JGTA Spotlight

Last week the tournaments on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) circuit were filled with solid performances from rising stars on the JGTA. Across four events – the Eagle Crest Junior Championship, the Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star in New York, the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational, and the Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National, a total of nine JGTA competitors finished in the top-15 on the leaderboard.

Eagle Crest Junior Championship

132 competitors teed it up at The Eagle Crest Junior Championship. The event took place at the Ridge Course in Redman, Oregon and the field was stacked. Finishing T2 at 7-under-par with scores of 71-69-69 was JGTA Bogor Junior Championship Hosted by Sentul Highlands Golf Club and ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World 2019 presented by AKI champion Kentaro Nanayama (2021) of Jakarta, Indonesia. Nanayama finished second on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit, earning Fully Exempt AJGA PBE Status essentially giving him the freedom to compete in any AJGA events he applies too.

Behind Nanayama at T7 with scores of 71-71-69 was Weilun Song (2020) of Harbin, China. Song competed in his first JGTA event this season, the Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay, where likewise he finished T7. Song finished T23 on this seasons JGTA Junior Order of Merit, earning him 4 AJGA stars, enough to gain entry into AJGA’s Eagle Crest Junior Championship.

On the Girl’s side, Yoonjeong Huh (2023) of (South Korea) Kailua-Kona, Hawaii finished T8, the best performance from a JGTA competitor in the event. Huh shot 75-70-73 in route to her Top-10 finish. Huh finished T11 on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit in the 2017-2018 season.

Just behind Huh was Yulin Chen (2021) of Guangzhou, China, firing 75-74-73 to finish T12. Chen had a breakout season on the JGTA this year and finished tenth on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit – earning the last spot on this year’s Junior All-Asia Team Honors.

Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star

 The Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star has become a staple for JGTA competitors, having many players from Asia apply to gain entry to test their skills at Windham Country Club early in the AJGA summer season.

JGTA Junior Order of Merit Champion and Boy’s Player of the Year Pongsapak Laopakdee (2023) of Rayong, Thailand made a splash at his first ever AJGA Qualifier, shooting a 6-under-par 66. He got off to a rough start in the event, but a final round score of yet another 6-under-par 66 brought him back into the mix, finishing T4.

Charlene Chung (2023) of Hong Kong, SAR captured her best AJGA finish to date at Windham, 4th place, with scores of 73-71-77. Chung finished 16th this year on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit, with her best finish coming in The Southern Junior presented by Tradewinds Furnishing.

Just behind Chung was Bridget Ma, a new JGTA member this season, finishing in 6th place with scores of 76-72-75.

KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational

The KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational took place at Blessings Golf Club, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, host of the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Championship.

Natachanok Tunwannarux (2023) of Bangkok, Thailand earned her first invite to an AJGA invitational event winning a Junior All-Star event last summer. Tunnwanarux is the first player ever to earn back to back JGTA Team All-Asia Honors – she finished 2nd on the 2017-2018 JGTA Junior Order of Merit Rankings and T6 on this seasons JGTA Junior Order of Merit Rankings.

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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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