Golf’s next generation of stars are ready to test themselves at TPC Myrtle Beach.
One of the strongest fields in junior golf will be competing in the fifth annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, which will be held at TPC Myrtle Beach Feb. 28 – March 1.
The 54-hole, college style tournament has attracted 63 top 100 juniors – 47 boys, 16 girls – each of them hoping to win a tournament that has quickly become one of the nation’s most prestigious.
Four of the top 11 junior boys will compete, a group headlined by No. 3 Michael Brennan (Leesburg, Va.), the 2018 champion. Brennan, who has signed to play at Wake Forest, finished third in 2019. Last year’s runner-up, Luke Clanton (Miami Lakes, Fla.), who is just a sophomore, is returning to try and claim the crown.
Among the other pre-tournament favorites are seventh-ranked Maxwell Ford (Peachtree Corners, Ga.), No. 8 Tyler Wilkes (Tampa, Fla.), a University of Florida signee, and No. 11 J.T. Herman (Hilton Head, S.C.), who will be playing at the University of Georgia in the fall.
Ashley Menne (Surprise, Ariz.) will headline the girls field. The 25th ranked player in the nation and an Arizona State signee, Menne was the 2018 runner-up and should be near the top of the leaderboard. Also among the girls expected to contend are No. 25 Nicole Adam (Pinehurst, N.C.), a University of North Carolina signee, and No. 36 Melanie Green (Medina, N.Y.), who has inked to play at the University of South Florida.
TPC Myrtle Beach, which served as Dustin Johnson’s long-time home course, will provide a formidable test. The layout, which plays 6,950 yards from the tips, has also hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and the NCAA’s Myrtle Beach Regional.
Akshay Bhatia, (pictured right) who has since turned pro, set a 54-hole TPC scoring record at last year’s event, finishing at -10 under par, 206.
Fans can follow the hole-by-hole action at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at GolfStat.com.