Yana Earns Character Award at Sage Valley As She Preps for Augusta National Women’s Amateur

Yana Wilson is now winning awards off the course as well as on it. The latest accolade she has received is the Dr. Joe Bowden Girls Character Award at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. Wilson finished T3 in the prestigious event that is a lead up to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. –By Brian Hurlburt, founder, LasVegasGolfInsider.com

Past participants of the Junior Invitational have included some of the top names in golf: Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Colin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Young, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Anna Davis, Megha Ganne and more.

“The Junior Invitational is such a great tournament and great prep for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur,” said Wilson, a former Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association member and Nevada 5A State Champion while at Coronado. “It’s been a great week. I got to spend it with 23 other amazing girls and had so much fun. A lot of competition, a lot of hanging out with them, so it’s been such an incredible week and a week that I’ll never forget. I won the character award, which is really special and it means a lot to me, just because it shows, I guess, how I am on and off the golf course.”


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The 13th annual Junior Invitational featured 24 of the top junior boy players and 36 of the top girls in the world. Recognized by Golfweek as the No. 1 junior event in golf, the Junior Invitational welcomes the best golfers from around the world to Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C. Founded in 2011, the Junior Invitational has become one of the most desired invitations in the world of competitive junior golf.

The 2024 Augusta National Women’s Amateur is scheduled for Apri; 3-6 at Champions Retreat Golf Club and Augusta National. An international field of 72 women amateurs will compete over 54 holes of stroke play. A cut will take place after 36 holes, advancing the leading 30 players and ties to the final round.

In 2023, Wilson finished T26 while sensation Rose Zhang won.

Fifteen-year-old Asterisk Talley captured her first gold jacket going wire-to-wire to win the Junior Invitational girl’s title setting a scoring record along the way. Italy’s Giovanni Daniele Binaghi, 16, erased a three stroke deficit with a sizzling 8-under 64 to win the boy’s title by two shots over 36-hole co-leader Louis Klein of the Czech Republic.

Photo and video courtesy Junior Invitational and Alday Public Relations.