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Jorge Garcia won the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open with a 10-under-par 206 total.
Jorge Garcia won the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open with a 10-under-par 206 total.

Winning the AJGA Puerto Rico Open is one way to make a dream come true.

For the 72 boys junior golfers preparing to tee off Jan. 18-20 at the Trump International Golf Club (Championship course) in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the goal is to win and earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open on March 6-9.

It wasn’t just a dream for Jorge Garcia last year – he did it. Garcia made the cut at the Puerto Rico Open after firing two rounds of 70. He finished 1-under and in 75th place.

Garcia returns as the ...

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Sam Horsfield during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Sam Horsfield during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Sam Horsfield, the reigning Florida State Amateur champion, opened the new year with another big amateur victory. Horsfield, 17, of Davenport, Fla., won the New Year’s Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club by four strokes Sunday, joining Brandt Snedeker (2004) and J.B. Holmes (2003) among the list of winners.

Horsfield shot 2-under 70 in the final round for a 13-under 275 total. He had pulled in front of the 88th NYI with a second-round 65, the low round of the tournament, at the 6,909-yard course.

Horsfield, the No. 5 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin junior boys rankings ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Junior, Boys, Top Stories
Cassie Stein
Luke, Ian Poulter's son, teeing off the eighth hole of the Palm Course at Walt Disney World Golf Course.
Luke, Ian Poulter's son, teeing off the eighth hole of the Palm Course at Walt Disney World Golf Course.

Like father, like son?

On Jan. 5, Ian Poulter’s oldest son, Luke, played in the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation tournament at Walt Disney World’s Palm course.

And like Ian has so many times, Luke came out the winner in the boy's Age Nine Division by seven shots. Luke shot a 4-over 40 on the 1,940-yard course, which included a birdie on the par-3 third hole. He also made two bogeys and a triple.

For a change of pace, Ian was on the bag for his son on Sunday. And on top of carrying the bag ...

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Golfweek Staff

China’s Robin Wang and Canada’s Selena Costabile won their respective division titles at the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s World Junior Challenge at Innisbrook Resort on Dec. 30.

Wang defended his boys 15-19 division title by edging out Davis Shore by a single shot. He finished the tournament with a three-day total of 2-under 212. Shore was the only other player to finish under par. In third place was the Nethelands’ Martjin Horters who finished the tournament at 7 over.

Costabile hung on to win after a final-round 5-over 76 for a 7 over total. Florida native Vanessa ...

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Brentley Romine
Renato Paratore (file photo)
Renato Paratore (file photo)

Boys results | Girls results

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Italy's Renato Paratore and Canada's Brooke Henderson captured titles at the Junior Orange Bowl International Championship on Monday at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Fla.

Paratore, whose 1-under 70 on Monday gave him a 9-under 275 total, made three birdies in his final round, including one at the par-5 18th that sealed his one-shot victory over Germany's Dominic Foos and Venezuela's Jorge Garcia, who shot 69 and 68, respectively, in the final round.

“I knew it would be hard," Paratore said. "Dominic and Jorge are such good players. I just ...

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Italy’s Renato Paratore leads the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship after back-to-back 67s at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Fla.

Tied for second place four shots back are Belgium’s Alan De Bondt, Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia and Chile’s Guillermo Pereira.

Boys Scores

In the girls division, Canada’s Brooke Henderson and South Korea’s Soyoung Lee are tied for the lead at 2-under 140. In third place is Megan Khang, one shot back at 1 under.

Girls Scores

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Davis Shore shot an opening-round 2-under 69 on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club to lead after the first round of the World Junior Challenge boys 15-19 division.

Shore was only player in the 15-19 division to shoot under par on Saturday. He leads Juan Iturra and Robin Wang by two.

Nathan Han, Marco Trstenjak and Charles-Eric Belanger shot an opening-round 2-over 74 to lead the tournament in the boys 14 and under division on the Island course. Multiple players are two-shots back. On Sunday, the division will play the Copperhead course.

In the girls division, Selena Costabile ...

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Brad Dalke during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.
Brad Dalke during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.

With the 2013 junior golf season now in the books, it's time to look ahead to 2014. In this roundtable discussion, our Julie Williams (@golfweekjules), Brentley Romine (@golfweekbromine) and Cassie Stein (@golfweekcassie) look at what we can expect this upcoming season in junior golf.

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1. In 2014, Brad Dalke, 16, will celebrate the fourth anniversary of his college commitment to Oklahoma. He has won three AJGA invitationals and a U.S. Kids World Championship. What’s next?

  • Julie: Without question, Dalke’s resume is missing a USGA championship. He’s an early favorite for the 2014 U.S. Junior ...

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Brad Dalke
Brad Dalke during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.
Brad Dalke during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif.

I played two tournaments since my last blog - the AJGA Winn Grips Junior Cup Challenge and the AJGA Polo Golf Classic.

The AJGA Winn Grips Junior Cup was in Las Vegas at Rio Secco Golf Club, home of Butch Harmon's golf facility. The Three Tour Challenge was held at Rio Secco a few days before we arrived. The AJGA selects two boys and girls from the East, and the same for the West, based on Polo rankings. I have been fortunate to be a part of this challenge for the last three years. I have to admit, the captains ...

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December 18, 2013 | 2:15 p.m.

History of the Golfweek Junior Invitational

Alabama's Stephanie Meadow
Alabama's Stephanie Meadow

Over the past 12 years, the Golfweek Junior Invitational has evolved from a year-end event in Florida to a year-long series with invitationals played around the country. In that time, the event produced LPGA major champions, Solheim Cuppers, Walker Cuppers, a Ben Hogan Award winner, a British Amateur champion, a Ladies British Amateur champion, an NCAA women’s champion and a slew of college All-Americans.

