The World’s Best Junior Golfers Compete At Scottsdale’s Grayhawk Golf Club
In The Thunderbird International Junior
Two locals in the field:
Hannah O’Sullivan and Michael Feagles
One of the most prestigious tournaments on the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) schedule, 78 junior golfers (48 boys and 30 girls) from around the world will compete at Grayhawk Golf Club in the Thunderbird International Junior for the 16th year. They will join the ranks of PGA and LPGA Tour stars like Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson who all competed in the award-winning event.
The Thunderbird International Junior is a truly global event, as top players from 14 foreign countries will travel to Scottsdale to compete for one of the most coveted titles in junior golf.
Two Local Players Take on the World
Hannah O’Sullivan – Chandler resident and junior at Hamilton High School
In February, O’Sullivan became the youngest player in LPGA’s Symetra Tour history (16 years, 9 months, 11 days) to win a tournament by firing a 3-under 69 to capture the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club with a three-day score of 15-under 201, which is a tournament record. O’Sullivan also becomes just the third woman to win on the LPGA Tour or the Symetra Tour before her 17th birthday. Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson are the only other women to win as a 16-year-old. In April, O’Sullivan fired a 10-under-par 203 tournament total to win the 2015 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club by nine strokes. In 2014, O’Sullivan played on the winning U.S. team in the Junior Ryder Cup and was a semifinalist in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. O’Sullivan is currently a junior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, and is verbally committed to playing for the USC. She is currently the ranked sixth nationally according to Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Michael Feagles – Scottsdale resident and junior at Brophy College Prep.
Last Sunday, May 17, Feagles won the Arizona Stroke Play Championship which features some of the best amateur golfers in the state. In April, Feagles finish tied for the lead after regulation play at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic Hosted by Longbow. He eventually placed second after losing in a playoff. Feagles then finished T3 at the JGAA’s Charlie Beljan Invitational in early May. Feagles resides in Scottsdale and is a junior at Brophy College Preparatory. A University of Illinois commit, he is currently ranked 118th nationally and second in Arizona.
As its name suggests, the event features an unparalleled international flavor. This year, 14 different countries are represented including Australia, Brazil, Columbia, China, Ecuador, France, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Phil Mickelson Sponsor Involvement
“Fourteen years ago Phil [Mickelson] challenged The Thunderbirds and Grayhawk Golf Club to develop the most competitive junior golf tournament in the world,” Mike Kennedy said, tournament co-chairman. “His inspiration, oversight and generous annual financial support from the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation made that happen.”
Sponsors: The Thunderbirds; Under Armour; Phil & Amy Mickelson Foundation and Grayhawk Golf Club.
GRAYHAWK GOLF CLUB
8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255, 480.502.1800
Three-round (54-hole) competition: Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25, with a practice round on the Friday, May 22.
Friday: practice round tees off 11:15am – 12:45pm (finishes approx. 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm). Players available all day on practice tee and/or golf course beginning at 10 am.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Tee times each day 7:15 am – 9:15 am (players arrive around 6 am and finish 11 am-2 pm)
Monday: Players arrive around 6 am. Award banquet following play approximately 2 pm (media welcome).
Live Scoring & Tournament Website
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May 18, 2015