MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship will be played March 5-7 at TPC Myrtle Beach and feature the strongest field in the event’s six-year history.
The event has boys’ and girls’ tournaments, with 74 of the 90 total players (60 boys, 30 girls) ranked among America’s top 100 juniors, including Auburn signee Brendan Valdes from Orlando. Valdes is the sixth-ranked boy in the nation, according to Golfweek magazine.
Twenty-five of the 30 girls competing in the 54-hole, college-style event are ranked among America’s top 100 juniors by either Golfweek or Junior Golf Scoreboard, a group led by No. 3 Hyo Joon Jang (Howey in the Hills, Fl.).
“Dustin’s goal was to make this the best junior tournament in America, and this year represents another big step in that direction,” Tournament Director Scott Tomasello said. “TPC Myrtle Beach is an elite facility, and with Dustin’s support, the tournament will deliver on the experiential side as well.
Last year’s boys champion, Tyler Wilkes is playing at the University of Florida, while girls winner Taylor Roberts plays at Florida State.
The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is being sponsored by Founders Group International, the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and Golf Tourism Solutions.
Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $500,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.