Dec. 28-30: St. Augustine Hosts Junior Golfers from 24 Countries

St. Augustine, Fla. – The top junior golfers in the world will return to St. Augustine Dec. 28 – 30 for the 2016 American Junior golf tournament a World Junior Golf Series event. The three-day contest will be held at the prestigious King & Bear Golf Course in World Golf Village.

This year’s tournament will feature close to 70 boy and girl golfers from the age of 12 to 19 representing 24 countries.

Leading the contingent of golfers are some competitors returning from last year’s tournament, that have moved up in the current World Junior Golf Rankings, www.juniorgolfranking.com.

Toby Briggs of the United Kingdom it currently ranked No. 2 in the World Junior Golf Rankings. Germany’s Florian Horder is right behind at No. 3. Both will be participating in this year’s American Junior.

Earlier this year, at the European Junior, Horder and Briggs were tied at -7 after three rounds of regulation play, forcing a playoff. It took three holes for Horder to claim the victory.

Briggs topped Horder in the 2015 American Junior played at the Slammer & Squire course at World Golf Village in St. Augustine.

With a top 10 finish or better at the 2016 American Junior, Briggs will have the opportunity to become No. 1 in the World Junior Golf Rankings.

In the Girls Division, Pilar Von Heynitz of Germany is coming into the 2016 American Junior after winning in the European Junior in September. She is currently ranked No. 4 in the World Junior Golf Rankings.

Last year Von Heynitz claimed sixth place in the American Junior, held at the Slammer & Squire course. This will be her first tournament on the King & Bear course but she is expected to make a good showing at this year’s event.

This is the seventh year that the American Junior has hosted junior golfers from around the world. The event has seen many competitors use the tournament to gain exposure for their golfing abilities and advance to either college or professional play.

Last year’s American Junior champion was Andrew Alligood from St. Johns, Fla. This year he is a member of the University of North Florida Golf Team. For the 2015 – 16 season, Alligood participated in all 12 of the school’s contests, ranking second on the team with a 72.58 stroke average.

“Some of the best boy and girl competitors from around the world participate in the American Junior events, and based on our entry list, this one won’t be any different,” said Reid Whitaker, 2016 American Junior tournament director.

“The event is a family-oriented environment for the participants. We provide hotel accommodations, transportation and meals for the competitors so their families may feel at ease,” Whitaker continued. “It is great exposure for the participants and everyone has a great time.”

The 2016 American Junior is open to the public. To attend, come to the King & Bear golf course in World Golf Village. The address is 1 King and Bear Dr., St Augustine, FL 32092. For more information about the course, visit www.golfwgv.com.

If you would like to be a volunteer for this event or future events, please email Reid Whitaker at reid.whitaker@wjgs.org. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, visit www.wjgs.org or call 772-249-9975.

The 2016 American Junior is presented by the World Junior Golf Series, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to creating a competitive international arena for youth that will promote good citizenship, scholarship, benevolence, competitive spirit and outstanding ethical conduct through a variety of competitive sports activities and other organized learning experiences. For additional information, visit www.wjgs.org.

 

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