Jackson Van Paris just keeps on proving his mettle on the junior golf circuit.
Van Paris, 16 and a junior at Pinecrest, went lower each of his three rounds to claim the championship of the Sage Valley Junior Invitational that finished Saturday at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.
The Pinehurst resident, who is a member at the Country Club of North Carolina, fired a nine-under 71-69-67—207 to win by two strokes over runner-up Luke Potter.
The tournament, which Golfweek ranks as the No. 1 junior event in golf, beginning with the second round, was played with the only people allowed on the property being players, their family and essential personnel.
But none of that took away from Van Paris winning the invitational.
“It’s incredible, to win such a prestigious tournament, I’m speechless right now to be honest,” Van Paris said. “I never really thought I was going to win until I came off the ninth green and I was like ‘Oh wow, I have a chance to win this thing.’ It’s one of the best feelings in the world.”
In December, he was the youngest of 12 players that competed for the United States in the 2019 Junior Presidents Cup in Australia.
The U.S. team, captained by Justin Leonard, was a 13-11 winner over the International team.
Van Paris burst on the junior golf radar when he became the youngest player since Bobby Jones to win a match in the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Van Paris was 14 when he won a first-round match in the championship conducted at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
He has verbally committed to play golf at Vanderbilt University.