Ludwig is the top-ranked junior and 4th ranked amateur player in Sweden. He was the 2016 Rookie of the Year and recipient of the Swedish Junior Golf Tour Order of Merit. He had three 2017 victories including the Fairhaven Trophy, the Nordic Golf League Q-School First Stage, and tying for 1st in the European Boys Team Championship Stroke Play.
Alejandro is the 2017 Spanish Boys Champion and Baleares Cup Champion. He is a Jacques Leglise trophy winner for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017, on the continental Europe team and was runner-up at the European Boys Team Championship with Team Spain. Alejandro finished runner-up at the 2016 Boys Amateur Championship.
Returning to the Sage Valley Junior Invitational for a third time after tying for 3rd in 2017 and 7th in 2016, Garrett comes in with an extraordinary list of achievements. He won the 2017 Rolex Tournament of Champions, the Florida FHSAA 1A Championship, and was a member of the victorious U.S Team at the inaugural Junior President’s Cup. Most recently, the LSU commit took 1st at the Jones Cup Invitational.
Jake Beber-Frankel is making his first appearance in the Junior Invitational. His 2017 season included finishing 2nd at the AJGA Junior at The Seagate, the FJT Boys Junior Amateur championship and The Junior Players Championship. Jake placed 4th in the AJGA KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational and 7th in the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship.
Akshay was a 2016 AJGA All-American and Carolina Golf Association All-American. More recently, he was the 2017 Junior PGA Champion, 2017 Joe Chavez Invitational Champion and a member of the 2017 U.S. Junior Presidents Cup championship team. Excelling on and off the green, Bhatia is also a McConnell Scholarship Recipient.
A member of the Junior Presidents Cup team, Jacob Bridgman is making his first appearance in the Junior Invitational. Jacob is a two-time South Carolina High School State Champion. He won the Carolinas Junior Championship, the 2016 Beth Daniel Junior Azalea and was third at the Big I National Championship last year.
Ryan Burnett, 2017 Second Team Rolex All-American, is making his first appearance in the Junior Invitational. Burnett is a two-time Northern California Junior Champion and has 6 AJGA top five finishes. Ryan finished T2 in the Ping Invitational and Jones Cup Junior Invitational. He also finished in 9th place in the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Prescott Butler rocketed on to the junior golf scene moving from No. 1,304 on the AJGA rankings to 16th in six months. During this time he won the Liberty National Junior, an AJGA open event in the Dominican Republican and followed a runner-up finish at the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic with a 4-0 performance at the Wyndham Cup. The 2018 grad is an Alabama commit.
Frankie and fellow-participant Ben Wong, are the winning team from the 2017 US Amateur Four Ball Championship. He was a member of the USA team that took first place at the 2017 Toyota Junior World Cup Championships, and was the overall individual winner. Capan is the current Gator Invitational Champion and finished T4 in the Simplify Boys Championship. He will join Prescott Butler at the University of Alabama this fall.
Named first team All-State and Player of the Year for the largest classification in the state of Georgia as a 15-year-old freshman, Nicolas Cassidy started achieving at an early age. In 2017, he placed 11th, T10, T11 and T12 at 4 different AJGA invitationals. Nicolas’s lowest score of 2017 was a 66 at the GSGA Georgia State Amateur Championship at the West Lake Country Club in Augusta, GA where he finished T17/145. He has verbally committed to continue his golf endeavors at the University of Georgia.
In 2017, Ricky Castillo finished 3rd in the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, T9 in the US Junior Amateur Tournament and T11 in the Junior Players Tournament. Castillo also finished T17 in the US Amateur and T41 in the Western Amateur tournaments. To date, he has won the Pre-Qualifiers for the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open and PGA Tour Genesis Open. Ricky has verbally committed to the University of Florida.
Brandon is the youngest ever winner of the Georgia State Junior Championship. He was just 15 years old when claimed the 2017 title. He was also the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Player of the Year. He was the youngest player in the 2017 Georgia Amateur, and finished 10th in a Georgia PGA Open event.
Canon has been making a name for himself since he was 13 when he collected 6 top 10 finishes and won the 2015 Junior IMG Honda Classic. He followed up this impressive year with similar success throughout 2016 and 2017 including another Junior IMG Honda Classic championship and a number of notable finishes at top junior events including runner-up at the AJGA Junior All-Star, 3rd place at the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational and 4th place at the Scott Robertson Memorial. Most recently he took 6th place at the prestigious Australian Master of the Amateurs.
