By: Alexis Witman, AJGA Communications
In just nine days, 72 of the nation’s top junior
golfers ages 12-15 will convene in Norman, Okla., for the thirteenth running of
the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF. As these 72 players
begin in the next few days to make their way to Oklahoma University’s Jimmie
Austin Golf Club, let’s take a look at the Junior All-Star Invitational
sponsored by NIKEGOLF by the numbers:
493,989 (and counting): Twitter followers that
tournament title sponsor @nikegolf currently boasts. Be sure to join the
conversation on Twitter about the event and tweet using the event hashtag
#JASInv and tagging @nikegolf.
3,747: Miles from Norman, Okla., to Honolulu, Hi.,
home of tournament participant Rose Huang, the competitor traveling the
farthest for the event.
2013: The year that Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course
hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. The Jimmie Austin OU
Golf Course has also hosted NCAA Regionals in 2012 (men’s) and 2013 (women’s),
the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, the 1998 and 2010 Big 12
Women’s Championship and the 1997 Oklahoma State Amateur.
98(th): Tournament that the AJGA has hosted this
year, but the first time that the AJGA has been to Oklahoma this year.
Interestingly enough, the AJGA has two events going on in Oklahoma this week
with The PING Invitational taking place just down the street at Karsten Creek
36: Polo Golf Ranking of defending champion Philip
Barbaree. Barbaree of Shreveport, La., returns to the Junior All-Star
Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF looking for his third career AJGA victory.
27: Polo Golf Ranking of Anna Zhou, the highest
ranked player in the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF field.
Zhou, of Palo Alto, Calif., won four AJGA events in 2013.
24: Junior All-Star Series wins compiled by the
Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF field.
22: States represented by the field. California,
with 17 players that call the Golden State home, is most represented.
20: Members of the Gary Gilchrist Junior All-Star
team. The All-Star team, recognized at Dinner of Champions on Friday, October
11, is composed of 10 boys and 10 girls selected based on the Polo Golf
14: Years, 8 months and 29 days was the age of
participant Andrew Walker of Battle Creek, Mich., when he became the fifth-youngest
player in history to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.
12: Events in the Gary Gilchrist Junior All-Star
Series, a series that culminates this weekend in Norman. The Gary Gilchrist
Golf Academy, located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., has been a partner with the
AJGA since 2009.
5: Players in the field that have given a verbal
commitment to continue their golf careers at a college or university.
3: Players from Oklahoma that will compete. Two
players in the Girls Division, Kaitlin Milligan and Yujeong Son both hail from
Norman. In the Boys Division, Dalton Daniel of Newcastle will compete.
1: Boy and girl that will be named champions of
the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF, there names added to an exciting list of alumni that have won the event. Will it be you?