28 Top 100 Junior Boys, 16 Top 100 Girls To Compete at TPC Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — One of the strongest fields in junior golf is poised to tee-off in the fourth annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach March 1-3.
Dustin Johnson, who will reclaim the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings next week, started the event with the goal of creating the premier event in junior golf. This year’s tournament is another step in that direction as 28 of the top 100 boys and 16 of the top 100 girls in America will be competing.
A 54-hole college-style event, the field for the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship will be highlighted by the return of last year’s champions.
Michael Brennan, a Wake Forest verbal commitment, won the 2018 boys championship with a dramatic final hole eagle. On the girls side, 14-year-old phenom Alexa Pano, the third-ranked junior in nation, according to Golfweek, will be back to defend her crown.
Connor Creasy, a Georgia signee, is the highest ranked boy in the field at No. 14. Austin Greaser (Vandalia, Ohio), a North Carolina signee, is ranked 21st and along with No. 30 George Duangmanee (Fairfax, Va.) and No. 32 Gavin Noble (Ringgold, Ga.), is among the pre-tournament favorites.
Pano’s list of challengers is led by Lattana Stone (Riverview, Fla.), the nation’s 25th ranked girl, and No. 26 Yoo Min Han (Bradenton, Fla.).
With the support of Johnson, the tournament will provide players a PGA Tour-like experience, and the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best juniors from across the globe.
A significant part of the event’s appeal is TPC Myrtle Beach, one of the Grand Strand’s most decorated layouts. TPC Myrtle Beach has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and been ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, making it an ideal venue to test golf’s rising young stars.
The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is being sponsored by Founders Group International, the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and Golf Tourism Solutions.
Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $500,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.
For more information, go to www.worldjuniorgolfchampionship.com.