THE 2017 FIELD
Denmark's top ranked amateur golfer, John Axelsen returns to the Junior Invitational after placing third in 2016. The winner of some of Europe's most prestigious junior events including the McGregor Trophy (English Boys U16), and the Reid Trophy (English Boys U13), John will play his college golf at the University of Florida. In 2014, he became one of the youngest winners of the Danish International Amateur Championship and is a three-time medalist at the European Young Masters. In 2016, John placed second at the South of England Open Amateur, the European Men's Team Championship and the Danish International Amateur.
GARRETT BARBERUNITED STATES
Garrett Barber is making his second appearance at the Junior Invitational. Garrett won the Jones Cup Junior Invitational at Sea Island, GA in December 2016 and scored a hole-in-one at No. 15 at the 2017 Jones Cup in February. A fall 2018 commit to Louisiana State University, Garrett is a highly regarded junior player who finished in the top 10 at the 2016 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, 5th at the 2015 AJGA Footjoy Invitational and 7th at the 2015 AJGA CB&I Boys Championship.
JACOB BERGERONUNITED STATES
Jacob Bergeron joins the Junior Invitational field for the first time in 2017. Jacob recorded an impressive win in the 2016 Trusted Choice Big I National Championship where he broke the tournament scoring record finishing 18 under. He also won the 2016 Polo Golf Junior Classic and recorded a 5th place finish in The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf. Jacob has signed a national letter of intent to play his college golf at Louisiana State University.
RICKY CASTILLOUNITED STATES
Ricky Castillo is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational after posting three top-three finishes in AJGA events in 2016 and being named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American. Ricky captured a win in his first event of the year at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic. Finishing 2nd at the Callaway Golf Junior Championship and 3rd at The PING Invitational helped him earn a spot on the Wyndham Cup West Team roster. A sophomore at Valencia High School in Placentia, CA, Ricky has verbally committed to play his college golf at the University of Florida.
Edgar Catherine is the 2017 South African Stroke Play Champion. He was runner-up in the 2016 Junior Orange Bowl International and a member of the French team in the European Boys Team Championship 2016. Edgar tied for 4th place at the 2016 Portuguese International Amateur and scored a top 10 finish in the Coupe Fraysinneau Mouchy.
PAUL CHAPLETCOSTA RICA
As the winner of the 2016 Latin America Amateur Championship, Paul earned a trip to The Masters in 2016 at age 16. To date in 2017, Paul has won the Central American Championship in Costa Rica and Campeonato Sudamericano Amateur in Argentina. Also among his credits is the 2015 Costa Rica National Match Play champion and the Costa Rica National Junior champion. Paul has committed to play college golf at Arizona State University.
AUSTIN ECKROATUNITED STATES
Austin Eckroat returns to the Junior Invitational as the 2016 defending champion. Austin helped lead Team USA to a championship at the 2016 Junior Golf World Cup in Toyota City, Japan where he finished in the top 10 playing alongside future Oklahoma State University teammate Matthew Wolff. Other top 10 finishes in 2016 included the prestigious Thunderbird International. He had first place finishes in 2015 at the Oklahoma Junior Amateur and the US Amateur Local Qualifying. He also won the Scott Robertson Memorial where he tied the competitive course and tournament record with a 63 in the 2nd round while breaking the 54-hole championship scoring record.
WILSON FURRUNITED STATES
Wilson Furr makes a return trip to the Junior Invitational in 2017 having been part of the tournament's 2014 and 2015 fields. Injury forced him to withdraw from the 2016 event. A member of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team, Wilson had an impressive 2016, finishing 4th at the Thunderbird International Junior and recording top 10 finishes at the Haas Family Invitational and the Rolex Tournament of Champions. He will be joined by fellow Junior Invitational participant Davis Shore at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2017.
RYAN GERARDUNITED STATES
Ryan Gerard makes his second appearance at the Junior Invitational after a busy 2016 where he scored a 5th place finish in the Junior PGA Championship and a 6th place finish at the Thunderbird International Junior. His statement win at the 2015 Polo Junior Golf Classic propelled him to first-team Rolex Junior All-American honors. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill commit added a pair of top-10 finishes in 2015 at the Thunderbird International Junior and the Junior PGA Championship to earn a spot on the Wyndham Cup East Team.
BRANDON GILLISUNITED STATES
The top junior player in New Hampshire, Brandon Gillis makes his debut at the 2017 Junior Invitational. The 2015-16 NHGA Junior Player of the Year also won two individual state titles at Nashua High School and last summer was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Brandon also scored a top 10 finish at the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship. He has committed to play his college golf at Wake Forest University.
