Rolex Tournament of Champions
Lancaster Country Club
Lancaster, Pa. • July 8 - 12, 2013
American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET
- 132 boys and girls, ages 12-18
- 72-hole, 54-hole cut, stroke play Invitational
- Past champions include Inbee Park, David Duval, Heather Farr, Charles Howell III, Morgan Pressel, Webb Simpson, two-time winner Beth Bauer and three-time victor Phil Mickelson.
- 76 players have committed to play at the collegiate level
- 45 Rolex Junior All-Americans
- Tournament field includes players from 30 states, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Zimbabwe
- 46 competitors in the U.S. Women's Open field have played in the Rolex Tournament of Champions including past champions Inbee Park (2003) and Gabriella Then (2011)
- 36 competitors in the U.S. Open field played in the Rolex Tournament of Champions
|Playing at the next level|
|Lancaster Country Club, home of the 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions, will also host the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, foreshadowing future U.S. Women’s Open participants. The AJGA will be heavily represented at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open with nine current members in the field and six alternates. The Rolex Tournament of Champions field includes four junior girls who have qualified and two alternates who will get a sneak peak of the course this week. Rolex Tournament of Champions participants have gone on to compete in the U.S. Women’s Open including 2003 Rolex Tournament of Champions winner Inbee Park, who won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open.|
|As the longest-running tournament on the AJGA schedule, it’s no surprise to find some of golf’s biggest names on the list of past champions. Former champions have gone on to succeed not only at the amateur and collegiate levels but at the professional level as well. The 2013 U.S. Open field included 36 participants who have played in the Rolex Tournament of Champions, including past champion of both events, Webb Simpson. Notable alumni joining Simpson in the Open are Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk. Furyk is also a member of Lancaster Country Club, host of the 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions.|
|Former champions have gone on to succeed at the amateur and collegiate levels. Several Rolex Tournament of Champions winners have earned All-America nods, All-Conference accolades and National Championships, including Jamie Lovemark, Heather Bowie and Charles Howell III, while Beth Bauer won the U.S. Girls’ Amateur in 1997. The 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions field boasts 76 players who have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.|
|USGA/AJGA President's Leadership Award|
|Divya Manthena of Camarillo, Calif. and Patrick Cover of Huntersville, N.C., will compete on an exemption after being named the 2013 President’s Leadership Award winners. Manthena and Cover will be honored and formally presented their awards during the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Wednesday, July 10.|
Schedule of Events
|Monday, July 8|
|1:30 p.m. shotgun||Practice Round|
|Tuesday, July 9|
|7 – 8:30a.m.||First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave - GIRLS)|
|Noon – 1:50 p.m.||First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave - BOYS)|
|Wednesday, July 10|
|7 – 8:50 a.m.||Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave - BOYS)|
|12:10 – 1:40 p.m.||Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave - GIRLS)|
|Thursday, July 11|
|7 – 8:30 a.m.||Third Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave - GIRLS)|
|Noon – 1:50 p.m.||Third Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave - BOYS)|
|Friday, July 12|
|7 – 9 a.m.||Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|2:30 p.m.||Awards Ceremony|
Top Players to Watch
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Capital City Club (June 25 - 29, 2012)
|1||Matthew NeSmith||North Augusta, S.C.||68–67–66–70—271|
|2||Brad Dalke||Hobart, Okla.||68–70–66–71—275|
|T3||Jordan Niebrugge||Mequon, Wis.||70–68–67–71—276|
|T3||Brandon Pierce||Covington, La.||72–66–69–69—276|
|T5||Andy Shim||(South Korea) Duluth, Ga.||69–70–69–69—277|
|T5||Taylor Moore||Edmond, Okla.||71–72–68–66—277|
|T5||Lee McCoy||Clarkesville, Ga.||69–68–72–68—277|
|1||*Jaye Marie Green||Boca Raton, Fla.||70–68–67–72—277|
|2||Karen Chung||Livingston, N.J.||69–70–68–70—277|
|3||Casey Danielson||Osceola, Wis.||70–69–72–67—278|
|4||Yu Liu||Beijing, China||71–69–70–70—280|
|5||Esther Lee||Norwalk, Calif.||73–67–71–72—283|
|* Won via a sudden-death playoff|
The Rolex Tournament of Champions 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.
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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 more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
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 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.