Parker is making his first Junior Invitational appearance after several top 10 finishes in 2017 including a T6 at the Junior Players Championship and T7 at the Ping Invitational. He received the 2015 Texas Legends Junior Tour Sportsmanship Award, was named the 2016 Texas Legends Junior Tour Player of the Year and is the 2017 UIL 6A Individual State Champion. Parker will join twin brother Pierceson at the University of Texas in the fall.
Pierceson has been twice named to the 6A all-state team and is a member of the 2016 6A State Championship golf team. His exceptional resume includes placing T2 at the 2016 Texas State Junior Championship and winning the 2016 AJGA Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship. In 2017, he tied for 4th at the Junior Jones Cup and tied for 6th in the Polo Junior Golf Classic. Pierceson started 2018 with a terrific finish in the 2018 AJGA Simply Boys Championship, where he joined 2 others in a tie for 4th place.
The 2-time Rolex Junior All-American is finishing up an impressive junior career this spring. Since 2015 Reid has collected a number of terrific finishes including 11th place at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur, 6th place at the 2016 Jones Cup Junior Invitational and 4th at the 2017 AJGA Haas Family Invitational. He was runner-up at the most recent Jr. PGA Championship and a key member of the Westlake Chaps, the 2017 UIL 6A Texas high school championship team.
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The top-ranked Belgian Amateur, Adrien enters the Junior Invitational with an impressive resume. He was the Belgian International Amateur champion, the International Junior of Belgian winner, and the Belgian Junior Champion. He placed 3rd in the Junior Orange Bowl stateside. In addition, he was also awarded the European Men’s Club Trophy and the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
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Mateo made an impressive start to 2018 when he finished the Latin American Amateur Championship T19, the low junior making the cut. This followed-up a successful 2017 when he won the U18 Argentine Championship and was runner-up in the Argentine Stroke Play Championship and the Campeonato Abierto Norpatagonice tournament. His most important career victory came at the South American Junior U18 Championship where he was the team and individual medalist. Mateo has recently committed to play golf for TCU beginning in 2019.
Tennessee’s top ranked junior golfer is a member of the record-setting Halls High School state championship golf team who captured the 2017 title by 26 strokes. Ryan led this effort as the individual champion, shooting the 2nd lowest score in Tennessee state championship history. This incredible achievement capped an impressive 2017 where he collected a number of top 10 finishes including taking 7th at the AJGA Polo Invitational and winning the AJGA City of London Junior Championship. Ryan has committed to play golf for the University of South Carolina.
Joe is the 2017 WSGA Junior Boys’ Player of the Year. His titles this year include the Washington State Amateur, the WJGA Players Open, the WIAA 4A High School State individual championship and the AJGA Ryan Moore Championship. Joe placed 2nd at the AJGA POLO Golf Classic and 4th at the AJGA Junior Players Championship. He was also named to the prestigious Junior Presidents Cup and AJGA Wyndham Cup teams.
Rasmus automatically qualified for the Junior Invitational after finishing 1st at the 2017 European Boys Team Championship. His other 2017 wins include the Hovborg Open and the KGC Masters. He finished 8th at the Danish International Amateur Championship, 4th at the Junior Orange Bowl and runner-up at the Copa Beleares. This 2017 success followed an equally impressive 2016 when he won the McGregor Trophy and was the Danish International Amateur champion.
Eugene returns for his 3rd Junior Invitational before heading to play at the University of Florida in the fall. The 2016-2017 AFI ALL-USA Player of the Year won the Florida Class 1A state golf championship as a junior. He his first AJGA title at the 2016 AJGA Haas Family Invitational and followed-up this success placing 2nd at the 2017 event. "Eugene the Machine" has had a number of other impressive top 10 finishes including the 2017 Thunderbird International Junior, the 2016 Junior PGA Championship and the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Matias started gaining international attention when he finished 2nd at the 2016 German Boys Championship. He went on to finish third, fifth, and sixth respectively in his next three tournaments. Finland’s top ranked junior is also finding great success at prestigious international amateur events including top 20 finishes at the 2017 South American Amateur and French Amateur Stroke Play. Matias earned his 2nd tournament invitation by placing T9 at 2017s The Amateur Championship, where he was the top finishing junior in the field.
