Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company

Coosa Country Club
Rome, Ga. October 11 - 14, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 48 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Brandon Bauman 2014 UC Santa Barbara
Benjamin Baxter 2014 Southern Methodist University
Marcus Byrd 2015 MTSU
Dwight Cauthen 2016 NC State
James Clark, III 2014 Georgia Tech
Claudio Correa 2014 University of South Florida
Patrick Cover 2014 UNC - Wilmington
David DeMarois 2014 University of South Carolina Upstate
Max Donohue 2014 University of Arizona
Will Duma 2015 Virginia Tech
Noah Edmondson 2015 Arkansas
Thomas Eldridge 2014 UNC - Wilmington
Lee Hodges 2014 University of Alabama - Birmingham
Keenan Huskey 2014 South Carolina
Billy Johns 2014 Lehigh
Jack Larkin 2014 University of Georgia
Wyatt Larkin 2014 Kennesaw State
Joshua Martin 2015 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sam Meuret 2014 Iowa
Carter Mobley 2015 Georgia Southern
Jose Montano 2014 Xavier University
Gustavo Morantes 2014 New Mexico
Patrick Murphy 2015 UCLA
Nathan Pirtle 2015 Purdue University
Archer Price 2014 Georgia Southern
Caleb Proveaux 2016 University of South Carolina
Ross Robison 2014 UNC - Wilmington
Joshua Seiple 2014 University of Mississippi
James Siegfried 2014 University of Missouri
Ryan Stachler 2015 South Carolina
Gray Townsend 2014 Southern Methodist University
Thomas Walsh 2015 University of Virginia
John Yi 2014 Augusta State
Austin Zoller 2014 Winthrop University
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Karen Arimoto 2015 University of Oklahoma
Maggie Ashmore 2014 GRU Augusta
Emily Campbell 2015 Texas A&M
Hannah Mae Deems 2014 Mercer University
Dree Fausnaugh 2015 University of Central Florida
Kayla Jones 2014 Florida State University
Giovana Maymon 2014 Baylor
Heather Nail 2014 University of Mobile
Michaela Owen 2015 Auburn
Calli Ringsby 2014 Stanford University
Sophia Schubert 2014 Auburn University
Thamonpat Siriko 2014 Indiana University
Isabella Skinner 2014 Georgia
Laura Sojo 2014 University of Central Florida
 
 
Local flavor: 25 players from Georgia will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Brennan Bogdanovich Suwanee 2015
Joshua Buttshaw Rome 2014
Marcus Byrd Dunwoody 2015
Will Chandler Atlanta 2016
James Clark, III Columbus 2014
Will Duma Atlanta 2015
Steven Fisk Stockbridge 2015
Billy Johns Johns Creek 2014
Jack Larkin Atlanta 2014
Wyatt Larkin Morganton 2014
Carter Mobley Waynesboro 2015
Ryan Stachler Alpharetta 2015
John Yi Marietta 2014
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Peyton Albertson Rome 2014
Maggie Ashmore Kingston 2014
Madison Caldwell Dawsonville 2015
Jordan Daniel Sharpsburg 2015
Hannah Mae Deems Taylorsville 2014
Kayla Jones Milton 2014
Lauren Lightfritz Suwanee 2016
Diane Lim Norcross 2015
Sabrina Long Alpharetta 2015
Kayley Marschke Suwanee 2016
Michaela Owen Suwanee 2015
Isabella Skinner Cumming 2014
Coming back for more
Four of the top-five finishers of the 2012 event will return in hopes of capturing this year's prize. Runner-up finishers Sophia Schubert of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Michaela Owen of Suwanee, Ga., lost in a four-hole sudden death playoff to 2012 champion Madison Lellyo of Windermere, Fla., who will not return to the field this year. Jordan Daniel of Newnan, Ga. (4th), and Dree Fausnaugh of Maitland, Fla. (5th), will also make appearances at Coosa Country Club this year. In the Boys Division, Ryan Stachler of Alpharetta, Ga., looks to claim his first AJGA title after tying for third at the 2012 tournament.
State Mutual Insurance continues support for junior golf
State Mutual Insurance extends its sponsorship of the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic. The Rome, Ga., based insurance company has been involved since 2006.
Burgett H. Mooney, Jr.s memory honored in annual tournament
Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic is named after the former publisher of the Rome News-Tribune, which has provided extensive coverage of the tournament.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 11
1 p.m. Junior-Am Lunch and Awards Reception
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Saturday, October 12
8:30 a.m. 1 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Sunday, October 13
8:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Monday, October 14
9 a.m. Final Round shotgun
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

