Tucker Clark and Maya Benita Earn All-American Honors
Phoenix resident Tucker Clark, set to play golf for Notre Dame in the fall, was named to the 2019 Rolex Junior All-American Team in the honorable mention category. Only 48 boys receive this prestigious honor each year across first team (12), second team (12) and honorable mention (24) divisions.
Currently 25th in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, last week Clark finished t-3rd in the prestigious AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions at PGA National Golf Resort and Spa. He also had a 2nd place finish at the Sergio and Angela Garcia Foundation Junior Championship in March. Altogether, Clark finished top-25 in six of the eight AJGA tournaments he entered this year.
Tucson’s Maya Benita, who opted to stay close to home for collegiate golf at University of Arizona, made the AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America Team. She is among 24 of the nation’s brightest minds and best junior golfers to earn this distinction. The team consists of 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel not only on the golf course, but also in the classroom and in the community.
Benita amassed an amazing 4.83 GPA along with posting a 35 on her ACT exam while turning in her best tournament performance, second place at the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior in June. She notched two other top-25 finishes in the five AJGA events she entered in 2019. The award also considers community involvement, and for Benita, this included membership in the National Honor Society, academic tutor, teacher’s assistant, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House and co-captain of high school varsity golf team.
“Congratulation to Tucker and Maya,” said Scott McNevin, executive director of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. “Their longtime commitment to athletics and scholastics certainly gives them the confidence and momentum to compete at the national level, whether it’s junior golf or college golf.”