Trio of top-ranked Texans prepare for HP Boys

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In 2010 and 2011, the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods has been the exclamation point to two outstanding AJGA careers. Two years ago, Bobby Wyatt punctuated his record with his third career win, while Jordan Spieth notched his fifth victory last year. Combined, the tandem earned Rolex Junior All-America accolades five times.

In 2012, 28 high school seniors will look to continue the trend and cap their AJGA careers with a win in their final appearance at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.

Among the 78 players are 18 of the top 20 boys in the Polo Golf Rankings, as well as 39 players who earned Rolex Junior All-America honors in 2011. In all, the 54-hole championship will feature players from 21 states and 11 foreign countries (Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Sweden).
 
Three Texans, who are each in the top 10 of the Polo Golf Rankings, will try to keep the trophy in their home state. Humble, Texas, native Connor Black, and Dallas natives Scott Scheffler and Brad Dalke, are the three highest-ranked Texans in the field.
 
Dalke, who has verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma, became the youngest boy to win an AJGA Invitational last year when he clinched a win at the Thunderbird International Junior.
 
Other local players set to compete include David Lee and Benjamin Arnett of Houston, and Chester Wang and Michael Durio of The Woodlands.
 
Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., is the reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year and will return to The Club at Carlton Woods after finishing second a year ago. His career includes wins at the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic and 2011 Junior PGA Championship, as well as seven top-five finishes. The high school senior is No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has signed a National Letter of Intent with Clemson.
 
Three other players posted top-five finishes at the 2011 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and will return in 2012: Wyndham Clark of Greenwood Village, Colo. (third place in 2011); Shun Yat Hak of Lake Mary, Fla. (fourth); and AJ McInerney of Henderson, Nev. (tied for fifth).

 
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Boys
1. Sam Burns
Shreveport, LA
2. Sam Horsfield
Davenport, FL
3. Austin Connelly
Irving, TX
4. Brad Dalke
Hobart, OK
5. Spencer Soosman
Westlake Village, CA
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1. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, CA
2. Angel Yin
Arcadia, CA
3. Bethany Wu
Diamond Bar, CA
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, TX
5. Lauren Stephenson
Lexington, SC
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Weekly Results
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior at The Seagate presented by Sportlink
Boys
Total
1
Robert Eisch
141
T
2
Alvaro Escalada
142
T
2
Michael Saccente
142
Girls
Total
1
Alice Jo
142
2
Maria Hoyos
146
3
Courtney Zeng
147
Preseason Junior at Cantigny
Boys
Total
T
1
David Perkins
219
T
1
Drew Kiehl
221
3
Frank Lindwall
216
Girls
Total
1
Brooke Babbin
237
2
Emily Young
240
T
3
Margaret Hickey
238
T
3
Loren Skibba
241
Junior All-Star at Longaberger
Boys
Total
1
*Graham Corbin
146
T
2
Aaron Chen
146
T
2
Grant Smith
146
Girls
Total
1
Kailie Vongsaga
152
2
Megan Furtney
153
3
Erica Shepherd
154
Preseason Junior at Worthington Manor presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Walker Simas
150
2
Dominic Wagner
151
T
3
Evan Long
152
T
3
Tanner Johnson
152
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Freedman
162
T
2
Samantha Fritzinger
169
T
2
Julia Calomiris
169
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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