IMG Academy senior golfer Rigel Fernandes qualified to compete for the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions tournament, held at the Royal Troon Golf Club, Ayrshire, Scotland, September 11-13. The Duke of York is a 54-hole stroke play championship for under 18 girls and boys champions. To qualify for the tournament, a player must be ranked the number one overall junior in their home nation, or have won a junior championship within the last year. Fernandes is currently the top ranked junior player from India.
In addition to qualifying for the Duke of York by his ranking, Fernandes won the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier held June 26-27 at Grandview Country Club in Beaver, W. Va. He won by 10 shots, posting a two-day total of 133. Fernandes has attended IMG Academy since his sixth-grade year, and is coached by Jay Denton.
Past players at the Duke of York have included Rory McIlroy, Matteo Manassero and Carly Booth.The Royal Troon Golf Club was founded in 1878 by a few golf enthusiasts, but has outgrown its purely local reputation and is now known as one of the finest championship courses in the world.The Old Course today presents a stern golfing examination, and in particular, the inward half of Royal Troon is widely accepted as the most demanding of any Course on the Championship rota. The course earned its royal accolade in