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Dunlap wins U.S. Junior Amateur

Dunlap captured his first USGA title with a 3 & 2 victory over Cohen Trolio
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On July 24, 2021, Nicholas Dunlap of Huntsville, Alabama, won the 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur at The Country Club of North Carolina in Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. He defeated fellow AJGA player Cohen Trolio of West Point, Mississippi, 3 & 2 in the 36-hole championship match to claim his first USGA title.

Dunlap was the No. 3 seed for the match play portion of competition. He defeated fellow AJGA players Jack Turner of Orlando, Florida, Hunter Thomson of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Matthew Comegys of Van Alstyne, Texas, Robbie Higgins of Sarasota, Florida, Luke Potter of Encinitas, California, and Trolio on his way to winning the title.

Dunlap, a rising high school senior, is verbally committed to play golf at the University of Alabama. Last month, he won the Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, and earlier this month was a member of the victorious Wyndam Cup East team at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina. Dunlap was named a Rolex Junior All-American in 2019. He currently sits at No. 3 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

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Cohen Trolio at the 2019 Sergio and Angela Garcia Foundation Junior Championship Presented by Callaway

Trolio will play college golf at Louisiana State University in the fall. He has competed in AJGA tournaments since 2015 and earned 14 top-25 finishes. His highest finish in an AJGA tournament was runner-up at the 2017 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star.

AJGA player Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Virginia was the stroke play medalist after shooting rounds of 64-68. Chinn's opening round of 8-under-par 64 tied the course record and his total score of 11-under-par 132 tied the stroke-play record of 132 in the Junior Amateur. Chinn also joined AJGA alums Tiger Woods, Willie Wood, and Jim Liu as a U.S. Junior Championship multiple medalist.

Chinn has won two AJGA tournaments, including the 2019 Rolex Tournament of Champions and 2020 The PING Invitational. The Duke University golf commit has been named a Rolex Junior All-American twice. In 2020, Chinn was the Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

Of the 64 players who advanced to match play:

  • 54 AJGA members or alumni
  • 8 AJGA champions in 2021
  • 19 Rolex Junior All-Americans