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Cassie Stein
Austin Connelly won the FJ Invitational June 13 by six shots.
Austin Connelly won the FJ Invitational June 13 by six shots.

Austin Connelly shot a final round 3-under 67 Friday to claim the FJ Invitational at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

Connelly, a 2015 SMU commit, shot a 9-under 271 total in the 72-hole event for a six-shot victory over K.K. Limbhasut of Loma Linda, Calif. Limbhasut will attend California in the fall.

"It was a great way to start off summer," said Connelly, who has the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the North and South Amateur coming up on his schedule. "I played really well, just tried to keep calm and play smart all week, and it ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys
Golfweek Staff
The Golfweek Junior Invitational Series consists of five events across the U.S., from Arizona to Florida.
The Golfweek Junior Invitational Series consists of five events across the U.S., from Arizona to Florida.

Golfweek’s Junior Invitational series has expanded to five events with the creation of the Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational. And this one has a twist.

The Southeast Junior Invitational will be played in Myrtle Beach, S.C. the day before the first event in Golfweek’s nine-tournament Collegiate Series, the Golfweek Program Challenge. Twenty-four college teams will assemble down the road at Caledonia GC (women) and True Blue GC (men) while junior golfers will play at Willbrook Plantation in Pawley's Island, S.C.

In hosting these two events back-to-back and at nearby venues, our goal is to provide college ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls
Cassie Stein
Brian Stuard fired a first-round bogey-free 6-under 64 at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club during the first round of the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier.
Brian Stuard fired a first-round bogey-free 6-under 64 at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club during the first round of the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier.

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Two flawless rounds by veteran Brian Stuard has sent the 31-year-old to his second consecutive U.S. Open. The championship will take place June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Stuard, of Jackson, Mich., shot 64-65 (11 under) to earn medalist honors by six at the Springfield (Ohio) Country Club sectional qualifying. Also qualifying was 17-year-old Will Grimmer (70-65) and Chris Thompson (66-70).

Stuard, who is playing in his third full season on the PGA Tour, has played in 20 events and has made 12 cuts while earning more than ...

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Nick Masuda
Andy Zhang fired a 9-under 63 to win the AJGA's Thunderbird International on Monday at the Grayhawk Golf Club.
Andy Zhang fired a 9-under 63 to win the AJGA's Thunderbird International on Monday at the Grayhawk Golf Club.

Just two short years ago, Andy Zhang was in the middle of a media blitz.

The 14-year-old from China had become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Open, not to mention the first player from China to participate in the national championship. Interviews with Rick Reilly of ESPN and reporters following him in the fairways during his first practice round ensued.

He handled the questions and attention with ease, and even played solidly, holding his own against the best in the world.

But the week at Olympic Club in San Francisco gave him a false sense of ...

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Cameron Champ fired a 1-under 69 to secure a two-shot victory at the Memorial Amateur.
Cameron Champ fired a 1-under 69 to secure a two-shot victory at the Memorial Amateur.

CARMICHAEL, Calif. –– In a junior career filled with championships and accolades, Cameron Champ can now count the Memorial Amateur as another feather in his cap.

Champ shot a final-round, 1-under 69 at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course on Monday, posting 6-under 204 to clear Matt Hansen by two strokes.

“[The win] definitely builds my confidence a lot,” Champ said. “It’s the first tournament I’ve really played solid all three rounds.”

Hansen shot a 69 as well to take solo second at 4-under 206, and Jonny Baxter and Gunn Yang tied for third at 207.

The shot of the day ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Junior, Boys, Top Stories
Cameron Champ fired a 5-under 65 on Sunday to take the lead at the Memorial Amateur.
Cameron Champ fired a 5-under 65 on Sunday to take the lead at the Memorial Amateur.

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Last week, the Sacramento Bee opined that Cameron Champ could become the “best golfer ever from Sacramento.” As Kevin Sutherland, Nick Watney and Natalie Gulbis all grew up and played golf in the area, it’s quite a billing to live up to, considering Champ has yet to step foot on campus for his freshman year at Texas A&M, let alone turn professional.

On Sunday at the Memorial Amateur, his game spoke for itself.

Champ shot a 5-under 65 at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course, using his distance to his advantage, as he made six birdies and just ...

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Andy Zunz
Sam Burns hits his tee ball on the par-4 3rd hole during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.
Sam Burns hits his tee ball on the par-4 3rd hole during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Sam Burns fired a second-straight 66, taking the lead through 36 holes at the Thunderbird International Junior on Saturday.

Burns, who sits at 12 under, is four strokes ahead of Andy Zhang and Zachary Bauchou at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Burns made eight birdies on the day, going bogey-free through his first 15 holes.

