NOW PLAYING: Junior Invitational at Sage Valley
Sage Valley is an worthy host for such a strong field (Evelyn's Travel Insights Photo))
Sage Valley is an worthy host for such a strong field (Evelyn's Travel Insights Photo))

The Junior Invitational, recognized by Golfweek as the top junior event in golf, is now playing at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina.

First played in 2011, the Junior Invitational has become one of the most desired invitations in the world of competitive junior golf. Since its founding in 2011, the event has featured 54 of the top junior boys and included girls for the first time in 2022. Under the new format, 36 boys and 24 girls will be competing at the same time.

This will mark the third year of the 24-player girls' competition, captured in 2023 by 2022 Augusta National Women's Amateur champion Anna Davis. This year’s field includes Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings No. 1 Gianna Clemente of Estero, Fla., the 2023 Girls Junior PGA Champion, who is competing in her third Junior Invitational; Helen Briem of Germany, the 2024 Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Champion and 2023 R&A Girls Amateur Champion; 2023 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Champion Eila Galitsky of Thailand; among others.

View the full girls' field here.

Anna Davis and Aldrich Potgieter go wire-to-wire to win the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

The 36-player boys' competition was captured last year by Aldrich Potgieter by a record ten shots. The South African, who turned professional just three months later, recently became the youngest winner in Korn Ferry Tour history with his January victory at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.

This year’s field will showcase top-ranked talent, including Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings No. 1 Miles Russell of Jacksonville, Fla., the 2023 Boys Junior PGA Champion; 2023 R&A Boys’ Amateur Champion Kris Kim; Blades Brown, who became the youngest co-medalist at stroke play in U.S. Amateur history last year; among others. The full field will be announced soon.

View the full boys' field here.

Past participants of the Junior Invitational have included some of the top names in golf: Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Colin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Young, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Anna Davis, Megha Ganne, and more. Scheffler, the 2014 Junior Invitational champion, followed up an appearance at the 2022 Junior Invitational by capturing his first major at The Masters.

Written with contributions from The Junior Invitational

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ABOUT THE Junior Invitational

The Junior Invitational's mission is to operate the most prestigious junior golf championship in the world—an invitation-only annual event for the top 36 boys and 24 girls from around the globe, hosted by the renowned Sage Valley Golf Club.

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