The 2021 High School Golf National Invitational took place June 23-30th at Pinehurst Resort. 560 of the top high school golfers from 46 states (plus Canada & Guam) competed in this year’s event. The National Invitational, conducted by the National High School Golf Association (NHSGA) is one of the most diverse, inclusive & prestigious national junior golf tournaments. Invitations are extended to teams and individuals based on their high school golf season performance. Public or private. Small or large. Urban or rural. All high school state championship teams, individuals, coaches, and their families are welcome.
This year’s Invitational saw the largest field in its 3-year history. Players, coaches, and teams from different cultures, financial backgrounds, races, skill levels, sexual orientations & gender identities descended on Pinehurst for two special weeks.
“The National Invitational is a celebration of a player’s hard work and excellence during their high school golf season.” – Chris Noble NHSGA Manager “This year’s event was met with eager anticipation from players, coaches, and parents after the entire spring 2020 high school golf season was canceled due to COVID-19.”
The Girls Invitational was played on Pinehurst No. 6, No. 8 & No. 9 at close to 6,000 yards. Eleven players finished at 10-over-par or better and Chloe Johnson (2022 grad from IN) won medalist honors with a one-under-par 3 day total. Team Georgia (LMB) won the team competition with a 27-over par 3 day total.
The Boys Invitational players competed on Pinehurst No. 7, No. 8 & No. 9 at close to 7,000 yards. We had eleven players finish at 5-over-par or better and Simon Kwon (2021 grad from UT) won medalist honors with a four-under-par 3 day total. Team Utah (SKY) won the team competition with a 12-over-par 3 day total, becoming back-to-back champions.
Experiencing Pinehurst for the first time for many teams and families made lasting memories. “The boys had so much fun and it created opportunities for so many great memories that they will be able to talk about and cherish for the rest of their lives.” Daniel Martinson – Oak Grove Boys Golf Coach
“The boys will never forget their experiences while there. They made lifelong memories with each other as well as new friends from around the country.” – Eric Massey Cambridge Academy
Titleist & FootJoy announced an exciting partnership with the NHSGA and the National Invitational to help enrich the high school golf experience. Both teams were on-site helping get players ready for the Invitational. Titleist provided players a special gifting experience and golf ball fittings for every player. FootJoy treated players to their new foot scan experience to help find the best fitting shoes. Titleist brought a club fitting team on the range where players could test out the latest equipment.
Our returning supporting partners, Junior Golf Hub provided each competitor with a free premium recruiting profile helping players and families simplify and streamline the college golf placement process. JGH was on-site at Pinehurst conducting Player Development Index (PDI) Assessments: a plan to achieve player’s goals in golf and to help look at one’s golf game in a different way.
The High School Golf National Invitational is conducted by the National High School Golf Association (NHSGA), a division of Nextgengolf, which is a subsidiary of the PGA of America. For more information on the NHSGA and the National Invitational, please contact Chris Noble at Chris@highschoolgolf.org