Scottsdale teen to compete in Thunderbird International Junior

Michael Feagles (submitted photo)

Michael Feagles (submitted photo)

Michael Feagles, a Scottsdale resident and junior at Brophy College Prepatory, will compete against 78 other junior golfers from around the world at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale in the Thunderbird International Junior, May 22-25.

The Thunderbird International Junior, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the American Junior Golf Association’s schedule, is in its 16th year.

He will join the ranks of PGA and LPGA Tour stars like Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson who all competed in the award-winning event.

The Thunderbird International Junior is a truly global event, as top players from 14 foreign countries will travel to Scottsdale to compete for one of the most coveted titles in junior golf.

On May 17 Mr. Feagles won the Arizona Stroke Play Championship which features some of the best amateur golfers in the state, according to a press release.

In April, Mr. Feagles finish tied for the lead after regulation play at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic Hosted by Longbow.  He eventually placed second after losing in a playoff. Mr. Feagles then finished T3 at the JGAA’s Charlie Beljan Invitational in early May.

A University of Illinois commit, Mr. Feagles is currently ranked 118th nationally and second in Arizona, according to the release.

“Fourteen years ago Phil [Mickelson] challenged The Thunderbirds and Grayhawk Golf Club to develop the most competitive junior golf tournament in the world,” stated Mike Kennedy, tournament co-chairman in the release. “His inspiration, oversight and generous annual financial support from the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation made that happen.”

This year, 14 different countries are represented including Australia, Brazil, Columbia, China, Ecuador, France, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, according to the release.

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