AJGA Weekend Recap

Three tournaments kicked off the AJGA’s 2019 season this past weekend – the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex, the Foley Performance Academy @ EaglesDream Junior Championship, and the AJGA Vista Valley Junior presented by Genesis. Here is the action that you’ve missed.

The 11th annual ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex featured an all-girls field of 72 players from 15 countries and a Symetra Tour exemption to Florida’s Natural Charity Classic was on the line. Through 54 holes, Ingrid Lindblad (2019) of Halmstad, Sweden, Jensen Castle (2019) of West Columbia, South Carolina, and Kaiyuree Moodley (2020) of Johannesburg, South Africa sat tied at 2-under-par 214 for the tournament. Lindblad held on to win, making par on the first playoff hole. Lindblad is a Louisiana State University verbal commit and this marks her first AJGA win in her first AJGA event.

Tyler Wilkes (2020) of Tampa, Florida dusted the field on Timacuan Golf and Country Club at the Foley Performance Academy @ EaglesDream Junior Championship after firing 65-73-70 for a tournament total of 8-under-par 208. Wilkes is a verbal commit to the University of Florida, and this is his second AJGA victory. Wilkes was trailed by Bo Peng (2019) of (China) Lake Mary, Florida, finishing in second place and Christopher Zhang (2019) of Blacksburg, Virginia, finishing in third.

Anne Yu (2020) of (China) Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida took home the trophy in the girl’s division with scores of 76-75-76 for a tournament total of 11-over-par 227. This is Yu’s first AJGA victory. She was trailed by Izzy M. Pellot (2022) of Altamonte Springs, Florida, finishing in second place, and Deborah Chang (2020) of Seoul, South Korea, finishing in third.

All while defending his title, Dylan Menante (2019) of Carlsbad, California held on to win in a playoff against Evan Vo (2021) of Austin, Texas at the AJGA Vista Valley Junior presented by Genesis. Menante is a verbal commit to Pepperdine University and this marks his second career AJGA victory.

Kamille Dimayuga (2021) of Buena Park, California was crowned champion at the AJGA Vista Valley Junior presented by Genesis after firing 77-68-74 for a tournament total of 6-over-par 219. Like Menante, this is Dimayuga’s second career AJGA victory. Trailing Dimayuga was Hailey Borja (2019) of Lake Forest, California, finishing in second place, and Lauren Gomez (2021) of San Diego, California, finishing in third.

Next month the AJGA schedule will feature the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, the Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational, and the AJGA Senior Showcase.

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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.

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