Josh Martin Named to Rolex Second-Team
Joshua Martin, a 15-year-old sophomore at Pinecrest High School, has been named a second-team Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing himself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.
Martin posted three top-three finishes in national competition en route to earning the honor. He finished third at the Golf Pride Junior Classic, as well as runner-up finishes at the Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno and the Southern Junior Championship. He is currently No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
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 selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 88 national events, 72 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 9.
The teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-19, from 22 states, Puerto Rico and nine foreign countries (China, Colombia, France, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand).
These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 18, at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on the PGA and LPGA Tours.
All 12 players on the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Team played AJGA tournaments, and eight players earned Rolex Junior All-America recognition during their junior careers: Keegan Bradley, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.
On the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team, nine of the 12 players competed in AJGA tournaments as teenagers, and seven were named Rolex Junior All-Americans during their careers: Paula Creamer, Vicky Hurst, Cristie Kerr, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, and Morgan Pressel.
Other notable AJGA alumni who help make up the list of past Rolex Junior All-Americans include Rickie Fowler, Trevor Immelman, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van Pelt, Belen Mozo, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.
Information for this article was provided by Chris Richards of AJGA Communications.
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