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October 29, 2013 | 2:44 p.m.

AJGA announces 2013 Rolex All-Americans

Golfweek Staff
Zachary Bauchou
Zachary Bauchou

The AJGA has announced its roster of 2013 Rolex All-Americans, an honor annually bestowed upon the top junior golfers in the world. This year’s list of 49 boys and 48 girls includes golfers from 24 states, Puerto Rico and seven countries.

Award winners will be honored Nov. 24 during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Junior All-America Teams

Boys

First Team

Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va.

Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas

George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz.

Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla.

Jorge Garcia, Miami, Fla.

Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas

Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill ...

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Cassie Stein
Scott Scheffler
Scott Scheffler

Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., and Scott Scheffler of Dallas were named the Rolex Junior Players of the Year the AJGA announced on Tuesday.

Now a freshman at UCLA, Lee won all three of her starts on the AJGA and was on the victories Wyndham Cup (West) and Ping Junior Solheim Cup (USA) teams. She is a six-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American and has a total of nine AJGA victories.

Scheffler, 17, joined the likes of Jordan Spieth when he became the fifth Texan to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in July. He finished 10th or better in ...

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Golfweek Staff
Yani Tseng will host an AJGA invitational for junior girls beginning 2014.
Yani Tseng will host an AJGA invitational for junior girls beginning 2014.

Yani Tseng is the latest in a contingent of LPGA and PGA Tour players to sign their name to an AJGA event. Tseng, along with the Taiwan-based Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation, will host the Yani Tseng Invitational from 2014-16 in southern California.

The event will be one of 13 invitationals on the AJGA schedule. These tournaments are the most prestigious on the AJGA schedule. The Tseng Invitational, to be played June 30-July 3, 2014, will feature 72 of the top female juniors, including 18 of the top international players.

“I first came to the United States when I was 12 ...

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October 17, 2013 | 1:56 p.m.

Player diary: Bethany Wu (Part 3)

Bethany Wu
Bethany Wu tied for the 13th at the AJGA's Ping Invitational, and now looks ahead to the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Bethany Wu tied for the 13th at the AJGA's Ping Invitational, and now looks ahead to the Polo Golf Junior Classic.

Hey, guys!

I just got back from the PING Invitational this week! It wasn’t one of my best weeks (I finished 12th at 13-over 229), but I had a ton of fun and I learned a lot! (Congrats to winner Megan Khang!) I played with Nicole Morales and Amy Lee in Round 1, and it was a blast! (Nicole is the other junior blogger this year so read her blog, too!) I’ve played with Amy in every tournament this year except for the U.S. Girls’ Junior, so it wasn’t a surprise to find out that I ...

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Brentley Romine
Brad Dalke
Brad Dalke

Two years ago, Brad Dalke became the youngest boy to win an AJGA invitational when he won the 2011 Thunderbird International Junior at 13 years old.

At age 15, Dalke added his second AJGA invitational title, at the 2013 HP Boys Championship.

Now, a couple months after turning 16 years old, Dalke has a third AJGA invitational victory.

Dalke, of Hobart, Okla., outlasted 15-year-old Andy Zhang of Reunion, Fla., to capture the boys-division title at the AJGA Ping Invitational on Monday in Stillwater, Okla. Dalke made a 7-footer for birdie on the final hole to card a final-round even-par 72 ...

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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 put himself in position to win his third AJGA invitational title on Sunday.

Dalke, a 16-year-old Oklahoma commit from Hobart, Okla., fired a 2-under 70 in the second round of the AJGA Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. At 1 under overall, he leads second-place Andy Zhang of Reunion, Fla., by a shot.

In the girls division, Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Nicole Morales of Lake Mary, Fla., and Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas, all carded even-par 72s to share the lead at 1 over.

Dalke totaled eight birdies, six bogeys and four pars in ...

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Golfweek Staff
Lilia Vu
Lilia Vu

Justin Kim of Fullerton, Calif., and Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif., lead after the first round of the Ping Invitational in Stillwater, Okla.

Kim shot an even-par 72 at Karsten Creek, home of the Oklahoma State golf teams. Kim shot a 2 over on the front nine before turning in a 2 under 34 on the back.

In second are Jacob Solomon, Dylan Meyer, Brad Dalke and Andy Zhang at 1-over. Another shot back are Jorge Garcia and Zachary Bauchou.

Vu, a 2015 graduate, also shot an even-par 72 for a one-shot lead. She posted six birdies and six ...

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Brentley Romine
Cameron Champ
Cameron Champ

The AJGA Ping Invitational is set to begin Saturday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

The event, which ends Monday, will mark the first AJGA event since early September – the Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic and Junior All-Star Invitational will also be held Saturday-Monday. It is also one of the final events of the 2013 AJGA season, as only the Winn Junior Cup (Nov. 15-17) and Polo Golf Junior Classic (Nov. 23-29) remain on the AJGA's junior lineup this year.

