By: Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications
There are many AJGA tournaments which boast successful alumni, but few have the track record of the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. Past winners of this event include some of the most well-known names on the PGA TOUR. In the inaugural CB&I Boys Championship in 1987, Jim Furyk took home the coveted trophy. In 1989, David Duval claimed the championship, and three years after a player most people have heard of, Tiger Woods, walked away as the 1992 winner. The list of champions continues with names like, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. With so many well-known names in the tournament’s past, the future of the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is brighter than ever.
Jordan Speith hoisted the trophy in 2011
This year the competition is as strong as ever, with defending champion Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., currently No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings, looking to capture the top-spot again. Dalke is coming off two invitational wins in 2013 and hopes to continue that success.
Brad Dalke after his win in 2013
Scott Scheffler of Dallas, who is currently No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, returns to make his fourth appearance. In 2013, he finished tied for second place behind Dalke. Scheffler graduates in May and is determined to take advantage of one last chance at the first Boys AJGA Invitational of the year. The rest of the field features six of the top-10 in the Polo Golf Rankings and 14 of the top-25.
Scott Scheffler after his second-place finish in 2013
A tournament with such illustrious competitors deserves a course to match, and The Club at Carlton Woods does not disappoint. With two distinct golf courses and beautiful amenities, the private club offers something for everyone. The courses boast a long list of accolades including “Best Private Course in Houston” – Houston Chronicle (2010) and “Best Overall Country Club in Houston” – Avid Golfer (2010). The Tom Fazio Championship Course will be the host of the CB&I Boys Championship this year. With its dramatic elevations and unique undulations, it will provide a formidable opponent for 72 of the world’s best junior golfers. Tom Fazio said it best himself,
“I don’t believe in signature holes. Carlton Woods Creekside is 18 individual holes blended together to create a signature course that you will enjoy for years to come.”
The counterpart to the Tom Fazio Championship course is the Jack Nicolas Signature Golf Course. This course will have the honor and privilege of hosting the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur. The course features large landing areas and a scenic progression through rivers and parkways.