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Top junior golfers honored at Byron Nelson

IRVING, Texas – Three of the nation’s highest ranked junior golfers will be honored at the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas announced today that Yaroslav Merkulov of Penfield, New York, Jordan Spieth of Dallas and Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., will receive the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards.

Jordan Spieth
Top-ranked junior, Jordan Spieth

Spieth, who has also been granted a sponsor exemption to play in the Nelson, is the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur Champion and is also the top-ranked junior in both the Polo Golf Rankings and Golfweek’s junior rankings. Wyatt is ranked No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings and No. 4 in Golfweek’s junior rankings, and Merkulov is ranked No. 6 in the Polo Golf Rankings and No. 5 in Golfweek’s junior rankings.

The recipients were selected not only for their superior athletic abilities demonstrated in junior golf, but for their honorable community involvement and academic pursuits. “We are certainly excited to recognize these three young men, who have each followed the same inspiring moral compass that guided Byron Nelson,” said Brooks Cullum, chairman of Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas. “Byron’s legacy of being a gentleman lives on in young men such as these, and we must honor that.” The Awards were created in 2008 to honor Byron Nelson and his renowned mentoring and support of young golfers.

The recipients will be recognized at the Championship’s Opening Ceremony at noon on Tuesday, May 18, and will participate in the Youth Golf Clinic later that day at 5 p.m. on the TPC Four Seasons Practice Range. The festivities continue with the formal awards ceremony held at 7 p.m. the same evening at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas. The award recipients will also walk inside the ropes with PGA Tour players during the practice round on Tuesday.