More than 100 junior golfers from around the world are about to arrive at Keene Trace – Keene Run in Nicholasville, Kentucky for an event unlike any other. The best junior golfers in the world will compete against one another in 54 holes of stroke play with the winner receiving an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship on July 15-18. These are the players who will compete for that right, as of Friday, June 25.
Collin Adams (Charlotte, North Carolina) – The second ranked junior in North Carolina has signed to play at Wake Forest. He placed second in the 2020 Creed and in the 2020 Carolinas Junior PGA.
Hayden Adams (Lexington, Kentucky) – The hometown kid chipped in in a playoff to capture the Kentucky Boys Junior Amateur last year which granted him a spot in this year’s Barbosal Junior.
Kash Albarado (Louisville, Kentucky) – Albarado placed seventh in the Barbasol Junior Qualifier to gain entry into the field after an even-par score following the two-round tournament.
Kush Arora (Pleasanton, California) – Arora notched a T15 finish at the AJGA Junior at 12 Oaks and is the 221st ranked player in the ROLEX AJGA rankings.
Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California) – Placed T4 in the 2020 AJGA Junior at Knollwood and won the Indiana Boys Junior PGA Championship. Committed to play golf at the University of Southern Indiana.
Cameron Bassel (Lexington, Kentucky) – The hometown product will play college golf at nearby Centre College starting this fall. He graduated high school from Lexington Christian Academy last month.
Justin Begley (Manchester, Kentucky) – Begley is as hot as anybody in the field coming off of medalist honors at the Barbasol Junior Qualifier with scores of 68-66. He also won the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour’s Spring Classic in April.
Peyton Bonny (Prospect, Kentucky) – Bonny gained entry into the field after firing rounds of 71-66 to get 2nd in the Barbasol Junior Qualifier. Bonny was also part of Trinity High School’s state championship team last fall.
Matthew Broder (San Diego, California) – Broder placed T16 in the AJGA Junior Championship presented by the Spinnaker Foundation. He is ranked 292nd in the ROLEX AJGA rankings. Broder stands at 6’4 and has earned the nickname “Big Texas” as he mashes it 300+ yards.
Benjamin Cai (Shanghai, China) – Cai won the 2021 FJT Event at Eagle Harbor and resides in Davenport, Florida. Cai will play collegiately at Purdue.
Cooper Claycomb (Bowling Green, Kentucky) – The younger brother of one of Kentucky’s most successful junior golfers in recent years, Canon, Cooper has quite the resume himself. Ranked 83rd in the AJGA ROLEX rankings, Claycomb also recently placed T4 in the Scott Robertson Memorial.
McKean Collins (Lexington, Kentucky) – Collins is coming off of his first AJGA win which came at the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior with scores of 70-66-73. He will now try to win the Barbasol Junior very close to home.
Matthew Comegys (Plano, Texas) – Comegys is the 57th ranked player in the ROLEX AJGA rankings and is committed to play at Texas Tech. He placed T2 in the Westrock Coffee Junior Championship and 3rd in the 48th Southern Junior Championship.
Luke Coyle (Campbellsville, Kentucky) – The Kentuckian is ranked 50th in the ROLEX AJGA rankings and is currently the top ranked player out of Kentucky according to JGS. He won the AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational in October. Coyle has also previously competed in the National Finals of Drive, Chip, and Putt at Augusta National.
John Daly II (Dardanelle, Arkansas) – The son of John Daly, “Little John” will be playing golf for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Daly won the Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship in April and is ranked 21st in the AJGA ROLEX rankings.
Ian Davis (Orlando, Florida) – Davis finished in third place at the Florida Junior Tour’s Stone Creek Open back in February. He recorded a nice round of 69 in the final round to help secure that placement.
Eric Doyle (San Diego, California) – Currently ranked 141st in the ROLEX AJGA rankings, he notched a fourth-place finish last Halloween at the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational with rounds of 69-68.