“I just want to stay in the moment, do what I’ve been doing and make sure I stay positive,” Burns said in a release. “A lot can go on out there that I can’t control. I just have to stay positive and ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys
Andy Zunz
Andy Zhang in the first round of the Thunderbird International Junior
Andy Zhang in the first round of the Thunderbird International Junior

Andy Zhang eagled his final hole of the day, carding a 7-under 65 in the first round of the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz. But the class-of-2016 standout does not have a lot of breathing room heading into the second round at Grayhawk Golf Club with Sam Burns and Zachary Bauchou sitting one stroke behind at 6 under.

Zhang, the No. 6 junior in Golfweek's rankings, played the final five holes of the course at 4 under. He also eagled two holes – the par-5 seventh and 18th.

Burns, a class-of-2015 LSU commit, racked up nine birdies en ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys
Brad Dalke
Brad Dalke during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.
Brad Dalke during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.

I have been very busy trying to balance out golf and school. The last few months of the school year are always tough because I start to play more tournaments and we are trying to get a lot of school work done before summer break. It's been busy, but I'm finally done with school, and I'm ready to travel and play some golf!

Since I last blogged, I have played in the Terra Cotta Amateur in Naples, Fla.; the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in Graniteville, S.C.; and several high school events including the Oklahoma 2A ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Brad Dalke
Jorge Garcia
Jorge Garcia

The AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior will kick off a summer filled of events on the AJGA junior circuit May 23-26 at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.

As the 15th annual event, the Thunderbird will once again invite an international mix of boys and girls between ages 12-18 to play in the 54-hole stroke play event.

Between the boys and girls divisions, 17 countries will be represented at the event in the 78-player format. For the United States alone, over 10 different states will be represented.

Three past champions will attend the 2014 event, hoping to ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Julie Williams
Madeline Chou won the Golfweek West Coast Junior at Mesa (Ariz.) Country Club.
Madeline Chou won the Golfweek West Coast Junior at Mesa (Ariz.) Country Club.

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MESA, Ariz. – On a blazing Saturday in the desert, Madeline Chou managed to keep her cool enough to post a 3-under 69. Twenty-four hours later, and after another round just like it, Chou earned one of the biggest junior-golf titles of her young career.

Chou’s 6-under 138 at Mesa Country Club gave her a five-shot victory at Golfweek’s West Coast Junior Invitational. The 15-year-old from Santa Ana, Calif., made just two bogeys over 36 holes and covered with eight birdies.

“This is a really important tournament for me,” said Chou, who is ranked No ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls, West Coast
Cassie Stein
Jorge Garcia has a new attitude towards the game, which has transitioned over to his play on the course.
Jorge Garcia has a new attitude towards the game, which has transitioned over to his play on the course.

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. – Over the last year and a half, Jorge Garcia has changed his attitude for the better. With his adjustment, his game has subsequently followed suit.

With his finish last week – T-10 at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley – Garcia becomes the third player in tournament history to record back-to-back top 10s in the event's four-year history. He joins the likes of Robby Shelton in 2012-13 and Matt NeSmith in 2011-12.

“It actually means a lot to me that I keep finding away to find a top 10 even though I’m not playing my best golf ...

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Julie Williams
A view of the sunrise from the Sage Valley Golf Club clubhouse during the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.
A view of the sunrise from the Sage Valley Golf Club clubhouse during the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. – With just more than an hour to go until the final group's players hit their tee shots in the deciding round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, I experienced something I never have in covering junior golf: a traffic jam.

As we crept down that steep entrance road in our big shuttle bus, one car after another bailed left, hopping a curb and parking alongside the road after a field designated for parking had overflown. That many people wanted to pass through Sage Valley Golf Club’s gates on a beautiful Saturday morning to watch ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys
Brentley Romine
Cameron Champ during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.
Cameron Champ during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.

A year ago, Cameron Champ might have let his emotions get the best of him.

But after failing to complete a final-round comeback Saturday at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, Champ handled defeat well and although he faltered late, he showed a marked improvement in dealing with the pressures of contending.

"First two years here, I never had the chance to win, kind of just middle of the pack, played well the last day sort of thing," said Champ, who was T-13 last year at Sage Valley and T-14 in 2012. "It was really nice to play well today ...

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Cassie Stein
Scottie Scheffler used a full bag of Nike equipment to win the 2014 Junior Invitational.
Scottie Scheffler used a full bag of Nike equipment to win the 2014 Junior Invitational.

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. – Scottie Scheffler secured a one-shot victory over Cameron Champ in the 2014 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club on April 26.

Here is a complete list of the clubs Scheffler used:

DRIVER: Nike VR_S Covert (9.5 degrees with Mitsubishi Rayon/Diamana shaft)

FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike VR_S Covert 3 wood (15 degrees with Mitsubishi Rayon/Diamana shaft)

HYBRID: Nike Covert 3 Hybrid Tour AD (20 degrees with Mitsubishi Rayon/Diamana shaft)

IRONS: Nike VRS Forged (4-PW)

WEDGES: Nike VRS Forged (52, 56, 60 degrees)

PUTTER: Nike Method Core

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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