Turner comes to the Junior Invitational after a successful 2017 where he won his first AJGA event at the Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay and was runner-up at the AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational. His impressive resume earned him spots on the Wyndham Cup West Team and the inaugural Junior President’s Cup Team. The AJGA All-American has verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma.
The youngest member on the 2017-2018 Dutch National Men’s golf team, Jerry enters the invitational with an accomplished body of work. Jerry enters the invitational with an accomplished body of work. He is the Junior Orange Bowl Champion, the Dutch National U21 Champion and the Dutch Amateur Spring Champion. Ji finished T2 in the Dutch National Open Pro tour and T3 in the Belgian International Boys tournament.
Benjamin is a member of the Men’s England A Squad. He had a tremendously successful 2017 earning championships at the Henry Cooper Junior masters, the War Memorial Trophy at West of England Amateur, the Duke of York Champions Trophy and the England Golf Boys OOM. He finished 2nd at South Beach International Amateur and 4th at the Peter McEvoy Trophy and most recently came in runner-up at the 2018 Portuguese Amateur.
Tommy finished out 2017 winning his second Illinois Class 2A State Championship by 12 strokes, breaking the state finals record. This terrific accomplishment earned him a mention in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd. The three-time “Peoria Junior Player of the Year” finished in the top 10 at both the 2016 and 2017 Illinois Open, a pro-ranked event. Tommy will play golf at the University of Illinois.
Coming in with several notable golf accomplishments, Pedro is making his first appearance in the Junior Invitational. His success over the last 2 years includes winning the 2017 British Boys Amateur Championship, the 2016 Junior Open Amateur Championship and the 2016 Portuguese National Amateur Championship. Pedro finished 6th in the 2017 International German Boys Amateur Championship and was named "Best Player" on the 2017 Continent of Europe Team that won the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
Sean earned his second invitation to the tournament at the 2017 event when he finished T7. Since then, he has a had a number of other top 10 finishes including the Rolex Tournament of Champions, The Ping Invitational, Junior Players, and the Polo Junior Golf Classic. Sean made it to round 16 at the United States Junior Amateur Championship.
Kristoffer Max makes his first appearance at the Junior Invitational after tying for first in the 2017 European Boys Team Championship. He also won the 2017 Skandia Junior Open, the DGU Elite Tour Boys II and tied for 4th at the 2017 French Boys. Kristoffer will bring his talent to the University of Colorado in the fall of 2018.
Logan finished 1st at the 2016 AJGA Junior at Oak Tree and 2nd at the 2016 Bubba Conlee Junior. In 2017, he was the runner up at the Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and Junior Players Championship, finished T6 in the 2017 Haas Family Invitational and T9 in the 2017 US Junior Amateur.
Tom had a great 2017 golf season as a result of several wins including the Doral Publix Junior Classic, the Munster U16 Amateur Open Championship and the Ulster U16 Amateur Close Championship. He was also the 2017 Irish U16 Order of Merit Winner (Joe Carr Award.) Most recently, Tom won both the 2018 Junior Honda Classic U18 and the 2018 Faldo Major Champions Invitational.
The 2019 graduate has committed to play for the Florida Gators. He won the 2017 AJGA Junior Open and the 2017 Indiana Junior PGA Championship. Clay placed 2nd in the 2017 Indiana Junior Stroke Play Championship and was the only contestant to win all 3 matches in the 2017 AJGA Jimmy Walker Match Play.
William was a member of the winning United States Junior Presidents Cup team in 2017. He also won the 2017 Western Junior Championship and the 2015 IMG Junior World. William finished 2nd in the 2017 AGJA Ping Heather Farr Classic and 4th in the 2017 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. He will be attending Pepperdine University in 2019.
At just 16 years old, Joseph is the youngest recruit to the University of Florida program. His impressive list of championships and top 10 finishes dates all the way back to 2014 when he was just 13 years old. His most recent wins include the 2017 Junior Heritage, the 2016 Future Masters, AJGA Polo Classic and the FJT Major. Joseph finished tied for second at both the 2017 and 2018 Azalea Invitational.
