Bennion Kearny publishes a number of highly acclaimed golf books for players of all ages and standards. However, we’re going to do something different here, and make some predictions as to the rising stars of golf in 2017. Names you should watch out for include…
Murray Grayson, who hails from North Carolina is a name to remember for this season. Although not necessarily a big name, he comes with big credentials and impressive stats. Having played on the Web.com Tour last season he led the birdie average and top 10 finishes.
There is not much this guy can´t do, he hits a long ball, strikes the irons crisply, and has an eye for the hole when he gets it in there.
He should be a rookie winner this season on the PGA Tour.
Alabama State University have a knack for rolling out PGA Tour winners and they have done it again with the impressive Trey Mullinax. An all-American and twice national champion he has a game that is bound to get attention from the critics, when he tees it up on the PGA this season. Long and straight with a deadly wedge game, he is sure to keep the Alabama tradition alive. It wouldn´t be a surprise if he is a major player in the US majors this season.
Not the most exciting player to watch, perhaps, but Brian Campbell who turned pro in 2015 and enjoyed a very consistent first professional season on the Web.com Tour will get heads turning this year. Don´t be surprised to see his name in the mix on more than a few occasions. He is not the biggest hitter you will see but fewer players are more consistent. Some may consider his lack of distance as a weakness, but like Luke Donald the rest of his game is often flawless making him a real contender.
Perhaps the most exciting prospect to head to the PGA Tour this season is the former world number one amateur Ollie Schniederjans. A steady season in 2016 has shown a lot of potential and if he can polish his wedge game then he will be more than a handful for some of the more experienced golfers on tour. Regarded as one of the best ball strikers around and with only his wedge play considered a slight weakness, he could be a force to reckon with. He has an extremely bright future ahead of him and is one to watch for the future both short and long term.
On the Ladies tour, a name to keep an eye out for is Indian Aditi Ashok. Having represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she demonstrated her undeniable talent over the first 36 holes of the event.
A sparkling amateur career, she had a smooth start to her professional career last year, yet didn’t really get any major attention except for her performance at the Olympics. But at 18 years of age, she will almost certainly be a big player on the Ladies European Tour in 2017. She has a beautiful game and an attitude that is rarely seen in someone so young.