Polo Golf Junior All-America Teams Released by AJGA
144 boys and girls recognized as
the nation’s top junior golfers
golf’s top honors were announced Tuesday by the American
Junior Golf Association as 144 juniors were named Polo Golf
The 2003 Polo Golf Junior All-America teams are comprised
of juniors representing 30 states and eight foreign countries.
These juniors will be honored Nov. 25 during the Polo Golf
Junior All-America Awards Banquet at Walt Disney World Resort’s
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Polo Golf Junior All-America
teams recognize players who have proven themselves as the
world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s Polo
Golf Junior All-Americans distinguished themselves through
their outstanding play in 72 national events, 51 of which
were conducted by the AJGA.
“The AJGA takes great pride in naming the Polo Golf
Junior All-America teams,” said Stephen Hamblin, AJGA
executive director. “Because of the amount of talent
and competition today, this banquet truly has become the greatest
night in junior golf as it honors the best players from around
The AJGA’s list of past first-team Polo Golf Junior
All-Americans is comprised of many of today’s PGA and
LPGA Tour stars, including: Bob Estes, Mark Calcavecchia,
Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard,
Charles Howell III, Kelli Kuehne, Brandie Burton, Emilee Klein,
Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Beth Bauer and Candie Kung. This
marks the 26th year of the AJGA All-America team and the sixth
year of sponsorship of the All-America teams by Polo Golf,
a division of Polo Ralph Lauren.
states and two foreign countries are represented on boys First
Californians highlight the boys First Team: Daniel Im of La
Habra and James Lee of Indio. A two-time, first-team Polo
Golf Junior All-American, Im picked up a national victory
at the AJGA Lennar Junior at Mission Hills, while Lee had
a solid season with a runner-up showing at the AJGA Greater
Hartford Open Junior Classic and a quarterfinal appearance
at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
natives Brian Harman of Savannah and Chris Kirk of Woodstock
make their first appearance on the First Team. Harman won
three major events: the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior,
Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational and the U.S. Junior Amateur.
Kirk earned his 2003 win at the AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Junior at Chateau Elan over Easter weekend.
Carolina natives, Brendon Todd of Cary and Webb Simpson of
Raleigh, added their names to the list of first-team honorees.
Todd captured the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions title,
one of the nation’s most prestigious stroke play events.
Adding his name to a list of past champions that includes
Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Charles Howell III and David
Gossett. A University of Georgia freshman, Todd also posted
three other top-five finishes at AJGA events. Simpson is a
familiar face on the All-America squad as this is the third
year he has been named to the First Team. Simpson has three
top-five finishes listed on his 2003 resume.
Moore of Portland, Ore., returns to the First Team for a third
consecutive year. Moore also made his third showing on this
year’s AJGA Canon Cup West Team.
Chile, native Martin Ureta collected three national top-10
finishes, including runner-up honors at the AJGA Hargray Junior
Classic in June. In July, he tied for sixth at the AJGA Rolex
Tournament of Champions with rounds of 68-73-72-74–287
before heading to the University of North Carolina.
Patton Kizzire of Tuscaloosa, Ala., a semifinalist at the
U.S. Junior Amateur, makes his first appearance on the First
Team after garnering his first national victory in his home
state at the AJGA Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior Classic.
out the First Team is Tom Davis of Burgengary, Australia.
Davis earned Polo Golf Junior All-America status after claiming
the crown at the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship in August
and finishing sixth at the AJGA Thunderbird International
First Team includes nine returning Polo Golf Junior All-Americans
Girls Division, three Californians highlight the First Team.
Amie Cochran of Torrance, Paula Creamer of Pleasanton and
Jane Park of Beaumont all earned first-team honors after impressive
2003 seasons. Cochran’s first career national victory
came at the AJGA Lennar Junior at Mission Hills. Cochran also
tied for second at the AJGA Southwestern Junior Classic and
the AJGA I.R.I. Golf Group Arizona National Junior. The 17-year-old
tied the AJGA’s Girls Division 18-hole scoring record
in July (set by Leigh Anne Hardin in 1997) with an impressive
round of 62 at the AJGA event in Tuscon, Ariz.
who has a total of 16 career national victories to her credit,
won the first five tournaments she played in the 2003 season,
including the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic and the Doral/Publix
Junior Classic. The 17-year-old continued the streak in the
spring by winning the Junior Heritage, AJGA Heather Farr Classic
and Scott Robertson Memorial Junior. She finished out the
season with wins at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship
and Lessing’s AJGA Classic.
Park picked up her third career national victory in 2003 at
the AJGA McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship
and carded runner-up honors at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior
Championship and the AJGA Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior
Classic. Also in 2003, she advanced to the finals of the U.S.
girls on the First Team hail from Florida: Brittany Lincicome
of Seminole, In-Bee Park of Eustis and Morgan Pressel of Boca
Raton. Lincicome finished the 2003 season with eight top-five
finishes, including wins at the AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Junior at Chateau Elan and the AJGA First American Title Avila
Junior Classic. The 18-year-old also carded a third-place
finish at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior.
Pressel picked up her first win of the season at the AJGA
Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek and followed it up
the next week with another win at the AJGA Toldo Group Eastern
Canadian Junior. She also made the cut at the U.S. Women’s
Open in 2003.
Park, the 2002 Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year,
won the 2002 Orange Bowl International Junior Invitational
and then added four more titles to her resume. Her first crown
in 2003 was captured at the AJGA Dunlop Carolina Junior Championship
in June, followed by a win at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of
Champions. She won the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club
before capping off the season with a win at the AJGA Robert
Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior Classic in September.
Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., a 2002 second-team Polo
Golf Junior All-American, claimed four AJGA victories this
summer. Her 16-stroke win at the AJGA Boyne Highlands Junior
tied an AJGA record for largest winning margin.
Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, a freshman at Oklahoma State
University, earned three consecutive victories in 2003. She
took top honors at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior
and the AJGA Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team
Championship where she teamed with fellow Texan Mallorie Underwood
of Montgomery. She claimed her final win of her junior career
at the AJGA OSSO Junior at Oak Tree.
native Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River fought back from
a five-hole deficit to defeat defending champion In-Bee Park
in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship to pick up her first
national victory. She also won the Independent Insurance Agents
Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay, never finished out of the top
10 in competition in 2003 and picked up wins at the AJGA Hargray
Junior Classic and the AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship.
She also took runner-up honors at the AJGA First American
Title Avila Junior Classic.
boys and 10 girls were chosen for the Second Team, while 10
boys were named third-team Polo Golf Junior All-Americans.
Fifty-eight boys and 36 girls were honorable mention selections.
The Polo Golf Junior Players of the Year will be released
to the media Wednesday.