The Richmond Academy junior begins his Junior Invitational at Sage Valley experience with the first of two practice rounds today. The 54-hole tournament starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
“They know about it,” said Sigg, who is planning to do whatever makeup work necessary. “I don’t know if they’re too happy about it. I don’t think they’re too upset. I think they’re proud that I’m playing out there.”
The 17-year-old Sigg is the first Augustan to participate in the Junior Invitational. He earned a spot in the event in June when he won the Georgia Junior Championship at his home course, Augusta Country Club.
One year ago, Sigg was still cutting his teeth on the junior scene. Then, he posted a third-place finish in the American Junior Golf Association’s Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic days before winning the Georgia Junior Classic. After two more thirds in a pair of AJGA events in the fall, Sigg skyrocketed in the rankings.
According to the AJGA, he was tied for 584th place among all juniors. Now, he’s 25th. Sigg is also rated 14th according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard – highest-ranked Georgian – and 47th in Golfweek.
Sigg began playing golf at age 4, because of his family influence. Both of his grandfathers played the game, along with his father, David, and older brother, William, who’s now on the golf team at Presbyterian.
Though Sigg played baseball, basketball and soccer as a youth, he switched to golf full time in middle school. During summers at Augusta Country Club, he would pack a pair of swim trunks in his golf bag. Sigg would hit some balls, play a few holes and then head over to the pool. Those days are now long gone.
Now, Sigg works on maintaining his prowess as a straight hitter. Before playing in the Junior Invitational, he fine-tuned his wedge play, hitting shots in five-to-10-yard intervals all the way to 115 yards.
“I’m out here practicing all the time,” he said.
Sigg said Sage Valley may be a smidge long for him, but if the course remains dry and fast he should take advantage of the demand for accuracy off the tee. He has more insight into the course than many others after caddying at Sage Valley for the third year in a row during Masters Week. He looped five rounds two weeks ago.
“I know the greens better,” Sigg said. “It helps caddying with some of the older guys who have been out there. They help you on the greens a lot, because there’s a lot of breaks out there that are real sneaky that you can’t really see.”
Sigg returns to school next week before focusing on a mixture of junior and amateur events this summer. Then, he’ll return to Richmond Academy for his senior year before departing to the University of Georgia, where he’s verbally committed.
“I grew up a Georgia fan,” he said. “I knew if I could get everything worked out, I wanted to be a ‘Dog’.”