Polo Golf Junior Classic

PGA National Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. November 23 - 29, 2013

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • crichards@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Past champions look to defend
Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., will return to PGA National in hopes of defending his first AJGA Invitational title. After his Polo Golf Junior Classic victory over 2013 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Scott Scheffler, Wood collected two top-10 AJGA finishes, including a runner-up showing at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. The high school senior recently signed a National Letter of Intent with Duke to continue his golf career at the collegiate level. On the girls' side, Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., will seek her second Polo Golf Junior Classic title after winning the event in 2011. The No. 1 girl in the Polo Golf Rankings was ousted in the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic semifinals by 2012 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and eventual champion, Ariya Jutanugarn. Morales continued to make headlines in 2013 after capturing her second AJGA Invitational title at the Thunderbird International Junior. She recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play college golf at Alabama.
Storied past
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. In 2012, Ariya Jutanugarn became the first player since Vicky Hurst (2007) to win the Polo Golf Junior Classic the same year she was named Rolex Junior Player of the Year. Brian Watts (1984), Tiger Woods (1991), Brian Harman (2003), Jenny Lidback (1981), Vicki Goetze (1988, 89), Emilee Klein (1991), Kellee Booth (1993), Grace Park (1994, 96), Beth Bauer (1997) and Esther Choe (2006) have also accomplished this feat.
The Greatest Night in Junior Golf
AJGA players will be recognized for their 2013 accomplishments during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 24, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The awards ceremony, dubbed "The Greatest Night in Junior Golf," will celebrate the achievements of golf's next generation by means of the Rolex Junior All-America Teams, HP Scholastic Junior All-America Teams and Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award.
Ralph Lauren continues to support junior golf
Ralph Lauren, a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products, became a Premier Partner in 2007 after 12 years of support of the AJGA. Ralph Lauren, “The Official Apparel of the AJGA,” has sponsored the Polo Golf Junior Classic held over Thanksgiving week since 1998. In addition to the tournament, Ralph Lauren is the proprietor of the Polo Golf Rankings, an Official Partner of the PING Junior Solheim Cup and a Founding Corporate Partner of the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 23
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Noon – 1:10 p.m. Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Sunday, November 24
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
6 – 9 p.m. Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet
 
Monday, November 25
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees – Stroke Play
 
Tuesday, November 26
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees – Stroke Play
3 p.m. Stroke Play Awards Ceremony
 
Wednesday, November 27
7:30 – 8:40 a.m. First-Round Matches off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Noon – 1:10 p.m. Second-Round Matches off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Friday, November 29
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Match Play Awards Ceremony & Lunch

Top Players to Watch

 

2012 Results

Polo Golf Junior Classic
PGA National Resort & Spa (November 17 - 23, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 Scott Scheffler Dallas, Texas 73–68—141
T2 Robby Shelton, IV Wilmer, Ala. 73–69—142
T2 Benjamin Griffin Chapel Hill, N.C. 71–71—142
4 Jacob Joiner Leesburg, Ga. 72–71—143
T5 Matt Gilchrest Southlake, Texas 71–73—144
T5 Adam Wood Zionsville, Ind. 69–75—144
 
Girls Division
T1 Ariya Jutanugarn Bangkok, Thailand 73–69—142
T1 Esther Lee Norwalk, Calif. 69–73—142
T3 Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla. 71–73—144
T3 Alison Lee Valencia, Calif. 71–73—144
T5 Michaela Owen Suwanee, Ga. 75–70—145
T5 Nicole Morales South Salem, N.Y. 73–72—145
 

Media Accommodations

The Polo Golf Junior Classic will have AJGA communications representatives on hand to assist media throughout the week. Prior to the tournament the AJGA will provide information about the event and its participants, as well as assist with player interviews.

After each round, media officials on-site will write a recap with the day's results. These will be emailed to all media outlets. Interviews with AJGA Tournament Directors, Tournament Chairmen and juniors may be conducted before or after tournament rounds.

For more information about the AJGA and tournaments, please refer to ajga.org. Tournament websites are accessible from the homepage and include recaps, list of participants, tee times, live scoring, course and sponsorship information.

About the AJGA

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. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-18) of more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.