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Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship

Sung Hyun Park set to host third event

Tournament to be played for the first time in Florida
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Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship will take place April 1-4 at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club - Island Course in Palm Harbor, Florida. The 54-hole stroke play tournament has a 96-player field with a qualifier included.

About Sung Hyun Park
With her breathtaking swing, long distance and aggressive play Sung Hyun Park is currently the most popular player in Korea. In a country obsessed with golf, she enjoys rock-star status with legions of fans who follow her around the world to offer their support. These same fans can often be heard shouting her nickname “Namdalla” which means “I am different” in Korean. As only the second male or female player to earn Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors in the same year (after Nancy Lopez in 1978) along with her seven victories, including two majors, in only three years on the LPGA Tour, she has the game to prove that she is indeed different.

Sung Hyun Park's AJGA Support
This is the third event Park has sponsored with her tournament moving around the country each year. Her support began in 2019 with a four year agreement to host an event through 2022. In 2019, the Memorial Junior hosted by Sung Hyun Park was contested at The Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course and in 2020, the Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship was played at Big Sky Golf Course. This year will be the firs time she has hosted an event in Florida and over the Easter weekend.

"I decided to partner with the AJGA in order to give junior golfers various opportunities to grow, develop and improve their skills through friendly competition. I hope that this small contribution will make a big impact on the future of many golfers."
Sung Hyun Park

History of the Event

  • Third event supported by Sung Hyun Park
  • First Sung Hyun Park has hosted an event in Florida
  • 18-hole scoring records: Charlotte Hillary 66 (2019) Jay Brooks 64 (2020)

About the Field

  • 31 college golf commits (13 verbal, 18 National Letter of Intent)
  • 17 states represented (37 Floridians)
  • 12 countries represented (Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, South Korea and the United States)

Players to Watch

Luke Clanton of Miami Lakes, Florida (2022)
At No. 6 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, the Florida State University commit has one top-5 finish in 2021. The 2020 ACE Grant recipient captured his first career AJGA victory at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational Junior honoring Jim Bell.

Brendan Valdes of Orlando, Florida (2021)
The Auburn University commit is currently No. 12 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Valdes finished T11 at the 2021 AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. The 2020 Rolex Junior All-American had four top-10 finishes in 2020.

Kiko Fransisco Coelho of Lake Mary, Florida (2021)
Looking for his first AJGA win, Coelho enters play No. 19 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. The 2020 Rolex Junior All-American signed his letter of intent to play at Arizona State after completion of his high school year.

Bailey Shoemaker of West Edmeston, New York (2023)
The highest ranked in the Girls Division, Shoemaker enters play No. 9 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. The Arizona State commit had six top-10 finishes in 2020 and started 2021 with a T6 finish at the Diamond Resorts ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex. She is also coming off a victory at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational.

Kynadie Adams of Gallatin, Tennessee (2022)
Adams is a 2020 Rolex Junior All-American committed to the University of Tennessee. The junior finished second at the 2021 KJ Choi Foundation Texas Junior Championship presented by Mediheal. She is currently No. 18 in the Rolex AJGA rankings.

Jacqueline Putrino of Lakewood Ranch, Florida (2022)
At No. 22 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, the 16 year-old junior is looking for her second career AJGA victory. Her first win came at the 2020 Sean Foley Performance Junior Championship. Putrino is a verbal commit to Florida State University.

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