Ryan Dupuy (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – Dupuy has signed to play collegiately as a Golden Eagle with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dupuy won the AJGA Junior at Innisbrook and is ranked 60th in the ROLEX rankings.
Carson Enright (Scotsdale, Arizona) – Enright won the AJGA Junior Championship benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. He will play collegiately for the Oregon State Beavers.
Jackson Finney (Louisville, Kentucky) – Finney plays golf for Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, home of Justin Thomas. Finney made a hole-in-one in the Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship earlier this summer.
Nathan Franks (Roebuck, South Carolina) – Franks is an AJGA Rolex All-American and will play college golf at South Carolina. Franks is the champion of the 2020 Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational as well as the 2020 Creed Boys Invitational.
Sebastian Gamboa Gonzales (Merida, Mexico) – The first of a few representatives of Mexico in the tournament, his hometown of Merida is the capital of the Yucatan state. The city is nicknamed “The White City”, but an exact origin for where this came from has not been found. The best guesses reason it has to do with the amount of white-colored buildings in the city or the city’s famous cleanliness.
Oaklee Gee (Carmi, Illinois) – Gee finished T11 at the AJGA Circle K Junior Championship hosted by Otter Creek. Gee is comfortable playing golf in the bluegrass state as he fired a round of 63 in a Golfweek Junior Tour event at Big Spring Country Club – Harmony Landing Course in the fall and also qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur earlier this month at Oxmoor Country Club.
Jordan Gilkison (Springboro, Ohio) – The future member of the Kent State golf team placed T6 in the Under Armour / Jordan Spieth Championship. Gilkison has competed in tournaments such as the Junior Players, the Dustin Johnson World Junior and the Southern Junior.
Alejandro Gonzalez (Queretaro, Mexico) – Alejandro will be playing for the University of Texas. He notched a top-five finish at the Visit Tallahassee Junior Championship.
Patricio Gonzalez (Monterrey, Mexico) – Gonzalez comes from a soccer-crazed part of Mexico with houses two teams in Liga MX, C.F. Monterrey and Tigres UANL. They are two of the richest soccer teams in the world, but Gonzalez could be the next big thing in Monterrey sports should he prevail this week.
Andrew Goodman (Norman, Oklahoma) – The soon-to-be Oklahoma Sooner is ranked 106th in the AJGA ROLEX rankings. Goodman placed T4 in the Wyndham Invitational and got 3rd in the Under Armour / Jordan Spieth AJGA Championship.
Dean Greyserman (Boca Raton, Florida) – Greyserman won the Florida State Amateur where he shot a round of 62 to break the course record at Black Diamond Ranch. Greyserman will be going across the country for college as he will be playing golf at Stanford.
Matthew Griggs (Carrollton, Texas) – The future Arkansas Razorback and teammate of fellow competitor John Daly II qualified for the 2018 U.S. Amateur and has qualified for two U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships. He placed T7 in the K.J. Choi Foundation Texas Junior Championship.
Karson Grigsby (Abilene, Texas) – Grigsby will be attending Oklahoma to play college golf. He placed T5 in the Bob Estes Junior Championship with scores of 68-65.
Nicholas Gross (Downington, Pennsylvania) – As winner of the 2020 Hope Valley Junior Invitational, back-to-back AJGA Junior All-Star events in August, and U.S Kids Golf Teen World Championships, Gross is no stranger to the podium. Maybe another appearance is in store at Keene Run.
Billy Gussler (Ashland, Kentucky) – Gussler placed 3rd in the AJGA Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior in his hometown of Ashland at Bellefonte Country Club. His top-three finish there granted him a spot in this event.
Benny Haggin (Lexington, Kentucky) – Benny is originally from Lexington but went to high school in Virginia and will play college golf for the Cavaliers of Virginia. Benny won the Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship at Gibson Bay Golf Course in 2019.
Luke Haskew (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – Haskew is the reigning champion of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial. He also placed third in the AJGA Shreveport Junior.
