf career.

For Hannah O’Sullivan and Samantha Wagner, who share second place at Miramont Country Club, that outlook will be crucial as they chase one of two automatic U.S. Junior Ryder Cup spots available for the top two finishers in ...

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Brentley Romine
Sam Burns during the second round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Sam Burns during the second round of the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

BRYAN, Texas –– The third round of the Junior PGA Championship will feature top-notch lead groups in both the boys and girls divisions.

On the boys side, Gordon Neale, fresh off a second-round 64 at Miramont Country Club, will play alongside Sam Burns and Brad Dalke, who are two and three shots back, respectively. The lead trio will tee off of the first tee at 2 p.m. Central.

Kristen Gillman, the girls leader by three shots, will play with second-place Hannah O'Sullivan and Samantha Wagner, who is five shots back. They will begin their third rounds at 9 a ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas – Austin Connelly has played a lot of golf with Gordon Neale during the past couple of years.

So it was no surprise to Connelly when Neale posted a 7-under 64 Wednesday at Miramont Country Club to take the second-round lead at the Junior PGA Championship.

“I’ve seen him do this before,” Connelly said. “He’s a streaky player. He can definitely make a lot of birdies.”

Neale began his opening round with five straight birdies – two-putting from 30 feet at the par-5 first hole, chipping in at the par-3 third and making putts inside of 5 feet ...

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Brentley Romine

After the first round of the Junior PGA Championship, Kristen Gillman leads the girls division by two shots while Luis Gagne, S.M. Lee, Parker Reddig and Triston Fisher share the lead on the boys side.

The girls, who played Tuesday's opening round in the morning, will now tee off in the afternoon for Wednesday's second round while the boys will get the early tee times.

Reddig and Fisher will play alongside Timothy Colanta, starting their rounds off of the first tee at 8:10 a.m. Central. Gagne begins his round at 7:10 a.m. off ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas – One key to playing competitive golf is to have a short memory.

Luis Gagne of Orlando, Fla., and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., each showcased that Tuesday in the opening round of the Junior PGA Championship.

Gagne, who lost in a playoff and didn’t make match play last week at the U.S. Junior Amateur, shares the lead with three other players at Miramont Country Club after an opening 3-under 68.

“After that round, it was almost heartbreaking, but my good friend Andy (Zhang) kind of pumped me up for this week,” said Gagne, who is competing ...

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Tianlang Guan, shown here during the Volvo China Open, opened with a 4-under 67 in the first round of the Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club.
Tianlang Guan, shown here during the Volvo China Open, opened with a 4-under 67 in the first round of the Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club.

CHICAGO – After Tianlang Guan made headlines in April 2013 for becoming the youngest player to compete in the Masters, at age 14, not much had been heard about him since. Actually, he hasn’t played much golf at all.

He played in the Hong Kong Open in late 2013 and the Volvo China Open in April, but missed the cut in both events. Guan, 15, has played only two other junior tournaments until this week. Now, he is competing in his first big-boy amateur tournament.

Guan fired a 4-under 67 in the afternoon wave of the Western Amateur at The ...

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Brentley Romine
Amy Lee won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship. Starting in 2014, the boys and girls champion of the event will receive a PGA Tour and LPGA exemption, respectively.
Amy Lee won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship. Starting in 2014, the boys and girls champion of the event will receive a PGA Tour and LPGA exemption, respectively.

BRYAN, Texas – For the first time, the winners of the Junior PGA Championship will earn PGA Tour and LPGA exemptions, the PGA of America announced Tuesday.

The boys' champion this week at Miramont County Club will receive an invite to the 2015 Valero Texas Open on March 26-29 at TPC San Antonio. The girls' champion will be invited to play in the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on April 24-27 at Lake Merced Golf Club near San Francisco.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with events on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, which allow our Junior PGA champions ...

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Brentley Romine
Scotland's Bradley Neil won the 119th British Amateur with a 2-and-1 triumph at Royal Portrush.
Scotland's Bradley Neil won the 119th British Amateur with a 2-and-1 triumph at Royal Portrush.

Scotland's Bradley Neil and Sweden's Linnea Strom were among 12 boys and girls selected to Europe's 2014 Junior Ryder Cup team.

Neil, the fifth-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, won the British Amateur last month and was the first name to be announced by European captain Stuart Wilson. Strom is the fifth-ranked player in the women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, and won the Spanish Ladies Amateur in March and the Polo Golf Junior Classic last November.

Strom is also one of three players making a second appearance in the event, which will be played ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls
Brentley Romine
Cameron Young is one of 156 junior golfers competing in the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Cameron Young is one of 156 junior golfers competing in the 2014 Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

BRYAN, Texas – Chris Childers affectionately refers to the Junior PGA Championship as the "munchkin major."

"It's basically a spinoff of the PGA Championship," said Childers, championship director of the Junior PGA, which begins Tuesday at Miramont Country Club. "Both of them are run by the same department, the same people. It's the same operational-wise. All of the policies and procedures are the same."

So it's no wonder 156 of the top boys and girls junior golfers will compete this week as the Junior PGA, now in its 39th year, makes its first visit to Texas.

The 72-hole ...

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July 26, 2014 | 11:05 p.m.

Winner's bag: Will Zalatoris, U.S. Junior

Brentley Romine
A look inside the bag of U.S. Junior Amateur champ Will Zalatoris.
A look inside the bag of U.S. Junior Amateur champ Will Zalatoris.

A look inside the bag of Will Zalatoris of Plano, Texas, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Saturday at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas:

DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degree, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin (15 degree, Fujikura Motore F3 shaft)

HYBRID: Titleist 913H (19 degree, Fujikura Speeder 904)

IRONS: Titleist AP2 (4-PW, with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (52, 56 and 60 degrees, all with True Temper Dynamic Gold x100 shafts)

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport

BALL: Titleist ...

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