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Brentley Romine
Members of Team Georgia celebrate during Day 1 of the 2014 PGA Junior League Golf Championship Friday at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.
Members of Team Georgia celebrate during Day 1 of the 2014 PGA Junior League Golf Championship Friday at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.

Defending champion Team Georgia won both of its matches Friday at the PGA Junior League Golf Championship in Duluth, Ga.

The team from Atlanta defeated Team New Jersey, 9 ½ -2 ½, before downing Team Tennessee, 10-2, at TPC Sugarloaf. Georgia will play Team Connecticut Saturday for a berth in Sunday's championship match.

“We could have made a few more putts today, but I’m really happy with how we played,” said Chuck Scoggins, a PGA professional and captain of Team Georgia. “The competition here this year is really strong, and we have a tough few days ahead of ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls
October 13, 2014 | 9:19 p.m.

Papp, Trosper win shortened Ping Invitational

Andy Zunz
2014 Ping Invitational champions Kaitlyn Papp and Donnie Trosper.
2014 Ping Invitational champions Kaitlyn Papp and Donnie Trosper.

Scores: Boys | Girls

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Donnie Trosper and Kaitlyn Papp secured Ping Invitational titles after the weather made course conditions unplayable at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

Trosper finished at 4-under 140 in the 36-hole event, beating out Brad Dalke by three strokes.

“It means the world to me,” Trosper said in a release. “Something just clicked in my swing and in my putting; everything came together. I knew for the last three years I was missing one thing in my game, and this season it just all came together.”

The win is Trosper's fourth AJGA title, putting him even with ...

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October 12, 2014 | 6:20 p.m.

Trosper, Papp lead Ping Invitational after 68s

Andy Zunz
Donnie Trosper takes a lead into the final round of the Ping Invitational.
Donnie Trosper takes a lead into the final round of the Ping Invitational.

Donnie Trosper carded the only round in the 60s through two rounds of the AJGA Ping Invitational, taking a three-stroke lead in the boys division over defending champion Brad Dalke heading into the final day.

Trosper had six birdies on the par-72, 7,380-yard Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., moving to 4 under through 36 holes. Trosper, ranked No. 63 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Ranking, is trailed by some of the top players in junior golf.

Dalke (No. 6) is at 1 under, Austin Connelly (No. 5) sits five strokes back, Gabriel Lench (No. 38) is six strokes behind ...

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Brentley Romine
Megan Khang won the 2013 AJGA Ping Invitational.
Megan Khang won the 2013 AJGA Ping Invitational.

Megan Khang and Austin Connelly are two of the top junior golfers in the country and will tee it up this weekend at the Ping Invitational.

Both players are also not currently committed to a college.

"I've narrowed it down," said Khang, a Rockland, Mass., native. "But that's all I'm going to say."

Khang told the Boston Globe in June that Wake Forest and North Carolina were two schools she was considering, and that a decision was "going to happen soon." Four months later, Khang is still weighing her options.

As for Connelly, he was committed to ...

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Jim McCabe
The second annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals will take place April 5 at Augusta National Golf Club. Pictured are last year's age-group winners.
The second annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals will take place April 5 at Augusta National Golf Club. Pictured are last year's age-group winners.

AUGUSTA, Ga. –– Come next April, be prepared to fall in love all over again. With golf. With the Masters. With that annual pilgrimage that is unlike anything else in sports.

Oh, and with Kelly Xu.

The young girl from Santa Monica, Calif., may not have completely stolen the show at the inaugural Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship National Finals, but oh, how she encapsulated what that Sunday was like last April.

Though there was the full support of Augusta National Golf Club and the organizational backing of the PGA of America and U.S. Golf Association, any first-time endeavor presents ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls, Top Stories
October 3, 2014 | 6 a.m.

PGA Junior League Golf continues to grow

Brentley Romine
Aimed at presenting golf in a fun and social environment, PGA Junior League Golf was formed in 2011 as a way for kids 13 and under to learn and compete in the game. Since that pilot year, the organization has seen significant growth.
Aimed at presenting golf in a fun and social environment, PGA Junior League Golf was formed in 2011 as a way for kids 13 and under to learn and compete in the game. Since that pilot year, the organization has seen significant growth.

For young golfers looking to get started in the sport, the PGA Junior League Golf offers itself as the solution.

Aimed at presenting golf in a fun and social environment, PGA Junior League Golf was formed in 2011 as a way for kids 13 and younger to learn and compete in the game. No prior playing experience is needed, either, and the teams are co-ed.

Since that pilot year, the organization has undergone significant growth. In 2013, the league had about 700 teams and 9,000 participants nationwide. This year, those numbers have more than doubled, to 1,500 teams ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls
Brentley Romine
Mika Liu took medalist honors in leading the U.S. to the team title at the World Junior Girls Championship.
Mika Liu took medalist honors in leading the U.S. to the team title at the World Junior Girls Championship.

Final scores

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The U.S. wrapped up a decisive victory Wednesday at the World Junior Girls Championship in Markham, Ontario.

The three-player American team closed with an even-par 144 to end the 72-hole event at Angus Glen Golf Club's South course at 17-under 559. Sweden, helped by a final-round 139, finished second at 1-over 577, three shots ahead of third-place Canada.

Mika Liu took medalist honors for the U.S., shooting 9-under 279. She finished three shots clear of teammate Megan Khang. Angel Yin (T-5) was the other member of the U.S. team.

Sweden was paced by third-place ...

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Categories: Junior, Girls
Andy Zunz
From left: Kristen Gillman (USA) and Bradley Neil (Europe) posted strong performances on day one of the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup.
From left: Kristen Gillman (USA) and Bradley Neil (Europe) posted strong performances on day one of the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup.

