Trevor Phillips and Sierra Brooks competed in the Junior Open Championship at The West Lancashire Golf Club, July 14 - 16
By Jared Dunn, AJGA Communications
While the AJGA boasts a large international showing at its tournaments, it’s an exciting occasion when American juniors compete abroad at a high level. Trevor Phillips of Inman, South Carolina, and Sierra Brooks of Sorrento, Florida, are no strangers to international competition. Both traveled to The West Lancashire Golf Club in Liverpool, United Kingdom, to compete in the Junior Open Championship July 14 – 16.
In a competitive, international field, Phillips finished 20th, carding a 16-over-par 232. The University of Georgia verbal commit collected 10 birdies through three rounds, including a birdie on the par-5 No. 2 each day. In AJGA competition, he has amassed six top-10 finishes spanning 2011-14. However, Phillips wasn’t only focused on playing golf.
“I just started talking to people, and I met a lot of great kids from around the world,” Phillips said. “You learn about all different cultures.”
Brooks ended with a 23-over-par 239 at T35. The four-time AJGA winner and three-time Rolex Junior All-American ranks No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Brooks recently participated in the 2014 Wyndham Cup, competing for the East. She is verbally committed to play at the University of Florida, but looks forward to more international competition.
“It was a good experience playing the links, with the weeds and all the wind,” Brooks said. “One day I’ll be back in England playing in the Ladies Open.”
After the competition, Brooks and Phillips were able to watch some of The Open Championship, being played across town at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. They had the opportunity to meet runner-up and AJGA alum Sergio Garcia.
Sierra Brooks stands with AJGA alum Sergio Garcia at the Open Championship in Liverpool, United Kingdom