Golfweek International Junior Invitational moves to Hammock Beach for 2020

The Golfweek International Junior Invitational will be played for the 19th time this fall. Over the past two decades, the final (...)

Golfweek International Junior Invitational moves to Hammock Beach for 2020

The Golfweek International Junior Invitational will be played for the 19th time this fall. Over the past two decades, the final Golfweek junior event of the year has identified up-and-coming talent, like PGA Tour players Peter Uihlein (2004) and Morgan Hoffmann (2006) and LPGA players Stephanie Meadow (2008 and 2009) and Annie Park (2011).

The event will be played at Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast, Florida, for the first time this year. The 36-hole event will take place Nov. 7-8 with the boys field competing on the Conservatory Course and the girls field playing the Ocean Course.

Fields are limited to 90 boys and 60 girls. Players who are ranked inside the top 200 in the Golfweek/Sagarin, Junior Golf Scoreboard and WAGR rankings will be automatically accepted into the field.


Register: Golfweek International Junior Invitational


Any player who has finished in the top five in his or her state junior championship is eligible. Those seeking a “special” invitation should submit a playing resume to rgaines@golfweek.com to be considered.

The AJGA has awarded the “International” with the following PBE status:

Boys and Girls Champions: 12 Stars

Boys top 5 and Girls top 3: 8 Stars

Boys top 10 and Girls top 5: 4 Stars

Boys top 15 and Girls top 10: 1 star

Past champions of the Golfweek International Junior Invitational

2001 — Chanin Puntawong and Nicole Perrott

(Champions Gate, Orlando, Florida)

2003 — Jon McLean and Tiffany Chuda

(Sea Trail, Sunset Beach, North Carolina)

2004 — Peter Uihlein and Jenny Arseneault

(Sea Trail, Sunset Beach, North Carolina)

2005 — Rafael Lee and Isabel Lendl

(Sea Trail, Sunset Beach, North Carolina)

2006 — Morgan Hoffmann and Elisa Aoki

(Ocean Plantation, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina)

2007 — Julian Suri and Stephanie Kim

(Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida)

2008 — Josh Eure and Stephanie Meadow

(Longleaf, Pinehurst, North Carolina)

2009 — Mike Miller and Stephanie Meadow

(Reunion Legacy, Orlando, Florida)

2010 — Sam Chun and Doris Chen

(Reunion Independence, Orlando, Florida)

2011 — James Yoon and Annie Park

(Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida)

2012 — Zachary Healy and Yueer Cindy Feng

(Celebration, Orlando, Florida)

2013 — Luis Garza and Bailey Tardy

(Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida)

2014 — Marcos Montenegro and Ana Paula Valdes

(Champions Gate, Orlando, Florida)

2015 — Robin Wang and Ya Chun Chang

(Lake Buena Vista and Tranquilo, Orlando, Florida)

2016 — Jan Schneider and Chin Tzu Chen

(Disney Magnolia and Palm, Orlando, Florida)

2017 — Jeremy Sisson and Chin Tzu Chen

(Innisbrook, Palm Harbor, Florida)

2018 — Nick Gabrelcik and Meiyi Yan

(Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida)

2019 — Tony Chen and Jenny Kwok

(Champions Gate, Orlando, Florida)

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Seven top-ranked amateurs have earned a spot in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot

With a fully exempt U.S. Open field in 2020, amateurs didn’t have a chance to play their way in to the country’s national championship.

Still, the amateurs weren’t forgotten this year. The U.S. Golf Association announced on Wednesday the seven amateur players who gained entry in the U.S. Open field courtesy of their position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Players may not have had their chance at qualifying in the traditional sense – first an 18-hole local qualifier than a 36-hole sectional qualifier – but their body of work in college, junior and amateur events was still recognized through this exemption category.

These top seven amateurs in the WAGR, as of Aug. 19, will appear at Winged Foot next month:

  • No. 1 Takumi Kanaya, of Japan
  • No. 2 Ricky Castillo, of Yorba Linda, California
  • No. 3 Chun An Yu, of Chinese Taipei
  • No. 4 Davis Thompson, of Saint Simons Island, Georgia
  • No. 5 Eduard Rousaud, of Spain
  • No. 6 Sandy Scott, of Scotland
  • No. 7 John Pak, of Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Thompson, Scott and Pak appeared in last week’s U.S. Amateur field, with Scott advancing the farthest (Round of 32). Castillo withdrew shortly before the tournament in an effort to protect the field after experiencing fatigue but returning a negative COVID test. Last month, he advanced to the semifinals of the Western Amateur.

Scott and Pak both played in the 2019 Walker Cup matches – Scott for Great Britain and Ireland and Pak for the U.S.

Kanaya, 22, will compete in his first U.S. Open. He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2018 and was the runner-up last year. Yu, also 22, is a fifth-year senior at Arizona State University and will be playing in his third consecutive U.S. Open.

The addition of these seven men brings the total number of amateurs in the 2020 U.S. Open field to 13.

Andy Ogletree and John Augenstein earned exemptions as last year’s U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up, respectively, at Pinehurst No. 2. Preston Summerhays earned his spot by winning the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur and Lukas Michel earned his with a 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur victory.

Cole Hammer was last year’s Mark H. McCormack Medal recipient as the world’s top-ranked amateur, while James Sugrue won the 2019 Amateur Championship, an event conducted by the R&A.

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