By: Alexis Witman, AJGA Communications
In just nine days, 72 of the nation’s top junior golfers ages 12-15 will convene in Norman, Okla., for the thirteenth running of the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF. As these 72 players begin in the next few days to make their way to Oklahoma University’s Jimmie Austin Golf Club, let’s take a look at the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF by the numbers:
493,989 (and counting): Twitter followers that tournament title sponsor @nikegolf currently boasts. Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter about the event and tweet using the event hashtag #JASInv and tagging @nikegolf.
3,747: Miles from Norman, Okla., to Honolulu, Hi., home of tournament participant Rose Huang, the competitor traveling the farthest for the event.
2013: The year that Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course has also hosted NCAA Regionals in 2012 (men’s) and 2013 (women’s), the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, the 1998 and 2010 Big 12 Women’s Championship and the 1997 Oklahoma State Amateur.
98(th): Tournament that the AJGA has hosted this year, but the first time that the AJGA has been to Oklahoma this year. Interestingly enough, the AJGA has two events going on in Oklahoma this week with The PING Invitational taking place just down the street at Karsten Creek in Stillwater.
36: Polo Golf Ranking of defending champion Philip Barbaree. Barbaree of Shreveport, La., returns to the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF looking for his third career AJGA victory.
27: Polo Golf Ranking of Anna Zhou, the highest ranked player in the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF field. Zhou, of Palo Alto, Calif., won four AJGA events in 2013.
24: Junior All-Star Series wins compiled by the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF field.
22: States represented by the field. California, with 17 players that call the Golden State home, is most represented.
20: Members of the Gary Gilchrist Junior All-Star team. The All-Star team, recognized at Dinner of Champions on Friday, October 11, is composed of 10 boys and 10 girls selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings.
14: Years, 8 months and 29 days was the age of participant Andrew Walker of Battle Creek, Mich., when he became the fifth-youngest player in history to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.
12: Events in the Gary Gilchrist Junior All-Star Series, a series that culminates this weekend in Norman. The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., has been a partner with the AJGA since 2009.
5: Players in the field that have given a verbal commitment to continue their golf careers at a college or university.
3: Players from Oklahoma that will compete. Two players in the Girls Division, Kaitlin Milligan and Yujeong Son both hail from Norman. In the Boys Division, Dalton Daniel of Newcastle will compete.
1: Boy and girl that will be named champions of the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF, there names added to an exciting list of alumni that have won the event. Will it be you?