NOAH GOODWINUNITED STATES
Noah Goodwin returns to the Junior Invitational after finishing T5 in 2016. Noah received a huge honor in September 2016 when he was chosen to represent the United States in the Junior Ryder Cup. He earned his spot courtesy of several outstanding junior victories, including a win at the AJGA March Open and 2nd place finishes in the U.S. Junior Championship, AJGA PING Invitational and AJGA Thunderbird International Invitational.
One of Europe's top junior golfers, Jonathan is making his second appearance at the Junior Invitational. A member of European Junior Ryder Cup Team, Jonathan had a number of impressive outings in 2016, including a win at the Danish National Championship and a 5th place finish at the Internationaux de France - Coupe Murat. Jonathan will play his college golf at Coastal Carolina University beginning this fall.
COLE HAMMERUNITED STATES
Cole Hammer returns to the Junior Invitational where he recorded a 12th place finish in 2016. Cole earned his first invitation to the Junior Invitational at the age of 15 by playing in the 2015 US Open, the only junior golfer to qualify for that incredible event. Cole's impressive play started at an early age when he won the US Kids World Championship at the age of 12. He has recorded several wins on the Legends Junior Tour, and finished first at the 2015 AJGA Junior All Star at Watters Creek. Cole has made a verbal commitment to play his college golf at the University of Texas.
A member of the European Ryder Cup Team, Falko Hanisch is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational after a dramatic win at the 90th Boys Amateur Championship at Muirfield last summer. At 16 years of age, Falko defeated Spain's Alejandro Aguilera on the 37th hole to seal the biggest win of his young career. That win earned him a place in the 122nd Amateur Championship at Royal St George's and Prince's this year and an exemption into Final Qualifying for the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
EUGENE HONGUNITED STATES
Eugene Hong is making his second appearance at the Junior Invitational. A four-time AJGA Champion, Eugene is a two time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American First team member and a two time AJGA Wyndham Cup East team member. Eugene is a two-time U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Semi-Finalist. He was also a member of the 2016 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team and winner of the AJGA Haas Family Invitational. Eugene will play his college golf for the University of Florida.
A member of the European Ryder Cup Team, Matias is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational. He placed third in the Junior Ryder Cup Order of Merit after a highly consistent campaign that included a 1st place finish at the 2016 Audi Finnish Tour 2. Matias scored 2nd place finishes at last year's Audi Finnish Tour 1, the German Boys Open and Finnish Stroke Play Championship U18 & U21, and a tie for 2nd at the 2016 FJT International.
Cameron John, a member of the 2016 Golf Australia National squad, is playing in his first Junior Invitational. Cameron won the 2016 Carrick Neil Scottish Strokeplay, breaking the amateur course record at Gullane with a sizzling 63. He represented Australia in the 2015 Tailhade Cup in Argentina where he and his partner finished in a tie for 2nd. He then went on to win the Argentine Amateur.
JUSTIN KIMUNITED STATES
Justin earned his invitation to the 2017 tournament by capturing the 2016 Georgia State Golf Association Junior Championship title. He had several top 10 and 20 finishes in 2016 including the Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Callaway Golf, the Sea Pines Junior Heritage and the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational. Justin has committed to play golf for Kennesaw State University.
MIN WOO LEEAUSTRALIA
The runner-up at the 2016 Junior Invitational, Min Woo became the first Australian to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in July 2016. To date in 2017, Min Woo was the runner-up in the Australian Men's Amateur, finished 3rd in Australia's Riversdale Cup and placed 5th in The Avondale Medal. Other signature wins include: 2015 Aaron Baddeley International World Final (USA), Champion; the 2015 WA Amateur, Champion; and 2015 The Spirit International, Tied 1st.
WON JUN LEESOUTH KOREA
Won Jun Lee is making an unprecedented fifth appearance at the Junior Invitational. After his 2016 trip to Sage Valley, Won Jun went on to top 10 finishes in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Kolon The 59th Korea Open, the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the Polo Golf Junior Classic. He also recorded a top 10 finish at the 2017 CB&I Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in February.
WALKER LEEUNITED STATES
Future Texas A&M University player Walker Lee is playing in his first Junior Invitational. Walker brings an impressive resume to the tournament, which includes a 3rd place finish in the 2016 Greater Houston City Amateur Championship and a 5th place finish in the 2016 Under Armour Jordan Spieth Championship presented by American Campus Communities. His Top 10 finishes in 2016 include the Junior PGA Championship, the Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay and the Insperity Invitational Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship.
