The first-round of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship begins this morning at 8:00 am off Nos. 1 and 10. The first-round concludes this evening with the Players Dinner at 6:00 pm.
Pairings to watch
8:50 am off No. 1 – Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida, Erica Shepherd of Greenwood, Indiana, and Bohyun Park of Farmers Branch, Texas.
· All three juniors are currently in the top-10 of the Rolex AJGA Rankings; Pano No. 3, Shepherd No. 5, and Park No. 6.
· Pano, Shepherd and Park, are all current Rolex Junior All-Americans.
9:20 am off No. 1 – Caroline Curtis of Richmond, Virginia, Alyssa Montgomery of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Megan Furtney of South Elgin, Illinois.
· Curtis, Montgomery, and Furtney are all champions already in 2019. Curtis took home the 2019 Sergio and Angela Garcia Foundation Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf title. Montgomery defended her 2018 AJGA Champion title in 2019 at the 2019 Justin Thomas Junior Championship. Furtney captured the USGA’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with future Duke teammate Erica Shepherd.
9:03 am off No. 10 – Savannah Grewal of (Canada) Vancouver, British Columbia, Megan Propeck of Leawood, Kansas, and Erika Smith of Orlando, Florida.
· Propeck and Smith are both fresh off wins. Propeck claimed her first AJGA title last week at the 2019 AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior. While, Smith took home her first win of 2019 last week at the 2019 Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by James Hardie.
· Grewal is a verbal commitment to Clemson University, about 260 miles from the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek.
9:33 am off No. 10 – Melena Barrientos of Plano, Texas, Lynn Lim of Gallatin, Tennessee, and Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle, Washington.
· Nguyen was recently honored with the 2019 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award, which honors one male and female junior golfer annually who demonstrated leadership, character and community service through their involvement with the Leadership Links program.
· Barrientos is a former AJGA champion. She claimed the AJGA Gary Woodland Junior Championship in 2018.
· Lim is a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University.
About the field
· 17 current Rolex Junior All-Americans
· 47 AJGA Champions including 2017 Rolex Girls Junior Championship champion, Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tennessee.
· 41 total players committed to play college golf
· 22 total states and six countries represented in the field
About the course
The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek is a first-time host of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. The golf course located on 800 acres of Johns Island was designed by famed golf course architect Rees Jones. Jones designed seven US Open sites, nine PGA Championship courses, two Walker Cup venues and six Ryder Cup venues.
Tuesday, June 11 –
· 8:00 am to 9:50 am – First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
· 6:00 pm – Players Dinner
Wednesday, June 12 –
· 8:00 am to 9:50 am – Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Thursday, June 13 -
· 8:00 am to 9:50 am – Third Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Friday, June 14 -
· 8:00 am to 9:50 am – Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
· 3:00 pm – Awards Ceremony
Keep up with today's round via live scoring at AJGA.org.
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About the American Junior Golf Association
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 12-19) of more than 7,200 members from 50 states and 60 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.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.