BOWLING GREEN, Fla. – The fourth AJGA Girls Invitational will take place September 1-4 in Bowling Green, Florida. The all-girls Invitational brings some of the top-ranked junior golfers in the world to compete at Streamsong Resort - Black Course for a 54-hole, stroke-play tournament.
Streamsong Resort is the only location in the world where players can experience three distinct golf courses designed by these legendary architects—Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak, and Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner. Streamsong Red (Coore-Crenshaw), Streamsong Blue (Doak) and Streamsong Black (Hanse-Wagner) are three of the most highly acclaimed and widely pursued golf courses in the game today. Revered by golfers as a bucket-list destination, Streamsong Resort rivals the greatest golf venues in the world. The Black Course, home of this year's event, was named No. 25 in Golfweek's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" list.
About the AJGA Girls Invitational Field
The 2023 event will include 45 juniors in the top-100 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Yana Wilson of Henderson, Nevada headlines the field holding the No. 2 spot in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Wilson claimed the 2023 Mizuho Americas Open title back in June and followed up her victory with a runner-up finish at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. The University of Oregon commit is a 2021 Rolex Junior All-American and was named to the 2022 and 2023 Wyndham Cup West Team. Wilson was recently announced as a 2023 PING Junior Solheim Cup participant for Team USA that begins in September.
Coming in at No. 6 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings is Alice Ziyi Zhao of Irvine, California. The 2027 graduate recorded six top-10 finishes this season and recently participated on the 2023 Wyndham Cup West Team. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American has four career AJGA victories with the 2022 KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational being the most recent.
Fellow California native, Asterisk Talley, is currently ranked No. 7 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. This season, Talley won three-straight AJGA tournaments - Se Ri Pak Desert Junior presented by Bay Area Lyme Foundation, Rolex Girls Junior Championship and C.T. Pan Foundation Championship. The 2022 Rolex Junior All-American participated in the 2023 Wyndham Cup and was recently named to the 2023 PING Junior Solheim Cup, playing on the side of Team USA.
Irene Kim of Woodstock, Maryland, will be competing for Team USA at the 2023 PING Junior Solheim Cup. This season, Kim won The Lanto Junior Championship and participated on the side of Team East during the Wyndham Cup. Kim is currently ranked No. 12 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and was a Junior All-Star Team Member back in 2022.
Our reigning champion, Elizabeth Rudisill of Charlotte, North Carolina, is returning this week to defend her title. The 2022 Rolex Junior All-American is currently ranked No. 13 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Rudisill participated on Team East during this year's Wyndham Cup and was recently named to the 2023 PING Junior Solheim Cup, competing on the side of Team USA.
Representatives from seven foreign countries and nine Floridians are set to compete in this very competitive field. There are also 20 players that have committed verbally to play college golf. Anna Song of Los Angeles, California, will also be participating in the 2023 PING Junior Solheim Cup in September.
AJGA Girls Invitational History
The AJGA Girls Invitational has occurred three other times other than this year, changing host venues periodically. In addition to Streamsong - Black Course, this event has also taken place at The Saticoy Club in Somis, California, and TPC Valencia in Valencia, California.
Past Champions of the AJGA Girls Invitational were:
Elizabeth Rudisill of Charlotte, North Carolina (2022)
Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, California (2019)
Sadie Englemann of Austin, Texas (2018)
The tournament rounds run Saturday, September 2 - Monday, September 4 with tee times from 8 - 10:20 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 12.