Preview: Beyond the Raptor Course

Tournament history

Fourteen years ago, AJGA alumnus Phil Mickelson challenged the Thunderbirds and Grayhawk Golf Club to create the most competitive junior golf tournament in the world. In 2012, the tournament was ranked No. 2 on Golfweek’s top junior events list and has solidified itself as one of the premier junior golf events for rising stars.
 
Thanks to the help of generous sponsors and support, the Thunderbird International Junior is an event featuring an experience that goes beyond the competition. Recognized as the AJGA’s 2005 Tournament of the Year, organizers continually raise the bar on player hospitality and experience. From personalized lockers to the Glo-Birds putting competition, the Thunderbird International Junior is high on the list for many junior golfers.
 
“Thunderbird is always one of the top picks on everyone’s schedule since it’s so fun,” said AJGA player Doug Ghim, who competed in his first Thunderbird International Junior in 2012. “It represents what summer is all about: competition, fun and warm weather.”
 
The 2013 event will once again impress beginning with the annual Welcome Dinner. Last year, Phil Mickelson’s longtime caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay attended the dinner and spoke to the field about his experiences on the professional circuit.
 
After the first round and into the night, the field will partake in the Glo-Birds Putting Competition created by the AJGA staff.
 
“It’s cool for the competitors to get together and have fun,” Ghim said. “It’s like Wyndham Cup, but we’re playing against each other. We have a good time and I’m looking forward to this year.”
 
Once the second round ends, players will participate in a Grayhawk Golf Club tradition, the "Dry Heave." Players will tee off under the twilight on No. 10 tee to No. 18 green. If a ball splashes in the hazard surrounding the green, players drop for push-ups.
 
With air hockey and ping pong to entertain players between golf and activities, the Thunderbird International Junior boasts a tournament experience that provides just as many off-course memories as the ones made on the Raptor Course.
 
 

 
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Weekly Results
E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Boys
Total
1
S.M. Lee
211
2
Gabriel Lench
213
T
3
Chase Ibbotson
214
T
3
Jake DeZoort
214
T
3
Jake Milanowski
214
Girls
Total
1
Carly Burkhardt
218
2
Natalie Srinivasan
223
3
Yunjie Zhang
224
AJGA Huntsville Junior
Boys
Total
1
Patrick Martin
200
2
Vasili Kartos
215
3
Peyton Wilhoit
216
Girls
Total
1
Maddie Rose Hamilton
222
2
Lauren Gros
223
T
3
Abigail Heck
224
T
3
Micheala Williams
224
Aaron's / Bob Estes Abilene Junior
Boys
Total
1
Jose Cervantes
166
2
McClure Meissner
169
T
3
Drew Jones
172
T
3
Fernando Lopez Butron
172
T
3
Carson Seals
172
Girls
Total
1
Sol Lee
173
T
2
Julie Houston
177
T
2
Binny Lee
177
Midwest Junior Players Championship
Boys
Total
1
Matthew Walker
214
2
Trent Wallace
217
T
3
Mike Lee
219
T
3
Ian Kelsey
219
T
3
Daniel Hudson
219
Girls
Total
1
Heather Ciskowski
225
2
Allyson Geer
226
3
Dana Gattone
228
New Era Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Michael VanDerLaan
213
2
Ben Reichert
216
3
Matt Hutchins
218
Girls
Total
1
Katie Kim
218
2
Maren Cipolla
220
T
3
Chelsea Dantonio
226
T
3
Eun-Won Park
226
AJGA Junior at Serrano
Boys
Total
1
Alexander Lee
206
2
Brandon Wu
210
3
Robert Briggs
211
Girls
Total
1
Anna Zhou
214
2
Allisen Corpuz
216
3
Kelsey Ulep
217
Midwest Junior Players Junior All-Star
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Total
1
Harrison Ott
216
2
Reese Ramsey
218
3
Alex Jamieson
221
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Beaudreau
229
2
Mariah Smith
232
3
Naomi Lee
233
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