Last night, Stacy Lewis and her family were in attendance for a Q&A session with the juniors and parents at the Blessings Golf Club. Lewis discussed her life as a junior golfer, transitioning into college golf at the University of Arkansas and turning professional. She provided the juniors with insights into her daily life, practice routine, and new life as a mom on tour.
“I thought my life was hard before, but it’s really hard now,” Lewis said. “Being a mom completely puts things into perspective. As soon as I’m done with golf, I completely forget about the round and focus on her. Hopefully when she grows-up she wants to play golf and do what you guys do in a few years.”
Prior to her professional career, Lewis played in eight AJGA tournaments from 2001-2002. She then committed to play college golf at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. As a Razorback, Lewis won many collegiate events, including the Division I National Championship in 2007, and was named an NCAA All-American four times.
The first-round of the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational begins this morning at 8:00 am off Nos. 1 and 10. Juniors will play in mixed twosomes of one boy and one girl throughout the tournament to promote the development of gender-blind competition. The low four scores each day will count toward team competition (boys vs. girls).
Pairings to watch
8:36 off No. 1 – Calen Sanderson of Newtown, Pennsylvania and Lynn Lim of Gallatin, Tennessee
· Sanderson has one AJGA career victory at the 2018 Golf Performance Center Junior All-Star. So far this year he has a top-10 finish at the Callaway Golf / Ollie Schniederjans Junior Classic presented by UHY LLP CPA’s
8:54 off No. 1 – Ian Maspat of San Diego, California and Kynandie Adams of Gallatin, Tennessee
· Maspat recently won the 2019 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior and added another win the following week at the AJGA Brendan Steele Junior All-Star Championship. The junior is currently verbally committed to University of Oregon.
· This is Adams third Invitational of 2019 with her best finish being at the ANA Junior Inspirational where she secured at top-15 finish.
9:12 off No. 1 – Wells Williams of West Point, Mississippi and Yunxuan Zhang of (China) Plano, Texas
· Williams is recently traveling from a top-20 finish at the Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T. The sophomore has already secured a win in 2019 at the TaylorMade Junior All-Star Championship.
· Zhang has recorded a win in 2019 at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Squaw Creek and placed in the top-10 in five of the seven tournaments she’s played in this year.
About the field
· Two current Rolex Junior All-Americans
· Twenty-five AJGA Champions
· Seven total players committed to play college golf
· Eighteen total states and six countries represented in the field
· All aged 12-15 years old
About the course
The Blessings Golf Club is a four-time host of the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational. The golf course is located in Johnson, Arkansas, and in the home to the University of Arkansas Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams. The 7,900 yard course was originally designed by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. with a redesign recently completed by noted architect Kyle Phillips. The Blessings was also recently host to the Men’s and Women’s DI NCAA Golf Championships.
TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Live Scoring and Tournament Results
The AJGA website, www.ajga.org, provides live scoring during the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational. In addition, after play is complete each day, full-field results, a tournament recap and pairings for the next round are posted on the website.
Tournament on Social Media
In addition to the tournament’s live scoring, additional tournament coverage is available through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational on Twitter and Instagram via @AJGAGolf with the hashtag, #StacyLewisInv.
Schedule of events
Monday, June 24 –
· 7:45 am – Practice Round
· 5:00 pm – Player Registration
· 6:00 pm – Welcome Dinner
· 7:00 pm – Stacy Lewis Q&A
Tuesday, June 25 –
· 8 – 9:57 am – First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
Wednesday, June 26 –
· 8 – 9:57 am – Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
· 3:00 pm – Skills Challenge
Thursday, June 27 –
· 8 – 9:57 am – Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
· 2:30 pm – Awards Ceremony
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 12-19) of more than 7,000 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.
TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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.