The AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods brings 72 of the top male junior golfers together in an invitation only 54-hole stroke play event. The 34th event is back at The Club at Carlton Woods for the 12th straight year.
About the Field
31 current Rolex Junior All-Americans
55 college commitments
50 former AJGA Champions
34 champions from the 2019 season
12 countries and 19 states represented
14 sets of future college teammates
University of Oklahoma – Stephen Campbell Jr., Andrew Goodman and Ben Lorenz
University of California, Berkeley – Kuangyn (Tony) Chen and Aaron Du
Duke University – Kelly Chin, Luke Sample and Jimmy Zheng
University of Southern California – Ethan Chung and Shane Ffrench
Arizona State University - Kiko Francisco Coelho, Luke Potter and Preston Summerhays
University of Oregon – Eric Doyle, Ian Maspat, Yuki Moriyama and Gregory Solhaug
University of South Carolina – Nathan Franks and Liam Shinn
Auburn University – Frankie Harris, Brendan Valdes and Evan Vo
Texas A&M University – Michael Hidelbaugh and Vishnu Sadagopan
Southern Methodist University – J. Holland Humphries and Nathan Petronzio
University of Virginia – Benjamin James, Jaron Leasure and Deven Patel
University of Texas at Austin – Thomas Morrison and Jacob Sosa
Vanderbilt University – Gordon Sargent, Cole Sherwood and Jackson Van Paris
Stanford University – Karl Vilips and Alexander Yang
About the Course
The Club at Carlton Woods boasts the distinction of being one of only two private clubs in the US with a Nicklaus/Fazio design combination. Jack Nicklaus designed the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course which opened in 2001 and Tom Fazio the Tom Fazio Championship Course in 2005.
AJGA Champion Highlights
Of the 50 players who’ve won an AJGA event, a few highlights:
· Evan Vo of Austin, Texas, is already a champion in 2020. The junior took home the AJGA Junior at Vista Valley by two strokes.
· Jackson Van Paris of Pinehurst, North Carolina, looks to defend his AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods title. The three-time Rolex Junior All-American won a two-hole sudden-death playoff on No. 18 with Canon Claycomb of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Karl Vilips of Perth, Australia.
· Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Virginia, claimed the 2019 season ending Rolex Tournament of Champions. He shot a commanding 12-under-par 274, four strokes over the runner-up.
· Brett Roberts of Coral Springs, Florida, claimed his first AJGA invitational title in 2019 at the Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T. The Rolex Junior All-American signed a letter of intent with Florida State University this past fall.
The AJGA Boys Championship has occurred annually since 1987. Notable past champions of the event include current PGA TOUR professionals:
- 1987 – Jim Furyk
- 1992 – Tiger Woods
- 2005 – Kyle Stanley
- 2006 – Rickie Fowler
- 2011 – Jordan Spieth
- 2014 – Doug Ghim
19 of the Top 25 Players in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
1 Karl Vilips
3 Joseph Pagdin
4 Brett Roberts
5 Taehoon Song
6 Preston Summerhays
7 Bo Jin
8 Jack Heath
9 Jackson Van Paris
10 Benjamin James
11 Kelly Chinn
13 Aaron Du
14 Maxwell Ford
15 Piercen Hunt
18 Vishnu Sadagopan
21 Gordon Sargent
22 Keaton Vo
23 Andrew Yong. H Jung
24 Stephen Campbell Jr.
25 Alexander Yang