The Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards will be presented to three AJGA players, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas announced Thursday. Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., Matthew NeSmith of North Augusta, S.C., and Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo., will be recognized at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Awards Dinner presented by American Airlines on Saturday, May 19, at TPC Four Seasons.
Ricky Kato of Australia is the fourth player that will be honored based on not only golfing skill, but academic success and significant community involvement.
The awards began in 2008 and all 15 past recipients are AJGA alumni, including two-time HP Scholastic Junior All-American Brinson Paolini (2009) and Rolex Junior Players of the Year Cameron Peck (2009) and Jordan Spieth (2010).
Proveaux is the reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year and has signed a National Letter of Intent with Clemson. Currently No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, he was a member of the AJGAs Leadership Links program in 2011 and helped raise money through fundraisers like Birdies for Bradley and the Dormie Cup (pictured above).
Read more about the Dormie Cup in the November 8, 2011, issue of The Insider.
NeSmith is the second-ranked player in the Polo Golf Rankings and has signed a National Letter of Intent with South Carolina. In 2011, he won the Polo Golf Junior Classic and the Jones Cup Junior Invitational, and was also the only player to record a perfect 4-0-0 record at Wyndham Cup.
Read more about how the 40 players at the 2011 Wyndham Cup raised money through the Birdies for Bradley fundraiser.
Clark is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and has 11 career AJGA top 10s, including a win at the 2010 Under Armour® / Vicky Hurst Championship. He is currently No. 24 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has signed a National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State.