The Junior Presidents Cup team standings were released February 16. CB&I / Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is the first major qualifying event for the standings.
Here are the top four players to watch during today’s rounds:
Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas (2018)
The reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year returns to Carlton Woods for his third CB&I / Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. Goodwin finished fifth in last year’s event at 3-under-par 213, including birdieing the par-4 No. 7 each day. That finish was one of seven top-five national finishes for the junior from Corinth, Texas, in 2016. Goodwin is also one of 17 boys from Texas in the 72-player field this year and is verbally committed to Southern Methodist University.
Eugene Hong, Orlando, Fla. (2018)
Hong sits at No. 3 in the AJGA Rankings making his second appearance at the CB&I / Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. In 2016, the junior from Orlando, Florida, recorded a bogey-free, tournament-low 7-under-par 65 in the second round to catapult him to a runner-up finish. It was also Hong’s second-highest AJGA finish, second only to his win at the Haas Family Invitational. He is verbally committed to the University of Florida.
Kaiwen Liu, (China) San Diego, Calif. (2017)
The senior out of San Diego, California, looks for his first AJGA Invitational victory this week after a T3 finish here a year ago. Ranked No. 14 in the AJGA Rankings, Liu birdied the first four holes of his second round last year to cement him one of three top-three finishes in 2016. Liu is committed to play at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall.
Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (2018)
A Houston native, Hammer enters the week No. 10 in the AJGA Rankings. He finished strong in 2016 with a runner-up finish at The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Hammer is verbally committed to the University of Texas and is the 2017 AJGA Boys Player Representative.
In 2016, champion Andy Zhang of Winter Garden, Florida, broke the tournament record set by Doug Ghim in 2014 with a 13-under-par 203. Zhang recorded at least four birdies in every round for his second AJGA Invitational victory, including a final-round birdie on the toughest hole of the week, No. 5.