DJ World Junior attracts 90 top golfers to Grand Strand

DJ World Junior ClinicElite juniors from across the globe are poised to descend on Myrtle Beach for the inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, which will be held this week at TPC Myrtle Beach.

The event will feature a 90-player field, including boys and girls divisions, comprised of the game’s next generation of stars. Players from 12 states and eight countries will be participating in the 54-hole tournament.

After a practice round on Friday, tournament play will begin on Saturday.

Headlining the field are Eric Bae, a Wake Forest signee from Pinehurst, N.C., and future East Carolina Pirate Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks, N.C., the No. 2 junior in the Tar Heel state. Bae and Stephenson are among the three top 100 juniors, according to Golfweek Magazine, participating in the tournament.

Overall, 8 of the top 12 boys from South Carolina and 6 of the top 10 from North Carolina will be playing, as will 7 of the top 10 South Carolina girls.

“Dustin is thrilled with the quality of the field we have attracted to TPC Myrtle Beach,” said Allen Terrell, Director of Coaching/Managing Partner of the Dustin Johnson Golf School. “Dustin wanted to make sure we took care of local and state juniors while ensuring a high quality international field, and we have met those goals. The experience for the players, from the time they check-in until the final putt drops, will be as good as any in junior golf.”

Among the countries that will be represented are Canada, China, England, Japan, Philippines, Scotland and Sweden. Nearly a quarter of the field will be comprised of international players.

A significant part of the event’s appeal is TPC Myrtle Beach, one of the Grand Strand’s most decorated layouts. TPC Myrtle Beach has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and been ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, making it an ideal venue to test golf’s rising young stars.

With the support of Johnson, one of top 10 players in the world, the tournament will provide participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to challenge themselves against their peers from others parts of America and the world.

Photo courtesy of MB Golf Holiday

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