Karsten Creek and the AJGA staff have shared a busy three weeks together. Upon the conclusion of this weekend’s PING Invitational, 147 of the nation’s top amateur golfers will have played 108 competitive holes at Karsten Creek since Sept. 26. And once this three-week stretch ends, the AJGA can proudly say that it was there every step of the way.
The PING/Golfweek Preview (Sept. 26-28) showcased 75 of the nation’s top collegiate players, and nine AJGA staff members conducted the event and served as the Tournament Committee. From course set-up to rules officiating and pace of play enforcement, the staff infused the AJGA experience into one of the nation’s top men’s events. In fact, 82.7 percent of the field (62 out of 75 players) were AJGA alumni, so they knew exactly what to expect when their Rules Official doled out a Red Card.
A five-day break after the PING/Golfweek Preview gave the staff some time to relax in the Lodge (and at Boone Pickens Stadium for the Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State football game) before preparations for The PING Invitational (Oct. 8-11) began.
This weekend’s 72-player field is a few years younger, but the talent level remains second-to-none. Included in the field are 23 Rolex Junior All-Americans, both 2009 Rolex Junior Players of the Year, 13 of the top 15 ranked girls in the Polo Golf Rankings, and 11 of the top 15 boys.
Pontus Widegren (UCLA) carded a 2-under-par total and medaled at the PING/Golfweek Preview. Follow FootJoy Live Scoring to see how that score compares to the leaders at The PING Invitational.