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55 AJGA alums to compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Eight AJGA alumni will compete for Team USA in Tokyo
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Fifty-five AJGA alumni will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for their respective countries. All eight players who will represent the United States are AJGA alums. They will be joined by 16 AJGA alums representing 12 additional countries on the men's side and 35 AJGA alums representing 25 additional countries on the women's side.

Both the men's and women's competitions will consist of 72 holes of stroke play over four rounds at Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo, Japan. The men's competition will be played from July 29 - August 1. The women's competition will be played from August 4-7.

2020 Olympic athletes who are hosting AJGA events in 2021:

The four men representing Team USA will be:

  • Justin Thomas of Goshen, Kentucky
  • Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, California
  • Xander Schauffele of San Diego, California
  • Patrick Reed of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Thomas had a successful junior golf career. The University of Alabama alum won three AJGA tournaments including the 2008 and 2009 Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior, and 2009 Wyndham Invitational presented by Truist. He had nine additional top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments from 2006 to 2010. Thomas was also a member of the now-named Wyndham Cup East team in 2010 where he had a 3-1-0 record. He was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2009 and 2010, earning first-team honors in 2010.

Morikawa was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2013 and 2014, earning first-team honors in 2013. The University of California, Berkeley, golf alum's highest AJGA tournament finish was runner-up at the 2010 Aldila Junior All-Star. He had 11 additional top-10 AJGA tournament finishes from 2010 to 2015. Morikawa was also a member of the Wyndham Cup West team in 2013 and 2014.

Schauffele's highest AJGA finish was runner-up at the 2010 Se Ri Pak Desert Junior. The San Diego State University golf alum had four additional top-10 finishes at AJGA tournaments during his junior golf career.

Reed, an Augusta State University golf alum, was a three-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He won the 2005 True Temper / David Gossett Junior Championship. Reed had 10 additional top-15 finishes in AJGA tournaments as a junior. He was also a member of the now-named Wyndham Cup East team in 2006.

Additional notable AJGA alumni in the men's field are:

  • Joaquin Niemann of Santiago, Chile (Chile)
  • Yechun (Carl) Yuan of Lake Mary, Florida (China)
  • C.T. Pan of Bradenton, Florida (Chinese Taipei)

Niemann played in AJGA tournaments from 2014 to 2017. He earned three AJGA tournament victories, at the 2016 and 2017 Sergio Garcia Foundation Junior Championship, and 2017 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook. In 2016, Niemann was named a first team Rolex Junior All-American. Yuan had one AJGA tournament victory at the 2013 Junior All-Star at Mission Inn and was a two time Wyndham Cup East team member in 2013 and 2015. He was named a Rolex Junior All-American in 2013, 2014, and 2015, earning first team honors in 2015. Pan's highest finish in an AJGA event was runner-up at the 2008 Mizuno Junior at Innisbrook. He was also a Rolex Junior All-American in 2009.

The four women representing Team USA will be:

  • Nelly Korda of Bradenton, Florida
  • Danielle Kang of Thousand Oaks, California
  • Lexi Thompson of Coral Springs, Florida
  • Jessica Korda of Bradenton, Florida

Nelly Korda won two AJGA tournaments as a junior, including the 2015 The PING Invitational and 2015 Yani Tseng Invitational presented by the Swinging Skirts. She had seven additional top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments from 2012 to 2015. Korda was a member of the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team and was a three-time Rolex Junior All-American in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Kang played in AJGA tournaments from 2006 to 2009. Her highest finish was runner-up at the 2006 Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch and 2009 Se Ri Pak Desert Junior. She also had eight additional top-10 AJGA finishes and was named a Rolex Junior All-American in 2008 and 2009.

Thompson won four AJGA tournaments, including the 2007 Aldila Junior Classic, 2008 AJGA Championship at Traditions, 2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic, and 2009 Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions. She was a member of the 2009 PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team where she had a perfect record of 3-0-0. Thompson was a three-time, first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Jessica Korda won the AJGA's 2008 McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls Championship. She had 10 additional top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments from 2007 to 2010. In 2009, Korda was also a member of the PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team with Thompson. In 2008, 2009, and 2010, Korda was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American.

Additional notable AJGA alumni in the women's field are:

  • InBee Park of Las Vegas, Nevada (South Korea)
  • Patty Tavatanakit of Van Nuys, California (Thailand)
  • Ariya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand (Thailand)

Park had seven career AJGA tournament victories as a junior, including the 2002 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, and 2002 and 2003 Rolex Tournament of Champions. She was a five-time Rolex Junior All-American and named Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2002. Tavatanakit had four AJGA tournament victories at the 2014 and 2015 LA Junior Open, 2016 The PING Invitational, and 2016 Rolex Tournament of Champions. The UCLA golf alum was a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2016 and 2017 and named Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2016. Jutanugarn had a very successful junior golf career. She won four AJGA tournaments including the 2011 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic, 2012 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, and 2012 Thunderbird International Junior. She was a three time first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, she was Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.