AJGA Huntsville Junior

The Ledges
Huntsville, Ala. • July 15 - 18, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 46 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Davis Baxter 2014 University of Cincinnati
Brennan Bogdanovich 2015 Mercer
Hayden Buckley 2014 Missouri
Adam Button 2014 Middle Tennessee State University
Blake Caldwell 2014 LSU
Davis Field 2014 Rhodes College
Graham Gosselin 2015 Middle Tennessee State University
Alex Green 2015 University of Alabama
John Hayden 2015 uab
Grant Hirschman 2014 University of Oklahoma
Lee Hodges 2014 University of Alabama - Birmingham
Ben Holm 2013 Loyola - Chicago
Hunter Howell 2014 Lipscomb University
Nathan Jeansonne 2015 Louisiana State University
Vasili Kartos 2014 University of Southern Mississippi
Jack Larkin 2014 University of Georgia
Patrick Martin 2015 Vanderbilt University
Taylor McCullum 2013 Alabama - Birmingham
Zac McCurdy 2014 Jacksonville State
Tyler McDaniel 2015 Kentucky
Patrick McDonald 2014 University of Memphis
Blake Messer 2013 Auburn
Garrett Moores 2013 Samford University
Ashton Nix 2013 Samford
Andy Ogletree 2016 Georgia Tech
Spencer Ralston 2016 Georgia
Nolan Ray 2015 University of Tennessee
Austin Rose 2014 Mississippi State University
Steven Setterstrom Jr. 2014 University of Alabama
Connor Smith 2014 Middle Tennessee State University
Braden Thornberry 2015 Ole Miss
Noah Trenkler 2014 Belmont University
Carter Turbeville 2014 Trevecca Nazarene
Bailey Ulp 2014 Darton State College
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Ji Eun Baik 2013 Mississippi State
Anna Buchanan 2015 Sanford University
Emily Campbell 2015 Texas A&M
Allyson Dunn 2014 East Tennessee State University
Kathleen Gallagher 2015 LSU
Anna Hack 2015 University of Kentucky
Cayce Hendrickson 2015 University of Missouri
Lauren Johnson 2013 Vanderbilt
Kayla Jones 2014 Florida State University
Tiffany Kuroki 2014 University at Albany
Macy McRaney 2013 Mercer
Kelly Whaley 2015 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
 
Local flavor: 24 players from Alabama will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Michael Brown Birmingham 2015
Nicholas Cortez Hoover 2015
Crawford Flach Birmingham 2015
Alex Green Point Clear 2015
Reagan Harrell Guntersville 2016
John Hayden Birmingham 2015
Lee Hodges Elkmont 2014
Wells Hooper Montgomery 2015
Miller Jackson Huntsville 2014
Vasili Kartos Birmingham 2014
Patrick Martin Birmingham 2015
Payton Massey Theodore 2015
Taylor McCullum Hoover 2013
Zac McCurdy Fort Payne 2014
Blake Messer Hampton Cove 2013
Garrett Moores Huntsville 2013
Ashton Nix Auburn 2013
Steven Setterstrom Jr. Mobile 2014
Wilson Simmons Birmingham 2015
Connor Smith Birmingham 2014
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Virginia Green Fairhope 2017
Sydney Nix Huntsville 2014
Jordan Susce Birmingham 2017
Micheala Williams Athens 2016
The Ledges
The AJGA returns to The Ledges for the fourth consecutive year. The Ledges sits on the highest point in Huntsville at 1,582 feet creating beautiful views of the city and valley.
Top 100
Five players in the field are ranked in the top 100 of the Polo Golf Rankings. The four boys are Braden Thornberry (No. 63), Connor Smith (No. 72), Tyler McDaniel (No. 73) and Blake Messer (No. 76). Emily Campbell (No. 85) is the only girl inside the top 100.
College bound
Sixteen players in the field have committed to play collegiate golf. Seven players have signed National Letters of Intent and nine have given a verbal commitment. Four of those commitments are to Alabama colleges.
Returning for more
Last year's boys champion, Blake Messer of Hampton Cove, Ala., will return to defend his AJGA Huntsville Junior title along with five other boys from last year's top-10 finishers. Kayla Jones of Milton, Ga., placed T5 in 2012 and is the only girl who finished among the top-10 returning to the tournament in 2013.

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 15
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, July 16
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, July 17
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, July 18
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Connor Smith, Birmingham, Ala. (2014)
The rising senior at Spain Park High School won the 2013 Alabama High School Athletic Association 6A Boys Golf Individual State Championship, helping to lead his high school to their fifth team state title in six years. At the conclusion of the season, Smith was named the 2013 Birmingham News Metro Golfer of the Year. Currently in his fourth year with the AJGA, Smith has seven top-10 showings, including two wins coming in 2012 at the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf and the AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper. Smith is verbally to committed to play for Middle Tennessee State University.
Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. (2015)
Fresh off of his win at the 2013 Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek, Thornberry enters as the top boy in the field at No. 63 in the Polo Golf Rankings. He returns to the AJGA Huntsville Junior after finishing T9 in last year's event. The rising high school junior has four top-10 AJGA showings with his first win coming at the 2012 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star.
Blake Messer, Hampton Cove, Ala. (2013)
The 2012 AJGA Huntsville Junior champion returns to defend his only AJGA victory. He has five top-20 finishes which land him at No. 76 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Messer has signed to play for Auburn University this fall.
Kayla Jones, Milton, Ga. (2014)
Jones is the only returning girl from the top-10 of last year's field. The rising senior has 10 AJGA top-10 finishes. Her best showing is a her fourth place finish at this year's Brian Harman Junior Championship. Jones has verbally committed to collegiate golf for Florida State University.
Emily Campbell, Carrollton, Texas (2015)
Campbell enters the tournament as the highest ranked girl in the field with her No. 85 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings. She has eight AJGA top-10 finishes including a personal best T2 at the 2013 AJGA Kansas Junior at Bufflo Dunes. Campbell looks to continue her golf career at the collegiate level by verbally committing to Texas A&M.
 

