ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior

Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, Calif. • June 17 - 20, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 44 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Max Alcorn 2013 San Francisco
Sam Aronoff 2014 Louisiana Lafayette
Bakari Bolden 2014 University of Southern California
William Brueckner 2014 Gonzaga
Derek Castillo 2016 UNLV
Anthony Cecere 2014 Pepperdine University
Jamie Cheatham 2015 University of California-Berkeley
Justin Chong 2015 UNLV
Roy Cootes 2015 Pepperdine University
Matthew DePalma 2013 UMKC
Sam Dickey 2016 University of New Mexico
Ryan Graf 2014 University of Fraser Valley
Peter Griffith 2015 Northwestern University
Ari Gulugian 2015 Arizona
Johnny Hyun 2014 UC Irvine
Justin Kim 2016 UNLV
Ryan Knop 2015 UC Davis
Jonathan Lai 2013 Yale*
Chris Parkinson 2014 UC Irvine
Victor Ponte 2014 UCLA
Matt Shuman 2014 Claremont McKenna College
John Souza 2014 South Mountain Community College
David Stitt 2014 Cal State - Fullerton
Will Strauss 2013 UC Santa Barbara
Joshua Suh 2014 Columbia University
Nick Swanson 2015 University of California - Santa Barbara
Sahith Theegala 2015 Pepperdine University
Andre Vu 2013 UC - Riverside
Jonathan Young 2014 UC - Irvine
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Erin Choi 2014 UCLA
Avery French 2013 UNLV
Yesong Han 2013 Colorado State
Kaley In 2013 UC - Irvine
Rong Ji 2015 University of Southern California
Hannah Kim 2014 Northwestern
Stephanie Lau 2015 Northwestern University
Alison Lee 2013 UCLA
Danielle Lee 2015 University of Arizona
Yu Liu 2013 Duke
Natalie Mu 2013 UC - Berkeley
Hannah O'Sullivan 2016 University of Southern California
Alana Uriell 2014 Arkansas
Lou Daniella Uy 2014 Gonzaga
Lilia Vu 2015 University of Calfornia Los Angeles-UCLA
AJGA returns to historic venue
Mission Hills Country Club has staged 32 consecutive AJGA events, making it the longest-running venue on the Association's schedule. The event's past champions provides a look at the current and future stars of the game. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Na, Jennifer Johnson, Brandi Burton, Emilee Klein, Kellee Booth and Grace Park won the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior during their junior careers.
Players, staff take ''The Jump''
Each year, tournament participants and AJGA staff jump into Poppie's Pond beside the No. 18 green at Mission Hills Country Club's Dinah Shore Tournament Course.
Six Rolex Junior All-Americans to compete
Six players in the 2013 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior field were named to Rolex Junior All-American teams in 2012. Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., represented the first team while Erin Choi of Torrance, Calif., and Derek Castillo of Yorba Linda, Calif., were named to the second team. Danielle Lee of La Mirada, Calif., Yu Liu of Beijing, and Hannah O'Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Ariz., were named as honorable mentions.
Boys Division Champion returns
Derek Castillo of Yorba Linda, Calif., returns to defend his 2012 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior title. Last year, Castillo held off his opponents down the stretch during the final round to join the long, impressive list of past champions at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior. Castillo scored an even-par 72 to finish 5-under-par 211 for the tournament.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 17
7 – 9 a.m. Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Tuesday, June 18
6:30 – 8:09 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Wednesday, June 19
6:30 – 8:09 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Thursday, June 20
6:30 – 8:09 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
1 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Derek Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2016)
The 2012 Boys Division champion returns to the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior field in 2013. At No. 13 on the Polo Golf Rankings, Castillo is the highest-ranked player in the boys field. The rising high school sophomore shot a 69-69-73-211 at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club in March to finish T5, his best finish so far in 2013. Castillo has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Justin Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2016)
Kim recorded three top-10 finishes in 2012, his first year playing with the AJGA. Already in 2013, Kim has amassed two additional top-10 finishes, compiling rounds of 72-74-146 to finish T7 at the AJGA Junior at River Ridge and rounds of 71-68-71-210 at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club to finish fourth.
Anthony Cecere, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (2014)
In 2012, Cecere medaled at the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley in April and went on to finish T8 at the AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill and T2 at the AJGA Junior Challenge. A rising high school senior, Cecere hopes to advance his standing in the desert.
Andre Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (2013)
An AJGA veteran, Vu has competed in AJGA tournaments since 2007. A tie for tenth at both the 2010 Aldila Junior All-Star and the 2012 AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch mark his highest finishes in AJGA competition. A graduating senior, Vu, who will continue his golf career at UC Riverside in the fall, looks to take home his first AJGA victory in his last summer of junior golf eligibility.
Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (2013)
Ranked No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Lee has amassed an impressive AJGA resume over the last six years including six wins. A five-year veteran of the Rolex Junior All-American first-team, Lee was also a member of both the 2009 and 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup teams, helping the USA to victory in 2011 with a 1-1-1 record.
Yu Liu, Beijing, China (2013)
Liu, who will continue her golf career at Duke University in the fall, is ranked No. 9 on the Polo Golf Rankings. Her most recent of three AJGA victories came at the 2011 Under Armour® / Vicky Hurst Championship where she shot rounds of 70-67-137. A member of the 2012 Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention list, Liu has already recorded two top-5 finishes in AJGA competition in 2013, placing fourth at the ANNIKA Invitational and fifth at the Thunderbird International Junior.
Hannah O'Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz. (2016)
A rising high school sophomore, O'Sullivan was runner-up at the 2012 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior after posting scores of 74-69-69-212. She recorded three additional top-10 overall finishes in AJGA competition, earning a spot on the 2012 Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention list.
Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif. (2014)
In 2012, Choi collected her first AJGA victory at the Genesis Junior Championship, and was named to the Rolex Junior All-America second team. Choi has given a verbal commitment to continue her golf career at UCLA in the fall of 2014.
 

