Talented field ready for AJGA Polo Junior Classic
Noah Goodwin <br>(Golfweek Photo)
Noah Goodwin
(Golfweek Photo)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (November 21, 2016) -- The 2016 Polo Golf Junior Classic, the AJGA’s final invitational of the season, begins Monday at PGA National Resort and Spa.

The tournament, considered one of the most prestigious in junior golf, kicks off with two days of stroke-play qualifying before the top 32 boys and top 32 girls advance to match play, which runs Wednesday- Friday.

Here are some pre-tournament players to watch:


Noah Goodwin: The Rolex Junior Player of the Year would love to cap an amazing year with his first AJGA invitational victory.

Davis Shore: Last week, he signed his national letter of intent with Alabama. But how far will the first- team All-American “roll” this week at PGA National?

Eugene Hong: “Eugene The Machine” was a first-team All-American this year after winning his first AJGA invitational this year (Haas Family Invitational).

Philip Barbaree: This is the LSU signee’s last junior event before he heads to college in Baton Rouge this spring. Was the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year last year.

Won Jun Lee: One of the last big-name 2017 recruits to commit, Lee officially signed with South Florida last week. He has a lot of talent and match-play experience – he advanced deep into match play in two straight U.S. Junior Amateurs.

Matthew Wolff: Oklahoma State signee has match-play experience in this event (he finished runner- up to former high-school teammate Spencer Soosman in 2014), as well as the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior. Plus, he’ll play this week after handing over his role as AJGA player representative to Cole Hammer on Sunday night.

Robin Williams: No sure how good his stand-up is, but this Englishman has been a winning machine on other junior-golf tours this year.

Ryan Gerard: The North Carolina signee is the defending champion, so he has proven himself on this track before.


Alyaa Abdulghany: The USC signee represented the U.S. in the Junior Ryder Cup and picked up her first AJGA win this year, too, at the AJGA Junior at Carlton Oaks.

Jaravee Boonchant: Won the ANNIKA Invitational this year and signed with Duke in the fall.

Rachel Heck: It’s only a matter of time before this first-team All-American wins an AJGA invitational.

Frida Kinhult: Last name sound familiar? Her older brother Marcus plays on the European Tour. Frida is a good player, too, and competed on this year’s European Junior Ryder Cup team.

Emilia Migliaccio: The Wake Forest signee was also on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team this year and she also posted six top 10s in AJGA events this year.

Alexa Pano: She won the AJGA’s PDQ/Philadelphia Runner Junior in September at 12 years old. Yes, she is a member of the Class of 2022 (!!!).

Yujeong Son: She made the semifinals of the U.S. Girls Junior this year and on Sunday was honored as a first-team All-American.

Paphangkorn Tavatanakit: Already the winner of two AJGA invitationals – and the Rolex Junior Player of the Year award – this year, “Patty” is very capable of adding a victory this week.

Editors Note: Story by Brentley Romine of Golfweek

ABOUT THE Polo Junior Classic

Sixty-four top junior golfers will be invited to compete in a round-robin style match play event. Based on the Rolex AJGA Rankings, an equal field of 32 boys (Polo Division) and 32 girls (Liberty Division) will be divided into eight groupings of four players each to compete in three guaranteed singles matches. The top eight Polo Division boys and Liberty Division girls from each group after pool play will advance to single- elimination matches.

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