JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay

This week on the JGTA schedule is the Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay taking place February 20-22. The Tournament marks the third event of the JGTA season, the first two events being the 2018 Bintan Lagoon Junior Championship presented by Tradewinds Furnishings Singapore and the 2019 Bogor Junior Championship hosted by Sentul Highlands Golf Club.

Here are 5 reasons why the JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearway may be the most competitive junior event in Asia’s history.

1. The Field

With well over 100 applicants vying for a spot in the Hong Kong Junior Classic field, only 78 of Asia’s best gained entry, based on American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) PBE Status and official tiebreaks. Among the field is a diverse number of players ranging from those with college commitments such as Virginie Ding (2020) (Vanderbilt University) to 2017-2018 All-Asia Team Honorees, and to first-time JGTA competitors who have already made a name for themselves in junior golf such as Hsiao Che Yang (2021) (T4 at AJGA Junior All-Star at Hunter Ranch), Yiyang Xu (2021) (Rolex Rank of 343), Weilun Song (2020) (fired a 64 in the AJGA Junior All-Star at Morongo) and Maurice Leung (2022) (competed as an amateur at the 2018 PGA Tour Series-China Clearwater Bay Open).

2. The Diversity 

Not only is the field stacked, but it includes players from 11 countries and 7 graduating classes. Each of these players has different stories, different backgrounds, different accolades, but one thing remains the same, they are all chasing their dreams of playing college golf.

3. The Tour 

While junior golf tournaments have been plentiful in Asia, up until the founding of the JGTA and the first event on the tour, the 2017 Bintan Lagoon Junior Championship presented by dwell Student Living, there hasn’t been a direct pathway providing the best junior golfers in Asia the opportunity to play in the AJGA, the gold standard in junior golf, where college coaches are recruiting. The number of JGTA competitors achieving success in the AJGA and making commitments to play college golf in the United States has rapidly increased since the tour’s founding.

4. The Stage 

Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, the host venue of the 2019 JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic, is one of Asia’s best courses and has the track record to prove it. Hosting the 2019 JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic will join the impressive list of tournaments held at the venue, including the PGA Tour Series-China Clearwater Bay Open.

5. The Stakes

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE) Status is the most sought-after status in junior golf in the world. Earning AJGA PBE Status through final standing on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit opens up the opportunity to compete in AJGA tournaments which are the main focal point for college coaches recruiting efforts. Competing in the JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay is just one step towards gaining a ranking on the Junior Order of Merit – the source for AJGA PBE Status in Asia, and those who are competing are chasing more than just a trophy.

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About the JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay
The Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) is headed to Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club in Hong Kong February 20-22, 2019. The field will feature top-ranked juniors from over 10 countries across the Asia-Pacific and abroad, including multiple AJGA Champions and top-200 players on the Rolex AJGA Rankings. The award-winning Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, which opened its doors in 1982, has played host to multiple prestigious events, including what is currently the last stop on the PGA Tour Series China, The Clearwater Bay Open, as well as the Omega PGA Championships and the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

About the Junior Golf Tour of Asia
The Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) is the governing body for competitive junior golf tournaments in the Asia-Pacific for young golfers to hone their skills at the highest level, developing into successful Collegiate athletes and future champions of the game. Members of the JGTA compete alongside other top-ranked players from across the region, who share similar competitive standings and aspirations for greatness.

JGTA tournaments are ranked on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit, the Tour’s official ranking system, and the source for AJGA PBE Status in the Asia-Pacific. Players earn Merit Points from their performance in JGTA events to improve their standing on the Junior Order of Merit. Following the end of each JGTA season (approx. June 1st), the top-performers (60 players total) are awarded AJGA PBE Status according to their final standing on the Junior Order Of Merit.

The JGTA strictly adheres to the competitive entry principles of its partners and the highest standards of performance based entry, to ensure the most competitive tournament fields at all times.

Tour Contacts:
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JGTA Membership & Player Registration: playerservices@jgta.org