By: Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman) AJGA Communications
For AJGA juniors, the Invitational stage is as big as it gets. With players coming from all over the world to compete, the competition is always tough. The field at the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is no exception.
6 of 10: The field is determined by the Polo Golf Rankings, with invitations being sent to the top players. This year the field features six of the top-10 boys including the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked players, Scott Scheffler of Dallas, and Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla. Between Scheffler and Dalke, there is a combined 36 top-10 finishes, three Invitational titles and a U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
14 of 25: Beyond the top-10, the field doesn’t get any easier with 14 of the top-25 players.
37: In addition to the top players in the Polo Golf Rankings, the field features an incredible 37 players who have been named Rolex Junior All-Americans.
8 of 12: Eight of the 12 first team Rolex Junior All-Americans will play in the event.
22 and 8: The tournament features players from 22 states and eight countries. Of the states represented, California has the most players with 17 and Texas has the second most with 12.
9,926: Qi wen Wong is from Bradenton, Fla., but his native country is Singapore. Singapore is the farthest native country of any player in the field. From his native country to The Woodlands, Texas, is a distance of more than 9,926 miles. In comparison, that is like a trip from New York, to Los Angeles, and back, twice.
26: Of the 72 players in the field, 26 have signed National Letters of Intent.
23: In addition to National Letters of Intent, 23 players have made verbal commitments to the college or university of their choice.
14 and 18: At the age of 14, the youngest player in the field is Martin Jaramillo of Bradenton, Fla. In contrast, the oldest player in the field is, Oklahoma commit, Grant Hirschman of Collierville, Tenn., who is 18 years old. Hirschman will turn 19 on March 18.