By Abby Liebenthal and Chris Richards, AJGA Communications
Four players remain at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. Here’s a closer look at the finalists that will compete for the coveted title.
- If Ariya Jutanugarn wins, she will become the first reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year to win the Polo Golf Junior Classic since Vicky Hurst won in 2007. Other girls to accomplish this feat are Esther Choe (2006), Beth Bauer (1997), Grace Park (1996, 1994), Kellee Booth (1993), Emilee Klein (1991), Vicki Goetz (1989, 1988), and Jenny Lidback (1981).
- If Angel Yin wins, she will become the youngest girl to win the Polo Golf Junior Classic in the tournament’s 35-year history (based on available records). She is 14 years, 1 month, and 20 days old today, which is younger than Lexi Thompson (won in 2009 at the age of 14 years, 9 months, and 18 days) and Heather Farr (won in 1979 at the age of 14 years, 8 months, and 13 days).
- If Adam Wood wins, he’ll have done so having survived a pair of matches that went to at least the 18th hole, including a 20-hole win in the first round and a 1-up win in the quarterfinals. “I’ve seen 18 one too many times,” Adam said Thursday evening. “My dad told me I’d better get some Ian Poulter in me so I don’t make it all the way to 18 (in my semifinal match).”
- If Scott Scheffler wins, he will be the first No. 1 seed to win the Polo Golf Junior Classic since Vicky Hurst took the prize in 2007. The Texan ousted four Rolex Junior All-Americans to earn his way into Friday’s final match.