Julián has had an impressive start to 2018 finishing 13th in the Latin American Amateur Championship and winning the prestigious AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. These accomplishments come on the heels of a terrific 2017 where he also won the IMG Junior World Golf Championship, the AJGA Memorial Junior, the Pro Winter Tournament in Peru, the Mitsubishi Open professional event in Peru, and the South American Junior Championship. Julián has been a member of the Peruvian National Team at 16 different events.
Trent returns for his third Junior Invitational as a three-time Jay Haas Player of the Year. His junior career includes victories at the Dustin Johnson World Junior tournament, Parks Hutto Bengal Invitational, SCGA Junior Championship, the AJGA Haas Family Invitational, the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea and the Players Championship. Trent is the reigning 5A South Carolina High School champion and a member of the Boiling Springs High School golf team who won their 4th straight championship in 2017. The Georgia commit was a member of the inaugural Junior Presidents Cup team and named to the USA Today High School Sports All-USA Boys Golf Team.
At the age of six, Pierre began golfing, and by the time he was ten years old, he started participating in his first club events. In 2012, his abilities advanced allowing him to rank on national merit. He became champion of France U16 and joined the France team in 2015. During his 2017 season, Pierre was the runner-up in the Junior Orange Bowl finishing with a total of 9-under-par. He finished 2nd in the French Am (Murat Cup) (totaling 6-under-par) and in the French International Boys Medal (totaling 8-under-par).
Although only a junior, Cole’s resume already demonstrates his immense talent. His 2017 victories include Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the FCG Las Vegas Championship and the AJGA Preview at La Purisma. He is also the 2017 6A Utah High School State individual champion, and a member of the winning high school team. Other impressive finishes include 7th place at the PGA Junior Championship, 6th at the Big I Championships and runner-up at the Pinehurst Junior North-South Championship.
Andrea is included on the Giocatore di Interesse Nazionale, a list of the Italian under 18 Selected Players. Romano had a solid 2017 season, winning the English Boys under 18 (Carry’s Trophy), finishing 2nd at the French Boys Championship and 3rd at the European Boys Team Championship. The 5-time Italian U18 champion has had a terrific start to 2018, coming in 8th at the Portuguese Amateur Championship and winning the Italian Amateur Championship.
Michael earned his second invitation to the tournament by finishing 10th at the 2017 event. The LSU commit is the 2016 and 2017 NCISAA State Individual Champion. He has had great success in the past year taking 3rd place at the 2017 AJGA-CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship, 2nd at the PING Invitational and is the 2017 Carolina Junior Boys champion. Michael is the 2016 Charlotte Observer Player of the Year and the recipient of the 2016 AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award. Before heading to LSU in the fall, he will represent the United States at the Toyota Junior World Golf Cup.
Cameron has spent the final two years of his junior career crisscrossing the country competing in some of the games most prestigious events. During this time, he collected a number of top ten finishes including T10th at the AJGA Haas Family Invitational, 4th at the AJGA Ping Heather Farr Classic, 2nd at the Boy’s Junior America’s Cup and the FCG National Championship and 1st at the SCPGA Jr. Tour College Showcase. Cameron received Honorable Mention honors as a Rolex Junior All-American and was the 2016 San Diego Jr. Golf Association Player of the Year.
The Texas Tech University commit earned his invitation to the 2018 event via a terrific 2017 season. He is the Texas Sate Junior Champion and the Texas Legends Junior Tour Player of the Year. At the AJGA Folds of Honor Junior Championship he tied the AJGA record low of 61 and the AGJA 54-hole record of (-19). Jansen is the 2018 Sea Pines Junior Heritage Champion.
Charlie’s been a rising star for England Golf since winning his first tournament at 8 years old. Over the past decade, he’s continued to demonstrate this talent competing in some of Europe’s most prestigious events. In 2017, he finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver and Lythem Trophy and was the McEvoy Trophy and Duncan Putter champion.
Returning to the course for the second time, Rayhan finished T13 in the 2017 tournament. This was part of a terrific 2017 where he finished 3rd in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and T2 in the MENA Creek Open shooting the lowest score of 61. Rayhan made the cut and finished T60 in the Dubai Desert Classic, a European Tour Even, as well as the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship and the NOMURA Cup. The Oklahoma State commit jointly holds the world record of 9 consecutive birdies in an OWGR ranked event.
