Record-Setting Defending Champion Akshay Bhatia leads field of 144, including five Kentuckians, as Players Vie for a Slot on 2018 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team in Paris.

The 43rd Boys Junior PGA Championship kicks off in just two weeks on Tuesday, July 31, at Valhalla Golf Club, with an impressive field of 144 of the top junior players age 18 and under from around the country. Returning to defend his record-setting title is 2017 Boys Junior PGA Champion Akshay Bhatia, of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

One of golf’s major championships for juniors, the Boys Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start including: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, 2017 PGA Champion and Louisville native Justin Thomas, 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard, David Toms and Scott Verplank.