31 Dec Briggs #1 World Junior Golf Ranking
Tobby Briggs Named No.1 in World Junior Golf Rankings
St. Augustine, Fla. – As 2017 begins, there is a young 17-year-old golfer that brings a great honor with him into the new year. Toby Briggs of the United Kingdom is currently ranked No. 1 in the World Junior Golf Rankings after his play in the Dec. 28 – 30 American Junior golf tournament in St. Augustine, Fla. on the King & Bear golf course in World Golf Village.
Briggs only needed to finish ninth or better in the tournament to claim the no.1 ranking, but it wasn’t going to be easy. He managed to finish the tournament in fifth place and was presented a special trophy after the final round.
“It feels nice,” Briggs said after receiving the trophy. “I don’t want to get in front of myself or feel candid about it because it is a long way to go before I play college golf and go on the PGA tour. So, this is just one step in the process of many.
“I believe being No. 1 holds some responsibility and conducting yourself in a certain manner and I will try my best to that most of the time. I am not perfect, but I try and I just think this is a great opportunity.”
Briggs got off to a good start in round one of the 2016 American Junior. He finished the round at even par, only two strokes behind the first round leader, Thacher Neal from Kingsland, Ga.
While Neal was off a little bit in round two, he managed to stay at the top of the leaderboard at +1, Briggs struggled a little. He shot a +7 (79) in the second round to drop to into a four-way tie for fifth.
In the final round, the standings were constantly changing and Briggs was on the verge of losing his quest to be N0. 1. At one point, he was in a three-way tie for eighth, but recovered to finish the day at +1 with a 73.
That was good enough for Briggs to finish in fifth place overall with a +8 (224) and claim the world’s N0. 1 ranking in junior golf.
There was a big shift in weather on the final day as the temperatures dropped and the winds picked up. The changes had an impact on some of the players, but Briggs felt right at home.
“I think the cold weather today helped me because this is like it is back in England,” Briggs said after finishing his final round. “I woke up this morning and (said to himself) ‘what a beautiful day,’ while everyone else is wearing a jacket.”
Adam Guedra of Sweden won the 2016 American Junior with a tournament total of 218, two-over par.
“Toby, from six events from level two to level one, played very well and consistent throughout the year and it payed off in the end for him to be ranked No. 1 in the world,” said Tom Burnett, chairman of the board of directors of the World Junior Golf Series.
“The weather was fantastic, we had consistencies in scores all the way through and our top five, in each boys and girls, were represented with very good scores,” Burnett continued reflecting on the tournament. “And, it was really nice to have the No. 1 ranked player in the world here and receive our ranking trophy.”
The 2016 American Junior field was very competitive, drawing 70 entries from 27 countries.
“The field this year was very strong, said Tournament Director Reid Whitaker. “We had a few national team players from around the globe, South America, Europe. They represent their country in team events and also represent their country when they play in individual events.
“We had two boys in the top 10 in the world rankings and one girl in the field. We had a very, very competitive group this year and hope that it will be even stronger next year.”
The 2016 American Junior is presented by the World Junior Golf Series, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to creating a competitive international arena for youth that will promote good citizenship, scholarship, benevolence, competitive spirit and outstanding ethical conduct through a variety of competitive sports activities and other organized learning experiences. For additional information, visit www.wjgs.org.
ATTENTION MEDIA – The complete results and additional information are available at www.wjgs.org and juniorgolfranking.org.