BRASELTON, Ga. â€“â€“ Robert Register of Burlington, N.C., was named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association Monday, thus joining an esteemed collection of current and former top-level junior golfers from around the world.
Register, 15, a sophomore at Walter Williams High School, had five top-10 finishes in national junior golf competition in 2008. He had a second-place finish at the Bobby Chapman, and tied for second at the CNL Lifestyle Company Junior Championship. These finishes helped him improve his Polo Golf Ranking to No. 29 in the country by the end of the season.
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize those players who have established themselves as the worldâ€™s premier junior golfers. This yearâ€™s selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 80 national events, 64 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings (as of Oct. 14).
The teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-18, from 26 states and four foreign countries. These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet Nov. 23 at The Grande Ballroom at Ginn Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla.
Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. Of the PGA TOURâ€™s current top-10 money leaders, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim, Stewart Cink and Justin Leonard were all Rolex Junior All-Americans. On the LPGA Tour, Paula Creamer, In-Bee Park and Cristie Kerr were named Rolex Junior All-Americans as junior golfers before working their way to the top of the pay-for-play ranks. Other notable professional AJGA alumni who help make up the list of past Rolex Junior All-Americans include Jim Furyk, Ryuji Imada, Ben Curtis, Trevor Immelman, Angela Park, In-Kyung Kim and Jane Park.