Nolan Haynes (Barberton, Ohio) – Haynes is a multi-time competitor of the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National. He excels in true competitive golf as well, evidenced by his victory in the AJGA Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation Junior All-Star last autumn, which he won by four strokes.
Zach Heffernan (Boerne, Texas) – The soon-to-be Baylor Bear won the AJGA KJ Choi Foundation Texas Junior Championship as well as the LJT Texas Junior Amateur. He is ranked 36th in JGS.
Jackson Hill (Madisonville, Kentucky) – Hill got in the field through the Barbasol Junior Qualifier at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club with a T7 finish after two even-par rounds.
A.J. Hovermale (Lakewood Ranch, Florida) – Hovermale is not far removed from a win on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, which came in the IMG CC Junior Open.
Kevin Jiang (San Diego, California) – Jiang was the winner of the AJGA Junior at Sunriver last August, which was highlighted by an opening round of 66. He is currently ranked 171 in the ROLEX AJGA rankings.
Myles Jones (Suwanee, Georgia) – Jones has signed a letter of intent to play college golf for North Georgia, a short trek from his hometown of Suwanee. He recorded a couple of top-five finishes late last season on the AJGA, with those coming at the Callaway Golf Junior Classic presented by UHY and the AJGA Junior at 12 Oaks.
Patrick Kahanek (San Antonio, Texas) – Kahanek won the prestigious Texas Cup Invitational earlier this year at Ridgewood Country Club. Being from the hometown of the Spurs, he surely knows a thing or two about winning and playing to a consistently high level. He is poised to play college golf for UTSA.
Philip Kench (Del Mar, California) – A junior to-be in high school later this year, Kench is a consistent force in San Diego Junior Golf Association tournaments. He has four top-ten finishes in six starts this year, led by a runner-up spot in the Sean O’Hair Heritage.
Drew Kim (Pleasanton, California) – Ranked 143rd in the ROLEX AJGA rankings, Kim has two top-five finishes on the AJGA within the past year. Those came at the Callaway Golf Texas Junior Open and Under Armour/Allison Lee Championship presented by Irvine Technology. He will begin his college golf career with Cal-Poly this fall.
Jacob King (Boerne, Texas) – Committed to playing golf for the Lobos of New Mexico later this year, King earned a lot of praise from their head coach, Glen Millican. “He has proven with his play and performance in the classroom that he is ready to succeed in college golf. In addition, his game is set up well to make the transition from junior golf.”
Allan Kournikova (West Palm Beach, Florida) – One of the few players in the field to have his own Wikipedia page, Kournikova is the half-brother of tennis player Anna Kournikova. He created a mini-dynasty in U.S. Kids Golf events early in the 2010s, winning the European Championship five straight years from 2011-2015 while winning the World Championship in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015.
Gaven Lane (Argyle, Texas) – Set to play for one of college golf’s preeminent names, the soon-to-be Oklahoma State Cowboy has had a decorated junior golf career. He’s currently 49th in the ROLEX AJGA rankings with his most recent AJGA win coming at the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed Junior Championship.
Jack Lawlor (Lakeway, Texas) – A recent high school graduate who had a solid junior golf career within the Southern Texas PGA Section’s junior program. He will be heading to Jacksonville University to play college golf.
Logan Liles (Vanceburg, Kentucky) – Liles shot a final round 65 in the Kentucky Boys Junior Amateur for a fifth-place finish last year. He used a fourth place finish in the Barbasol Junior Qualifier to get into the field.
Drew Mabrey (Tulsa, Oklahoma) – Mabrey is a member of Southern Hills Country Club, which will host the 2022 PGA Championship. Last year, he and his father Scott both qualified for the Oklahoma State Amateur, a feat that Mark Felder, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Golf Association did not believe had ever taken place before.
Jolo Timothy Magcalayo (Santa Rosa, Philippines) – The sole representative of the Philippines in this year’s tournament and the golfer making the biggest trip to Nicholasville. He plays worldwide, and has collected wins in the United States, Indonesia and his native homeland among other places.
