2016 Rolex Junior Player of the Year | Paphangkorn Tavatanakit


Tavatanakit is ranked No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Golfweek Girls Junior Rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings. The senior at Keerapat International School in Thailand won two AJGA Invitationals in 2016, Rolex Tournament of Champions and the season-ending PING Invitational. Tavatanakit’s PING Invitational score of 12-under-par 204 shattered Esther Choe’s 2006 tournament record of 6-under-par 210.

Verbally committed to UCLA, Tavatanakit also finished T5 at the Yani Tseng Invitational presented by the Swinging Skirts. The 17-year-old competed in the U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, advancing to the round of 16 at both events. Tavatanakit is the first female from Thailand to be named Rolex Junior Player of the Year since LPGA star Ariya Jutanugarn won back-to-back Rolex Junior Player of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012.

“Being honored as the Rolex Junior Player of the Year is surreal,” Tavatanakit said. “This award defines the best player in junior golf and I didn’t dare to dream about receiving it because of the many talented golfers capable of winning this award. Winning this award means the world to me and I am so grateful and blessed for this opportunity that would not have been possible without my family, friends, coaches, Rolex and the AJGA.”


Rank Event R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 2016 The PING Invitational 68 67 69   204
T9 2016 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship 74 74     148
T5 2016 Yani Tseng Invitational presented by the Swinging Skirts 69 76 70   215
1 2016 Rolex Tournament of Champions 71 71 72 69 283
T19 2016 Rolex Girls Junior Championship 75 76 77 73 301
T39 2015 Polo Golf Junior Classic 76 78     154