Lessing's AJGA Classic

Fiddler's Elbow Country Club
Bedminster, N.J. August 19 - 22, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 30 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Cole Berman 2014 Georgetown
Austin Campbell 2014 Lubbock Christian University
Brian Carlson 2014 Purdue University
Michael Davis 2014 Princeton University
Ethan DeForest 2014 Bowling Green
Dominic Diaz 2013 Saint Peter's
J. Christian FitzGerald 2013 Columbia University
Christopher Gabriele 2014 Franklin & Marshall College
Brian Gaudet 2013 Boston University
Marc Hedrick 2014 Princeton University*
Drake Hull 2015 University of Kansas
Willis Huynh 2014 Army
Michael Miranda 2014 St. Thomas Aquinas
Vincent Palazzolo 2014 George Washington University
Jack Panagos 2014 Rutgers
Jack Porcelli 2014 George Washington University
Kieran Purcell 2014 University of Delaware
Alex Rios 2014 Coker College
Ryan Rucinski 2015 University of Delaware
Tyler Strafaci 2016 University of Geaorgia Tech
Christopher Troy 2014 Cornell University*
Jeremy Wall 2014 Loyola University Maryland
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Alice Chen 2014 Furman
Jacqueline Faldetta 2013 Hofstra University
Sarah Kokotajlo 2014 Monmouth
Hana Ku 2013 Princeton
Vinh-Hop Ngo 2014 Wake Forest
Radi Sauro 2014 Dartmouth College
Brynn Walker 2016 University of North Carolina
Michelle Yom 2014 University of Pennsylvania*
 
 
Local flavor: 35 players from New Jersey will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Erick Alonso Haworth 2014
Brian Bak Nutley 2013
Justin Chae Summit 2016
Eric Dargis Vineland 2014
Ryan Davis Berkeley Heights 2016
Dominic Diaz Bridgewater 2013
Zach Egermayer Glen Rock 2014
Sean Farren Brielle 2015
John Felitto Mountainside 2016
Brian Gaudet Berkeley Heights 2013
Hartej Gill Monroe Township 2014
Sam Goldenring Florham Park 2016
Sean Keane Mountainside 2013
Kwanwoo Kim Tenafly 2014
Curren Mody Monmouth Junction 2015
Daniel O'Rourke Milford 2014
John Pak Scotch Plains 2017
Vincent Palazzolo Colts Neck 2014
Jack Panagos Hillsborough 2014
Jack Porcelli Princeton 2014
Kieran Purcell Nutley 2014
Nicholas Rencis Long Valley 2015
Dylan Stein Flemington 2015
William Voetsch New Vernon 2015
Jeremy Wall Brielle 2014
James Wolfangel Flemington 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Alice Chen Princeton 2014
Ami Gianchandani Short Hills 2018
Carley Hopton Madison 2015
Sarah Kokotajlo Ewing 2014
Anina Ku Basking Ridge 2018
Hana Ku Basking Ridge 2013
Megan McLean Lebanon 2016
Eun-Won Park Tenafly 2016
Kelly Sim Edgewater 2018
Past champions find success on TOUR
In 2004, Keegan Bradley strung together rounds of 71-71-74 to win the seventh installment of the Lessing's AJGA Classic. The year before, Paula Creamer took home one of her eleven AJGA Championships at the 2003 Lessing's AJGA Classic.
Lessing's AJGA Classic heads to Bedminster, N.J.
The Lessing's AJGA Classic will be held on Fiddler's Elbow Country Club's River Course for the first time. The course's name comes from the Lamington River, prominently featured in the course's design.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 19
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, August 20
7:30 a.m. 12:40 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, August 21
7:30 a.m. 12:40 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, August 22
7:30 a.m. 12:40 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Brian Carlson, Madison, Conn. (2014)
Carlson won the 2012 Killington Junior Golf Championship and finished second in the 2013 running of the event. The verbal commitment to Purdue University recently finished in the top 15 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and placed in the top five at the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf.
Michael Davis, Newtown Square, Pa. (2014)
Davis' highest AJGA finish to date came at the 2013 AJGA Philadelphia Junior where rounds of 68-69-70 saw him finish in second place. An AJGA member since 2009, Davis has placed in the top 10 five times.
Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. (2013)
The highest-ranked player in the field and a native of the Garden State, Hana Ku has wins at the 2010 Preseason Junior at Rochester presented by Wegmans LPGA and the 2013 AJGA Annapolis Junior on her resume. The 2013 high school graduate and 2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-American will continue her golf career at Princeton University.
Herr, who has given a verbal commitment to Wake Forest University, won the 2012 William Penn Junior Championship. Also included on her resume are five additional top-five finishes in AJGA competition. At the 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions, Herr tied for 15th.
Anina Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. (2018)
One of the youngest players in the field at age 13, Anina Ku has finished in the top 10 in every event she has participated in during her AJGA career. Still looking to claim her first AJGA victory, Anina Ku's best finish was second place at the 2013 AJGA Annapolis Junior.
 