Sheldon McKnight (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – From the land of Sweetens Cove, McKnight has several bouts of Kentucky tournament golf experience from various tours. Last year, he won twice on the Sneds Tour with victories at Old Fort Golf Course and GreyStone Golf Club.
Gavin McKune (Richmond, Kentucky) – McKune earned the last exemption in the field during the Barbasol Junior Qualifier, where he won a five-hole playoff over Reese Sexton for the tenth and final spot in the field. He’ll try to pay that performance off in style this week at Keene Trace.
Jay Mendell (Lafayette, Louisiana) – Last year, Mendell came up victorious in the AJGA Junior All-Star presented by Bryan College Station Sports & Events. He shot rounds of 69-65-69 to get the job done that week.
Sebastian Moss (Pearland, Texas) – Another strong Texan golfer, Moss is 33rd in the ROLEX AJGA rankings. He got his 2021 season off to a great start with a win in the Junior Orange Bowl in January; a victory highlighted by an opening round of 62.
Jay Nimmo (Benton, Kentucky) – The two-time reigning champion of the KHSAA High School Championship. Nimmo has been one of the top young players in Kentucky for some time now and will be rewarded with the opportunity to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs come this fall. He finished T12 in the recent Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Kentucky Amateur in Louisville.
Cy Norman (Benton, Illinois) – Another player from a town named Benton, although Norman’s Benton is in Illinois, just east of St. Louis. Anyways, Norman is 153rd in the ROLEX AJGA rankings and had a great summer of 2020 on the AJGA. That includes a victory and runner-up finish in consecutive starts last July.
Tyler Ogawa (Honolulu, Hawaii) – The Aloha State’s lone representative in the field is a talented one. He won last October’s Los Angeles Fall Junior on the Future Champions Golf Tour with rounds of 70-69.
Darren Pang (San Ramon, California) – Pang is ranked 180th in the ROLEX AJGA. He had a good finish to his 2020 season the AJGA which included runner-up. T8 and T4 finishes in various tournaments across the country.
Jean-Philippe Parr (Quebec, Canada) – Hailing from the land of the Montreal Canadiens who are the current Cinderellas of hockey, Parr will look to shift some attention from the hockey rink to the golf course this week. He finished in third-place in the Junior Orange Bowl at the start of the year.
Jake Peacock (Milton, Georgia) – The man with the colorful last name won the Boys 10-11 Division of the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals in 2015. He is committed to play college golf with Western Carolina University.
Clay Pendergrass (Richmond, Kentucky) – The long-hitting Madison County High School team member has displayed a vast amount of talent in Kentucky Junior Golf for several years now. He finished T3 in last year’s Kentucky Boys Junior Amateur at nearby Boone’s Trace National Golf Club.
Ryan Poldkowski (San Diego, California) – Plodkowski is committed to play college golf with the University of South Dakota, which will be quite the change in scenery compared to his native San Diego. He had an impressive top-five finish in last year’s edition of the Southern California Open.
Cayden Pope (Lexington, Kentucky) – Pope won the Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship earlier this month in incredible fashion. That locked up his second berth in a national competition taking place in or near his hometown this summer alongside this one, as he will now also compete at Kearney Hill Golf Links in the Boys Junior PGA Championship in July.
Nicholas Prieto (Miami, Florida) – Preito has been a force on the Florida Junior Tour this year. He has five starts with a victory, two runner-up finishes and a third-place result. He attends Holy Theotokos Classical Academy, where he will be a junior this fall.
Connor Reis (Claremont, California) – Reis is committed to play college golf with the Gaels of Saint Mary’s College. He’s enjoyed a strong junior golf career in California so good things should continue for him by electing to stay in his home state for college.
Andrew Riley (St. Johns, Florida) – Riley boasts lots of AJGA experience and is 121st in the ROLEX AJGA rankings. His best recent finish came at the site of the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship, where he got a T3 in the AJGA Junior at Innisbrook.