The United States took the lead through the first day of the Junior Ryder Cup, but Europe is hanging around.

Team USA leads 7.5-4.5 through foursomes and fourballs at Blairgowrie Golf Club in Scotland, setting up an all-important day of singles matches Tuesday.

Sam Burns, Austin Connelly, Davis Riley and Kristen Gillman led the way for the U.S. by going undefeated in their matches Monday. Burns and Dalke teamed up to take down the pairing of Marcus Kinhult and John Axelsen 4 and 3 in the morning, then Burns turned around and defeated the pairing of Kinhult ...

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September 21, 2014 | 6 a.m.

Junior Ryder Cup: U.S. player capsules

Brentley Romine
Brad Dalke (left) and Sam Burns are two of the 12 junior golfers who will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup.
Brad Dalke (left) and Sam Burns are two of the 12 junior golfers who will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup.

The 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup will take place Monday-Tuesday at Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland.

The Americans have won the past three Junior Ryder Cups. This year's team will be led by LSU commit Sam Burns and Stanford commit Andrea Lee. Burns and Lee were the top qualifying players while Gordon Neale, Kristen Gillman and Bethany Wu earned their spots via their finish at the Junior PGA

Brad Dalke, Cameron Young, Austin Connelly, Davis Riley, Sierra Brooks, Amy Lee and Hannah O'Sullivan were captain's picks.

Here is a closer look at the 12-player U ...

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September 21, 2014 | 6 a.m.

Junior Ryder Cup: European player capsules

Andy Zunz
Marcus Kinhult and Linnea Strom lead Team Europe in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup.
Marcus Kinhult and Linnea Strom lead Team Europe in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup.

The 2014 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup will take place Monday-Tuesday at Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. Here is a closer look at the 12-player European team:

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John Axelsen

Country: Denmark

Age: 16

WAGR Ranking: 144

Career highlights: Won 2014 McGregor Trophy and 2014 Danish International Amateur Championship; runner-up at 2014 German Boys; qualified for match play at 2014 Open Amateur

Buzz: Axelsen's strong runner-up performance at the European Young Masters helped him earn a spot on the team. But that wasn't the only success he's had this summer, having won the McGregor Trophy and Danish ...

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September 19, 2014 | 2:13 p.m.

Disneyland Paris to host 2018 Junior Ryder Cup

Andy Zunz
Team Europe spent the day at Disneyland Paris, site of the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup.
Team Europe spent the day at Disneyland Paris, site of the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup.

Disneyland Paris will host the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, bringing some of the world's top juniors to France the same week as the Ryder Cup.

The Ryder Cup will be held in France for the first time in its history and will be played at Le Golf National, about 37 miles from Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris has hosted two European Challenge Tour events – once in 1993 when Phil Mickelson took home the title and again in 2011.

The 2014 Junior Ryder Cup will take place Sept. 22-24 at the Blairgowrie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland.

Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys, Girls

Registration is underway for the 2014 Golfweek International Junior Invitational, a 36-hole event Nov. 1-2 at ChampionsGate Resort near Orlando, Fla. Anyone wanting to receive a special invitation to the event may submit their request along with a golf tournament resume to creese@golfweek.com. Keep track of the field here.

Players with top finishes Performance Based entry status from the AJGA, including full exemption for the winners. Please contact Carlton Reese, creeese@golfweek.com, or Julie Williams, jwilliams@golfweek.com, with questions.

BOYS

  • Luis Acevedo, Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Patrick Allgeier, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Zhen Kai Bai, China
  • Garrett Barber, West ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls, International
Andy Zunz
Lauren Stephenson shot a 5-under 67 to win the AJGA Girls Championship.
Lauren Stephenson shot a 5-under 67 to win the AJGA Girls Championship.

Lauren Stephenson showed fight at the AJGA Girls Championship, where she won by three strokes at The Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C.

Stephenson, the No. 9 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking, is a South Carolina native.

Here are some key numbers from the Aug. 29 - Sept. 1 tournament.

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6: That's how many birdies Lauren Stephenson made en route to firing a 5-under 67 in the final round, coming back to win the tournament by three strokes. Stephenson, a Clemson commit for the class of 2015, shot the low round of the day in the final round ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Girls
August 25, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.

USGA selects World Junior Girls' team

Golfweek Staff
Angel Yin is one of three golfers selected to theU.S. World Junior Girls' Team Championship squad.
Angel Yin is one of three golfers selected to theU.S. World Junior Girls' Team Championship squad.

Megan Khang, Mika Liu and Angel Yin are the USGA's selections for the United States World Junior Girls' Team Championship squad.

The trio will represent the United States Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Ontario, Canada.

Khang, 16, from Rockland, Mass., is the No. 5 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Ranking. Liu, 15, from Beverly Hills, Calif., is No. 28 in the Golfweek ranking. And Yin, 15, from Arcadia, Calif., is No. 4.

The event is a 72-hole stroke play competition that pits three-player teams from 15 different countries. The Republic of Korea ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Girls
Julie Williams
Rose Huang during the Junior PGA Championship.
Rose Huang during the Junior PGA Championship.

AUSTIN, Texas – Rose Huang left her home in Honolulu 34 days ago, and in that time has played competitive golf 18 days on the “mainland,” as she refers to the upper 48. The AJGA’s Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship is her last competitive event before she returns home on Aug. 15. The very next day, however, she flies to Kauai for the Hawaii Mixed Team Championship.

That one, she says, is just for fun.

One could argue that most of what Huang, a petite 17-year-old, does these days is just for fun. She eats a lot of peanut butter ...

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