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Brentley Romine
Derek Castillo and Kristen Gillman after claiming stoke-play-medalist honors at the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Derek Castillo and Kristen Gillman after claiming stoke-play-medalist honors at the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic.

Derek Castillo and Kristen Gillman took stroke-play-medalist honors Tuesday at the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The pair earn the top seeds for match play in the boys and girls division, respectively.

Castillo fired a 3-under 68 to finish the two rounds of stroke play at 3 under. Scottie Scheffler finished runner-up at even par while Ben Griffin was solo third at 1 over.

Gillman's 3-over 75 gave her a 1-over 145 total, one shot better than Michaela Owen.

Other notables advancing to Wednesday's first round of match play include ...

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Brentley Romine
Jonah Texeira, shown here signing with USC during the early signing period, shot 5-under 67 to grab the first-round lead at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Jonah Texeira, shown here signing with USC during the early signing period, shot 5-under 67 to grab the first-round lead at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.

Jonah Texeira of Sun Valley, Calif., carded a 5-under 67 to grab the first-round lead at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.

Texeira made six birdies, including five on the front nine, at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The USC signee leads the boys division by a shot over Cameron Young of Scarborough, N.Y.

Dallas native Scottie Scheffler, a Texas signee and the 2013 AJGA Rolex player of the year, is tied for third at 2 under along with Hidetoshi Yoshihara of Japan and Grant Hirschman of Collierville, Tenn. LSU commit Sam Burns and Texas signee Doug Ghim ...

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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
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
Nicole Morales
Nicole Morales (center) signs with Alabama.
Nicole Morales (center) signs with Alabama.

Hey everyone!

A lot has happened in the past few weeks. Wednesday was National Signing Day and I’m excited to say that I signed my National Letter of Intent to the University of Alabama! ROLL TIDE! I’m so excited that I am officially part of the Crimson Tide family, and can’t wait to play in the fall. I’m so fortunate to be going into Alabama alongside one of my best friends, Lakarabe Abe. As teammates, I know that we are going to have so much fun, and will do our best to represent Alabama with pride ...

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Categories: 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.

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 Girls Rankings as of Oct. 30. Players in bold signify ...

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November 11, 2013 | 3:46 p.m.

Player of the week: Anna Hack

Golfweek Staff

Anna Hack of Murray, Ky., carded rounds of 73-77 to finish at 6-over 150 and win the girls 15-19 division of the Golfweek Junior Tour event at Bowling Green (Ky.) Country Club on Nov. 10. Hack won by eight shots over Mary Joiner of Franklin, Ky. The victory was the fifth for Hack on the Golfweek Junior Tour.

Categories: Girls, Player of the Week
November 4, 2013 | 3:59 p.m.

Player of the week: Bailey Tardy

Bailey Tardy won the Golfweek Junior Invitational on Nov. 3 after posting 3-under 141 (69-72) at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Tardy, of Norcross, Ga., held onto her first round lead to win this event for the first time in her career. She also played each of the past two years. Tardy was medalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior during the summer and recently was named an honorable mention Rolex AJGA All-American. She is committed to play college golf for Georgia.

Categories: Girls, 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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November 1, 2013 | 3:28 p.m.

Preview: Golfweek Junior Invitational

Julie Williams
Bailey Tardy during the 2013 U.S. Girls Junior.
Bailey Tardy during the 2013 U.S. Girls Junior.

When: Nov. 2-3

Where: Shingle Creek Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.

The scoop: The women’s division is highlighted this year by Bailey Tardy, a University of Georgia commit who won medalist honors at the U.S. Girls’ Junior this summer. Tardy hits a long ball, which can be a big advantage at Shingle Creek. The last time this tournament was played here, in 2011, another long ball-hitter won the title – Annie Park, last year’s college player of the year.

Tardy could feel pressure from a handful of Floridians in the field. Emma Albrecht of Ormond Beach, Fla., had three ...

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