Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick was named a Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association on Wednesday, thus joining an esteemed collection of current and former top-level junior golfers from around the world.
Garrick, 16, is a junior at St. Francis High and holds the No. 48 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings following a victory at the 2010 McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends in July. His 2010 season included three additional top-10 finishes in national junior golf competition.
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have established themselves as the world's premier junior golfers.
This year's selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 77 national events, 60 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 20.
The teams are made up of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-18, from 23 states and six foreign countries (Canada, Israel, Mexico, Northern Ireland, the Philippines and Thailand). These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 21, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. Of the PGA TOUR's current top-10 money leaders, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan were all Rolex Junior All-Americans, while Mickelson (1986-88) and Mahan (1999) were Rolex Junior Players of the Year.