JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The annual Callaway Golf Junior Classic was held April 26 to 28 at the Country Club of the South.
Since its inception in 2009, the 54-hole stroke play tournament has brought together some of the top junior golfers in the world to compete each spring in Johns Creek.
This year the Girls Division Champion was Amanda Sambach of Davidson, North Carolina, shooting six-under-par 210. Sambach had 14 birdies in the tournament and finished with the low final round in the Girls Division with a score of four-under par 68.
“Today was really special coming down No. 18 when everyone was watching and just hearing everyone clap for me was pretty cool,” she said. “It was a great feeling.”
The Boys Division Champion was Nathan Franks of Roebuck, South Carolina, with a score of one-under-par 215. This was his first tournament win.
Franks had 13 birdies in the tournament, including a birdie on No. 18 in the final round to secure the win.
“The course was really great to play on and the greens were in great shape,” he said. “I like playing in these events because it is the best competition.”
Andy Mao of Johns Creek finished in third place, with a score of two-over-par 218. Mao signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in golf at Georgia Institute of Technology.
The tournament featured 72 juniors from 19 states and seven countries, including 20 Georgians.
The event raised more than $60,000 for junior golf grants and for the Shepherd Center, which offers a rehabilitation program for those who have served in the military since 9-11 and who are experiencing post-traumatic stress and mild to moderate brain injury.
The tournament has raised more than $400,000 for junior golf scholarships and local causes in its 10 years.