In 2017, Will was runner-up at the Bobby Chapman Invitational and at the New York State Amateur. He was one of 4 team members of Team USA which won the Boys Division of the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup, Team USA’s first victory in this event since 2005. In 2014, Will became the youngest ever qualifier in the history of the US Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He also qualified in 2015 and played in the US AM in 2015 at Olympia Fields.
Although only 16 years old, Michael already has a number of junior tournament wins, including the MGA Boys Junior Amateur, and has twice been named the U.S. Kids Golf National Player of the Year. He won the 14-15 age group at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National, the Sunday before leading into The Masters. In 2017, Michael finished T5 at Rolex Tournament of Champions. Youngest in event history at the age of 15, he was the lowest scoring amateur in the 2017 Massachusetts Open. So far, this year Michael finished T7 at the Simplify Boys Championship.
Travis returns to the Junior Invitational on the strength of a solid 2017 resume that included top ten finishes in the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup (4th) and South Beach Amateur (7th). Vick was the medalist at 2016 US Junior Amateur Championship, where he shot the Honors Course record 64. He was also the 2016 STPGA Junior Golfer of the year.
In 2015 at age 13, Karl burst into the Polo National Rankings at #9, becoming the first middle school player to do so. Within a year, he was the Junior Orange Bowl Champion; Karl beat Tiger Wood’s long-standing record as the youngest Junior Orange Bowl winner by 8 months. He was the AJGA Polo Junior Classic Champion and the Southern Amateur, where at age 15 he equaled Bobby Jones as the youngest ever winner. Karl has qualified for the US Amateur twice, been selected for the Wyndham Cup Team in 2016 and 2017 and was a member of the International Junior President’s Cup team. A 2020 graduate, Karl has already committed to play golf for Stanford University.
Alex Vogelsong is making his first appearance in the Junior Invitational. Alex is a 2017 Rolex Junior All American. He finished in 2nd place at the Florida State Junior Championship. Vogelsong placed 5th in the Rolex Tournament of Champions after scoring a career low round of 63 in the third round. He also finished in 6th place at the Haas Family Invitational.
Patrick is the 2013, 2014 and 2016 Rhode Island State Junior Champion. He was runner-up at the 2016 PGA Junior Championship and a member of the winning 2016 Junior Ryder Cup Team with a perfect 3-0-0 record. He is a three-sport athlete (basketball, baseball, golf) who is self-taught in the game of golf. Patrick is the first-ever Boys 14–15 Division Drive Chip and Putt National Champion at Augusta National, and he qualified for U.S. Junior Amateur 2013-2014 before reaching high school. He was the 2015 New England Junior Amateur Champion and the 2015 Rhode Island State Amateur Medalist (youngest ever age at 15). A 2018 graduate, Patrick will join the University of Oklahoma in the fall.
Robin made his debut in a professional tournament at the British Masters in October of 2017 when he was only 16 years old. This followed being a semi-finalist in the Boys' Amateur Championship and finishing 3rd in the English U16 McGregor Trophy. Robin returned to England after spending 4 years in the USA where he won multiple AGJA and IJGT events and became the youngest winner ever of a Future World Champions' event.
With playing partner Frankie Capan, Ben is the 2017 USGA Four-Ball Champion. He is also the winner of the 2017 AJGA Junior PLAYERS Championship. Ben finished 3rd at the AJGA Haas Family Invitational and in stroke play at the North and South Men’s Amateur Golf Championship. He was the runner-up at the 2017 AGJA Simplify Boys Championship and finished 4th in 2018. The SMU commit was on the 2017 Wyndham Cup team and named a Rolex First Team Junior All-American.
Aden earned international recognition when, at 12 years old, he qualified to play in the Volvo China Open, a European Tour record. It was this accomplishment that earned him his first tournament invitation at age 13, making him the youngest player to date. Since then he has collected championships and top 10 finishes both in the USA and China, where he is a member of the Chinese National Team. These include 2017 Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, Thunderbird International Junior and the Jones Cup Junior Invitational. Aden won the Nanjing Open and placed 3rd in the China Team Championship. He will play his college golf at the University of Florida.