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October 30, 2014 | noon

AJGA unveils 2014 Rolex All-Americans

Golfweek Staff
Kristen Gillman during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Kristen Gillman during the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.

The AJGA has announced its roster of 2014 Rolex All-Americans, an honor annually bestowed upon the top junior golfers in the world. This year’s list includes 48 girls and 48 boys who stand out for their play in 123 events around the nation (108 of which are AJGA events).

The AJGA has been recognizing its All-Americans since 1978. This year’s list includes players from 18 states and 10 foreign countries. They will be honored Nov. 23 at the Rolex Junior All-America Banquet, held in conjuction with the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls, Top Stories
Andy Zunz
Andrea Lee is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
Andrea Lee is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.

In May, Andrea Lee was still looking for her first big junior win, but her main goal was simple: become the Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

What a difference six months can make.

Lee has since won two AJGA Invitationals and made the cut at the U.S. Women's Open. Now she can check another goal off her list – on she was named the 2014 Rolex Player of the Year on Thursday.

Lee, a 16-year-old Stanford commit, is the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Ranking. Her breakthrough came at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, where ...

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Andy Zunz
Team California players congratulate each other on number nine during the PGA Junior League Golf Championship.
Team California players congratulate each other on number nine during the PGA Junior League Golf Championship.

Team California took the 2014 PGA Junior League Golf Championship with a 7-5 win over Team Georgia, which was playing in its home state in Duluth at TPC Sugarloaf.

“I am overjoyed right now and it’s been an incredible ride,” said California captain Jim Collins in a release. “I am so proud of my team and to win a national championship really puts an exclamation point on my career.”

The eight teams played three matches from Friday to Saturday, with the top teams earning the chance to represent the East or the West in the final. The eight teams ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Boys, Girls
Brentley Romine
Team Georgia celebrates after advancing to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship final, where it will face Team California on Sunday.
Team Georgia celebrates after advancing to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship final, where it will face Team California on Sunday.

For the third straight year, Team Georgia and Team California will play for the title at the PGA Junior League Golf Championship.

The two teams, Georgia from Atlanta and California from San Ramon, will play Sunday morning at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. Georgia is the defending champion while California won the title two years ago.

Georgia wrapped up a 3-0 record in conference play Saturday with a 10-2 victory over Team Connecticut. California played two matches on Saturday, beating Team New Jersey, 11-1, and Team Indiana, 9 1/2 - 2 1/2.

The eight teams in attendance were split ...

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Categories: Junior, Boys, Girls
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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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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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

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