GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (March 11, 2020) – The SVJI Sports Foundation announced yesterday the addition of a junior girls competition to the Junior Invitational beginning with the 2021 event. LPGA Tour stars Lexi Thompson and Lorie Kane attended the 10th annual Junior Invitational opening ceremony and welcome reception in support of the announcement.
“I'm thrilled there will be a girls competition in the Junior Invitational,” said 11-time LPGA Tour winner Lexi Thompson. “It’s a positive step in our sport, and it will be a great experience for these rising stars.”
Beginning in 2021, Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club will include girls for the first time. Since its founding in 2011, the event has featured 54 of the top junior boys. Under the new format, boys and girls will be competing at the same time.
“The addition of girls has been a priority for some time,” said Pete Davis, chairman of the SVJI Sports Foundation. “We’ve worked closely in golf to reach this point over the years with many of the organizing and governing bodies to make this come to fruition. We are looking forward to not only having the top boys in the world competing…but also the top girls.”
Recognized by Golfweek as the #1 junior event in golf, the Junior Invitational welcomes 54 of the very best junior golfers from around the world to Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina, each year. Founded in 2011, it has become one of the most desired invitations in the world of competitive junior golf. The 10th Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club is being held March 12-14, 2020. For more information, visit www.juniorinvitational.com
Sage Valley Golf Club, host of the Junior Invitational, is located only minutes from historic Augusta, Georgia, and is surrounded by several thousand acres of preserved southern pine forest.