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Terra Cotta Invitational, Apr 19-21: The Terra Cotta featured over 30 of the nation's top juniors mixed in with collegiate and mid-amateur golfers, in addition to international players. In the end, juniors captured 7 of the top-10 spots on the leaderboard. Class of 2026's Luke Colton solidified himself as one of the nation's top recruits in his class with a one stroke victory (-11) over perennial leaderboard contender Tyler Watts, also class of 2026. BYU commit Kihei Akina, who started slow in round one, then shot up the leaderboard in round two with a course record 62, finished in a tie for third at -9. Rounding out the top-5 was Auburn signee Billy Davis at -7. Low rounds belonged to Colton (round 1, 67), Akina (round 2, 62), and Boston Bracken, Akina, and Watts (68, round 3).

Top finishers by class:

Class of 2024: Billy Davis, 5th

Class of 2025: Kihei Akina, 3rd

Class of 2026, Luke Colton, 1st

Augusta National Women's Amateur, Apr 3-6: It is always an honor for a junior golfer to receive an invitation to 'ANWA', and this year's girls did not disappoint. USC signee Jasmine Koo led the way with a 4th place finish at -3. Gianna Clemente, who will be eligible to talk to coaches in June as a member f the class of 2026, followed Koo in a tie for 5th at -2. Fresh off her convincing win at the Junior Invitational, class of 2027's Asterisk Talley used a final round 70 to end up in a tie for 8th at +1 with Thailand's Eila Galitsky, who is committed to South Carolina.

Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, Mar 21-23: This top-ranked junior event is the pinnacle of junior golf, which includes the top 36 boys and 24 girls from across the globe. Italy's Giovanni Binaghi (class of 2025) emerged as the champion after a final round 64 vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard. Class of 2026's Louis Klein of Czechia was two back at -9, while US Junior Amateur runner-up Joshua Bai of New Zealand rounded out the top three on the boys side. BYU commit Kihei Akina was the top American finisher in 5th place. Vanderbilt and Alabama had the most competitors with three each, and Arkansas had two representatives. Low rounds were carded by Joshua Bai (round 1, 65), Binaghi, Michael Riebe and William Jennings (round 2, 67), and Binaghi in round 3. In the girls' division, the class of 2027's Asterisk Talley of California turned in a dominant performance at -9, six strokes clear of Duke commit Rianne Malixi of the Phillipines, who was also runner-up in the 2023 US Girls' Junior. In a tie for 3rd at even par were South Carolina commit Eila Galitsky, USC signee Jasmine Koo, and Oregon-bound Yana Wilson. Stanford led the way with three competitors, Duke found both of their commits in the top-6, and USC was led by two girls. Low rounds were shot by Talley in rounds one and three (70/67), and by Nikki Oh in round two (67).

Top finishers by class:

2024: Joshua Bai, 3rd, Jasmine Koo & Yana Wilson, T-3

2025: Giovanni Binaghi, 1st, Rianne Malixi, 2nd

2026: Louis Klein, 2nd, Nikki Oh, T-11

2027: Miles Russell, T-6, Asterisk Talley, 1st

Azalea Invitational, Mar 21-24: The Azalea is an amateur event that features a mix of mid-amateurs, college players, and junior golfers. This year, Notre Dame 2025 commit Peyton Blackard of Indiana finished in a solid 3rd place, two shots out of first at -6. The only other juniors in the top-15 wer UNC commit Carson Bertagnole and Tennessee signee Jackson Herrington at T-15.

Dustin Johnson World Junior, Mar 1-3: Top-10 UNC-Chapel Hill signee Ethan Paschal outlasted Tennessee's Jackson Herrington in a playoff to take home the trophy on he boys' side at -4 on the challenging TPC Myrtle Beach course. One back was Tyler Watts of the class of 2026, who came close with an eagle on the finishing hole. The University of Georgia had two athletes in the top ten, as 2025 commit John Daniel Culbreth finished T-6th and 2024 signee Matt Moloney ended up at T-9th. Low rounds belonged to Trey Marrion (69, round 1). four golfers at 69 in round 2, and Louis Klein (68, round 3). Canadian and Texas A&M signee Vanessa Borovilos shot even par to take the girls' event by three shots over a trio of golfers: LSU commit Ryleigh Knaub, Texas A&M commit Brynn Kort, and the Class of 2026's Mia Hammond. Texas A&M obviously led the way with future Aggies in first and second, and was the only college with two players in the top-20. Low rounds belonged to Vanderbilt's Elizabeth Rudisill (69, round 1), Kort (round 2), and Hammond and Chloe Kovelesky (72, round 3).

Top finishers by class:

2024: Boys, Ethan Paschal, 1st; Girls Vanessa Borovilos, 1st

2025: Boys, Bowen Mauss, 5th; Girls, Brynn Kort & Ryleigh Knaub, T-2

2026: Boys, Tyler Watts, 3rd; Girls, Mia Hammond, -2

2027: Boys, Louis Klein, T-6, Girls, Alice Ziyi Zhao & Amelia Zalsman, T-7

AJGA Fortinet Girls Championship at Stanford, Feb 17-18: This Invitational tournament was unfortunately weather-shortened to two days, as the final round was cancelled by heavy rains. Uncommitted Kristina Xu of California emerged as the winner, as the 2025 grad finished the two rounds at -4. Northwestern signees Megan Meng (New Jersey) and Elise Lee (California) wer one back in the second spot tied with the class of 2026's Amy Lee of South Korea at -3. Eight of the fourteen golfers in the top-ten, including ties, are not eligible for college commitment yet, showing a youth movement in girls' golf. Low first round belonged to Xu at 67, while Olivia Duan carded a 67 in round two.

