The PING Invitational

Karsten Creek
Stillwater, Okla. October 11 - 14, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 62 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Dawson Armstrong 2014 Lipscomb University
Wes Artac 2014 Texas Tech
John Augenstein 2016 Vanderbilt University
Zachary Bauchou 2015 Oklahoma State
Connor Black 2014 Texas A&M
Sam Burns 2015 LSU
Brian Carlson 2014 Purdue University
Cameron Champ 2014 Texas A&M
Sean Crocker 2014 Southern Cal
George Cunningham 2014 Arizona
Brad Dalke 2015 University of Oklahoma
Jorge Garcia 2015 Florida
Doug Ghim 2014 University of Texas
Tony Gil 2016 Houston
William Gordon 2015 Vanderbilt University
Jonathan Hardee 2014 Alabama
Grant Hirschman 2014 University of Oklahoma
Nathan Jeansonne 2015 Louisiana State University
Jacob Joiner 2014 Georgia Tech
Justin Kim 2016 UNLV
Samuel Kim 2015 University of New Mexico
KK Limbhasut 2014 UC Berkeley
David Mackey 2015 University of Georgia
Patrick McDonald 2014 University of Memphis
Dylan Meyer 2014 University of Illinois
Tyler Moore 2015 University of Arizona
Collin Morikawa 2015 University of California, Berkeley
Gordon Neale 2015 Southern Methodist University
Alvaro Ortiz 2014 University of Arkansas
Matthew Perrine 2014 Auburn University
Christopher Petefish 2014 Georgia Tech
Tyson Reeder 2015 Oklahoma State University
Corey Shaun 2014 UCLA
Connor Smith 2014 Middle Tennessee State University
Jacob Solomon 2015 Auburn University
Sam Stevens 2014 Oklahoma State
Aaron Terrazas 2015 University of Oklahoma
Carter Thompson 2014 Florida State University
Adam Wood 2014 Duke
Yechun (Carl) Yuan 2015 Duke University
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Lakareber Abe 2014 Alabama
Sierra Brooks 2016 University of Florida
Abbey Carlson 2016 Vanderbilt
Lydia Choi 2014 UCLA
Allisen Corpuz 2016 USC
Mai Dechathipat 2015 Auburn University
Mariel Galdiano 2016 UCLA
Kristen Gillman 2016 University of Alabama
Amy Lee 2015 University of Southern California
Andrea Lee 2016 Stanford University
Amy Matsuoka 2016 Oregon
Brooke McDougald 2015 TCU
Rinko Mitsunaga 2015 Georgia
Nicole Morales 2014 Alabama
Hannah O'Sullivan 2016 University of Southern California
Kaitlyn Papp 2017 University of Texas
Krystal Quihuis 2014 University of Arizona
Robynn Ree 2015 University of Southern California
Kathleen Scavo 2015 University of Oregon
Lilia Vu 2015 University of Calfornia Los Angeles-UCLA
Samantha Wagner 2015 University of Florida
Bethany Wu 2015 UCLA
 
 
Local flavor: Two players from Oklahoma will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Brad Dalke Hobart 2015
Tyson Reeder Edmond 2015
At the Top
The Boys Division features six of the top-10 juniors in the Polo Golf Rankings. Leading the talented pack is Jorge Garcia of Venezuela, at No. 2, followed by George Cunningham of Tucson, Ariz. (No. 3), Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla. (No. 5), Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind. (No. 6), Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (No. 8), and Zachary Bauchou of Forest, Va. (No. 10).
The Best of the Best
In the Girls Division, nine of the top-10 juniors in the Polo Golf Rankings will compete for The PING Invitational title. Nicole Morales of Lake Mary, Fla., is No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and will defend her position while in search of her fourth AJGA victory. Also in the top 10: Amy Lee of Brea, Calif. (No. 2), Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif. (No. 3), Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass. (No. 4), Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif. (No. 6), Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla. (No. 7), Kristen Gillman of Austin (No. 8), Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas (No. 9), and Hannah O'Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Ariz. (No. 10).
The PING Invitational
The 2013 playing of The PING Invitational marks the eighth year of the event. Each year, Karsten Creek plays host to the AJGA and 72 of the nation's top junior golfers. Kartsen Creek is also home to the Oklahoma State men's and women's golf teams. Notable OSU and AJGA alumni include Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein. Current Oklahoma State women's golf coach Courtney Jones is a former AJGA staff member.
A Field of Champions
The 72 players in the field have combined for 68 AJGA victories, including nine AJGA Invitational titles.
Black a Future Cowboy
Connor Black of Humble, Texas, will soon call Stillwater home. The 2014 graduate has verbally committed to continue his golf career at Oklahoma State University as a member of the men's golf team. The future OSU Cowboy is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and is making his third PING Invitational appearance.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 11
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Practice Round off No. 1 tee
 
