TPC Myrtle Beach hosted some of the game’s legends when the Senior PGA Tour Championship was played on the acclaimed Tom Fazio/Lanny Wadkins design, and now it welcomes golf’s next generation of stars as the host of the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship.
The eighth annual event will be played March 3-5 and another star-studded field will compete to see who emerges victorious in the 54-hole hole tournament. Ninety players (54 boys, 36 girls) will be competing in this year’s DJ World Junior and 68 of them are ranked among America’s top 100.
Forty of the 54 boys have already signed or verbally committed to a collegiate team, including five future Auburn Tigers, led by Jackson Koivun (Chapel Hill, N.C.). America’s No. 1 junior boy. Koivun will arrive at TPC Myrtle Beach as the reigning Rolex Tournament of Champions winner and the runner-up at The Junior PLAYERS Championship.
He will be tested by fourth-ranked Nicholas Gross (Downington, Pa.), an Alabama commitment fresh off a victory at the American Junior Golf Association’s Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods on February 17.
Cooper Jones (Highland, Utah) is ranked 15th and he finished third in last year’s DJ World Junior, setting the stage for the Brigham Young signee to win four of his next five tournaments.
The girls field is no less stacked with 28 of the 36 players ranked among America’s top 100. The event will be headlined by Anna Davis (Spring Valley, Calif.) who won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2022. She is the ninth-ranked female amateur in the world and also an Auburn commit (anyone else noticing a trend with Auburn?).
Macy Pate (Winston-Salem, N.C.), a Wake Forest signee, leads a deep field that will challenge Davis.
The winners of the 2023 DJ World Junior will join distinguished company. Among the event’s past champions are PGA Tour/Korn Ferry Tour player Akshay Bhatia (2019), Wake Forest All-American Michael Brennan (2018), who already has six collegiate wins to his credit, and Nick Dunlap (2021), who is starring at Alabama as a freshman.
On the girls side, Alexa Pano (2019), who has already turned pro, current Auburn Tiger Katie Cranston, and the University of Florida’s Taylor Roberts are among the tournament’s past champions.
There will be future PGA and LPGA Tour pros teeing it up this weekend and there is no better course to test these future stars than TPC Myrtle Beach.
2019 Winners Akshay Bhatia & Alexa Pano pictured right
Top photo from our Instagram Account @myrtlebeachgolftrips captured February 23, 2023