2012 Results

Lessing's AJGA Classic
Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck (July 22 - 24, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 James Park Deerfield, Mass. 76–74–72—222
T2 John Edler Fair Haven, N.J. 79–77–68—224
T2 Max Greyserman Short Hills, N.J. 75–75–74—224
4 Ethan Wall Brielle, N.J. 72–77–77—226
5 Ryan Dornes Lancaster, Pa. 80–73–74—227
 
Girls Division
1 *Taylor Totland Tinton Falls, N.J. 75–72–79—226
2 Marissa DeCola Butler, Pa. 76–77–73—226
3 Elyse Smidinger Crofton, Md. 73–80–74—227
T4 Hana Ku Basking Ridge, N.J. 75–80–73—228
T4 Anne Cheng Torrance, Calif. 73–78–77—228
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Lessing's AJGA Classic 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 New Jersey native
Boys Division
Erick Alonso Haworth, N.J.
Brian Bak Nutley, N.J.
Drew Benshoff Concord, Mass.
Cole Berman Rosemont, Pa.
Drew Brennan Ellington, Conn.
Kyle Burke West Sayville, N.Y.
Austin Campbell Lakeway, Texas
Brian Carlson Madison, Conn.
Justin Chae Summit, N.J.
Jeffery Cheung Coto de Caza, Calif.
John Collins Wilton, Conn.
Eric Dargis Vineland, N.J.
Michael Davis Newtown Square, Pa.
Ryan Davis Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Ethan DeForest Cottikill, N.Y.
Dominic Diaz Bridgewater, N.J.
Robert Diforio White Plains, N.Y.
Steven DiLisio Swampscott, Mass.
Nathaniel Dong Glastonbury, Conn.
Zach Egermayer Glen Rock, N.J.
Sean Farren Brielle, N.J.
John Felitto Mountainside, N.J.
J. Christian FitzGerald Plandome Manor, N.Y.
James Frahm Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Christopher Gabriele Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
Brian Gaudet Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Hartej Gill Monroe Township, N.J.
Sam Goldenring Florham Park, N.J.
Marc Hedrick Encinitas, Calif.
Drake Hull Rutland, Vt.
Willis Huynh Syosset, N.Y.
Chase Ibbotson Sanford, Fla.
Sean Keane Mountainside, N.J.
Kwanwoo Kim Tenafly, N.J.
Joseph Ko (South Korea) North Hills, Calif.
Trevor Komenda Plano, Texas
David Lee-Tolley New York, N.Y.
Paul Lei Middleton, Mass.
Daniel Martinez Austin, Texas
Mike May Auburn, N.Y.
Mariano Medico Shavertown, Pa.
Michael Miranda Selden, N.Y.
Curren Mody Monmouth Junction, N.J.
Gordon Moore Bronxville, N.Y.
Taikan Nakada White Plains, N.Y.
Connor O'Brien Rowayton, Conn.
Daniel O'Rourke Milford, N.J.
John Pak Scotch Plains, N.J.
Vincent Palazzolo Colts Neck, N.J.
Jack Panagos Hillsborough , N.J.
Paul Pastore Greenwich, Conn.
Jack Porcelli Princeton, N.J.
Kieran Purcell Nutley, N.J.
Connor Raeman Canandaigua, N.Y.
JP Raftery Greenwich, Conn.
Nicholas Rencis Long Valley, N.J.
Peter Richards Westport, Conn.
Alex Rios Coral Springs, Fla.
Ryan Rucinski Wilmington, Del.
Gregory Sibick Williamsville, N.Y.
Jim Smoot Huntington, N.Y.
Jonathan Spicci Ridgefield, Conn.
Dylan Stein Flemington, N.J.
Tyler Strafaci Davie, Fla.
Christopher Troy Greenwich, Conn.
Gabe Van Ness Clinton, Conn.
William Voetsch New Vernon, N.J.
Jeremy Wall Brielle, N.J.
James Wolfangel Flemington, N.J.
Dan Woodbury Upton, Mass.
Matthew Zampello Kingwood, Texas
 
Girls Division
Claire Carlin Keller, Texas
Alice Chen Princeton, N.J.
Elizabeth Choi Syosset, N.Y.
Casey Durant New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Jacqueline Faldetta New York City, N.Y.
Julia Ford Shrewsbury, Mass.
Ami Gianchandani Short Hills, N.J.
Madelein Herr New Hope, Pa.
Carley Hopton Madison, N.J.
Lina Kim Weston, Mass.
Sarah Kokotajlo Ewing, N.J.
Anina Ku Basking Ridge, N.J.
Hana Ku Basking Ridge, N.J.
Jennifer Lee Rochester, N.Y.
Alix Lowe Farmingdale, N.Y.
Megan McLean Lebanon, N.J.
Vinh-Hop Ngo Newton, Mass.
Eun-Won Park (South Korea) Tenafly, N.J.
Radi Sauro Lake Worth, Fla.
Kelly Sim (South Korea) Edgewater, N.J.
Brynn Walker St. Davids, Pa.
Michelle Yom Torrance, Calif.