Junior Invitational Holds Opening Ceremony, Announces Opening Round Tee Times

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (April 18, 2017) – Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer and PGA Tour Champion Kevin Kisner were featured speakers during the Opening Ceremony of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club on Tuesday night, signaling the official kickoff of the 2017 tournament. Recognized by GolfWeek as the premier junior golf event in the world, the Junior Invitational will be held April 20-22 at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina.

"The Opening Ceremony is a very special time for our players, their families and our sponsors,” said Tournament Coordinator Elaine Barnhill. “We’re delighted that Charlie and Kevin were able to be with us to help make the 2017 Junior Invitational a memorable experience. And, I must give a special thanks to all of the Sage Valley staff who made a fast transition when the rain caused us to change plans at the last minute. They continue to prove each year why the Sage Valley reputation for service is so renowned."

A former player on the PGA Tour, Rymer joined Golf Channel in 2008 and currently serves as co-host for “Morning Drive”, the network’s daily news and lifestyle program. Rymer also contributes to the network’s coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships and Golf Central’s coverage of the NCAA Golf Championships. Rymer won the 1985 U. S. Junior Amateur and went on to become a two-time All-American at Georgia Tech. The Fort Mill, S.C. native spent more than 10 years playing professional golf and in 2015 was elected into the PGA of America as a certified PGA professional.

Kisner is a PGA professional currently at No. 38 on the World Golf Ranking. A native of Aiken, S.C., Kisner played college golf at the University of Georgia and was a member of the 2005 NCAA Division I Championship team. He earned his first PGA Tour victory in 2015 winning the RSM Classic. The win moved him into the Top 20 in the world rankings and put him at the top of the early FedEx Cup standings moving into 2016.

The Junior Invitational is open to the public, offering patrons and golf enthusiasts a rare opportunity to experience the members-only club and its pristine Tom Fazio-designed course. Admission is $5 for three-day entry and tickets can be purchased at the gate upon arrival.

Tee times for the Opening Round of the Junior Invitational Opening Round on Thursday, April 20, are:
8:30 a.m. Pak (Scotch Plains, NJ), Adrien Pendaries (France), Matthew Wolff (Agoura Hills, CA)
8:40 a.m. Matias Honkala (Finland), Eddy Lai (San Jose, CA), Kyle Vance (Audubon, PA)
8:50 a.m. Brandon Mancheno (Jacksonville, FL), Davis Shore (Knoxville, TN), Khavish Varadan (Malaysia)
9:00 a.m. Fred Lee (Australia), Max Schmitt (Germany), Trey Winstead (Baton Rouge, LA)
9:10 a.m. Alejandro Aguilera (Spain), Garrett Barber (Stuart, F), Reese Ramsey (Austin, TX)
9:20 a.m. Kaiwen Liu (China, Joaquin Niemann (Chile), Mason Nome (Houston, TX)
9:40 a.m. Jacob Bergeron (Slidell, LA), Wilson Furr (Jackson, MS), Garrick Higgo (South Africa)
9:50 a.m. Ricky Castillo (Yorba Linda, CA), Cole Hammer (Houston, TX), Min Woo Lee (Australia)
10:00 a.m. Austin Eckroat (Edmond, OK), John Axelsen (Denmark), Karl Vilips (Australia)
10:10 a.m. Nicholas Lyerly (Salisbury, NC), Jeewon Park (South Korea), Rayhan Thomas (India)
10:20 a.m. Eugene Hong (Orlando, FL), Justin Kim (Rome, GA), Marcus Svensson (Sweden)
10:30 a.m. Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen (Denmark), Cameron John (Australia), Travis Vick (Houston, TX)
10:50 a.m. Noah Goodwin (Corinth, TX), Kaito Onishi (Japan), Patrick Welch (Providence, RI)
11:00 a.m. Ryan Gerard (Raleigh, NC), Thomas Mulligan (Ireland), Trent Phillips (Inman, SC)
11:10 a.m. Paul Chaplet (Costa Rica), Brandon Gillis (Nashua, NH), Sean Maruyama (Japan)
11:20 a.m. Noah Norton (Chico, CA), Kristoffer Reitan (Norway), Jack Trent (Australia)
11:30 a.m. Edgar Catherine (France), Walker Lee (Houston, TX), Wocheng (Aden) Ye (China)
11:40 a.m. Falko Hanisch (Germany), Won Jun Lee (South Korea), Michael Sanders (Davidson, NC)

About the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club

Since 2011, the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club has been recognized as the most competitive junior golf event in the world. The game’s top 54 players are invited to participate in a professionally styled event, where they have the opportunity to meet sponsors and NCAA coaches, while playing one of the country’s most exciting courses. The generous support of tournament sponsors allows players to attend at no personal cost for travel or accommodations, and has raised nearly $1.5 million for the First Tee chapters in Aiken and Augusta. Tournament organizers look forward to supporting additional children's charities which now includes the Press On Fund. The 2017 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club will be held April 20 – 22. For more information, visit