September 30, 2022

California Dreamin: Guan Blazes to Adam Scott Jnr Crown

Adam Scott & Jeffrey Guan

Jeffrey Guan blew away the field to win the inaugural Uniqlo/Adam Scott Junior Championship by eight shots at River Ridge Golf Club in California today.

In front of Scott himself, 17-year-old Guan produced a bogey free four-under par final round of 68 to finish well clear of his rivals in his first American Junior Golf Association event.

Guan, who calls The Australian Golf Club home, began the day with a three shot lead following scores of 69 and 67 in the first two rounds of the 54-hole event, and it was clear that he would not be caught after he made early birdies at the third and fourth to create a sizable buffer.

His latest victory adds to an extremely impressive junior resume in Australia that has caught the eye of many keen golf followers. 

Guan is the reigning Australian Boys’ Amateur champion and the two-time reigning NSW Junior champion, and word began to spread of his prodigious talent when he won the Bexley Club championship as a 12-year-old before becoming club champion at The Australian at 14.

The 2013 Masters champion – who announced the leading groups off the first tee and stuck around for the day to spend time with the players – has become the latest big name in Australian golf to be impressed by what he saw and he greeted Guan at the back of the 18th green with some words of praise and congratulations.