2009 AJGA Season Kicks Into Gear Over Easter Weekend
 

Easter Weekend Events Kick Off Open Event Season for 2009

Here are some highlights from the three AJGA Open events being hosted across the country this weekend. The Chateau Elan Junior All-Star presented by Fellowship of Christian Athletes is also taking place, with juniors ages 12-15 looking to make a great impression.

Mizuno Junior at Innisbrook

- Patrick Winther, a native of Denmark, looks to continue his streak of impressive finishes. A year ago, Winther was ranked No. 171 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Now, he currently sits at No. 2 after victories at the Polo Golf Junior Classic in November and the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in February.
                                                                                      
- 2008 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Victoria Tanco will look for another strong year in 2009, her second year competing in the United States. Tanco, a native of Argentina but currently living in Bradenton, Fla., took home victories in 2008 at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, The PING Invitational, the Scott Robertson Memorial and at the Orange Bowl International Golf Championship.

- Twenty-seven players have signed a National Letter of Intent, including six junior golfers who plan to attend Florida schools: Andrew Colvin and Valentina Fontaine (Central Florida), Michael Hebert and George Letson (Florida State), Maria Piccio (University of Florida), and Jaime Ritter (University of Miami).

Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club

- With 20 Rolex Junior All-Americans in the field at the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club, the competition will be fierce in Mesa, Ariz., this weekend.

- Defending champions Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz., and Trey Kaahanui of Tempe, Ariz., will both return hoping for back-to-back victories.

- Also of note is Andrew Yun of Chandler, Ariz., a four-time Rolex Junior All-American with four AJGA victories under his belt. In the Girls Division, keep an eye out for Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii. Kim is a five-time Rolex Junior All-American with three career AJGA victories to her name.

Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions

-Three future Texas A&M Aggies will be playing at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M this week: Ryan Blair (Center Valley, Pa.), Ryan Kelley (The Woodlands, Texas) and Sarah Beth Davis (Victoria, Texas).

- Both of the 2008 champions return to Texas A&M hoping to successfully defend their titles. Jordan Spieth is coming off a runner-up finish at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in February, while Alexis Thompson finished T21 and was the low amateur at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship last week.

- The Boys Division has been won by a Texas native in 10 of the last 11 years, including 2008’s champion, Jordan Spieth of Dallas. This year's Boys Division field includes 41 players from Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Results
AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala - Marion Sports Commission
Boys
Total
1
Austin Hitt
141
T
2
Tyler Strafaci
142
T
2
Luis Gerardo Garza
142
Girls
Total
1
Emma Albrecht
144
2
Taylor Tomlinson
147
T
3
Gabriela Coello
148
T
3
Amy Zhang
148
T
3
Kaeli Jones
148
Under ArmourĀ® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
131
2
Zach Norris
136
T
3
Will Chandler
139
T
3
Brian Clark
139
Girls
Total
1
Sophia Schubert
132
2
Angella Then
142
3
Kimberlee Tottori
145
AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper
Boys
Total
T
1
Braden Thornberry
142
T
1
Trey Winstead
142
T
1
Davis Baxter
142
Girls
Total
1
Mia Ayer
144
2
Jiayu Kong
145
3
Klara Castillo
148
Lockton / Samsung Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Conner Koberg
69
2
Andrew Beckler
71
T
3
Tanner Owen
72
T
3
Aaron DeNucci
72
Girls
Total
1
Amy Matsuoka
71
T
2
Alison Chang
73
T
2
Meiqi Gao
73
Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic
Boys
Total
T
1
Marc Toma
69
T
1
Henry Cassriel
69
T
3
Mason Glinski
70
T
3
Taisei Negishi
70
T
3
Eric Ghim
70
Girls
Total
1
Benyapa Niphatsophon
67
T
2
Clare Amelia Legaspi
68
T
2
Alyaa Abdulghany
68
AJGA Philadelphia Junior
Boys
Total
1
Isaiah Logue
213
2
Will Bernstein
217
T
3
Davis Lamb
218
T
3
Brent Ito
218
Girls
Total
1
Brynn Walker
231
2
Madelein Herr
235
3
Amy Ding
236
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