2012 Results

ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior
Mission Hills Country Club (June 18 - 21, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 Derek Castillo Yorba Linda, Calif. 68–71–72—211
T2 Li Wang Sammamish, Wash. 69–73–70—212
T2 Christopher Tuulik San Diego, Calif. 68–71–73—212
T2 Jonah Texeira Porter Ranch, Calif. 71–69–72—212
5 Ben Doyle La Jolla, Calif. 70–70–73—213
 
Girls Division
1 Amy Lee Brea, Calif. 67–73–70—210
2 Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz. 74–69–69—212
T3 Raychelle Santos La Quinta, Calif. 72–72–70—214
T3 Mackenzie Raim Palm Desert, Calif. 75–69–70—214
T3 Sarah Cho San Diego, Calif. 75–70–69—214
 

Media Accommodations

The ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior 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 California native
Boys Division
Max Alcorn Poway, Calif.
Jake Andl Westlake Village, Calif.
Ashwin Arasu San Diego, Calif.
Sam Aronoff Santa Monica, Calif.
Jeffrey Aronson Los Angeles, Calif.
Bakari Bolden North Hollywood, Calif.
William Brueckner Walnut Creek, Calif.
Jeff Carney San Mateo, Calif.
Derek Castillo Yorba Linda, Calif.
Anthony Cecere Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Jamie Cheatham Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif.
Bret Cigelnik Mundelein, Ill.
Roy Cootes Rolling Hills, Calif.
Matthew DePalma San Clemente, Calif.
Sam Dickey Las Vegas, Nev.
Hunter Epson Long Beach, Calif.
Bryant Falconello Pacific Palisades, Calif.
James Frahm Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Chase Furey Newport Beach, Calif.
Ryan Graf Ramona, Calif.
Peter Griffith Westlake Village, Calif.
Ari Gulugian Irvine, Calif.
Jisup Hwang (South Korea) Los Angeles, Calif.
Johnny Hyun Irvine, Calif.
Brandon Kelley Simi Valley, Calif.
Gookmin Kim (South Korea) Norwalk, Calif.
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Ryan Knop Pleasanton, Calif.
Jonathan Lai (Hong Kong) Arcadia, Calif.
Roberto Lebrija Mexico City, Mexico
Kaito Onishi (Japan) Irvine, Calif.
Chris Parkinson Danville, Calif.
Victor Ponte Camarillo, Calif.
Drew Porter Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Zi han She Shantou, China
Matt Shuman Studio City, Calif.
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif.
John Souza Phoenix, Ariz.
David Stitt Simi Valley, Calif.
Will Strauss San Diego, Calif.
Joshua Suh La Canada, Calif.
Nick Swanson Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sahith Theegala Chino Hills, Calif.
Tyler Tsay Los Angeles, Calif.
Andre Vu Fountain Valley, Calif.
David-wookyeon Won (South Korea) La Mirada, Calif.
Jonathan Young Long Beach, Calif.
 
Girls Division
Erin Choi Torrance, Calif.
Avery French Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Yesong Han Yuma, Ariz.
Kaley In Bakersfield, Calif.
Jiyoon Jang (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rong Ji (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Mercedes Khumnark Las Vegas, Nev.
Hannah Kim Chula Vista, Calif.
Stephanie Lau Fullerton, Calif.
Alison Lee Valencia, Calif.
Danielle Lee La Mirada, Calif.
Kelly Lee (South Korea) Chino Hills, Calif.
Yu Liu Beijing, China
Natalie Mu Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz.
Euna Pak Irvine, Calif.
Amanjoty Sangha San Mateo, Calif.
Bella Setio (Indonesia) San Marino, Calif.
Jade Siphomsay Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Alana Uriell Carlsbad, Calif.
Lou Daniella Uy Antipolo, Philippines
Lilia Vu Fountain Valley, Calif.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Pitsinee Winyarat Bangkok, Thailand