Tuesday June 23, 2009
BRASELTON, Ga. – The American Junior Golf Association has finalized the tournament field for the Charles Howell III Junior Championship, which will be held July 6-9 at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, Ga. The second-annual event will bring together 99 of the nation’s top junior golfers from 18 states and two foreign countries (Mexico and South Africa), as well as 28 players from Georgia.
A total of five Augusta natives are set to compete in the tournament. Dykes Harbin leads the local contingent in the Boys Division. A recent graduate of Westside High School, Harbin finished fifth at the 2008 Georgia State Junior Championship and has signed a National Letter of Intent with South Carolina.
Harbin will be joined by William Sigg, who is a rising senior at the Academy of Richmond County and has a fourth-place showing at the 2008 Preseason Junior at Callaway Gardens to his name. Tyler Duke is another local player stepping onto the national stage. A rising senior at Lakeside High School, Duke finished tied for 11th at the Preseason Junior at Chateau Elan earlier this season.
In the Girls Division, siblings Ashlan and Taylor Ramsey, both of Augusta, will compete in the same tournament for the third time this season. At the Chateau Elan Junior All-Star presented by Fellowship of Christian Athletes in April, Ashlan bested her older sister by a shot for her first career AJGA victory. In June, Taylor notched a runner-up finish at the Midwest Junior Players Championship and finished three shots better than Ashlan (fifth place).
A portion of the 99-player field will be reserved for players earning entry via the 18-hole K12 Qualifier, which will be an 8 a.m. shotgun on Sunday, July 5. K12 Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or earn a Tournament Exemption or Performance Star for a future event. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.