Top-ranked Australian junior Fred Lee is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational. In 2016, Fred won the Western Australia Amateur and tied for second in the Jack Newton Srixon International Junior Classic. His top 10 finishes in 2016 include the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, the Mandurah Amateur Open and the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open.
After his first appearance at last year's Junior Invitational, Kaiewn Liu went on to a successful 2016 season with 3rd place finishes in the Rolex Tournament of Champions, the Polo Junior Golf Classic and the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship. He also had a top 10 finish in the 2016 IMG Academy Junior World Championship. To date in 2017, Kaiwen had a 4th place finish in the CB&I Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. He has committed to play his college golf at the University of California at Berkeley.
NICHOLAS LYERLYUNITED STATES
Nick Lyerly is the 2015 and 2016 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year. In 2016, he became the youngest champion of the North Carolina Amateur and was runner-up in the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship. Other notable wins include the TYGA North State High School Challenge, the Rowan Junior Open, and the NCJGF Irish Creek Fall Classic. Nick has signed a letter of intent to play college golf at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
BRANDON MANCHENOUNITED STATES
Brandon Macheno, the Jacksonville Times-Union's 2017 Player of the Year, is making his second appearance at the Junior Invitational. The 2016 Florida high school 3A State Individual champion, Brandon was also named Junior Player of the Year in 2015 by Florida State Golf Association after dominating the Florida Junior Tour. In the past year, he has eight wins, three top five finishes and three top 10's. Brandon has committed to play his college golf at Auburn University.
Alejandro Aguilera is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational, joining the 2017 field as the runner-up at Scotland's 2016 Boys Amateur Championship. Alejandro was the winner of the 2016 Inter Autonomico de Espana, the runner-up at the 2016 Campeonato Abierto de Madrid, the 3rd place finisher at the 2016 Doral-Publix Junior Classic and the 4th place finisher at the 2016 Campeonato Junior de Madrid. To date in 2017, Alejandro won Spain's Quadrangular Match and the Spanish Championship Under 18, and scored a top 10 finish at the Spanish Amateur Copa S M El Rey.
Joaquin is making his third appearance at the Junior Invitational after a banner 2016 season during which he scored six wins including the IMG Junior World Championship and the Toyota Junior World Cup. Additional wins included the Chilean International Junior Championship and the AJGA's May Open. Other notable victories are the 2015 Canadian International Junior Challenge and the 2014 Orange Bowl.
MASON NOMEUNITED STATES
A University of Texas commit for the class of 2019, Mason is playing in his first Junior Invitational. He tied for ninth in his AJGA invitational debut at the CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship in February 2016, and last year recorded a 3rd place finish at the AJGA Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay and a 4th place finish at the Junior PLAYERS Championship. He finished fourth at the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational and T-24 at the Haas Family Invitational. To date in 2017, Mason recorded an 8th place finish at the CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship.
NOAH NORTONUNITED STATES
Noah is returning to the Junior Invitational after a successful 2016 season that included a win at the AJGA PING Invitational and the 2016 Chico City Amateur in California. He scored Top 10 finishes at the Polo Junior Golf Classic and the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Noah is a 2016 Junior Amateur Qualifier Co-Medalist and a 2016 Junior Amateur Stroke Play Top 6. He will play his college golf at Georgia Tech.
JOHN PAKUNITED STATES
John is a 2017 graduate who has committed to play his college golf at Florida State University. During 2016, he recorded a 2nd place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, a tie for 3rd at the South Beach International Amateur, and was a semifinalist at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He placed 7th at the 2016 AJGA CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship.
Adrien is making his second visit to the Junior Invitational with a resume of impressive wins and top five finishes in Europe and the United States. In 2016, Adrien recorded 3rd place finishes in Scotland's Boys Amateur Championship and the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship 16-18. He had top 10 finishes in the Junior Ryder Cup and the Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf. Adrien will play his college golf at Duke University.
TRENT PHILLIPSUNITED STATES
Trent Phillips is making his second appearance at the Junior Invitational, this time as the 2016 South Carolina Junior Champion. Trent won the Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship held in February of this year at TPC Myrtle Beach. He also won the 2016 Palmetto Amateur and scored a top 10 finish in the South Carolina Amateur Championship. Trent has collected a number of accolades including the South Carolina 4A High School State Individual Champion in 2014 and 2015. He is verbally committed to play college golf at the University of Georgia.
