Course Spotlight: TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course
 

Course Spotlight: TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course
TPC Sawgrass to Serve as Venue for Another Great Event


The famous No. 17 continues to be a challenge for everyone who attempts it.

Contoured fairways, small greens and multiple water hazards and bunkers are no walk in the park for even the most seasoned golf veterans. However, over Labor Day weekend, that is exactly what 78 of the world’s best junior golfers will face at the Junior PLAYERS Championship. This year will mark the second-annual Junior PLAYERS Championship at one of the most revered golf courses in the world, TPC Sawgrass- THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. TPC Sawgrass- THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is one of the most difficult courses in the United States and is know as one of the toughest courses on the PGA TOUR.  However, its notorious reputation is what makes it one of the most recognized courses in the world.

The 7,220-yard course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was built in 1979 and was innovative in design. A masterpiece of Pete Dye, often credited as the father of modern golf course architecture, does not favor any specific style of play. The most famous hole on the course is No.17, the par-3 island green, which has seen only six holes-in-one since the course’s opening in 1982. The same hole saw 50 shots land in the water during the 2007 THE PLAYERS Championship.

The course is also a spectator’s dream as it was designed to be a stadium-like course. Dye designed 30-foot high mounds to optimize viewing around the Nos. 1 and 10 tees and Nos. 9, 16, 17 and 18 greens.


The new Mediterranean-style Clubhouse is sure to awe every spectator.

If the course isn’t enough of a draw, the year-old clubhouse is a sight to see. The Mediterranean-style building is 77,000 square feet, 40 percent larger than the White House. It is covered with more than 600,000 pounds of Spanish tile. The clubhouse serves as a hospitality center, banquet facility and meeting area for PGA players, their families, sponsors, spectators and TPC Sawgrass resort guests.

This Labor Day the course will once again host The Junior PLAYERS Championship. Last year’s champion was 18-year-old Morgan Hoffmann of Saddlebrook, N.J. Hoffmann finished with a remarkable 7-under-par 209. Runner-up Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas, finished three strokes behind Hoffmann.

Former AJGA members that have won THE PLAYERS Championship include AJGA National Chairman Phil Mickelson (2007), Jodie Mudd (1990), Davis Love III (1992, 2003), Lee Janzen (1995), Justin Leonard (1998), David Duval (1999) and Tiger Woods (2001).

The 2008 Junior PLAYERS Championship will be held Aug. 29- Sept. 1, 2008. THE PLAYERS Championship will be held May 8-11, 2008.

 
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Boys
Total
1
Luis Gerardo Garza
209
2
Austin Hitt
211
T
3
Gabriel Lench
212
T
3
Won Jun Lee
212
T
3
Tyler Bakich
212
Girls
Total
1
Emma Albrecht
215
2
Amy Zhang
217
3
Taylor Tomlinson
222
Under ArmourĀ® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
206
2
Oliver Simonsen
207
T
3
Zach Norris
209
T
3
Austin Squires
209
Girls
Total
1
Sophia Schubert
204
2
Angella Then
219
3
Kimberlee Tottori
221
AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper
Boys
Total
1
Trey Winstead
212
2
Drew Jones
213
T
3
Braden Thornberry
214
T
3
Michael Feagles
214
T
3
Logan Watkins
214
Girls
Total
1
Mia Ayer
215
2
Jiayu Kong
218
3
Olivia Cason
226
Lockton / Samsung Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Kory Franks
218
2
Wells Padgett
219
T
3
Walker Kesterson
221
T
3
Cole Dillon
221
Girls
Total
1
Amy Matsuoka
216
2
Anna Zhou
220
3
Anabelle Chang
221
Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic
Boys
Total
T
1
Mason Glinski
141
T
1
Taisei Negishi
141
T
1
Wocheng Ye
141
T
1
Joshua Suh
141
Girls
Total
1
Benyapa Niphatsophon
135
2
Clare Amelia Legaspi
136
T
3
Alyaa Abdulghany
140
T
3
Minjou Chen
140
AJGA Philadelphia Junior
Boys
Total
1
Isaiah Logue
213
2
Will Bernstein
217
T
3
Davis Lamb
218
T
3
Brent Ito
218
Girls
Total
1
Brynn Walker
231
2
Madelein Herr
235
3
Amy Ding
236
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