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 comprised 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, Fla.
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.
The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Pee Wee team clinched the AYF NorCal West Division title with a 19-18 victory over the Oakland Dynamites on Sunday at Palo Alto High.
The unbeaten Knights were trailing 18-12 entering the fourth quarter before driving 62 yards for the tying touchdown, a six-yard run by Ethan Stern. He accumulated 53 yards on the drive, capping it with the TD and extra point.
Stern then joined with teammates Jordan Schilling and Ryan Mitra to sack Oakland's quarterback and preserve the victory after the Dynamites had driven deep into Palo Alto territory.
The Knights grabbed a 12-6 halftime lead after Lee Howard scored from 14 yards out and Josh Brigel caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Jack Devine.
Also clinching a playoff berth was Palo Alto's Pee Wee team and the Jr. Midgets. The Pee Wees improved to 5-2 after beating Oakland, 28-6, while the Jr. Midgets (4-3) blanked Oakland, 34-0.
The Knights will close out their regular season for all five teams against Oak Grove West this Sunday at Palo Alto High.