This week, 144 of the best junior golfers in the world – 72 boys and 72 girls – will play in the 40th edition of the Rolex Tournament of Champions at PGA National Resort & Spa. The 72-hole, stroke-play event will be played on The Champion and The Fazio courses, with the first round beginning tomorrow, November 20.
The week kicks off tonight by celebrating the top junior golfers of the year at the Rolex Junior All-American Banquet. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers ages 13-19 and determined exclusively through the Rolex AJGA Rankings as of October 12.
The ANNIKA Foundation will be represented by 28 alumnae in the field. Rachel Heck, the Rolex Junior Player of the Year, is a two-time ANNIKA Invitational USA participant. Heck was the youngest competitor to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, N.J. in July. She was also part of the victorious PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team. Heck is verbally committed to Stanford and plans to start in Fall 2018.
Amanda Linnér, the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Europe winner, will also be competing this week. Linnér has participated in five total ANNIKA Invitationals, winning one. She finished second this year at the ANNIKA Invitational USA in a stirring playoff against American Brooke Seay. Linnér recently played in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, an LET event in Abu Dhabi. Joining her was fellow Swede Julia Engstrom, who also will be competing this week. Both girls played incredibly and missed the cut by only two strokes.
Other participating ANNIKA alumnae are Zoe Antoinette Campos, Jennifer Chang, Ya Chun Chang, Ching-Tzu Chen, Sadie Englemann, Hannah Foster, Sabrina Iqbal, Gurleen Kaur, Gina Kim, Xin (Cindy) Kou, Rachel Kuehn, Lucy Li, Cory Lopez, Alexa Melton, Ashley Menne, Michaela Morard, Brianna Navarossa, Yealimi Noh, Alexa Pano, Calista Reyes, Kanyanat Saithip, Aneka Seumanutafa, Elizabeth Wang, Lei (Angelina) Ye and Rose Zhang.