The Southern Junior

The Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) announced the next stop on the Tour’s annual schedule of events, The Southern Junior, which will take place April 1 – 4 at Foshan Golf Club in Foshan, China and will be the Tour’s first stop in China.

The objective of the Tour is to provide junior golfers with a platform to advance their college golf standing and hone their game in recognized events during the offseason. Like all JGTA events, the tournament field for The Southern Junior will be determined by AJGA PBE Status, resulting in an all-AJGA field of the future stars from across the Asia-Pacific. The JGTA maintains a global membership base, with nearly 15 countries being represented. Junior golf families from as far as the United States travel to Asia to compete in JGTA events.

For over ten years, Foshan Golf Club has been well known as one of the best 18-hole world championship golf venues in China. The club has been awarded “Golfers Choice Awards” “Top Ten Extraordinary Golf Courses in 2018” award and “Golf Digest” “2016-2017 China Top 100 Golf Courses” award, among a laundry list of others. Additionally, Foshan Golf Club hosts the European Challenge Tour’s Foshan Open yearly. Accompanying the club is Canton First Estate, a superb international ecological community of residential property.

“Foshan Golf Club is very happy to be a part of the Southern Junior this year. The past four years we have held the Guangdong Junior Championship, with the champion receiving a spot in the European Challenge Tour’s Foshan Open which includes a pro-junior event for local juniors to play alongside the pros – the first of its kind in all European Tour Events and we are proud of what our juniors have accomplished. Foshan Golf Club and our parent company, New World, are a strong supporter of junior golf and we truly believe that the growth of the game in China is through the juniors, and we hope that the juniors are able to continue their education through competing.” Vic Carder – Director of Golf, Foshan Golf Club

“We are extremely grateful to Foshan Golf Club for their support of the development of junior golfers into AJGA and College athletes, and for the Club’s hosting of this very first JGTA event in mainland China.” – Phil Tozer, Managing Director, JGTA

This will be the 4th event on this year’s schedule, coming only two weeks after the inaugural Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay – where the red-hot Pongsapak “Fifa” Laopakdee (2023) of Thailand and local prospect Chloe Chan (2021) of Hong Kong held off the competition to win their respective divisions and be crowned the Classic’s first-ever Champions.

Entering the last few months of the season, the race is on to see which of these future stars on the JGTA has what it takes to be one of the very few players to be named to this year’s prestigious All-Asia Team, the top-honors of the JGTA. JGTA All-Asia Teams are composed of the top-10 boys and top-10 girls on the Junior Order of Merit after the final event of the JGTA season. Players who earn a spot on the JGTA All-Asia Team are considered by College coaches as top prospects for College golf and have proven themselves so by finishing at the top of the Junior Order of Merit, the official ranking of the JGTA.

Multiple events remain on the JGTA schedule providing ample opportunities to improve or gain a ranking, proving that no current ranking is safe.

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About The Southern Junior 2019
Set to take place April 1 – 4, The Southern Junior will be JGTA’s first in mainland China and the next stop on the Tour’s annual schedule of events. The host venue of the event is Foshan Golf Club, located in the city of Foshan, just outside Guangzhou, China.

About Foshan Golf Club
Foshan Golf Club has been well known as one of the best 18-hole world championship golf venues in China. The club has been awarded “Golfers Choice Awards” “Top Ten Extraordinary Golf Courses in 2018” award and “Golf Digest” “2016-2017 China Top 100 Golf Courses” award, among a laundry list of others. Additionally, Foshan Golf Club hosts the European Challenge Tour’s Foshan Open yearly. Accompanying the club is Canton First Estate, a superb international ecological community of residential property.

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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