At No. 59 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Sterbinsky enters the event as the highest-ranked player in the Boys Division. The Wake Forest verbal commit has one AJGA title under his belt, the 2012 AJGA Junior at Quad Cities. This will be his first time competing in the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company.
Thomas Walsh, High Point, N.C. (2015)
Throughout his four years competing in AJGA events, Walsh has tallied seven top-10 AJGA finishes. At No. 72 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the high school junior has verbally committed to play college golf at the University of Virginia. Walsh received the 2012 Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award for displaying exemplary sportsmanship and promoting the integrity of the game.
Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C. (2015)
Edmondson, a verbal commit at Arkansas, will compete in his first Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company. The Rolex Junior All-American will lean on his experience after winning the 2012 Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship and five top-10 finishes in national competition. Edmondson reached Round Two of the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic, losing to eventual champion Adam Wood.
Karen Arimoto, (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (2015)
Arimoto is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 36 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Coming off a stellar 2012 campaign, which included three AJGA victories, she was named a second-team Rolex Junior All-American. In 2013, Arimoto's best finish was a T3 showing at the Exide Technologies Junior Open presented by Mizuno. She also represented the East at the Wyndham Cup, where she posted a 2-2-0 record.
Liu, a Rolex Junior All-American, will seek her first AJGA title of 2013 after notching two victories in 2012. The high school freshman posted four top-10 finishes in national competition this year including a T2 showing at the Scott Robertson Memorial in May.
Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (2014)
Last year's runner-up will return to the field with two victories on her resume, including the 2013 PNC Bank Junior Championship presented by London & Laurel County. The Auburn verbal commit was named a 2012 Rolex Junior All-American after finishing in the top three in as many starts that year. She used her momentum to collect three top-10 AJGA finishes in 2013, and will seek her third-career AJGA title at Coosa Country Club.
 

2012 Results

Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company
Coosa Country Club (June 11 - 14, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 Justin Connelly McDonough, Ga. 70–68–65—203
2 Jared Bettcher Auburn, Ala. 64–70–72—206
T3 Clay Brown Davidson, N.C. 70–67–72—209
T3 David Mackey Bogart, Ga. 71–66–72—209
T3 Ryan Stachler Alpharetta, Ga. 72–68–69—209
T3 Ben Schlottman Advance, N.C. 70–74–65—209
 
Girls Division
1 *Madison Lellyo Windermere, Fla. 71–71–76—218
2 Sophia Schubert Oak Ridge, Tenn. 72–72–74—218
3 Michaela Owen Suwanee, Ga. 73–70–75—218
4 Jordan Daniel Sharpsburg, Ga. 75–76–71—222
5 Dree Fausnaugh Maitland, Fla. 75–75–73—223
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Past Champions

Boys Champions
2012 Justin Connelly McDonough, Ga. 70–68–65—203
2011 Andy Shim (South Korea) Duluth, Ga. 68–65–66—199
2010 Cody Shafer Evans, Ga. 67–69–70—206
2009 Payne Denman Riverwatch, Tenn. 66–69–64—199
2008 Franco Castro Alpharetta, Ga. 73–70–64—207
2007 *Bo Andrews Raleigh, N.C. 71–70–67—208
2006 *Wesley Graham Port Orange, Fla. 65–70–69—204
2005 Benjamin Kishigian Warner Robins, Ga. 67–64–71—202
2004 Hudson Swafford Tallahassee, Fla. 70–66–66—202
2003 Gator Todd Florence, Ala. 70–64–71—205
2002 Chris Kirk Woodstock, Ga. 65–72–68—205
2001 Chanin Puntawong Bradenton, Fla. 69–67–73—209
2000 Roberto Castro Alpharetta, Ga. 68–72–72—212
1999 Nico Bollini Yorba Linda, Calif. 67–72—139
1998 Gregg Jones Florence, S.C. 69–69—138
1997 Kris Mikkelsen Woodstock, Ga. 68–71—139
1996 Johan Kok Peachtree, Ga. 70–71—141
 
