The Fourth Annual Honda Classic High School Invitational returns to PGA National Resort & Spa October 10-11 with a field that includes 18 of the best Boys teams in Florida plus three teams from Arizona and Texas and 14 of the best Girls teams in the State plus one Texas team.
Jorge Garcia will lead defending state champion American Heritage Plantation into a competitive boys division. Garcia is the fourth-ranked player in the country in the Golfweek Junior rankings. American Heritage Plantation is also again the favorite to win the Girls team title. Mary Janiga of American Heritage Delray and Abbey Carlson of Circle Christian are expected to be the top girls players.
The 36-hole event will be contested on PGA National's Champion Course (Boys) and The Squire (Girls). The Boys will play the course at 6,900 yards while the girls compete at approximately 6,000 yards.
The boys teams that will compete are American Heritage Plantation, Andrews (TX), Archbishop McCarthy, The Benjamin School, Jacksonville Bolles, Brophy College Prep (AZ), West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, Winter Park Circle Christian, Community School of Naples, Fort Lauderdale Cypress Bay, Orlando Dr. Phillips, Gulf Coast, West Palm Beach King's Academy, Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, Mountain Ridge (AZ), Orlando Olympia, Park Vista, Boca Raton St. Andrews , Port Orange Spruce Creek, St. Thomas Aquinas and Vero Beach High.
The girls teams that will compete are American Heritage Boca Delray, American Heritage Plantation, Andrews (TX). Archbishop McCarthy, The Benjamin School, Winter Park Circle Christian, Fort Lauderdale Cypress Bay, Harmony, Lake Mary High School, Providence, Miami Ransom Everglades, Boca Raton Saint Andrews, Venice High, Vero Beach High and Viera High.
On the boys' side, six players compete on a team and the top four scores count toward the team total. On the girls' side, five players compete and the top four scores are used to compute the team total. The Benjamin School and American Heritage Delray are the two co-hosting schools.
The event is the brainchild of Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly and Kevin Hammer, an accomplished amateur player and an Ambassador to the Honda Classic whose daughter Alexa is a senior player and student at American Heritage Delray. Kennerly's son Charlie is now a junior on The Benjamin School team.
"We wanted to create a tournament where the best teams in the state could compete against each other," Kennerly said. "We did that and now some of the best out-of-state teams in the country are wanting to play in the event as well and it looks like we may have to expand to three golf courses in 2015..
"We are continuing to build the Honda Classic brand, but at the same time we are growing our contribution to the junior golf world. This high school team event combined with The Junior Honda Classic give us major opportunities to make a difference with young golfers."
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