By: Allison Cottrell and Caitlin Davis, AJGA Communications
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley is a 36-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at Oak Valley Golf Club. The event features 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 10 states, and two countries. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,595 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 5,684 yards.
AJGA returns to Oak Valley Golf Club
For the fifth straight year, Oak Valley Golf Club is playing host to the Preseason Junior event. Past winners of the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley include Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif. (2009), Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif. (2010) and Anthony Cecere of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (2012).
Home to a phenom
Yani Tseng, Rolex Women’s World Golf No. 3 ranked-player, has long considered Oak Valley Golf Club her home course. Oak Valley Golf Club is where the five-time major champion worked on her game en route to becoming the world’s No. 1 golfer. Oak Valley’s golf instructors helped coached Tseng in the early years of her career and assisted the phenom in becoming the youngest female golfer to win five major championships.
Located in Beaumont, Calif., Oak Valley Golf Club features views of sprawling mountain ranges. The course opened in 1992 and has been recognized nationally as a top course, including being named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest in 2004.
California by the numbers
California golfers are well-represented at the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley, with 57 juniors from the Golden State making up the field of 84. The Los Angeles-area is home to 31 of the juniors and Kaiwen Liu is a local from Beaumont. Another popular area is San Diego, which five golfers call home.
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