BRASELTON, GA. – Four Triangle-area golfers were honored by Rolex and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) as some of junior golf’s best, as announced by the organization on Monday.
Emilia Migliaccio and Jennifer Chang, both from Cary, Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, and Doc Redman of Raleigh were named Rolex Junior All-Americans, establishing themselves among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.
Migliaccio, a second-team Rolex Junior All-American, is a two-time honoree who finished the season at No. 18 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
During the 2015 season, the Athens Drive High School junior added two AJGA wins to her resume, the Davis Love III Junior Open and IZOD AJGA Championship.
The Wake Forest verbal commit’s top national junior golf finish of the year was first at the Scott Robertson Memorial as well as competing on the Wyndham Cup East Team.
Chang, an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, is a first-time honoree and currently No. 23 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
The Athens Drive High School sophomore recorded five top-10 finishes in 2015 that included a seventh-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Kim, a two-time honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, finished fourth in the 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals and is No. 31 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
The Chapel Hill High School sophomore posted two top-five finishes during the 2015 season at the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational and the AJGA Girls Championship.
Redman, a first-time honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, is verbally committed to Clemson University.
The Leesville Road High School senior competed in five AJGA Invitational tournaments and recorded his best finish of T10 at The PING Invitational.
Throughout his national junior golf career, Redman has posted eight top-10 finishes and is No. 31 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
By being named a Rolex Junior All-American, each player was invited to compete in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, Nov. 21-27, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The 2015 Rolex Junior All-America Teams will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 22.
Notes: Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-19, from 21 states, China, Thailand and Japan. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 13…There’s a long history of success by Rolex Junior All-Americans at the college and professional levels as Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson are among the many Rolex Junior All-Americans in the NCAA and professional golf record books.