The Richmond Academy senior is making a return appearance to the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club. The 54-hole event starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
The lone Augustan in the 54-player field, which includes defending champion Zachary Olsen, Sigg is looking to improve upon last year’s effort. In his first Junior Invitational showing, he never got on track and tied for 39th place.
“It was a goal of mine to get back,” he said. “I just want to give myself a chance to win the tournament. As long as I give it my best and hit as many good shots as I can and do the right things, I’ll be pleased.”
The 18-year-old Sigg, who plays with the Musketeers in the Region 3-AAAA Tournament on Monday, said this will be his final junior tournament. In the summer, he’ll transition into amateur golf, playing a handful of events before moving to Athens, Ga., in August. In November, he signed with the University of Georgia.
Sigg is ranked 80th in the Golfweek junior rankings – the fifth highest-ranked Georgian. After winning the Georgia Junior Amateur Championship in 2011, Sigg earned an invitation into last year’s Junior Invitational. Last year, he placed second in the Georgia Junior Amateur Championship.
At the 2012 Junior Invitational, Sigg posted rounds of 76-74-77. Poor putting was his downfall – he said he had too many three-putts, though he couldn’t remember how many. Putting issues led to a dip in confidence on the greens, which he’s finally starting to get back.
“I just want to get my confidence up,” he said. “I know the golf course pretty well. I’m just putting the final touches on my game.”
When Sigg practices, he focus primarily on his short game. A typical day starts with two hours working on chipping and wedge shots. Another 90 minutes he focuses on his putting. Then, he’ll spend 45 minutes hitting balls.
“Over the past couple of years, my practice has developed more around my short game,” he said. “I think that’s helped a lot.”
Sigg said the extra short game work, along with added maturity, should help him at Sage Valley. He’s ordered a 5-wood to help navigate the long par-3s. And he’s also devised a more conservative game plan.
“Last year, I was too aggressive,” he said. “I tried to make some putts when the chances of me making them weren’t very high. I should’ve just lagged them up there.”
No matter how he plays, Sigg said he’ll enjoy his Junior Invitational experience. He’ll head Tuesday to Sage Valley, listen to legend Jack Nicklaus speak a day later and also get in some practice rounds before he embarks upon his final junior event.
“This is hands down the best junior golf tournament in the world,” Sigg said. “This is my last one. What a way to go out.”