Here’s a look back at our history – some notable names and how they played.

2001

Boys: Spencer Levin (T-9), Daniel Im (T-2), Matt Every (T-17).

Girls: Nicole Hage (2), Hannah Jun (5), Irene Cho ...

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It may be cold outside, but golfers at Shattuck-St. Mary’s can go inside to use this new indoor facility on the prep school's campus.
It may be cold outside, but golfers at Shattuck-St. Mary’s can go inside to use this new indoor facility on the prep school's campus.

NHL All-Stars Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise and Jonathan Toews have helped make Shattuck-St. Mary’s known as a factory for young hockey talent in Faribault, Minn. Ten, 15 years down the road, Director of Golf Mike Higdon hopes a few PGA and LPGA Tour alumni can do the same for the golf program.

The sixth-through-12th-grade boarding school has taken what it believes is one of the biggest steps toward that vision by constructing a $550,000 indoor facility, which opened Dec. 9.

The facility includes a 2,800-square-foot turf room with a putting and chipping green, a 550-square-foot video and ...

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After his U.S. Junior Amateur victory and making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, was Scottie Scheffler overlooked for the U.S. Walker Cup team at National Golf Links of America?
After his U.S. Junior Amateur victory and making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, was Scottie Scheffler overlooked for the U.S. Walker Cup team at National Golf Links of America?

After a year full of junior events, it's time to look back at some highlights from 2013. In this roundtable discussion, our Julie Williams (@golfweekjules), Brentley Romine (@golfweekbromine) and Cassie Stein (@golfweekcassie) tackle five questions involving some of junior golf's top names and tournaments.

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Even after winning the U.S. Junior Amateur and advancing to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Amateur, Scottie Scheffler didn’t earn a Walker Cup spot. Was he overlooked?

  • Julie: Scheffler did put together a stellar 2013 – enough to earn AJGA Rolex Player of the Year honors – but at the same time, it ...

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The PGA of America announced on Tuesday that Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas, as the host site for the 2014 and ’15 Junior PGA Championships. The course, which opened in 2005, will bring the prestigious junior championship to the state of Texas for the first time since the championship began in 1976.

“We have always wanted to support amateur and junior golf,” said Brad Lardon, director of golf at Miramont. “Everyone associated with Miramont Country Club is thrilled to host the Junior PGA Championship over the next two years.”

The 2014 championship, to be played July 29-Aug. 1, will ...

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Brentley Romine

A junior-golf coach in Livermore, Calif., was charged Tuesday with more than five dozen counts of child molestation, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Andrew Michael Nisbet, 31, faces 65 felony counts, including lewd acts on a child and arranging sexual meetings with minors, after he allegedly assaulted two male victims over a three-year period from 2009 to '12, according to the Mercury News.

Nisbet was arrested Saturday while working at Los Positas Golf Course, the day before he was to have received the Junior Golf Leader Award from the PGA of America's Northern California Section.

Nisbet was being ...

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Julie Williams
Digger Smith, chairman of the AJGA Board of Directors, and AJGA executive director Stephen Hamblin.
Digger Smith, chairman of the AJGA Board of Directors, and AJGA executive director Stephen Hamblin.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Asking Stephen Hamblin to remember his 30 years with the American Junior Golf Association includes a lot of side roads. Hamblin will be in the middle of a story, mention a player’s name, and suddenly is sidetracked by another anecdote. It speaks to executive director Hamblin’s hands-on approach with the junior organization through the years. There’s a long-running joke at the AJGA about today’s tour players: “We knew them before they were cool.”

When Hamblin was honored Nov. 24 for 30 years of service to the AJGA, you might say the way ...

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Recent Boys Junior Golf Videos

VIDEO: Scottie Scheffler talks winning U.S. Junior

Scottie Scheffler dishes on winning the 2013 U.S. Junior in Truckee, Calif.

Video: Sage Valley, Day 1 recap

Our Lance Ringler and Julie Williams break down the Day 1 action at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Video: Junior Invitational at Sage Valley preview

Our Lance Ringler and Julie Williams break down five key storylines prior to the start of the 2013 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Video: Sage Valley Cribs with Doug Ghim

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the digs that the 54 players will have this week at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Video: The Palmetto High School Championship

We take a look back at the 2013 Palmetto High School Championship in Myrtle Beach and Sunset Beach, N.C.

Brad Dalke proposes to Natalie Gulbis

Some kids talk a big game, but Brad Dalke backed up his profession of future love to Natalie Gulbis.

37th Junior PGA: Tournament recap

A look back at the 2012 Junior PGA at Sycamore Hills in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

37th Junior PGA: Championship recap

Our Julie Williams breaks down the Junior PGA titles won by Robby Shelton (boys) and Ariya Jutanugarn (girls) at Sycamore Hills in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

37th Junior PGA: Day 3 recap

Golfweek.com's Julie Williams breaks down the third day of competition at Sycamore Hills Country Club in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

37th Junior PGA: Day 2 recap

Golfweek.com's Julie Williams breaks down the leaderboard at the 37th Junior PGA Championship in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Junior Invitational at Sage Valley: Recap

A highlight package from the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, which saw Zachary Olsen cruise to a three-shot victory for his first major championship of his young career.

Junior Invitational at Sage Valley: Day 3

Golfweek.com senior writer Ryan Lavner gives you a Take 5 from the second round at the Junior Invitational.

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

Lance Ringler interviews Hunter Mahan at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship

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

Austin Cody is competing in his fourth and final Palmetto High School Championship. Golfweek.com followed the Pinewood Prep senior throughout his opening round.

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

Asher Wildman challenges the college-bound players at the Golfweek Junior Series at Longbow Country Club in Mesa, Ariz., to see if they're ready to take on the SATs.

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