Four of the world’s top junior golfers will receive the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards at this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson. One of them is Austin Connelly of Irving. He is also playing in the tournament.
Austin will receive the award from the Salesmanship Club of Dallas along with Sam Burns, Brad Dalke and Davis Riley as 2015 winners.
Austin is the No. 3 ranked player by the AJGA and is No. 2 in Golfweek’s rankings. He is also the No. 4 ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and recently won the 2015 Jones Cup tournament. Connelly is a two-time AJGA All-American and has signed a letter of intent with the University of Arkansas.
The Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards were created in 2008 to honor the legacy of Byron Nelson and his dedication to mentoring and supporting young golfers. The awards recognize the achievements of junior golfers around the world who distinguish themselves with a high level of junior tournament play, as well as excellence in academics, exceptional character and a commitment to community service.
Winners will attend the AT&T Byron Nelson and a private awards dinner on Friday, where former BNIJGA winner Justin Thomas will deliver the keynote.
Past winners playing in this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson include Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Cody Gribble.