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El Camaleón Golf Course hosts the AJGA for the second straight year

By Justin Farrell

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The second edition of the Mayakoba Invitational will take place May 10-13 at the prestigious El Camaleón Golf Course, known for its history of hosting top professional events. This all-boys Invitational will showcase some of the best junior golfers from across the world. This will be the second time that the El Camaleón Golf Course has hosted an AJGA event since 2010.

About the Field
This 72-player field showcases golfers from nine different countries, including eight Mexican natives. Among these talented players, 29 have committed verbally or through a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate golf. Additionally, the field consists of 10 Rolex Junior All-Americans and 40 past AJGA Champions, emphasizing the high levels of talent at this event.

Nine Countries Represented
Eight Mexico Natives
17 States Represented
29 College Commits
19 2024 Graduates
10 Rolex Junior All-Americans
40 Past AJGA Champions

About the Course
El Camaleón Golf Course is located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. El Camaleón holds the distinction of being the first PGA TOUR golf course host in Latin America. In 2023, El Camaleón proudly hosted the inaugural LIV Golf Mayakoba tournament. This esteemed golf course has earned recognition as one of Mexico’s premier courses by Golf Digest.

Tournament History
The inaugural Mayakoba Invitational in 2023, held at the El Camaleón Golf Course, gave Billy Davis of Spring Valley, California his first career AJGA Invitational victory. Davis was consistent during the week, carding three straight rounds under par. The Auburn University commit secured his win after defeating JP Odland and Brooks Simmons in a two-hole playoff. All three competitors concluded the week at an impressive seven-under-par, 206 total.

14 of the Top 50 Players in the Rolex AJGA Rankings
No. 6 – Tyler Watts of Huntsville, Alabama
No. 8 – Henry Guan of Dallas, Texas
No. 24 – Luke Colton of Frisco, Texas
No. 27 – Charlie Tucker of Castle Pines, Colorado
No. 30 – Ronin Banerjee of Irvine, California
No. 33 – Sterling Hurd of Austin, Texas
No. 36 – Brooks Harper of Dallas, Texas
No. 37 – Zach Huang of Sammamish, Washington
No. 40 – Daniel Zou of The Woodlands, Texas
No. 41 – Coltrane Mittag of Ashland, Nebraska
No. 42 – Matthew Diehl of Redlands, California
No. 46 – Taneesh Sirivolu of Orlando, Florida
No. 47 – James Holtsclaw of Shreveport, Louisiana
No. 50 – Nathan Miller of Dallas, Texas

AJGA Past Champion Highlights
Tyler Watts of Huntsville, Alabama, is in search of his first career Invitational victory. The 2023 Rolex Junior All-American has tallied four career top-five finishes in AJGA events with a win at the 2023 Mizuno / Keith Mitchell Junior Championship.

Henry Guan of Dallas, Texas, is looking for his second career Invitational trophy after claiming the 2022 Wyndham Invitational presented by Truist. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American is coming off a top-10 finish at the 2024 AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.

Luke Colton of Frisco, Texas has already tallied three top-five finishes in 2024. Currently sitting at No. 24 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Colton has his eyes on a second career AJGA victory after securing his first at the 2022 Cameron McCormick Junior All-Star.

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About Mayakoba
Mayakoba is a 620-acre resort and residential destination surrounded by the natural beauty of lagoons, jungle, tranquil waters and a sugar sand beach. Four meaningfully placed luxury hotels can be found within Mayakoba – Andaz Mayakoba, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Fairmont Mayakoba and Rosewood Mayakoba – each with distinct personalities and amenities, perfectly complementing one another, and three collections of private residences, including Rosewood Residences Mayakoba, Fairmont Heritage Place Mayakoba and The Reserve at Mayakoba.

Within the coveted destination are a wealth of lifestyle experiences including four acclaimed spas, more than 25 restaurants with eclectic cuisines and a village square that serves as an event space modeled after the historic colonial plazas in Mexico. In addition, guests have access to a three-mile-long nature trail and a spectacular 18-hole golf course.

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About El Camaleón
Designed by Greg Norman, El Camaleón at Mayakoba was inaugurated in 2006. Like the chameleon, from which it takes its name, the course offers constantly changing views as it winds through three diverse ecosystems: the tropical Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and the Mexican Caribbean Sea coastline. Distinctive hazards such as cenotes (sinkholes), extensive bunkers and crystal-clear freshwater canals are unique features of El Camaleón, certified by Audubon International for its commitment to the environment.

El Camaleón is also home to the only Jim McLean Golf School in Mexico and one of the top Golf Schools in America. The finest technology featuring Trackman, JC Video Analysis and other golf technology, allows instructors not just to learn, but to improve your game as much as you want. Also, its restaurant Koba Casa Club will give you the final touch to an unforgettable day of golf with spectacular views of the finishing hole, and fine dining based on fresh, local and high-quality products.

Tournament Schedule
To open up this year’s Mayakoba Invitational hosted by Abraham Ancer, the practice round will take place on Friday, May 10th with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament rounds will stretch from May 11-13 with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. off holes Nos. 1 and 10.

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