Field Finalized for National Boys Champoinship Event

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club hosts junior golfers May 1-3

The American Junior Golf Association

The American Junior Golf Association has finalized the field for the Cleveland Golf / Srixon Boys Team Championship hosted by Jim Furyk. The event will be held at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club in Golf Canyon, Arizona on May 1-3.

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club Thirty-six pairs of boys, ages 12-18, will compete for the opportunity to earn top honors in the 54-hole, team competition event. The tournament field boasts eight Rolex Junior All-Americans, including the Rolex Junior Boy Player of the Year, Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash.

Because last year the event was a mixed team championship, only one  defending champion will return. Chun Ji Kim of Chandler will return for his shot at the title in a field comprised of all boys. Playing with Kim this year is Andrew Yun, a senior at Hamilton High School, also in Chandler. Yun is ranked No. 6 in the Polo Golf Rankings and is a four-time Rolex Junior All American. He goes into the competition after a strong third-place finish at the Heather Farr Classic presented by Mesa’s Longbow Golf Club.

Another duo to watch is James Back of Cerritos, California, and Daniel Lee of Valencia, California . Back, a junior at Lakewood High School, was victorious at the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club and is currently ranked No. 7 in the Polo Golf Rankings. His partner, Lee, is a junior at West Ranch High School and holds the No. 34 rank in the Polo Golf Rankings. Both boys earned Rolex Junior All-America honors in 2008.

Peck, a senior at Timberline High School, Peck is ranked No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has signed a letter of intent with Texas A&M. After three first-place finishes in 2008, Peck earned Rolex Junior All-America First Team honors and was named Rolex Boy Player of the Year. He will compete for the victory with Alex Pakzad of Bellevue, Washington

The event will begin with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round on Friday, May 1. First-Round Modified Scotch will run from 7:30-8:50 a.m. and Second-Round Foursomes will run from 1-2:20 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees on Saturday, May 2. Final-Round Four-Ball will run 7:30-8:50 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees on Sunday, May 3. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the Final Round. Guests are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and over 30 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 wins. AJGA alumni include Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

For more information, please contact Ashley O’Dell (aodell@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1787 or visit the AJGA Web site at www.ajga.org.

 

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