Freshmen Hie, Lovemark Named Rolex Junior All-Americans
Oct. 25, 2006
Lovemark, 18, fresh off his first collegiate victory at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge on Tuesday, was named a Rolex Junior All-American first-teamer after coming away victorious at the 2005 Polo Golf Junior Classic in Sea Island, Ga. The No. 5-ranked junior in the final Polo Golf Rankings has been honored the past three years as a Rolex Junior All-American. He finished in the top seven in each event he competed in during the 2006 season, including third-place finishes at the Heather Farr Classic in Mesa, Ariz., and the I.R.I Arizona National Mixed Team Championship hosted by Annika Sorenstam and Jim Furyk in Tucson, Ariz. Lovemark finished his junior career with three victories and 13 top-10 finishes in national junior golf events.
Hie, who has played in all three of USC's tournaments this season, was named a Rolex Junior All-American second-teamer. This is Hie's third straight year being honored as he received Rolex Junior All-America first-team honors in 2004 and 2005. Hie made the most of his few national junior golf appearances this season, reaching the quarterfinals of the Polo Golf Junior Classic last November. He tied for ninth at the Heather Farr Classic in Mesa, Ariz., in April and placed fourth at the Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz., in May. In Hie's final season of junior golf, he climbed to 24th nationally in the final 2006 Polo Golf Rankings.
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize those players who have established themselves as the world's premier junior golfers. This year's selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 63 national events, 52 of which were conducted by the AJGA. In 2006, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings for the first time.
The teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-19, from 20 states and three foreign countries. These standouts will be recognized Nov. 19 during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet held at The Cloister in Sea Island, Ga.