Girls Champions
2012 *Madison Lellyo Windermere, Fla. 71–71–76—218
2011 Marissa Kay Delray Beach, Fla. 75–68–70—213
2010 Ashlan Ramsey Milledgeville, Ga. 71–71–71—213
2009 Kelly Drack Melbourne, Fla. 70–72–71—213
2008 Maria Piccio Bradenton, Fla. 66–72–69—207
2007 *Austin Ernst Seneca, S.C. 72–66–73—211
2006 *Grace Chung Fullerton, Calif. 75–69–69—213
2005 Joy Kim Duluth, Ga. 74–66–67—207
2004 Alina Lee Evans, Ga. 73–72–69—214
2003 Heather Wright Houston, Texas 70–69–76—215
2002 Mallory Code Tampa, Fla. 71–71–67—209
2001 May Wood Signal Mountain, Tenn. 76–76–75—227
2000 Whitney Code Tampa, Fla. 71–72–71—214
1999 Courtney Wood Brentwood, Tenn. 73–67—140
1998 Samantha Fox Whites Creek, Tenn. 74–67—141
1997 Cimmie Shahan Spring Grove, Pa. 71–68—139
1996 Beth Bauer Valrico, Fla. 75–72—147
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company 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 Georgia native
Boys Division
Brandon Bauman Las Vegas, Nev.
Benjamin Baxter Flower Mound, Texas
Brennan Bogdanovich Suwanee, Ga.
Joshua Buttshaw Rome, Ga.
Marcus Byrd Dunwoody, Ga.
Jake Carter Aiken, S.C.
Dwight Cauthen Columbia, S.C.
Will Chandler Atlanta, Ga.
James Clark, III Columbus, Ga.
Kevin Conners Downingtown, Pa.
Claudio Correa (Chile) Bradenton, Fla.
Patrick Cover Huntersville, N.C.
David DeMarois Brighton, Mich.
Will Dickson Providence, R.I.
Max Donohue Sioux Falls, S.D.
Will Duma Atlanta, Ga.
Noah Edmondson Davidson, N.C.
Thomas Eldridge Raleigh, N.C.
Reilly Erhardt Greensboro, N.C.
Steven Fisk Stockbridge, Ga.
Preston Fleenor Mission Hills, Kan.
Michael Graboyes Watchung, N.J.
John Hayden Birmingham, Ala.
Lee Hodges Elkmont, Ala.
A. Alexander Hughes Tulsa, Okla.
Keenan Huskey Greenville, S.C.
Billy Johns Johns Creek, Ga.
Hoyeong Kim Jin Ju, South Korea
Jack Larkin Atlanta, Ga.
Wyatt Larkin Morganton, Ga.
Gabriel Lench Lake Mary, Fla.
Seiya Liu Beverly Hills, CA
Joshua Martin Pinehurst, N.C.
Andrew McKinney Danville, Ky.
Sam Meuret Brunswick, Neb.
Carter Mobley Waynesboro, Ga.
Jose Montano (Bolivia) Bradenton, Fla.
Gustavo Morantes Caracas, Venezuela
Patrick Murphy Crossfield, Alberta
Chris Navarro Davidsonville, Md.
Tanner Owen Parkville, Mo.
Nathan Pirtle Sullivan, Ind.
Archer Price Gastonia, N.C.
Caleb Proveaux Lexington, S.C.
Stephen Reynolds Greenville, S.C.
Ross Robison Wilmington, N.C.
Joshua Seiple Castle Rock, Colo.
James Siegfried Town & Country, Mo.
Priyanshu Singh (India) Windermere, Fla.
Andy Spencer Prairie Village, Kan.
Ryan Stachler Alpharetta, Ga.
Craig Stefureak Caledonia, Ontario
Gray Townsend Winston-Salem, N.C.
Thomas Walsh High Point, N.C.
Qi wen Wong (Singapore) Bradenton, Fla.
John Yi Marietta, Ga.
Austin Zoller Summerville, S.C.
 
Girls Division
Peyton Albertson Rome, Ga.
Karen Arimoto (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Alison Armstrong Tampa, Fla.
Maggie Ashmore Kingston, Ga.
Madison Caldwell Dawsonville, Ga.
Emily Campbell Carrollton, Texas
Elizabeth Choi Syosset, N.Y.
Jordan Daniel Sharpsburg, Ga.
Hannah Mae Deems Taylorsville, Ga.
Sophie DiPetrillo Dover, Mass.
Dree Fausnaugh Maitland, Fla.
Kayla Jones Milton, Ga.
Anina Ku Basking Ridge, N.J.
Lauren Lightfritz Suwanee, Ga.
Diane Lim Norcross, Ga.
Sabrina Long Alpharetta, Ga.
Kayley Marschke Suwanee, Ga.
Giovana Maymon Huixquilucan, Mexico
Heather Nail Hartselle, Ala.
Michaela Owen Suwanee, Ga.
Calli Ringsby Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Sophia Schubert Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Thamonpat Siriko Bangkok, Thailand
Isabella Skinner Cumming, Ga.
Laura Sojo (Colombia) Winter Garden, Fla.
Phyllis Tang (Singapore) Bluffton, S.C.
Susana Vik Greenwich, Conn.