After last year's Junior Invitational, Kristoffer went on to win the Titleist Tour 3 in Norway and score a top 10 in Scotland's Boys Amateur Championship. His list of championships include the 2015 Junior Orange Bowl, 2014 Toyota Junior World Cup, 2014 Skandia Junior Open and 2014 Titleist Tour Semifinale. Kristoffer will play his college golf at the University of Texas. To date in 2017, Kristoffer was runner-up at the Mediter Real Estate Masters in Barcelona and finished in the top 20 (T18) at the PGA Catalunya Resort Championship in Barcelona.
European Boys Team Individual Champion Max Schmitt is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational. Max was chosen to represent his country in the 2016 Eisenhower Trophy and added to an impressive body of work in 2016 with top 5 finishes at the German National Amateur and The Duncan Putter in Wales, and top 10 finishes at the German Boys Open, Toyota Junior World Cup and Curro South African Juniors International.
DAVIS SHOREUNITED STATES
Davis Shore returns to the Junior Invitational after placing fourth in the 2016 tournament and runner-up in 2015. Last year was an impressive one for Davis with a win at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, a 2nd place finish at the Polo Junior Golf Classic, a 3rd place finish at the Junior PGA Championship and top 10 finishes in The Players Amateur and the PING International. He also was a member of the victorious 2016 American Junior Ryder Cup Team. Davis has committed to play his college golf at the University of Alabama.
Marcus earned his 2017 tournament invitation after Junior Invitational, recording a top 10 finish in the 2016 event. Also in 2016, Marcus made the cut at the European Tour event Nordea Masters at Brohof and tied for 5th at the European Men's Individual Championship in Estonia. He was also selected to play for Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup. Marcus earned his first trip to the Junior Invitational by winning the prestigious 2015 British Boys Amateur. He was named the 2015 Junior Golfer of the Year in Sweden. He is committed to play his college golf at Auburn University beginning this fall.
Rayhan Thomas makes his first appearance at the Junior Invitational as the No. 1 amateur in India. The 17-year-old won the MENA Golf Tour Amateur Order of Merit to earn his place in the oldest golf tournament in the Middle East, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The Dubai-based junior golfer was issued a special invitation to play the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the HERO Indian Open. In 2016, he won the Scottish Boys Open Stroke Play Championship and the MENA Tour Creek Open.
Jack Trent is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational, bringing with him a body of work that includes a win at the 2016 Ryan Moore Junior Championship at Anthem and the Triple Crown Amateur and finishing 2nd at the Las Vegas City Amateur. He was the Nevada HS Golf State Champion in 2015 and 2016. Jack has made a verbal commitment to play his college golf at UNLV.
KYLE VANCEUNITED STATES
Kyle Vance is making his first appearance at the Junior Invitational. He is a two-time Mercury All-Area Player of the Year, a three-time PIAA qualifier and three-time PAC Champion. He is the 2015 Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Champion and finished 3rd at the 2016 Junior PGA Championship. Kyle will graduate from high school this year and will play his college golf at Kansas State University.
A member of the ACDS Junior All-Star Team, Khavish won the 2016 Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf. In 2016, he also recorded 3rd place finishes in the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational and the Sergio Garcia Foundation Junior Championship. Khavish started playing golf at the age of 3. He is a member of the Class of 2019.
TRAVIS VICKUNITED STATES
A member of the Class of 2019, Travis Vick is making his first trip to the Junior Invitational. In 2016, Travis finished 2nd in the Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Horseshoe Bay and the Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship presented by American Campus Communities. He recorded a 4th place finish in the Western Junior Championship and had top 10 finishes at the Texas Amateur Championship and the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Karl Vilips has earned his first trip to the Junior Invitational as the 2016 Junior Orange Bowl Champion. At only 15 years of age, Karl has won the IMG Academy Junior World Championships four times. He is the youngest multiple open tournament winner in AJGA history, the youngest ever winner of the Junior Orange Bowl and played on his first Wyndham Cup team last year. Karl won the IMG Junior Worlds twice and the U.S. Kids World Championship twice, and qualified for the U.S. Amateur and Western Amateur in 2016. In March of this year, Karl verbally committed to play his college golf at Stanford University.
PATRICK WELCHUNITED STATES
Patrick Welch is the 2013, 2014 and 2016 Rhode Island State Junior Champion and is playing in his first Junior Invitational. 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 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 15).
