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Julie Williams
Scottie Scheffler and Alison Lee with their AJGA Rolex Player of the Year trophies.
Scottie Scheffler and Alison Lee with their AJGA Rolex Player of the Year trophies.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Alison Lee was seconds into her Rolex Player of the Year acceptance speech when these words marked the end of an era in junior golf.

“I’m a college girl now,” said Lee, Golfweek’s top-ranked college player after one semester and two individual titles at UCLA.

Lee made the cross-country trip to accept her award at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet on Nov. 24 at PGA National. In a sparkling black dress, hair in soft curls, Lee made her way through a long list of thank yous. It’s understandable for a player who ...

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Golfweek Staff
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.

Among the American Junior Golf Association’s most well-known practices is its rigid pace-of-play guidelines. In that spirit, executive director Stephen Hamblin vowed Sunday night to keep the AJGA’s annual Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet on a similarly rigid schedule. Minutes into the program, the pace fell off.

Hamblin was honored Sunday night for 30 years of service to the AJGA. In recognition of his time with the AJGA, colleagues raised more than $100,000 for the endowment of the Stephen A. Hamblin Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant. They announced the endowment, to Hamblin’s surprise, at the start ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Golfweek Staff
From left to right, Shannon Aubert, Nicole Morales and Lakareber Abe are among the top girls players in the Class of 2014.
From left to right, Shannon Aubert, Nicole Morales and Lakareber Abe are among the top girls players in the Class of 2014.

With the early signing period for college golf in the books, Golfweek staffers Lance Ringler, Julie Williams, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine take a look back.

Which men's and women's team had the best class? Which players could make immediate impacts with their future teams?

Those questions and more are answered in this signing period roundtable:

• • •

1. Which men's team had the best class? Which women's team had the best class?

Lance Ringler, Assistant Editor Golfweek.com: It would be really hard to top Texas on paper. Head coach John Fields locked up three top 25 ...

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November 19, 2013 | 5:48 p.m.

Preview: AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic

Adam Wood, left, and Ariya Jutanugarn won the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic titles on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Adam Wood, left, and Ariya Jutanugarn won the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic titles on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Some of the country’s top players headline the field at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. The tournament, to be played Nov. 25-29 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will feature 36 holes of stroke play followed by five rounds of match play.

The Rolex Junior All-Americans will be honored at a pre-tournament banquet. The 156-player field features 76 current and former Rolex All-Americans. The top 32 boys and the top 32 girls advance to match play.

BOYS

1. Scott Scheffler: Scheffler put himself in great position to win the event in 2012 by earning the No. 1 ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls
November 19, 2013 | 4:59 p.m.

Burns (No. 10, 2015) commits to LSU

The Alabama Crimson Tide came out victorious over the LSU Tigers on the football field Nov. 9. But the Tide fell when it came to Sam Burns’ commitment.

Burns, the No. 10 player in the class of 2015 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings, announced his verbal commitment to LSU on Nov. 15.

“I just felt like LSU could make me the best I could be,” Burns said. “Coach (Churck) Winstead is a really good guy. He knows a lot about golf, and I felt like he has a plan that could help get me to the next level ...

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Brentley Romine
Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee posted three match victories while Brad Dalke and Austin Connelly each won a pair of matches to help the West capture a third straight Winn Junior Cup title with a 19-12 victory last weekend at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

Dalke has now been a part of three Winn Junior Cup titles while Lee also helped the West win last year.

West captain Natalie Gulbis' squad held a five-point advantage after Saturday. Dalke and Connelly won their morning scramble match against Jorge Garcia and Ben Griffin before falling in their afternoon four-ball match, 1 down.

Lee ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories
November 13, 2013 | 6:19 p.m.

National Signing Day: Class of 2014 boys signees

Golfweek Staff
From left to right, Scottie Scheffler, Doug Ghim and Austen Truslow are among the top boys players in the Class of 2014.
From left to right, Scottie Scheffler, Doug Ghim and Austen Truslow are among the top boys players in the Class of 2014.

The top junior golfers in the country have begun to pull out their pens. The signing period for players in the graduating Class of 2014 began Nov. 13, and Golfweek will record the national letters of intent here as they roll in.

To share a signing or signing photo with Golfweek, please email Brentley Romine at bromine@golfweek.com.

We ask for the player's name, hometown, college and photo credit if applicable.

For NLI tweets: @GolfweekRingler, @GolfweekBromine, @GolfweekCassie, @GolfweekJules

Players listed below in order based on Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Boys Rankings as of Oct. 30. Players in bold signify ...

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Categories: College, Men, Junior, Boys, Top Stories
November 11, 2013 | 3:34 p.m.