Cameron Roberts (Robinson Creek, Kentucky) – A relatively new player to the game, Roberts has shown tons of talent for being just a few years into his golf career. This spring, he was presented with the Justin Thomas Grant from the Thomas family and Kentucky Golf Foundation. He then finished in sixth in the Barbasol Junior Qualifier with two under-par rounds.
Jack Roberts (Greenville, South Carolina) – Greenville is the same city Bill and Jay Haas call home, so Roberts is surrounded by some good company. The upstate native is about to enter his senior year of high school in August.
Joshua Ryan (Norristown, Pennsylvania) – The man with two first names is 119th in the ROLEX AJGA rankings and will play college golf at Liberty University beginning this fall. He was the runner-up in August’s K.J. Choi Foundation Junior Championship.
Jose Antonio Safa (Torreton, Mexico) – Safa had a nice victory in his native Mexico last year when he won the I Copa Norte by four strokes. He has already recorded three top-ten finishes in more premier Mexican competitions this season.
Patton Samuels (Clarksville, Tennessee) – Two months ago, Samuels finished T6 in his best AJGA tournament of the season in the Rome Junior Classic presented by Piedmont Bank. He had rounds of 66-68-71 so he’s clearly got some low rounds in him.
Gehrig Sexton (Monticello, Kentucky) – After a valiant performance in the Barbasol Junior Qualifier, Sexton came up just shy of getting one of the ten automatic advancements into the Championship when Gavin McKune topped him in a five-hole playoff for the final qualifying spot. Sexton has gotten in the field though as first alternate and could very well take advantage with a strong week given his stellar game.
Michael Senn III (Bentonville, Arkansas) – Senn will start playing college golf with the Belmont Bruins this fall. He had a great junior golf career within the South Central PGA Section’s junior program, but would love a Barbasol Junior victory to springboard him into Belmont.
Jacob Settles (Winchester, Kentucky) – One of the youngest players in the field, the Winchester native still brings plenty of game to the Barbasol Junior. He fired rounds of 71-70 to get fourth place in the Barbasol Junior Qualifier.
Jeevan Sihota (Victoria, British Columbia) – Hailing from one of the most beautiful places in the world, Sihota will see another beautiful spot when he sees the Horse Capital of the World. He started Bryson DeChambeau’s idea to play the 18th hole of TPC Sawgrass up the 9th at this year’s PLAYERS.
Lance Simpson (Knoxville, Tennessee) – Simpson will come from the University of Kentucky’s arch-rival Volunteers to compete in the Lexington area this week. He’s destined to be a Volunteer for college golf and will surely have some visits to Lexington in the future when he’s dawning the orange and white.
Rhett South (Fayetteville, Arkansas) – Last year’s champion of the Arkansas Junior Match Play. South has been well-regarded as one of the hottest up and coming talents in junior golf as of late.
Charlie Spiller (Richmond, Kentucky) – Spiller finished in ninth-place at the Barbasol Junior Qualifier to lock down one of the last automatic placements in the field.
Dominic Stevens (Crescent, Oklahoma) – Committed to play college golf for the Riverhawks of Northeastern State, Stevens enters this tournament fresh off a win in the Oak Tree Junior Classic earlier in June.
Joshua Stewart (Winter Springs, Florida) – Following in the footsteps of Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, Stewart will be a Seminole and play college golf for Florida State. He has left a blazing trail of success in Florida across the country with a multitude of victories in his young career.
Benjamin Stoller (Owasso, Oklahoma) – From the heart of Big 12 country, Stoller is committed to play college golf with a Big 12 school, but it’s with Kansas State rather than either of the Oklahoma squads. He picked up a second-place finish in the UHY Kansas City Junior in AJGA competition last September.
Preston Summerhays (Scottsdale, Arizona) – Perhaps the favorite coming in, Summerhays is 86th in the WAGR. What’s gotten him that high? Well, he won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2019 and competed in the 2020 U.S. Open to start. He’s also won the Utah State Amateur Championship and Sunnehana Amateur among other competitions. Could the Barbasol Junior be the next one on the list?
