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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

Tee times and pairings for Saturday's first round of the Golfweek International Junior Invitational at ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando, Fla.

BOYS DIVISION - International Course

No. 1 Tee


8:00: Jack Comstock, Benjamin Shipp, Tyler Pearson

8:08: William Gordon, Andrew Walker, States Fort

8:17: Camilo Mexsen, Michael Saccente, Ryan Gerard

8:25: Travis Trace, Tiger Lee, Sam Jung

8:34: Won Jun Lee, Tony Jiang, Zachary Bariso

8:42: Greyson Porter, Spenser Slayden, Matt Corio

8:51: Geuntae Kim, Jackson Shoenfelt, Alvaro Escalada

8:59: Nolan Ray, Zach Norris, Gunnar Doyle

9:08: Bryce Burke, Jacob Eklund, Hayden ...

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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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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

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