The Race is On

The Junior Order of Merit has been updated after the JGTA Bogor Junior Championship hosted by Sentul Highlands Golf Club. At first glance there is only one thing noticeably the same from last week’s rankings which is that champions of the JGTA Bintan Lagoon Junior Championship presented by Tradewinds Furnishings Singapore, Amy Gao (2021) of Shanghai, China and Justin Sun (2022) of Shenzhen, China, remain atop the rankings. Gao and Sun comfortably extended their first-place position in the Junior Order of Merit race with second-place and T6 finishes, respectively, but, their current rankings are by no means safe.

JGTA Bogor Junior Championship hosted by Sentul Highlands Golf Club winners Mariel Isabella Tee (2020) of Pasig City, Philippines and Kentaro Nanayama (2021) of Jakarta, Indonesia have taken over the second-place position in the Junior Order of Merit and are eying the top position heading into the Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay this February.

Eila Galitsky (2025) of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Masaki Ujiie (2020) of Guam, United States sit in third.

At the end of the 2018-2019 JGTA season, a divisor of three will be applied to the sum of each player’s total ‘Merit Points’ earned during the season to calculate the final ‘Cumulative Average Points Per Tournament’, upon which each player is ranked. The divisor of three is applied to ensure players are competing in at least three events in order to be classified as ‘competitive’. Once a player competes in three events, their ‘Cumulative Average Points Per Tournament’ is a natural average representation, while if a player only competes in one JGTA event, their total points earned are divided by three, resulting in a Cumulative Average Points per Tournament that is only a 33% representation of their natural average.

The 2019 JGTA Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay will be a key event for those looking to compete in their third event of the JGTA – including the current Junior Order of Merit leaders. For those looking to make a name for themselves heading into the spring, Hong Kong is the place to do it as there is still time to establish and improve a ranking on the Junior Order of Merit.

To view the current Junior Order of Merit, click here.

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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 for the city’s first-ever AJGA PBE Status tournament, 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 sanctioning body for AJGA PBE Status in the Asia-Pacific and governing committee for junior golf tournaments that allow junior golfers to pursue an AJGA and college golf career. The Junior Order of Merit, the official ranking system of the JGTA, is the source for American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Performance Based Entry (PBE) Status in Asia, giving junior golfers a platform to advance their college golf standing and hone their game in recognized events in the offseason.

The JGTA is dedicated to upholding the mission, values, standards, and principles of the AJGA, in addition to following the rules and policies of the AJGA and its PBE system.

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