PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2016) – PGA Junior League Golf all-star teams spanning 15 states competed in four of the eight PGA Junior League Golf regional competitions this past weekend (Sept. 17-18).
Ten-player all-star teams, selected based on performance during the regular season, competed in a series of sub-regional competitions in their areas, with the winners earning a spot in one of the eight regionals held throughout the country. The eight regional winners advance to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship, held this year at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona Nov. 19-21. Team Georgia (Southeast) of Alpharetta, Team New Jersey (Mid Atlantic) of Hillsborough, Team Connecticut (Northeast) of Cromwell and Team California (Western) of Livermore were crowned regional winners over the weekend.
Three of the first four regional champions are repeat qualifiers from last year’s championship, held at Disney’s Palm Course at Walt Disney World Resort. Team Georgia (placed second in 2015), captained by PGA Professional Tom Joyce Jr., is making its second championship appearance; Team New Jersey (placed third in 2015), captained by PGA Professional Anthony Latham, is making its fourth championship appearance; and Team Connecticut (placed seventh in 2015), captained by PGA Secretary Suzy Whaley, PGA, LPGA, is making its third championship appearance.
There were some great moments in the first four regional competitions, including 13-year-old Drew Kim’s long putt to capture the Western Regional competition for Team California (VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/183298865). And, with Team New Jersey’s win at the Mid Atlantic Regional, 13-year-old Louis Giovi will be competing in his record fourth PGA Junior League Golf Championship in November.
Below are results from the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Southeast and Western Regionals held Sept. 17-18:
Northeast Regional – Cranberry Valley Golf Course (Harwich, Mass.)
First Place – Team Connecticut – Suzy Whaley Golf All-Stars (3-0 record, 25 total points)
Second Place – Erie All-Stars (1-1-1 record, 18 total points)
Third Place – Atkinson All-Stars (1-2 record, 17 total points)
Fourth Place – Suffolk County All-Stars (0-2-1 record, 12 total points)
Mid Atlantic Regional – LedgeRock Golf Club (Mohnton, Pa.)
First Place – Team New Jersey – Royce Brook All-Stars (3-0 record, 27 total points)
Second Place – 1757 All-Stars (2-1 record, 20.5 total points)
Third Place – Penn State All-Stars (1-2 record, 10.5 total points)
Fourth Place – Montgomery County South All-Stars (0-3 record, 14 total points)
Southeast Regional – The Club at Savannah Harbor (Savannah, Ga.)
First Place – Team Georgia – Alpharetta All-Stars (3-0 record, 23.5 total points)
Second Place – Par Tee All-Stars (2-1 record, 18 total points)
Third Place – Grand Cypress All-Stars (1-2 record, 16 total points)
Fourth Place – Charlotte 1 All-Stars (0-3 record, 14.5 total points)
Western Regional – Chambers Bay Golf Course (University Place, Wash.)
First Place – Team California – Las Positas All-Stars (2-0-1 record, 25 total points)
Second Place – SKOUTgolf All-Stars (2-0-1 record, 24 total points)
Third Place – East Hill & Sammamish All-Stars (1-2-0 record, 12 total points)
Fourth Place – Orange County #2 All-Stars (0-3-0 record, 11 total points)
The final four PGA Junior League Golf regional competitions will take place Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2 to determine the remaining four teams competing in the 2016 PGA Junior League Golf Championship. Facilities hosting regionals Sept. 24-25 include Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Mideast) and StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater, Minn. (Midwest). Facilities hosting regionals Oct. 1-2 include Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. (Mississippi Valley) and New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. (Southwest).
To learn more about PGA Junior League Golf, visit PGAJLG.com.