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AJGA Girls Championship returns to Furman for 11th year

Top girls compete Aug. 30 - Sept. 2

The AJGA Girls Championship will be hosted from August 30th to September 2nd. The tournament returns to the Furman University Golf Club for the 11th year. The 78-player open field features the top females in junior golf.

About the field

· Thirty-six committed to play collegiate golf
· Thirty AJGA Champions all-time
· Fifteen AJGA Champions in 2019
· Six Rolex Junior All-Americans
· Nineteen states and seven countries represented
· Seventeen players in the top-100 of the Rolex AJGA Rankings

Players to Watch

Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida
o No. 3 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
o 2018 First Team Rolex Junior All-American
o First, 2019 Rolex Girls Junior Championship
o Twelve AJGA top-five finishes

Amanda Sambach of Davidson, North Carolina
o No. 9 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
o Verbally committed to University of Virginia
o First, 2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions
o Four AJGA wins

Bohyun Park of (South Korea) Farmers Branch, Texas
o No. 13 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
o Verbally committed to University of Texas at Austin
o Two AJGA wins
o Rolex Junior All-American

Michaela Morard of Huntsville, Alabama
o No. 19 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
o Verbally committed to University of Alabama
o Six AJGA wins including the 2018 AJGA Girls Championship
o Rolex Junior All-American
o 2019 AJGA Player Representative

Past Champions

· 2018 Michaela Morard of Huntsville, Alabama (2020) 70-71-65—206
· 2017 Yealimi Noh of Concord, California (2019) 72-69-68--209
· 2016 Emily Hawkins of Lexington, N.C. (2018) 70-70-70--210
· 2015 Kaitlyn Papp of Austin, Texas (2017) 73-70-68--211
· 2014 Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, South Carolina (2015) 72-71- 67--210
· 2013 Sierra Brooks of Sorrento, Florida (2016) 68-71-73--212
· 2012 Simin Feng of (China) Windermere, Florida (2013) 74-70-66- -210
· 2011 Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky. (2012) 67-71-74--212
· 2010 Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J (2013) 67-74-71--212
· 2009 Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J. (2013) 74-73-73--220

Betsy Rawls Legacy Award Honoree
Each year the AJGA honors a member of the golf community for their service to advancing girls junior golf. The 2019 honoree is Jordan Robert “Digger” Smith. Digger Smith has dedicated himself to the AJGA and to junior golf for more than three decades. The 37- year AJGA Chairman of the Board, is the 2019 Betsy Rawls Legacy Award honoree. Smith is being honored for his great service, dedication and contribution to girl’s golf over his lifetime. “The most satisfying thing about my contributions to junior golf is knowing that, in a small way, I am helping outstanding young people gain the opportunity for a college education. There is life after golf, but what these people gain from the spirit of competition, in the way of building character and lifelong friendships, will be with them their entire lives.” Smith first came to the AJGA by way of his daughter, Chris, a charter member of the association. From this initial encounter with the AJGA he helped push for increased girls’ involvement in junior golf. Smith is also credited with establishing the AJGA’s National Headquarters through a generous gift.

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TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Live Scoring and Tournament Results
The AJGA website, www.ajga.org, provides live scoring during the AJGA Girls Championship. 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.

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.