Norman Xiong to play in 2016 Junior Invitational

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Recognized as one of the premier junior players in the world, Norman Xiong of Canyon Lake has been invited to participate in the prestigious 2016 Junior Invitational that attracts many of the game’s top-ranked junior golfers from around the globe on an annual basis. Photo provided by Mastro Communications.

Recognized as one of the premier junior players in the world, Norman Xiong of Canyon Lake has been invited to participate in the prestigious 2016 Junior Invitational that attracts many of the game’s top-ranked junior golfers from around the globe on an annual basis. Photo provided by Mastro Communications.

Junior golfer Norman Xiong of Canyon Lake will be one of 54 participants to compete in the 2016 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club presented by Electrolux, in Graniteville, South Carolina, from April 21 to 23.

Recognized as one of the premier junior players in the world, Norman has been invited to participate in the prestigious event that attracts many of the game’s top-ranked junior golfers from around the globe on an annual basis.

A junior at Temescal Canyon High School, Norman tied a course record in Canyon Lake on Monday, April 4, by shooting a 9-under-par 62 to win the individual competition in the annual Titan Invitational. He beat another Canyon Lake standout, Hunter Newlin, by four strokes. Hunter also did well, tying his career best of 66.

The 2016 Junior Invitational features the largest International field in the event’s history, with competitors from 13 countries participating. In addition to a 54-hole competitive tournament, the event features a charitable component with PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, and The First Tee Aiken/The First Tee Augusta serving as co-beneficiaries.

The week’s activities at Sage Valley also include the Fluor Competitor-Amateur Competition that serves as the primary fundraising vehicle for the event. The Fluor Competitor-Am includes 18 holes of golf, during which Norman will be paired alongside donors and a youth golfer from a local The First Tee chapter.

For more information on the 2016 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club presented by Electrolux, visit www.juniorinvitational.com.

Norman, who started playing golf at the age of 4 at the U.S. Naval Base in Guam, moved to the United States in 2005, at age 6, to further expand his opportunities in the game of golf. Initially moving to the San Diego area, Norman and his family relocated to Canyon Lake in 2009, when Norman was just 10 years old, to further expand his golfing opportunities. In Canyon Lake, he trained with Richard Messer.

A year ago, the long-driving Titan won the prestigious Homer Thomas Classic in April, the Sunbelt League’s individual title in early May, the CIF-SCGA Southern California Regional Championship in late May, and tied for 4th place in the CIF-State Championships in June.

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