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Rolex Girls Junior Championship heads to the Golf Club at Briar's Creek

Top girls compete June 10-14
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The 72-hole Rolex Girls Junior Championship will be hosted from June 10-14, 2019, at the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek. The 72-player field features the top junior females in golf.

About the field
· 17 current Rolex Junior All-Americans
· 46 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.

Future college teammates
As a part of the 41 total players committed to play college golf, four sets of future college teammates are in the field:
· Duke – Sophia Bae of Norwood, New Jersey, Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Delaware, Megan Furtney of South Elgin, Illinois, and Erica Shepherd of Greenwood, Indiana
· Stanford – Rachel Heck, Lei (Angelina) Ye of Bradenton, Florida, and Brooke Seay of Rancho Santa Fe, California
· South Florida – Melanie Green of Medina, New York, and Erika Smith of Orlando, Florida
· Clemson – Savannah Grewal of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Annabelle Pancake of Zionsville, Indiana

AJGA champion highlights
Of the 47 players who’ve won an AJGA event, a few highlights:
· Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, California, already has three invitational wins under her belt. Li took home the Rolex Tournament of Champions, The PING Invitational and ANA Junior Inspiration all in 2017.
· Alyssa Montgomery of Knoxville, Tennessee, is already a winner in 2019. Montgomery defended her title in 2019 at the Justin Thomas Junior Championship.
· Rachel Heck is a two-time invitational champion. Heck claimed the 2017 Rolex Girls Junior Championship title and most recently the 2018 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
· Lei (Angelina) Ye took home her first invitational win in 2018 at the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex.

Tournament History
The Rolex Girls Junior Championship has occurred annually since 1992, changing host venues each year. Noteworthy host courses have included:
· 2002, 2003, 2004, & 2005 - LPGA International - Champions Course

· 2009 - Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club
· 2010 – Long Cove Club
· 2013 – Dalhousie Golf Club
· 2015 - The Country Club of North Carolina - Dogwood Course
Notable past champions include:
· 2002 – Inbee Park
· 2003 – Paula Creamer
· 2005 – Morgan Pressel
· 2011 & 2012 - Ariya Jutanugarn
· 2013 – Alison Lee
· 2017 – Rachel Heck

Experience in top AJGA Girls events
· 44 competed in the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex
· 32 played in the Buick Shanshan Feng Girls Invitational
· 30 have competed in the ANA Junior Inspiration
· There are 46 first time Rolex Girls Junior Championship participants

10 of the Top 25 players in the Rolex Top 25 AJGA Rankings
3 Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida
5 Erica Shepherd
6 Bohyun Park of Farmers Branch, Texas
7 Amanda Sambach of Davidson, North Carolina
8 Rachel Heck
10 Lucy Li
21 Lei (Angelina) Ye
23 Jiarui (Joyce) Jin of Encinitas, California
24 Jensen Castle of West Columbia, South Carolina
25 Caroline Curtis of Richmond, Virginia

Tournament Schedule
Monday, June 10 –
· 8:00 am - Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament
· 1:30 pm - Practice Round
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

Social
Follow along on social with our hashtag, #RolexGirls or visit AJGA.org

About Rolex
An unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.

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.

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.

AJGA Communications Contacts:

Emma Varela, AJGA Communications
(512) 590-1604 | evarela@ajga.org

Roseanna Smith, AJGA Communications
(678) 425-1779 | rsmith@ajga.org