The IMG Academy Golf program's Qi Wen Wong was named as the PGA Junior Series Player of the Year, announced this week. A native of Singapore, Wong is the only player to have won multiple events on the PGA Junior Series this year, with back-to-back victories at Penn State (July 10-12) and Purdue (July 22-24), to qualify for the PGA Junior Series Championship over the summer.
"Initially my goal was just to win one PGA Junior Series event to qualify for the Championship, but I won two in a row and it feels amazing to earn this honor," commented Wong on receiving the honor. "Last year, I made it to the sectionals of U.S. Open qualifying, and my goal this year is to make it all the way through qualifying."
Now a senior, Wong enrolled at IMG Academy as a freshmen four-years ago. Wong is a top-100 prospect in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, checking in as the No. 46 player in the Class of 2014, and No. 95 overall.
"He's working as hard as he can right now, so I'm really proud of Qi Wen for receiving this honor, not only for himself but for IMG Academy," remarked senior instructor Andrew Oliphant. "He's probably one of the hardest working student-athletes we have here, so if he keeps doing what he is doing, this is the first of more accolades to come for him."
Wong looks to test his skills against some of the nation's elite junior golfers when he hits the links at the American Junior Golf Association's Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company. The event will take place at the Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga., Oct. 11-14. The event is a 54-hole stroke play open tournament.