Preview: Storied past at Polo Golf Junior Classic

Tournament website

Paula Creamer faced Ashley Knoll in the 2002 finals, while Stewart Cink defeated Justin Leonard in the 1989 semifinals.
Hunter Mahan. Erik Compton. Lexi Thompson. Trevor Immelman. Tiger Woods. Paula Creamer. Morgan Hoffmann. Stewart Cink. Morgan Pressel. Heather Farr.

Where can one find all of these names? Among the prestigious list of Polo Golf Junior Classic champions. Each of these individuals took various paths to engrave their names on the coveted trophy and continued to take unique routes after competing at the junior level.

In the 36th year of the Polo Golf Junior Classic, 156 boys and girls, ages 12-18, will travel to PGA National Resort & Spa in hopes of adding his or her name to the esteemed list. Before this year’s field of AJGA champions, Rolex Junior All-Americans and top national competitors take the stage, look into the history of one of the AJGA’s most storied events.

1989 – Stewart Cink
In the tournament’s 12th year, Stewart Cink of Florence, Ala., arrived at Innisbrook Resort with a runner-up finish at the 1989 Rolex Tournament of Champions under his belt.  After tying for third in the stroke play qualifier, Cink reached the match play competition. He topped players in the first round and quarterfinals, facing Justin Leonard in the semifinals. The duo played to No. 18, where Cink won the match, 1-up. He defeated Trip Kuehne of Dallas, 3 and 2, to collect his first AJGA title.

1991 – Tiger Woods
In his second AJGA season, Tiger Woods of Cypress, Calif., opened the 1991 season with two AJGA victories. In the heat of the summer, Woods became the youngest champion in the USGA’s U.S. Junior Amateur’s 44-year history. He continued to make history, becoming the youngest Rolex Junior Player of the Year at the time. 

The already-successful Woods looked to improve upon his 1990 Polo Golf Junior Classic quarterfinals finish, and reached match play again in 1991 with a T6 finish in stroke play. He defeated Jason Echols, 2 and 1, in the first round and Jason Gore, 1-up, in the quarterfinals before facing Ted Purdy in the semifinals. Woods dominated in his final two matches, defeating Purdy 5 and 3, and finishing off Dru Fenimore, 5 and 4, to put his name on the Polo Golf Junior Classic trophy.

In his junior career, Woods played in 13 and won eight AJGA tournaments from 1991-93, which ties him for second-most AJGA career wins and earned him the title of Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. Woods appeared in the Wyndham Cup from 1990-93 as a member of the West Team and posted a record of 11-3-2, the best of any boy in the tournament’s history.

2002 – Paula Creamer
One year prior to Paula Creamer’s Polo Golf Junior Classic title in 2002, the four-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American lost in the first round to Morgan Pressel, 5 and 4. 
 
Entering match play at the 2002 Polo Golf Junior Classic, Creamer knocked off reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year Inbee Park in the second round, 2 and 1. In the quarterfinals, she defeated 2001 runner-up Nicole Hage, 4 and 3, and then topped Allison Martin in the semifinals.

Creamer approached the final match against Ashley Knoll having never trailed in four rounds of match play. She closed the match on No. 16 with nine consecutive pars, claiming the Polo Golf Junior Classic victory after defeating four Rolex Junior All-Americans.

The 11-time AJGA champion celebrated one of the most decorated careers in junior golf. She was named the 2003 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, the year of her second AJGA Invitational victory at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

Honorable mentions: Heather Farr (1979), Vicki Goetze (1988, 1989), Trevor Immelman (1995), Erik Compton (1997), Hunter Mahan (1998), Casey Wittenberg (2000), Brian Harman (2003), Morgan Pressel (2004), Jamie Lovemark (2005), Morgan Hoffmann (2006), Vicky Hurst (2007), Lexi Thompson (2009).

 
Sponsors
Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
 
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Center:
Member ID:
Password:
 
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
 
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
 
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Andy Zhang
Reunion, FL
2. Sam Burns
Shreveport, LA
3. Jorge Garcia
Miami, FL
4. Austin Connelly
Irving, TX
5. KK Limbhasut
Loma Linda, CA
Girls
1. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, CA
2. Bethany Wu
Diamond Bar, CA
3. Megan Khang
Rockland, MA
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, TX
5. Amy Lee
Brea, CA
Complete Rankings
Foundation

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
   
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant

ACE

The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala - Marion Sports Commission
Boys
Total
1
Austin Hitt
141
T
2
Tyler Strafaci
142
T
2
Luis Gerardo Garza
142
Girls
Total
1
Emma Albrecht
144
2
Taylor Tomlinson
147
T
3
Gabriela Coello
148
T
3
Amy Zhang
148
T
3
Kaeli Jones
148
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
131
2
Zach Norris
136
T
3
Will Chandler
139
T
3
Brian Clark
139
Girls
Total
1
Sophia Schubert
132
2
Angella Then
142
3
Kimberlee Tottori
145
AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper
Boys
Total
T
1
Braden Thornberry
142
T
1
Trey Winstead
142
T
1
Davis Baxter
142
Girls
Total
1
Mia Ayer
144
2
Jiayu Kong
145
3
Klara Castillo
148
Lockton / Samsung Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Kory Franks
144
T
2
Andrew Beckler
145
T
2
Aaron DeNucci
145
Girls
Total
1
Amy Matsuoka
141
T
2
Alison Chang
148
T
2
Anabelle Chang
148
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
FJ Live Scoring
AJGA U
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.