On Monday, Brian Harman and Stewart Cink joined AJGA members Andy Zhang and Ana Paula Valdes to promote the Rolex Tournament of Champions. The media gathered at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia, to hear from the players and to experience the facility first hand. The tournament will be played June 27 to July 1. The field features 132 of the world's best junior golfers as they compete on the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee. The tournament is a 72-hole competition with a 54-hole cut.
The 2015 Rolex Junior Players of the Year Hannah O'Sullivan of Chandler, Arizona, and Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana, won the 2015 Rolex Tournament of Champions and set 72-hole scoring records on the Crosswater Course at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Barbaree posted a 24-under-par 264 in the Boys Division, while O'Sullivan finished at 14-under-par 274.
Begun in 1978, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is one of the two longest-running AJGA events. Past winners include Inbee Park, David Duval, Heather Farr, Charles Howell III, Morgan Pressel, Webb Simpson, two-time winner Beth Bauer, and three-time victor Phil Mickelson.
The Rolex Tournament of Champions is one of several significant events being hosted by Reynolds Lake Oconee in 2016. The annual Linger Longer Invitational, featuring an elite field of NCAA men's golf teams, is set for March 21-22, while the local qualifier for the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship is to be contested on Reynolds' renowned Landing Course on June 9.