Top finishers by class:

2024: Megan Meng and Elise Lee, T-2nd

2025: Kristina Xu, 1st

2026: Amy Lee, T-2nd

2027: Angela Zhang, 7th

AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, Feb 17-19: Texan and Vanderbilt signee Bowen Ballis took home the winner's trophy at the 3-day event at Carlton Woods in Texas, his home course. Ballis finished at -8, two strokes ahead of Princeton-bound Eric Yun and three clear of Blades Brown of the class of 2026. Auburn and Vanderbilt each had two top-10 finishes, as 2024 Auburn signee Billy Davis finished fourth and verbal commit Logan Reilly ended in a tie for eighth, while Vanderbilt commit Michael Riebe also finished tied for eighth. Cold and wind resulted in a low first round of 70 by Matthew Diehl, Reilly, Boston Bracken, and Smith Summerlin, while Ballis led the second round with a 66, and Brown vaulted up the leaderboard in round three with a 65.

Top finishers by class:

2024: Bowen Ballis, 1st

2025: Joshua Kim, T-6th

2026: Blades Brown, 3rd

2027: Miles Russell, T-14th

AJGA Hilton Grand Vacations Annika Invitational presented by Rolex, Jan 14-16: The first AJGA invitational of the year featured a stellar field of future college stars that did not disappoint. Texas A&M commit of the Class of 2025, Natalie Yen, took home the champion's hardware with a three shot victory at -13. Two golfers tied for 2nd at -10, Princeton's 2025 commit Thanana Kotchasanmanee and 2024 Georgia signee Siuue Wu. Texas A&M was the top performing school, with 2024 signee Vanessa Borovilos joining her future teammate in the top-5 in a tie for 4th. There was definitely a youth movement at this tournament, as eight of the top-16 golfers were from the classes of 2026, 2027, & 2028. Low rounds were carded by Alice Ziyi Yao (round 1, 66), Kotchasanmanee (round 2, 67), and Wu (round 3, 66).

Top finishers by class:

Class of 2024: Siuue Wu, T-2nd

Class of 2025: Natalie Yen, 1st

Class of 2026: Gio Raad and Sophia Lin, T-9th

Class of 2027: Sofia Cherif Essakali, T-6th

Class of 2028: Yujie Liu, T-9th

Early January Amateur Roundup: The best amateur field of the winter season can always be found at the Jones Cup Invitational. This year, future commit Blades Brown (class of 2026) held the lead at numerous points of the 3-day event, ending the tournament in an outstanding tie for 5th. The lesser known Sonoran Amateur, a west coast amateur event, ended in a three way playoff with two 2024 signees in the mix. Although Harvard's William Ma and Oklahoma State's Parker Bunn didn't end up with the trophy, it was a fine showing for both. On the women's side, The popular 'Sally' tournament welcomed a mix of juniors and amateur. Future commit Gianna Clemente (class of 2026) finished as the runner-up, University of Georgia signee Siuue Wu was 4th, and future commit Alice Ziyi Zhao (class of 2027) finished in a tie for 5th. At the Orlando International Women's Amateur, Class of 2028's Aphrodite Deng finished tied for 3rd with Mary Miller, who heads to Georgia Southern in the fall.

December Amateur Roundup: Mid-late December is a popular time for amateur events in warm climates, as college players are on break, and some junior golfers have a lull in schooling around the holidays. You can find the strongest field at the South Beach International Amateur in southern Florida. Five junior golfers made the cut, but it was 2027 grad and future commit Miles Russell who made a splash, finishing in a tie for 2nd due to a 2nd round 60. The Dixie Amateur, though not known for as a destination for top college players, provides a good test for up and coming juniors. Alabama signee Molly Brown Davidson took the title in tough weather conditions over future commit Angela Zhang, another one to watch in the class of 2027. They ran past the field by 6 and 5 shots, respectively. Future Florida Gator Parker Severs finished as runner-up on the men's side, with UNC signee Sihan Sandhu tied for 5th. Not nearly as strong of a field as the South Beach, the Orlando International Amateur is an event where college players can keep their tournament skills fresh and local Floridian juniors can test their mettle against some older players. Richmond signee Carson Baez was up to the challenge, finishing in a tie for 4th on the strength of a first round 67. Future commit of the class of 2026, Lev Grinberg of Ukraine, finished in a solid tie for 7th. Although many top west coast collegians found themselves at the Patriot All-American, some strong Californian amateurs competed at the Grapevine Amateur. UCLA commit Joshua Kim had a fine showing in a tie for 6th.

2023 Jones Cup Junior Invitational, Dec 17-19: Alabama native Tyler Watts, who will be mulling over his college choices next summer (class of 2026), was the champion of the rain shortened, two day event at the Seaside course in Sea Island, GA. Watts finished at -3, one shot ahead of Carson Bertagnole, a class of 2025 UNC-Chapel Hill commit. Finishing in third at -1 were Tennessee signee Jackson Herrington (2024) and Georgia commit John Daniel Culbreth. Two SEC schools had overall successful results in the challenging, windy event. Vanderbilt had three future players finish in the top-12, with 2025 commit Michael Riebe in 5th, 2024 signee Ryan Downes in 9th, and 2024 signee Bowen Ballis in 12th. In addition to Herrington's 3rd place finish, Tennessee had an additional top-10 finish from 2025 commit Luke Smith in 9th. Florida Gulf Coast signee Nolan Harper had the low first round with a 67, and Smith Summerlin (2026) and Herrington carded 67s in round two.

Top finishers by class:

2024: Jackson Herrington, T-3

2025: Carson Bertagnole, 2nd

2026: Tyler Watts, 1st

2027: Davis Wotnosky, T-13