Player of the week: Jacob Solomon

Golfweek Staff

Jacob Solomon of Dublin, Calif., won the FCWT event at Coyote Creek Golf Club on Nov. 10 in San Jose, Calif. Solomon carded rounds of 70-68 to finish at 4-under 138, one shot ahead of Cody Riecks of Auburn, Calif. Solomon held the third-round lead at the 2013 Junior PGA Championship before finishing third. He also won the FCWT event at San Ramon earlier this year, and won three AJGA events in 2012.

Categories: Boys, Player of the Week
November 4, 2013 | 3:54 p.m.

Player of the week: Luis Garza

Luis Garza won the Golfweek Junior Invitational on Nov. 3 after posting 6-under 138 (70-68) at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Garza was part of a three-way tie for the lead after a rainy first round, and pulled away from the field in Round 2 to win by three shots. Garza is in his third year at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. He won the Optimist Tournament of Champions (14-15 age division) last fall as well as the 2012 FCWT Tour Championship (13-15 age division).

Categories: Boys, Player of the Week
Brentley Romine
Brad Dalke hits his tee shot at No. 15 during the 66th U. S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp Club.
Brad Dalke hits his tee shot at No. 15 during the 66th U. S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp Club.

Brad Dalke and Andrea Lee will return to help the West defend its title at the Winn Junior Cup Challenge on Nov. 15-17 at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

Dalke, of Hobart, Okla., and Lee, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., both competed on last year's West team that won 22-9. They will be joined this year by teammates Austin Connelly, of Irving, Texas, and Amy Lee, of Brea, Calif.

The West has won two straight Winn Junior Cup titles with Dalke being a part of both teams.

The East will be represented this year by Jorge Garcia of ...

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Brentley Romine
Megan Khang lines up a putt during the U.S. Girls' Junior.
Megan Khang lines up a putt during the U.S. Girls' Junior.

Megan Khang became the first female overall winner of the Faldo Golf Series Grand Final on Oct. 24 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Khang, of Rockland, Mass., fired rounds of 70-71-69 to win by two shots over Paul Kinnear of England, who won the Boys Under-21 division. Khang also won the Girls Under-16 division by 13 shots over Olivia Mehaffey and Kristen Gillman.

She also was the first American overall winner in the event's 17 years.

"I did not know I was the first girl (overall) winner until I reached the (final) green," Khang ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Julie Williams
Bailey Tardy, left, and Luis Garza won the Golfweek Junior Invitational at Shingle Creek.
Bailey Tardy, left, and Luis Garza won the Golfweek Junior Invitational at Shingle Creek.

Boys results

Girls results

ORLANDO, Fla. – Not much has changed in the nearly four months since Bailey Tardy was medalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Tardy joined an elite group that day in July – that of stroke-play winner in a U.S. Golf Association championship – but the only tangible difference she notices is a little bit of improved confidence.

Confidence, however, breeds success.

Tardy won the Golfweek Junior Invitational on Nov. 3 by two shots. Her first-round 3-under 69 at Shingle Creek gave her a three-shot cushion entering the final round. An even-par 72 on Sunday left her at ...

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October 30, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.

Player of the week: Jacob Bishop

Bishop of Edmond, Okla., shot 7-under 63 at the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Red River Challenge to win the rain-shortened event by three shots. Bishop’s round at Dornick Hills Golf Club in Ardmore, Okla., broke the previous scoring record of 64 at the event. Jordan Spieth held that record. Bishop finished ninth at this event a year ago.

Categories: Boys, Player of the Week
October 29, 2013 | 2:44 p.m.

AJGA announces 2013 Rolex All-Americans

Golfweek Staff
Zachary Bauchou
Zachary Bauchou

The AJGA has announced its roster of 2013 Rolex All-Americans, an honor annually bestowed upon the top junior golfers in the world. This year’s list of 49 boys and 48 girls includes golfers from 24 states, Puerto Rico and seven countries.

Award winners will be honored Nov. 24 during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Junior All-America Teams

Boys

First Team

Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va.

Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas

George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz.

Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla.

Jorge Garcia, Miami, Fla.

Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas

Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Cassie Stein
Scott Scheffler
Scott Scheffler

Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., and Scott Scheffler of Dallas were named the Rolex Junior Players of the Year the AJGA announced on Tuesday.

Now a freshman at UCLA, Lee won all three of her starts on the AJGA and was on the victories Wyndham Cup (West) and Ping Junior Solheim Cup (USA) teams. She is a six-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American and has a total of nine AJGA victories.

Scheffler, 17, joined the likes of Jordan Spieth when he became the fifth Texan to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in July. He finished 10th or better in ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories

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