Midwest Junior Players Championship

Mistwood Golf Club
Romeoville, Ill. June 17 - 20, 2013

American Junior Golf Association Contact: Amanda Herrington (678) 425-1789 aherrington@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Local flavor: 44 players from Illinois will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Cullen Barkau Freeport 2014
Andy Bott Danville 2014
Zachary Burnham Metropolis 2014
Nick Carlson Inverness 2015
Scott Chudacoff Glencoe 2014
Will Connelly Wilmette 2015
Ricky Costello Homer Glen 2017
Michael Doherty Lisle 2014
Joe Egan Lake Forest 2015
George Galanis Glencoe 2014
Trevor Gold Eureka 2015
Daniel Hudson Western Springs 2014
Jonathan Hudson Western Springs 2015
Joshua Johnson Mount Prospect 2014
Tyler Kelly Mokena 2014
Will Kelly Wheaton 2015
Ian Kelsey Deerfield 2014
Matthew Lavery Peoria 2014
Nathaniel Lee Skokie 2014
Harrison Marick Northbrook 2013
Jason Marrs Aurora 2014
Russell Matos Lombard 2016
Colin McCaffrey Wheaton 2014
Patrick Murphy River Forest 2014
Brendan O'Reilly Hinsdale 2017
Robert Renner Lake Barrington 2014
Joshua Rosenzweig Rolling Meadows 2014
Jack Spellman Long Grove 2013
John Stolte Geneva 2014
Brian Strumillo Burr Ridge 2014
Trent Wallace Joliet 2015
Matthew Walsh Western Springs 2015
Orion Yamat Niles 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Kelly Anderson Wheaton 2015
Taylor Arenson Naperville 2014
Heather Ciskowski Barrington 2014
Megan Furtney South Elgin 2019
Dana Gattone Addison 2014
Alexandra Harkins Crystal Lake 2014
Nikki Marquardt Long Grove 2014
Madasyn Pettersen Rockford 2018
Bing Singhsumalee Naperville 2015
Kiley Walsh Mt. Prospect 2014
Jessica Yuen Bolingbrook 2016
Local talent spotlight
36 players from Illinois will be in the field, including Alexandra Harkins of Crystal Lake and Trevor Gold of Eureka.
Returning for more
Connor Dudley of Fremont, Ohio, will look to beat his fifth place finish at the 2012 Midwest Junior Players Championship. In the girls' field, Heather Ciskowsk of Barrington, Ill., will return to the event after tying for seventh place in 2012.
College bound
Six players in the field will look to continue their success on the course at the next level. Two have signed collegiate National Letters of Intent while four have committed verbally.
Past champions, next level
Numerous champions of the Midwest Junior Players Championship continued their golf careers at the professional level, including Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (1988), David Duval (1989), Candy Hannemann (1995), Joe Affrunti (1998), and Scott Langely (2007).

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 17
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, June 18
7 a.m. 12:10 p.m. First Round off No. 1
 
Wednesday, June 19
7a.m. 12:10 p.m. Second Round off No. 1
 
Thursday, June 20
7a.m. 12:10 p.m. Final Round off No. 1
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Trevor Gold, Eureka, Ill. (2015)
The Eureka native has done well in his two AJGA starts. In his first start, Gold finished tied for first at the 2013 Preseason Junior at Fieldstone. His only other start came at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities where he place T7.
Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill. (2014)
Harkins is the only player in the field of 96 ranked in the top-100 of the Polo Golf Rankings at No. 68. The 2012 Rolex Junior All-American and the 2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-American won her first tournament that same year at the Lockton Kansas City Junior. Harkins has had seven top-5 finishes since beginning her junior career in 2009. She has made a verbal commitment to UNC.
 

2011 Results

Midwest Junior Players Championship
The House on the Rock Resort (July 18 - 21, 2011)
 
Boys Division
1 Landon Kowalski Buffalo Grove, Ill. 69–70–70—209
T2 Tee-k Kelly Wheaton, Ill. 68–72–70—210
T2 Doug Ghim Arlington Heights, Ill. 71–69–70—210
4 Kraig McLeod Pebble Beach, Calif. 71–69–72—212
5 Michael Nagy Manistique, Mich. 71–69–74—214
 
Girls Division
1 Kelly Grassel Chesterton, Ind. 74–75–74—223
2 Emily Joers Waukesha, Wis. 76–74–74—224
T3 Angie Varona San Jose, Argentina 76–75–75—226
T3 Stephanie Carlozzi Naples, Fla. 76–76–74—226
5 Christine Lin Austin, Texas 75–80–72—227
 

Past Champions

Boys Champions
2011 Landon Kowalski Buffalo Grove, Ill. 69–70–70—209
2010 Corey Konieczki Rockford, Ill. 69–72–70—211
2009 Ross Frankenberg Barrington, Ill. 69–71–70—210
2008 *Kyle Kmiecik Avon, Ohio 77–76–71—224
2007 Scott Langley St. Louis, Mo. 69–68–67—204
2006 Ravi Patel Naperville, Ill. 69–73–71—213
2005 Benjamin Tewes Lincoln, Neb. 73–75–74—222
2004 Kyle Davis Kennett Square, Pa. 71–71—142
2003 Cole Peevler Keukuk, Iowa 68–71–71—210
 
Girls Champions
2011 Kelly Grassel Chesterton, Ind. 74–75–74—223
2010 Kaira Martin Paradise Valley, Ariz. 76–71–71—218
2009 Kaira Martin Paradise Valley, Ariz. 75–73–72—220
2008 Kaitlyn Rohrback Crofton, Md. 74–70–77—221
2007 *Jennifer Kirby Paris, Ontario 74–73–74—221
2006 Nathada Huachai Windermere, Fla. 77–73–73—223
2005 Jennifer Hong Windermere, Fla. 75–73–76—224
2004 Carly Truitt Marysville, Ohio 78–74—152
2003 Amanda Blumenhurst Scottsdale, Ariz. 65–73–71—209
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Midwest Junior Players Championship will have AJGA communications representatives on hand to assist media throughout the week. Prior to the tournament the AJGA will provide information about the event and its participants, as well as assist with player interviews.

