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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.

The 2014 Junior Players Championship begins Friday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The 54-hole event, which concludes Sunday, will be played on the Players Stadium Course, site of The Players Championship. Seventy-eight junior golfers from 18 countries are set to participate in the AJGA invitational tournament.

Past winners of the event, now in its eighth year, include current PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann, former Alabama standout Bobby Wyatt and current Alabama sophomore Robby Shelton.

Who will hoist the trophy this year? Here are 10 candidates:

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Zachary Bauchou

The Oklahoma State commit might fly under the radar at ...

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Brad Dalke
Brad Dalke during the first round of the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Brad Dalke during the first round of the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

I can’t believe my summer is over!

School started Aug. 18, and I now have to adjust to the discipline of school and schoolwork mixed in with golf and practice.

My summer has been very busy and I am sad to see it over, but in one year, I will go to the University of Oklahoma to play golf and get a great education. Going to OU has been a dream of mine from my earliest memories and it is hard to believe that I am that close to that dream coming true!

Some of my best memories from ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Brad Dalke
Brentley Romine

Penn State earned itself a pair of 2015 commitments this past week in Ryan Dornes and Charles Huntzinger.

Dornes, a 17-year-old Lancaster, Pa., native and senior at Manheim Township High, is ranked 80th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2015. Huntzinger, 17-year-old Duluth, Ga., native and senior at Peachtree Ridge High, is unranked but still considered one of the top rising seniors in Georgia.

"I chose Penn State because it is where I felt most comfortable and also felt that it was the best place that could provide me with great opportunities on and off the ...

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August 18, 2014 | 3:15 p.m.

Kyler Tate (No. 49, 2015) commits to Florida

Brentley Romine

New Florida head coach J.C. Deacon has landed another recruit for the Class of 2015.

Kyler Tate, a 17-year-old from West Orange High in Winter Garden, Fla., has committed to play college golf for the Gators. Tate is ranked 153rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.

"I always wanted to be a Gator," said Tate, who also had offers from Central Florida, North Florida, Kentucky and Washington State.

Tate suffered a broken left wrist a few years ago and struggled with his swing following the injury. But this year, he won the KPMG Stacy Lewis AJGA Open by six ...

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Julie Williams

AUSTIN, Texas – Chandler Phillips heard the roars on the second hole of the University of Texas Golf Club on Thursday and knew that his go-to strategy of playing aggressively would be especially important. Phillips began the day at the Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship with a two-shot lead, but Charles Kim immediately gave chase.

It began with the hole in one. Kim is a native of nearby Cedar Park, Texas, who has committed to play for the Longhorns beginning next fall. He know the University of Texas track well, but even Kim was surprised by the number of things that ...

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Adam Schupak
Will Zalatoris defeated Jordan Niebrugge during the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Will Zalatoris defeated Jordan Niebrugge during the Round of 64 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Scores from the Round of 64

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Will Zalatoris’ summer keeps getting better. Having already won the Texas State Amateur, the Trans-Miss Championship and U.S. Junior Amateur, Zalatoris knocked off an injured Jordan Niebrugge, 2 and 1, in the Round of 64 at the 114th U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

“I’m the No. 7 seed and I’m playing a Walker Cupper,” Zalatoris said. “But the part that I love is the pressure. I thrive on it.”

Zalatoris, 17, who is from Plano, Texas, jumped out to an early lead winning the second hole ...

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Julie Williams

AUSTIN, Texas – A humble Chandler Phillips pointed to many intangibles when asked about his success through two rounds of the AJGA’s Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship. Phillips insists he always plays well at the University of Texas Golf Club, and always plays well when wearing brightly colored shoelaces.

On Wednesday, Phillips’ were day-glo orange.

Phillips, a 17-year-old from Huntsville, Texas, is the third-ranked boy in the state of Texas, according to Golfweek’s Junior Rankings. He is No. 31 among all juniors. With opening rounds of 67-70 at the par-71 University of Texas track, he is living up to ...

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Julie Williams

AUSTIN, Texas – Standing in the cool brown halls of the University of Texas’ golf center Tuesday, Jordan Spieth barely looked old enough to have left this complex behind. He clutched a 4-iron while reporters – many from local Austin affiliates – grilled him on a Ryder Cup selection less than 48 hours old.

As Spieth noted a little over halfway through the interview, he technically could still be in Austin. Had he not left the Longhorns roster two years early to join the PGA Tour, he would be just finishing his college career. Given the spoils – a John Deere Classic victory, PGA ...

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Julie Williams
Jacob Eklund took the first-round lead at the 2014 Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship.
Jacob Eklund took the first-round lead at the 2014 Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship.

AUSTIN, Texas – Jacob Eklund’s deft touch on the golf course comes, at least in part, from a keen spectator’s eye. When Eklund felt his game going south earlier this month, he drew inspiration from a trip to last week’s PGA Championship.

For Eklund, a freckle-faced 16-year-old with orange curls, watching major-championship golf is old hat. He was in the stands at the 2011 U.S. Open, ’11 PGA Championship, ’13 U.S. Open and this year’s PGA Championship. A native of Carbondale, Ill., Eklund also attends the John Deere Classic every year.

“I was on 18 ...

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Categories: Julie Williams, Junior, Boys, Girls
Julie Williams
Chandler Phillips will play in this week's Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship at the University of Texas (shown here during last month's Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas).
Chandler Phillips will play in this week's Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship at the University of Texas (shown here during last month's Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas).

AUSTIN, Texas – Days after competing in the PGA Championship, where he missed the cut, Jordan Spieth returned to his college town Tuesday to host his first AJGA event, the Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship at the University of Texas golf course. Spieth is one of a handful of Tour players hosting such events, but at 21, the closest in age to the field.

Spieth, the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is only five years removed from winning the AJGA’s Rolex Player of the Year award in 2009 – the same year he won his first of two U ...

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Brentley Romine
The 2014 selections to the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team (clockwise from top left): Andrea Lee, Bethany Wu, Kristen Gillman, Hannah O'Sullivan, Amy Lee, Sierra Brooks, Brad Dalke, Gordon Neale, Austin Connelly, Cameron Young, Davis Riley and Sam Burns.
The 2014 selections to the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team (clockwise from top left): Andrea Lee, Bethany Wu, Kristen Gillman, Hannah O'Sullivan, Amy Lee, Sierra Brooks, Brad Dalke, Gordon Neale, Austin Connelly, Cameron Young, Davis Riley and Sam Burns.

Two days after we learned of the nine automatic qualifiers for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, we now know the 12 members of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team.

The PGA of America announced Tuesday the six boys and six girls who will travel to Perthshire, Scotland, to compete in the Sept. 22-23 event at Blairgowrie Golf Club.

Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., and Gordon Neale of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., earned automatic spots after finishing first and second, respectively, at the Junior PGA Championship. Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas, Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., Davis Riley of Hattiesburg ...

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Nick Masuda
Jimmy Beck posted a 65 on Monday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Jimmy Beck posted a 65 on Monday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – One is a brash, confident 17-year-old who has made plenty of headlines as a standout junior golfer. The other is a short-game whiz who has mainly gone unnoticed while playing for one of the best mid-major colleges in the country.

That's the beauty of the U.S. Amateur – any of the 312 players start one of amateur golf's most grueling test with dreams of lifting the Havemeyer Trophy, whether they are a 13-year-old like Will Thomson (read more here) or a grizzled veteran such as John Pate.

On Monday at the Atlanta Athletic Club, where ...

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Brentley Romine
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

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