Here are 5 Things you need to know before the tournament gets underway Saturday in Stillwater:

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1. THE ...

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Nicole Morales
Nicole Morales during the 2013 Annika Invitational.
Nicole Morales during the 2013 Annika Invitational.

Hey, everyone!

Not much has gone on since the last time I wrote from the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. I’ve been at home catching up on schoolwork and getting completely adjusted to my new life in Florida.

I love living in Orlando! The weather right now is absolutely perfect. The humidity is down and the love-bugs are gone – great conditions for training. I get out of school at noon every day and I’m at the Mike Bender Golf Academy practicing by 1 p.m.. My coach Cheryl Anderson and I just came up with a practice ...

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October 7, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.

AJGA names 2013 HP Scholastic All-Americans

Golfweek Staff
Alexandra Harkins was among the 24 junior golfers named to the AJGA's HP Scholastic All-America teams.
Alexandra Harkins was among the 24 junior golfers named to the AJGA's HP Scholastic All-America teams.

The AJGA has announced its list of HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans for 2013. The team consists of 12 boys and 12 girls who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.

Requirements for All-America selections included a top-10 finish in an AJGA Open or Invitational for boys and a top-5 finish for girls. Selection also was based on grade point average, class rank, standardized test scores, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.

GIRLS

  • Alexandra Farnsworth of ...

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September 25, 2013 | 2:52 p.m.

AJGA's '13 pace of play: 4 hours, 17 minutes

Golfweek Staff
Jorge Garcia won the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open with a 10-under-par 206 total.
Jorge Garcia won the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open with a 10-under-par 206 total.

The AJGA has shaved six more minutes off the tour's average round.

The pace of play for an AJGA tournament round in 2013 averaged 4 hours and 17 minutes, the association announced Wednesday.

The AJGA’s pace-of-play policy was implemented in 2002. The AJGA establishes an “overall time par” for each course played, which is focused on the ability of junior golfers playing in threesomes.

In 2012, the AJGA averaged 4 hours, 23 minutes. In November 2012, the AJGA announced that it would allow distance-measuring devices at its tournaments in 2013, and the goal was set for 4 hours ...

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Bethany Wu
Bethany Wu (file photo)
Bethany Wu (file photo)

Hello!

How’s everyone’s day? I know I’ve been pretty busy lately since school started. Being a student-athlete isn’t as easy as it seems, especially if you’re a junior golfer. We have to travel during the school year, and we have to keep up with school at the same time. If we don’t keep up the grades, it won’t be an easy ride in high school.

A typical day for me would consist of school, practice and sometimes workouts. I get out of school at 12:15 p.m. every day so that I ...

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Nicole Morales
Nicole Morales was the low female at Duke of York Young Champions.
Nicole Morales was the low female at Duke of York Young Champions.

Hey, everybody!

My name is Nicole Morales and I am from South Salem, N.Y. I am a senior at Lake Mary Prep and I have verbally committed to play collegiate golf at the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!). I started playing golf when I was 4 years old and I’ve been hooked ever since. I entered my first tournament when I was seven years old and worked my way up into the AJGA when I was 15. Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to receive a junior membership to GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, NY. I am ...

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September 11, 2013 | 2:44 p.m.

Player diary: Bethany Wu (Part 1)

Bethany Wu
Bethany Wu during the Annika Invitational at Reunion Resort.
Bethany Wu during the Annika Invitational at Reunion Resort.

Hello, everyone!

My name is Bethany Wu and I’m from Diamond Bar, Calif. I’m a junior at Diamond Bar High School and I have verbally committed to play collegiate golf at UCLA. Golf has been a big part of my life for the past 10 years. I started playing local junior tournaments when I was 8 and started playing AJGA events when I was 12. Because of those AJGA events, I’ve traveled to states that I would never have thought I’d get to see in my life, and that wouldn’t have happened if it weren ...

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September 1, 2013 | 11:56 a.m.

The field: Golfweek Junior Invitational

Golfweek Staff

The Golfweek Junior Invitational will be played Nov. 2-3 at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. If you are interested in playing, please send an email to Carlton Reese at creese@golfweek.com.

The Junior Invitational headlines a series of national events hosted by Golfweek. Earlier this summer, the Golfweek Midwest Junior Invitational was played at Cog Hill Country Club’s famed Dubsdread Course near Chicago and the New England Junior was played at Mohegan Sun Country Club in Baltic, Conn.

BOYS

  • Patrick Allgeier, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Andres Felipe Arango, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Rafael Barnoya, Howey-in-the-Hills
  • Will Chandler, Atlanta, Ga ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls, East Coast

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