By Tim Jackman (@AJGAJackman), AJGA Communications
When 120 players teed off on Thursday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, 32 players in the field played in AJGA events. Of those 32, eight have played at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. For five years, Bay Hill hosted the AJGA’s longest-running boys Invitational, the CB&I Boys Championship (then known as the HP Boys Junior Championship). Meet the eight TOUR players who took a little extra experience into the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
Fowler competed at Bay Hill in 2005 and returned in 2006 to win the event with a final-round 67. Fowler went on to amass five top-10 finishes and ended the year by being named a Rolex Junior All-American for the second straight year.
Hadley played at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in 2005 and finished the year with two victories and two top-five finishes. The Rolex Junior All-American claimed his first PGA TOUR win in March at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
Hoffmann teed off in the 2006 CB&I Boys Championship and finished T34. He earned a signature win later that season when he won the Polo Golf Junior Classic and finished his career with four AJGA victories. He will return to the AJGA as a host in August 2014 at the AJGA Junior hosted by Morgan Hoffmann.
Horschel competed at Bay Hill in 2005. He played in nine AJGA events in his junior golf career with his best finish coming at the PING Junior at Mirasol where he tied for second.
Ishikawa played in the 2004 CB&I Boys Championship and competed in a total of five AJGA events before turning professional in 2008.
Koepka took on competitors at the 2006 CB&I Boys Championship. He went on to amass six top-10 finishes in AJGA events and was named a Rolex Junior All-American in 2007.
Saunders teed off at Bay Hill Club & Lodge for two consecutive years at the CB&I Boys Championship. In 2004 he finished third and in 2005 he finished T9. A 2003 Rolex Junior All-American, he went on to play college golf at Clemson University.
Swafford played at Bay Hill Club & Lodge for the 2004 CB&I Boys Championship and finished T27. He had one victory and three top-10 finishes in AJGA events and was named a Rolex Junior All-American in 2004 before playing college golf at the University of Georgia.