Weatherford Sports

Aledo golfer receives honorable mention

Cheyenne Knight, a senior at Aledo High School, collected her second AJGA victory at the Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open and earned honorable mention Rolex Junior All-America recognition.

This is the second time the Alabama verbal commit has been named a Rolex Junior All-American. On the strength of a T3 and fifth-place showing at the Thunderbird International Junior and Rolex Girls Junior Championship, respectively, the 17-year-old rose to No. 32 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s selections distinguished themselves through their “outstanding play” in 123 national events, 108 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 14.

The teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 14-19, from 18 states, Mexico and nine foreign countries (Bolivia, China, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Venezuela). These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 23, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on the PGA and LPGA Tours and collegiate level. On the all-AJGA alumni 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup squad, 10 of the 12 players were Rolex Junior All-Americans during their junior careers, including former Rolex Junior Players of the Year Phil Mickelson (1986-88), Hunter Mahan (1999) and the squad’s youngest member, Jordan Spieth (2009). World No. 2 Inbee Park was a five-time Rolex Junior All-American and was named Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2002, followed by fellow LPGA stars Paula Creamer (2003), Julieta Granada (2004) and Morgan Pressel (2005).

About the American Junior Golf Association

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 6,300 members from all 50 states and more than 51 foreign countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Vicky Hurst, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.