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Oct. 18, 2018

Rolex Junior Player of the Year | Yealimi Noh

Yealimi Noh of Concord, California

Class of 2019

Rolex AJGA Ranking: 1

The 34th distinct female Rolex Junior Player of the Year in the AJGA’s 40-year history, Noh had a standout season in 2018. She won four of her nine career national junior golf events in the 2018 season, never finishing outside the top 12. She captured the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship in December, finished runner-up at the Buick Shanshan Feng Girls Invitational in February, won the Hana Financial Group Se Ri Pak Junior Championship in April, finished tied for second at the Thunderbird International Junior in May and ended her season with back-to-back July wins at the Girls Junior PGA Championship and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. The following week, the 17-year-old high school senior won the Canadian Women’s Amateur just one month after the California Junior Girls State Championship. Her top play garnered two LPGA exemptions and a pair of low amateur honors in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (earned through her win in the Canadian Am) and KEB Hana Bank Championship (earned the AJGA’s Se Ri Pak event). The No. 1-ranked, four-time Rolex Junior All-American has competed in five seasons of national junior golf and represented the winning United States team at the 2017 PING Junior Solheim Cup and 2018 Junior Ryder Cup.

“I’m so honored to be receiving this incredible award,” Noh said. “It truly is one of my biggest accomplishments. It comes as a bit of a surprise because in the beginning of the year, I didn’t think I would get enough points to win Rolex Junior Player of the Year, or even, that I would win three tournaments. This really means a lot to me.”

Noh Season Summary

 

Rank Event R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 2018 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship 66 70     136
1 2018 Girls Junior PGA Championship 66 65 64 69 264
T2 Thunderbird International Junior 70 70 72   212
1 Hana Financial Group Se Ri Pak Junior Championship 72 70 70   212
T11 ANA Junior Inspiration 74 74 74   222
2 Buick Shanshan Feng Girls Invitational 74 69 71   214
T6 ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex 72 73 74   219
1 2017 Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship 65 70 67   202
T12 Rolex Tournament of Champions 72 72 77 72 293
  • Won, Canadian Women’s Amateur
  • Low amateur in two LPGA events
  • 2018 Junior Ryder Cup
  • California Junior Girls State Championship