CBS special highlights players at Junior Invitationaltext sizeMay 16, 2011
Chris Smith, PGA TOUR
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, SC was created not only to bring together the top junior amateur players from around the world in a three-round competition, but also to promote the core values of its charitable beneficiary, The First Tee.
When 54 of the top juniors representing 19 states and 19 countries gathered at Sage Valley for the inaugural event in mid April, it proved to be a great success on both counts. The competition was tremendous, highlighted by a course record-tying 62 by 18-year-old Florida resident Nicholas Reach, on his way to a 20-under-par total and eight-stroke victory. And in the throws of intense competition, the golfers embodied the game's values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.
2011 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club presented by Electrolux, a 60-minute CBS Sports special produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment, brings this unique tournament to life. Airing Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. ET, the show captures the quality of play and tells the personal stories behind the players.
Among the featured players is high school senior Anthony Paolucci, the 2010 American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year, who made headlines earlier this year by receiving a sponsor exemption to the Farmers Insurance Open and finishing tied for 29th. He will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall.
The show tells the story of Sage Valley Golf Club and its founder, Weldon Wyatt, whose vision for a special Junior Invitational is realized. It also will promote the tournament's support of The First Tee, the World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values.
PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem was on hand to congratulate Reach on his victory, the first time he has honored a winner of an amateur event as Commissioner. One of the rewards for winning the Sage Valley junior event was a spot in the upcoming Melwood Prince George's County Open at the U. of Maryland GC (June 2-5).
Watch this unique tournament and the stories behind the competitors in 2011 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club presented by Electrolux on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. ET.