After each round, media officials on-site will write a recap with the day's results. These will be emailed to all media outlets. Interviews with AJGA Tournament Directors, Tournament Chairmen and juniors may be conducted before or after tournament rounds.

For more information about the AJGA and tournaments, please refer to ajga.org. Tournament websites are accessible from the homepage and include recaps, list of participants, tee times, live scoring, course and sponsorship information.

About the AJGA

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

Tournament field

- Bold indicates Illinois native
Boys Division
Jeremy Ball Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Cullen Barkau Freeport, Ill.
Phillip Baumberger Lincoln, Neb.
Andy Bott Danville, Ill.
Zachary Burnham Metropolis, Ill.
Charlie Cameron El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Nick Carlson Inverness, Ill.
Michael Christifulli Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Scott Chudacoff Glencoe, Ill.
Will Connelly Wilmette, Ill.
Ricky Costello Homer Glen, Ill.
Jack Coyne University Hts, Ohio
Michael Doherty Lisle, Ill.
Connor Dudley Fremont, Ohio
Joe Egan Lake Forest, Ill.
Ryan Flick Beavercreek, Ohio
George Galanis Glencoe, Ill.
Trevor Gold Eureka, Ill.
Tanner Gore El Paso, Texas
Davis Holman Yorba Linda, Calif.
Daniel Hudson Western Springs, Ill.
Jonathan Hudson Western Springs, Ill.
Ryan Hughes Cedarburg, Wis.
Jack Ireland Mission Viejo, Calif.
Joshua Johnson Mount Prospect, Ill.
Colin Joseph Cincinnati, Ohio
Brendan Keating Cincinnati, Ohio
Tyler Kelly Mokena, Ill.
Will Kelly Wheaton, Ill.
Ian Kelsey Deerfield, Ill.
Bradley Keyer Henderson, Nev.
Brody King Tulsa, Okla.
Matthew Lavery Peoria, Ill.
John Lazor Westwood, Mass.
Mike Lee Crown Point, Ind.
Nathaniel Lee Skokie, Ill.
David Lee-Tolley New York, N.Y.
Dan Lensing Independence, Minn.
Andrew Liu Austin, Texas
Seiya Liu Beverly Hills, CA
Harrison Marick Northbrook, Ill.
Jason Marrs Aurora, Ill.
Russell Matos Lombard, Ill.
Ryan Maund Pleasanton, Calif.
Colin McCaffrey Wheaton, Ill.
Patrick Murphy River Forest, Ill.
Jack Musgrave Chesterton, Ind.
Brendan O'Reilly Hinsdale, Ill.
Alex Pohlmann Bettendorf, Iowa
George Qian Bettendorf, Iowa
Robert Renner Lake Barrington, Ill.
Joshua Rosenzweig Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Avery Schneider New Albany, Ohio
Sam Sicard Woodbury, Minn.
James Siegfried Town & Country, Mo.
KeonHo Song (South Korea) Centreville, Va.
Jack Spellman Long Grove, Ill.
John Stolte Geneva, Ill.
Brian Strumillo Burr Ridge, Ill.
Trevor Thomas Junction City, Wis.
Erron Vandemore Bettendorf, Iowa
Trent Wallace Joliet, Ill.
Matthew Walsh Western Springs, Ill.
Daniel Wetterich Cincinnati, Ohio
Matthew Wetterich Cincinnati, Ohio
Riley Whitham Hudson, Mass.
Aaron Wirt Des Moines, Iowa
Timothy Wiseman Corydon, Ind.
Orion Yamat Niles, Ill.
Matthew Zerbel St Joseph, Mich.
 
Girls Division
Kelly Anderson Wheaton, Ill.
Taylor Arenson Naperville, Ill.
Cordelia Chan (Canada) Birmingham, Mich.
Sienna Chapman Racine, Wis.
Heather Ciskowski Barrington, Ill.
Jordan Ferreira University Place, Wash.
Megan Furtney South Elgin, Ill.
Dana Gattone Addison, Ill.
Alexandra Harkins Crystal Lake, Ill.
Jillian Hollis Rocky River, Ohio
Sarah Kolodzik Bellbrook, Ohio
Angela Liu San Jose, Calif.
Nikki Marquardt Long Grove, Ill.
Lindsey Murray Tipp City, Ohio
Danielle Nicholson Geneva, Ohio
Madasyn Pettersen Rockford, Ill.
Joo Youn Seo (Canada) Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Jacqueline Setas East Lansing, Mich.
Bing Singhsumalee Naperville, Ill.
Jessica Staed Green Bay, Wis.
Maria Vesga Piedecuesta, Colombia
Kiley Walsh Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Jessica Yuen Bolingbrook, Ill.