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Sam I am: Another honor for Burns

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Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., has been named a second-team Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing himself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.

Burns, 17, earns Rolex Junior All-America honors for the second consecutive year on the strength of five top-10 finishes in national competition in 2013. His season, highlighted by a runner-up showing at the Junior PGA Championship, included strong finishes at the Thunderbird International Junior (fourth), Rolex Tournament of Champions (sixth) and The PING Invitational (T6) – all AJGA Invitationals. The Calvary Baptist Academy junior is No. 14 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world's premier junior golfers. This year's selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 114 national events, 100 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 16.

The teams are comprised of 97 junior golfers, ages 13-18, from 24 states, Puerto Rico and seven foreign countries (Bolivia, China, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and Zimbabwe).These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 24, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

                Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on the PGA and LPGA Tours. The top 10 of the PGA TOUR's final FedEx Cup rankings boasts three former Rolex Junior Players of the Year, including Phil Mickelson (1986-88), Tiger Woods (1991-92) and Jordan Spieth (2009), as well as former Rolex Junior All-American Matt Kuchar.

On the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team, nine of the 12 players competed in AJGA tournaments as teenagers, and eight were named Rolex Junior All-Americans during their careers: Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Lizette Salas and Lexi Thompson.

Other notable AJGA alumni who were named Rolex Junior All-Americans include Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Belen Mozo and Inbee Park.

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