2012 Results

AJGA Huntsville Junior
The Ledges (July 16 - 19, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 *Blake Messer Hampton Cove, Ala. 74–71–31—176
2 Jared O'Kelley Canton, Ga. 70–72–34—176
2 John Yi Marietta, Ga. 73–67–36—176
2 Charlie Flowers Columbus, Ga. 68–74–34—176
5 Vasili Kartos Birmingham, Ala. 72–72–33—177
 
Girls Division
1 Lindsey Weaver Scottsdale, Ariz. 67–71–69—207
2 Janie Jackson Huntsville, Ala. 67–71–72—210
3 Haley Austin McDonough, Ga. 74–74–72—220
4 Angie Varona San Jose, Argentina 71–77–75—223
T5 Kayla Jones Milton, Ga. 77–74–75—226
T5 Heather Nail Hartselle, Ala. 81–73–72—226
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Huntsville 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 Alabama native
Boys Division
Brandon Alsobrook Powder Springs, Ga.
Dougan Annan Avondale Estates, Ga.
Davis Baxter Nolensville, Tenn.
Brennan Bogdanovich Suwanee, Ga.
Daniel Booker Jr. Dyersburg, Tenn.
Michael Brown Birmingham, Ala.
Hayden Buckley Belden, Miss.
Adam Button Brentwood, Tenn.
Blake Caldwell Ponchatoula, La.
Jacques Celestino Sarasota, Fla.
Nicholas Cortez Hoover, Ala.
Hunter Dunagan Martinez, Ga.
Davis Field St. Francisville, La.
Crawford Flach Birmingham, Ala.
Tucker Fox Cordova, Tenn.
Wilson Furr Jackson, Miss.
Graham Gosselin Knoxville, Tenn.
Alex Green Point Clear, Ala.
Reagan Harrell Guntersville, Ala.
Christopher Harris Atlanta, Ga.
Parks Hartsfield Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
John Hayden Birmingham, Ala.
Austin Hazelgrove Germantown, Tenn.
Phillip Hickam Olive Branch, Miss.
Grant Hirschman Collierville, Tenn.
Lee Hodges Elkmont, Ala.
Garrison Hogan Brentwood, Tenn.
Ben Holm Alpharetta, Ga.
Wells Hooper Montgomery, Ala.
Hunter Howell Franklin, Tenn.
Nathan Huynh Collierville, Tenn.
Miller Jackson Huntsville, Ala.
Nathan Jeansonne Keithville, La.
Vasili Kartos Birmingham, Ala.
Jack Larkin Atlanta, Ga.
Grant Lasseter Gainesville, Ga.
S.M. Lee Buford, Ga.
Patrick Martin Birmingham, Ala.
Payton Massey Theodore, Ala.
Taylor McCullum Hoover, Ala.
Zac McCurdy Fort Payne, Ala.
Tyler McDaniel Manchester, Ky.
Patrick McDonald Chattanooga, Tenn.
Blake Messer Hampton Cove, Ala.
Garrett Moores Huntsville, Ala.
Hays Moreland Memphis, Tenn.
Heath Newsom Nesbit, Miss.
Ashton Nix Auburn, Ala.
Andy Ogletree Little Rock, Miss.
Spencer Ralston Gainesville, Ga.
Nolan Ray Brentwood, Tenn.
Gustavo Romero Mexico City, Mexico
Austin Rose Tupelo, Miss.
Stanton Schorr Columbus, Ga.
Steven Setterstrom Jr. Mobile, Ala.
Benjamin Shipp Duluth, Ga.
Wilson Simmons Birmingham, Ala.
Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala.
Joshua Sokoloff Germantown, Tenn.
Andy Stout Manchester, Tenn.
Jake Thomas Cumming, Ga.
Braden Thornberry Olive Branch, Miss.
Noah Trenkler Hendersonville, Tenn.
Carter Turbeville Dickson, Tenn.
Bailey Ulp Suwanee, Ga.
Nathan Williams Gainesville, Ga.
Spencer Yi Johns Creek, Ga.
Zachary Zediker Gray, Ga.
 
Girls Division
Ji Eun Baik (South Korea) Newnan, Ga.
Anna Buchanan Athens, Ga.
Emily Campbell Carrollton, Texas
Sarah Childers Jonesboro, Ark.
Jordan Daniel Sharpsburg, Ga.
Allyson Dunn Kingsport, Tenn.
Kathleen Gallagher Greenwood, Miss.
Landrie Grace Canton, Ohio
Virginia Green Fairhope, Ala.
Samantha Griffith Ooltewah, Tenn.
Anna Hack Murray, Ky.
Cayce Hendrickson Benton, Ky.
Katherine Holmes Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Lauren Johnson Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Mary Joiner Franklin, Ky.
Kayla Jones Milton, Ga.
Tiffany Kuroki West Covina, Calif.
Macy McRaney Winter Garden, Fla.
Sydney Nix Huntsville, Ala.
Madison Pacheco Pensacola, Fla.
Jordan Susce Birmingham, Ala.
Lauren Wade Eads, Tenn.
Kelly Whaley Farmington, Conn.
Micheala Williams Athens, Ala.