December 20, 2018
The Gator Invitational Junior Championship is excited to announce our 2019 field—easily our strongest field to date. The 2019 field will consist of 60 boys from 20 states and 4 countries, including 29 of the top 150 junior golfers.
The goal of The Gator is to provide an opportunity for the best juniors to compete on a PGA Tour golf course versus a field commensurate with championship junior golf.
There is one spot remaining to be claimed as an exemption will be awarded to the champion of the 2018 Tommy Moore Memorial Sugar Bowl tournament.
With our 2018 champion, Frankie Capan, having completed his junior career ranked #1 and now moved on to the Alabama Men’s Golf team, the 2019 field will be headlined by a number of top ranked players.
Among those are #9 Thomas Ponder (Dothan, AL), #15 Jackson Van Paris (Pinehurst, NC), #30 Yuki Moriyama (Las Vegas, NV [Japan]), #34 Luke Clanton (Miami Lakes, FL), #36 John Marshall Butler (Louisville, KY), #41 Palmer Jackson (Murrysville, PA), #48 Maxwell Ford (Peachtree Corners, GA), and #71 Simms Abney (Madison, MS), who is the top ranked Mississippian in the field.
The field also includes four US Am participants, 10 US Junior Am participants, 10 State Junior champions, 17 Junior PGA Championship qualifiers, 16 AJGA wins and 4 former US Kids Golf World Champs.
42 players in the field have already committed/signed to play college golf, including at least 1 player committed to each of the top 6 ranked men’s golf teams in the country!
The Gator is supported locally by our membership and provides financial support to the Junior Golf Association at The Country Club of Jackson.