By Liz Healy, AJGA Communications
On February 13, 72 of the best boys in junior golfers in the world will descend on The Woodlands, Texas, for the 2015 CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.
In 2014, Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Illinois, went bogey-free for 53 holes shooting a final-round 6-under-par 66 to capture his first AJGA Invitational victory.
Ghim was chasing more than just his first Invitational victory, he carded a tournament total of a 12-under-par 204, two strokes less than the 54-hole tournament record set by Jordan Spieth in 2011.
With the victory, Ghim added his name to a list of champions which includes several well-known names on the PGA TOUR. Inaugural CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods champion Jim Furyk took home the trophy in 1987. Two years later, David Duval claimed the title and in 1992, Tiger Woods won. These are not the only names that have graced the top of the leaderboard at the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, young PGA TOUR stars like Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth also have hoisted the hardware. With such a rich history, the future of the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is brighter than ever.
Ghim, now playing at the University of Texas, will not return, but several others who joined him at the top of the leaderboard last year will compete including runner-up finishers Carl Yuan of Lake Mary, Florida, and Andy Zhang of Reunion, Florida. In the January Puerto Rico Junior Open presented by EaglesDream Golf Academy, Yuan finished runner-up.
The three 2014 CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods finishers who tied for sixth all will compete again in 2015 including: Wilson Furr of Jackson, Mississippi, Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas, and Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The 2014 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Sam Burns of Shreveport, Louisiana, currently No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, finished ninth in 2014 and rounds out the top-10 in returning players.
CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods 2013 winner Brad Dalke of Hobart, Oklahoma, also will compete in 2015. At No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Dalke will chase history, hoping to become the first two-time winner of the event.
A tournament which hosts so many distinguished competitors deserves a course to match. The Club at Carlton Woods does not disappoint with its two distinct golf courses and beautiful amenities, the private club offers something for everyone. The courses have been honored with numerous awards including being named the “Best Private Course in Houston” by the Houston Chronicle in 2010 and the “Best Overall Country Club in Houston” by Avid Golfer in 2010.