Golf News for Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Tournaments

23rd annual Rolex Girls Junior Championship at Country Club of Rochester

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Seventy-two of the nation's best female junior golfers will descend upon Rochester, New York, for the 23rd annual Rolex Girls Junior Championship, June 9-13. The Country Club of Rochester will host the American Junior Golf Association for the first time.

THE FIELD
The field will include 25 Rolex Junior All-Americans and 39 girls who have committed to play college golf. Of the 72 players, 56 are in the top 100 of the Polo Golf Rankings and 46 have claimed AJGA titles.

Highlighting the field that features six of the top 10 girls in the Polo Golf Rankings is the No. 2 player, Megan Khang of Rockland, Massachusetts. Khang, who finished 17th at the 2013 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, only finished outside the top-three twice in her last seven starts, including a T3 finish at the 2013 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship and her breakout victory at the 2013 PING Invitational.

Also looking for the win is Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, California. At No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Wu will make her fourth appearance in the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. In January, Wu became the first player to win back-to-back titles at the ANNIKA Invitational, only one stroke shy of the tournament record she set in 2013 at 10-under-par.

Representing the home state of New York is Nicole Morales of South Salem. Morales, who plays out of the Mike Bender Golf Academy in Orlando, has won three AJGA titles, two of which came at Invitationals including the 2011 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2013 Thunderbird International Junior. The Alabama commit will make her first appearance at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Since 1992, the Rolex Girls Junior Championship has produced champions who have gone on to find success at the collegiate and professional levels. A prestigious line-up of LPGA Tour players, the list includes Morgan Pressel (2005), Julieta Granada (2004), Paula Creamer (2003), Inbee Park (2002) and Brittany Lang (2001).

In 2013, Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, hosted the event which saw Rolex Junior Player of the Year and UCLA freshman Alison Lee of Valencia, California, earn her third of four AJGA Invitational titles. Lee, who is the top-ranked female collegiate player and recently won the individual Pac-12 Championship, went on to win the Rolex Tournament of Champions to become the first girl since Kellee Booth in 1993 to win the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Rolex Girls Junior Championship in the same year.

THE COUNTRY CLUB OF ROCHESTER
As host of the 2014 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, The Country Club of Rochester will continue its storied tradition of hosting major women's golf events, including the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in 1962, and two U.S. Women's Open Championships (1953 and 1973). Many juniors who compete in the Rolex Girls Junior Championship subsequently compete in U.S. Women's Open Championships. In 2012, a record 14 AJGA juniors competed in the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run, while nine qualified in 2013 at Sebonack Golf Club.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The tournament practice round will be an 8 a.m. shotgun on Monday, June 9. Tournament rounds will run Tuesday, June 10 - Friday, June 13, with tee times from 7 - 8:50 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Country Club of Rochester. An awards ceremony will immediately follow final-round play on June 13. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

SUPPORTERS
Rolex, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. The distinguished timepiece maker is the proprietor of the Rolex Junior Players of the Year, Rolex Junior All-America Teams and the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet. Rolex also sponsors the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Rolex Girls Junior Championship, two of the AJGA's most competitive major championships. As a Premier Partner, Rolex is the Founding Partner to the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program and an Official Partner of the biennial PING Junior Solheim Cup.

ABOUT THE AJGA
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Britney Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

For more information, please contact Amanda Herrington (aherrington@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1789 or Media Chairman Greg Smith (Gregory.w.smith@jayww.com).