TREY WINSTEADUNITED STATES
One of the elite golf recruits in the country, Trey Winstead is a 2016 AJGA Rolex Junior All-American Second Team. Trey is playing in his first Junior Invitational and later this year will play college golf with the LSU Tigers. He is a two-time LHSAA Division III State Champion, earning a third-place finish at The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and tying for 7th place at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in 2016.
MATTHEW WOLFFUNITED STATES
Matthew returns to the Junior Invitational after committing to play his college golf at Oklahoma State University where he will join defending Junior Invitational Champion Austin Eckroat. Matthew's list of top finishes continued to grow in the 2017 Azalea Invitational T9, 2016 round of 64 at the US Am and had a top 10 placement at the PING Invitational. In 2015, Matthew came in 2nd at the Polo Junior Golf Classic, 3rd at the Ping Invitational, T8 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and T9 at the US Junior Amateur. He was the 2014 Toyota Tour Cup Championship Series Player of the Year.
WOCHENG (ADEN) YECHINA
Aden is making his third appearance at the Junior Invitational on the heels of a fifth-place finish at the 2017 CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in February. In 2016, Aden won the Nanjing Open, placed 3rd in the China Team Championship and collected top 10 finishes at the Thunderbird International Junior and the Jones Cup Junior Invitational. Aden earned international recognition when, at 12 years old, he qualified to play in the Volvo China Open, a European Tour record. He will play his college golf at the University of Florida.
Playing for the first time in the Junior Invitational, Thomas Mulligan brings with him a 2016 resume that includes a 2nd place finish in the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship and Top 10 wins at the Irish Amateur Close Championship and the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Thomas was a 2015 member of the British & Irish Jacques Leglise boys team.
GARRICK HIGGOSOUTH AFRICA
Presently South Africa's top-ranked amateur, Garrick Higgo is playing in his first Junior Invitational. Garrick won the 2016 Northern Amateur Match Play Championship and the 2016 Curro South African International. He also won the 2016 Central Gauteng Amateur finishing at 11 under par, as well as the South African Junior NOOM scoring 14 under par. He recorded 2nd place finishes at the 2016 Gauteng North Amateur and the 2016 South African Boys U19 Match Play Championship. Garrick has committed to play for UNLV.
REESE RAMSEYUNITED STATES
The No. 1 player in Texas, Reese is a fall 2017 enrollee at Texas A&M University. He is a 2016 Rolex Junior All-American who tied for 5th in stroke play at the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He finished 6th at 2016 Junior PGA Championship and 10th at the 2016 Western Junior Championship. Reese holds the course record (61) at Common Ground Golf Club in Denver, Colo., which also ties for the lowest round in AJGA history.
Kaito started 2016 with a bang by winning the Sea Pines Junior Heritage and recording top 10 finishes at the Haas Family Invitational (3rd) and the TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Justin Rose (9th). This followed a successful 2015 where he had several top 10 finishes including 3rd place at the Western Junior Championship, 4th at the Scott Robertson Memorial and 7th at the TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook. The 2017 graduate will be attending the University of Southern California.
In Sean's first appearance at the Junior Invitational, he is bringing an impressive list of 2016 finishes including a win at the Western Junior Championship at the age of 16 and a Top 10 finish at The PING Invitational. Additionally, Sean placed 6th at the 2017 CB&I Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. Sean has verbally committed to UCLA.
JEEWON PARKSOUTH KOREA
Jeewon Park is playing in his first Junior Invitational, bringing an impressive body of work from 2016 that includes a 3rd place finish in the Korean Junior Championship and a 5th place finish at the Korean Amateur Championship. Also in 2016, Jeewon posted top 10 finishes in four KJGA events
EDDY LAIUNITED STATES
Eddy Lai is making his second appearance at the Junior Invitational. Eddy began playing golf at just six years of age, and in just a few years won the 2010 U.S. Kids Championship with a double-eagle. Since then he has collected a number of impressive finishes with a win at the 2016 AJGA Shanshan Feng Junior Championship, a 2nd place finish at the 2016 Northern California Amateur Match Play, and 3rd place finishes at the 2016 Northern California Junior Championship and the 2016 Sunriver Junior Open.
MICHAEL SANDERSUNITED STATES
Michael is a junior from Davidson, NC where he is a member of the back-to-back state high school championship golf team. He has had great success in the past year including 3rd place finishes at the 2017 AJGA-CB&I/Simplify Boys Championship, Sea Pines Junior Heritage, and the AJGA-Under Armour/Scott Stallings Championship and captured the 2016 NCISAA Individual Championship by 5 strokes. Michael is the 2016 Charlotte Observer Player of the Year and the recipient of the 2016 AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award.