Golf News for Friday, June 6, 2014 | Tournaments

Nicole Morales in first Rolex Girls Junior Championship appearance

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Two-time Rolex Junior All-American and 2014 graduate Nicole Morales of South Salem, New York, will return to her home state to compete in her first Rolex Girls Junior Championship, held at The Country Club of Rochester in Rochester, New York, June 9-13.

"This is a great feeling to be back in New York on my home turf," said Morales, who played out of Orlando since fall 2013. "Due to my school schedule, I've never played in a Rolex Girls Junior Championship before. I've trained really hard and I'm excited to put all my energy into this tournament."

Morales transferred from John Jay High School in South Salem, New York, to Orlando, where she attended Lake Mary Preparatory School and worked on her game under golf instructor Mike Bender. At No. 19 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Morales has three AJGA titles on her record including Invitational wins at the 2011 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2013 Thunderbird International Junior. She previously competed in the Rolex Tournament of Champions, finishing T4 and T6 in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

"I've heard how well the girls are treated by such a fantastic sponsor," Morales said. "Rolex goes out of its way to roll out the green carpet for the players. I'm very excited to finally play in this prestigious event. Many of the past champions are great friends of mine as well as role models, and I want to go out there and hopefully add my name to that list."

The summer will mark Morales' final junior season before she begins her collegiate career at the University of Alabama in the fall. She will first look to take on the Rolex Girls Junior Championship field which includes 25 Rolex Junior All-Americans and 47AJGA champions. Morales is one of only two New York natives to compete.

"It is great to be a New Yorker and I am so blessed to be in Rochester and have such a great community behind me," Morales said. "I'm excited and happy for the support, and I cannot wait to make the New Yorkers proud."

Tournament play will begin on Tuesday, June 10 through Friday, June 13 with tee times each day from 7-8:50 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Country Club of Rochester. Guests are welcome to attend and admission is free.

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).

About Rolex
Rolex, a supporter of the AJGA since 1986, 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 American Junior Golf Association
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.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

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.

Contact: Amanda Herrington
AJGA Communications
(678) 425-1789 | aherrington@ajga.org

Contact: Greg Smith
Tournament Media Chairman
Gregory.w.smith@jayww.com