Baron Szeto (Moraga, California) – Coming in at 68 in the ROLEX AJGA rankings, Szeto has two top-ten finishes in AJGA tournaments already this month. He is committed to play college golf for Cal-Poly.
Cameron Tankersley (Dickson, Tennessee) – An impressive talent, Tankersley recently finished in second place in the Tennessee State Open. He is a top-ten machine, however, in seemingly every tournament he plays in. Expect him to have a big week this week at Keene Run and contend.
Warren Thomis (Richmond, Kentucky) – Thomis won the 2020 Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship which locked up his spot in this event. Just about 45 minutes worth of a drive away from Keene Run, it’ll be home game for Thomis, one of Kentucky’s young up and comers.
Matthew Troutman (Louisville, Kentucky) – Troutman competed in the National Finals of Drive, Chip & Putt in 2019 and represents himself as one of Kentucky’s next great players. He is 112th in the ROLEX AJGA rankings and will begin his senior year at Christian Academy of Louisville this week.
Ethan Tseng (Portland, Oregon) – As strong of a golfer as he is a student, Tseng will play college golf for the Northwestern Wildcats after he graduates high school next year. He was runner-up in the AJGA Junior at Pronghorn last August.
Jack Turner (Orlando, Florida) – Turner won the Florida Junior Tour Championshiplast November. That is just one of many notable achievements he has. He’s gotten to 59th in the ROLEX AJGA rankings and is not far removed from a runner-up finish in the Scott Robertson Memorial last month.
Logan Vargas (Lubbock, Texas) – Heading from one end of Texas to the other, the Lubbock native will attend the University of Houston and play golf for the Cougars starting this fall. He finished T2 in the AJGA’s Westrock Coffee Junior Championship last October.
Nathan Wang (Fremont, California) – Set to follow in the steps of guys like Collin Morikawa and Max Homa, Wang will play college golf for Cal upon his high school graduation next year.
Last August, he won the AJGA Junior at Peachtree.
Zach Watterson (Beattyville, Kentucky) – Watterson recently received co-medalist honors at the Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship. He also placed seventh at the Golfweek Junior Tour event at University Club of Kentucky.
Nicholas Watts (Springfield, Oregon) – A strong player from the Beaver State, Watts was the runner-up in last year’s edition of the Oregon Junior Amateur and had a top-ten finish in the Oregon State Amateur.
Rylan Wotherspoon (Florence, Kentucky) – One of Kentucky’s best players the last couple years, Wotherspoon has been in the thick of things in many majors on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour recently. He finished in a tie for first in the Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship earlier this month, but finished second after a scorecard playoff. He also finished runner-up in last year’s Kentucky Boys Junior Amateur. He will compete in next month’s National Boys Junior PGA Championship at nearby Kearney Hill Golf Links.
Ben Wulkopf (Louisville, Kentucky) – Wulkopf shot 71-67 and placed third in the Barbasol Junior Qualifier to get into the field. Wulkopf was a part of Trinity High School’s KHSAA Team Championship last fall at Bowling Green Country Club.
Alexander Yang (Carlsbad, California) – A great player and a great student who will play college golf for the Cardinal of Stanford beginning this fall. Yang was recognized as a ROLEX Junior All-American First Teamer in 2018.
Rocco Zakutney (Paducah, Kentucky) – The western Kentucky native fired a final round of 67 to jump into fourth place at the Kentucky Boys Junior PGA Championship earlier this month. He also advanced through U.S. Open Local Qualifying at nearby Cherry Blossom Golf Club which got him into Final Qualifying.
J.J. Zimmer (Humboldt, Tennessee) – Zimmer will play college golf for Union University starting this fall. His best finish in the last year in AJGA events was at the UHY St. Louis Junior presented by Family Golf & Learning Center, where he finished third with two sub-70 rounds.