PNGA Player of the Year Susan Xiao earns Honorable Mention as Junior All-American
Susan Xiao of Surrey, B.C. earned Honorable Mention honors for the Rolex Junior All-American for 2017 by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing herself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.
Xiao, 16, was also recently named the 2017 PNGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year. Among her titles this year, she won the AJGA UA Canadian Championship and the MJT Vancouver Season Opener, and made it a clean sweep of national championships in her age group, winning the Canadian Juvenile Girls’ Amateur and the Canadian Junior Girls’ Amateur. She also had top-5 finishes in four other events, including the Golf Canada-Future Links, AJGA ACDS Ryan Moore, AJGA Se Ri Pak, and the CJGA Humber College Western Junior. (Click here for a complete list of her accomplishments).
The 2017 Rolex Junior All-America Teams will be honored Sunday, November 19 during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The awards ceremony, dubbed “The Greatest Night in Junior Golf,” will also celebrate the achievements of the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-Americans and Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award recipient as a focal point of the Rolex Tournament of Champions week.
There’s a long history of success by Rolex Junior All-Americans at the college and professional levels. Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Inbee Park, Jordan Spieth and Lexi Thompson are among the many Rolex Junior All-Americans in the NCAA and professional record books.
Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s Rolex Junior All-America Teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers ages 13-19, from 20 states and 13 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand. These young men and women distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 132 national junior golf events, 120 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The teams were determined exclusively through the Rolex AJGA Rankings as of October 12.