Dallas, Texas, April 29, 2020 – The Salesmanship Club of Dallas announced today Trey Bosco, Michael Brennan, Michael Heidelbaugh, Joe Pagdin, and Karl Vilips are the 2020 Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards winners.
The Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards were created in 2008 to recognize the achievements of junior golfers around the world that excel at a high level of tournament play, while also performing with excellence in academics, displaying outstanding character, and dedication to community service.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of what many consider the “Greatest Year in Golf,” a year in which Byron Nelson won 18 times, including 11 of those in a row. Mr. Nelson’s reputation of service and genuine care for others also earned him the reputation of being “Golf’s Greatest Gentleman,” and this award honors Byron Nelson’s legacy and his commitment to mentoring and supporting young golfers.
In lieu of the awards program traditionally held on-site during tournament week, the recipients will attend a virtual ceremony with messages from special guests; including Mr. Nelson’s widow, Peggy Nelson Jaros. Each recipient’s trophy will be shipped to them this summer.
“Although this year’s presentation will be different, it is incredibly important to all of us at the Salesmanship Club of Dallas to still recognize these deserving young athletes who represent the same spirit on and off the field that Mr. Nelson so gracefully and humbly modeled for us,” said 2020 Tournament Chairman, John Jenkins. “We always want to honor Mr. Nelson in everything we do, and there is no better way to do that than to share Mr. Nelson’s legacy of greatness in both golf and life with this next generation of player. It is especially meaningful to celebrate with these young golfers on this 75th anniversary of Mr. Nelson’s greatest year of golf.”
Past recipients include Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Cody Gribble, Emiliano Grillo, Scottie Scheffler, Denny McCarthy, Sam Burns, Wyndham Clark, and Dylan Frittelli.
Trey Bosco (Austin, Texas)
Bosco’s junior record includes Aggie Cup Champion, fifth at the 2019 Polo Junior Classic, top seven at the 2018 & 2019 Wyndham Invitational, two-time Rolex Honorable Mention All-American, and 2019 Wyndham Cup participant. He plans to attend Baylor University, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Young Men’s Service League.
Michael Brennan (Leesburg, Va.)
Brennan won the 2019 Scott Robertson Memorial, 2019 VSGA Champion, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Middle Atlantic Amateur, 2019 and 2020 Virginia High School Individual State Championships, 2019 State of Virginia Golfer of the Year and Junior Golfer of the Year, and 2017 State of Virginia Junior Golfer of the Year. He is set to attend Wake Forest where his coach said, “he is a leader on and off the course.” He volunteers his time with First Tee of Greater Washington, DC and at local food banks.
Michael Heidelbaugh (Dallas, Texas)
Heidelbaugh’s golf accomplishments include winning the Under Armour Jordan Speith Championship, 2018 TAPPS 6A Individual State Championship as a sophomore, and Lanny Wadkins Junior Invitational. He volunteers for First Tee of Dallas, Dallas Life, Trinity Bible Church, and caddies at Preston Trail. He is also an Eagle scout, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.33 GPA, and plans to attend Texas A&M.
Joe Pagdin (Orlando, Fla.)
Pagdin is currently ranked 3rd in the American Junior Golf Association rankings and has numerous junior golf accomplishments. He was a member of the 2017 England Boys Team, finished second in the 2019 Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, won the Donald Ross Junior Championship twice, and won the 2016 AJGA Polo Classic Stroke play. He plans to attend the University of Florida, where he was their youngest golf recruit at 13 years old. Originally from England, he volunteers with Dreamflight Charity Golf Event, and First Tee of Lakeland in Florida.
Karl Vilips (Wesley Chapel, Fla.)
Vilips moved to the United States from Australia at the age of 11 on academic and golf scholarships. He is currently ranked #1 in the American Junior Golf Association. He has numerous golf accomplishments including winning the 2019 Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the 2017 Southern Men’s Amateur – tying the record for youngest champion ever, third at the 2019 The Junior Players Championship, 2017 & 2019 Junior Presidents Cup Team member, and gold medalist at the 2018 Youth Olympics. He is signed to Stanford University after graduation. He will graduate as Valedictorian, member of the National Honor Society, and volunteers with Spartan Ambassador Program.
Past winners have gone on to win Masters, U.S. Opens, British Opens, PGA Championships, PGA TOUR events, European Tour events, NCAA National Championships, USGA Junior Amateur Championships as well as participated in Ryder Cups, President’s Cups, Walker Cups and Junior Ryder Cups.