Saturday, October 12
8 - 9:50 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Sunday, October 13
8 - 9:50 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Monday, October 14
8 - 9:50 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
3 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Jorge Garcia, (Venezuela) Miami, Fla. (2015)
The highest-ranked boy in the field, Garcia has risen to No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings on the strength of two AJGA Invitational victories and two top-10 showings in 2013. Garcia opened his season with a victory at the Puerto Rico Junior Open sponsored by Sport Link before going on to win the Thunderbird International Junior. Representing the East in the 2013 Wyndham Cup, Garcia posted a record of 3-1-0.
George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz. (2014)
At No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Cunningham makes his first PING Invitational appearance to end a successful 2013 campaign. Collecting six top-10 showings in eight starts in national competition, Cunningham hopes to notch his third AJGA win and first AJGA Invitational victory. The Arizona Verbal commit won the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair in March and posted runner-up finishes at the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship, FJ Invitational and The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf.
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2015)
Dalke, a two-time AJGA Invitational Champion, is No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The Oklahoma verbal commit became the youngest AJGA boy to win an Invitational when he earned his first career victory at the 2011 Thunderbird International Junior at 13 years, 9 months and 11 days. Dalke, a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, opened his 2013 campaign with a win at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, then continued on to finish among the top five at the Thunderbird International Junior and the Junior PGA Championship.
Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (2014)
The highest-ranked player in the field at No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Morales looks to secure her fourth AJGA career victory and third AJGA Invitational win. The Alabama verbal commit has finished among the top-10 in each of her four 2013 starts, including winning the Thunderbird International Junior and finishing T4 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Morales is the AJGA's 2013 Player Representative and was a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2012.
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (2015)
Lee, at No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings, enters The PING Invitational in search of her third AJGA win. Coming off a victory at the Junior PGA Championship, Lee's 2013 campaign includes a third-place finish at the Thunderbird International Junior, a pair of T6 showings at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club, as well as a T8 finish at the ANNIKA Invitational. Lee is verbally committed to play golf at USC and was a second-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2012.
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015)
At No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Wu looks to improve upon her third-place finish at the 2012 PING Invitational. The 2013 ANNIKA Invitational champion and UCLA verbal commit was named a second-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2012 and finished in the top-10 at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship and Junior PGA Championship.
 

2012 Results

The PING Invitational
Karsten Creek (October 5 - 8, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 *Gavin Hall Pittsford, N.Y. 76–72–70—218
2 Cameron Champ Sacramento, Calif. 71–73–74—218
3 Max Greyserman Short Hills, N.J. 70–72–78—220
4 Jacob Joiner Leesburg, Ga. 70–67–84—221
5 Scott Scheffler Dallas, Texas 72–74–77—223
 
Girls Division
1 Alison Lee Valencia, Calif. 71–68–75—214
2 Annie Park Levittown, N.Y. 69–70–77—216
3 Bethany Wu Diamond Bar, Calif. 74–70–77—221
T4 Sierra Brooks Sorrento, Fla. 73–77–73—223
T4 Ashlan Ramsey Milledgeville, Ga. 72–73–78—223
T4 Andrea Lee Hermosa Beach, Calif. 75–75–73—223
T4 Shannon Aubert (France) Champions Gate, Fla. 74–74–75—223
T4 Casie Cathrea Livermore, Calif. 76–70–77—223
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The PING Invitational 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.

PING

The tournament title partner, PING, designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 by the late Karsten Solheim. Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer. Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim's youngest son, John A. Solheim. PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.ping.com.

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.

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 Oklahoma native
Boys Division
Dawson Armstrong Brentwood, Tenn.
Wes Artac Kingwood, Texas
John Augenstein Owensboro, Ky.
Zachary Bauchou Forest, Va.
Connor Black Humble, Texas
Sam Burns Shreveport, La.
Brian Carlson Madison, Conn.
Cameron Champ Sacramento, Calif.
Matt Cheng Taipei, Taiwan
Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe) Westlake Village, Calif.
George Cunningham Tucson, Ariz.
Brad Dalke Hobart, Okla.
Jorge Garcia (Venezuela) Miami, Fla.
Doug Ghim Arlington Heights, Ill.
Tony Gil Vaughan, Ontario
William Gordon Davidson, N.C.
Jonathan Hardee Greer, S.C.
Grant Hirschman Collierville, Tenn.
Nathan Jeansonne Keithville, La.
Jacob Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Samuel Kim Irvine, Calif.
Roberto Lebrija Mexico City, Mexico
KK Limbhasut (Thailand) Loma Linda, Calif.
David Mackey Bogart, Ga.
Patrick McDonald Chattanooga, Tenn.
Dylan Meyer Evansville, Ind.
Tyler Moore Escondido, Calif.
Collin Morikawa La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Gordon Neale Dove Canyon, Calif.
Alvaro Ortiz Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Matthew Perrine Austin, Texas
Christopher Petefish Danville, Calif.
Tyson Reeder Edmond, Okla.
Corey Shaun Encinitas, Calif.
Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala.
Jacob Solomon Dublin, Calif.
Sam Stevens Wichita, Kan.
Aaron Terrazas Mexico, Mexico
Carter Thompson Tallahassee, Fla.
Adam Wood Zionsville, Ind.
Yechun (Carl) Yuan (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Andy Zhang (China) Reunion, Fla.
 
Girls Division
Lakareber Abe Angleton, Texas
Sierra Brooks Sorrento, Fla.
Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla.
Lydia Choi Beverly Hills, Calif.
Allisen Corpuz Honolulu, Hawaii
Mai Dechathipat (Thailand) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Mariel Galdiano Pearl City, Hawaii
Kristen Gillman Austin, Texas
Megan Khang Rockland, Mass.
Nelly Korda Bradenton, Fla.
Amy Lee Brea, Calif.
Andrea Lee Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Amy Matsuoka Newport Beach, Calif.
Brooke McDougald The Woodlands, Texas
Rinko Mitsunaga Roswell, Ga.
Nicole Morales South Salem, N.Y.
Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz.
Kaitlyn Papp Austin, Texas
Krystal Quihuis Tucson, Ariz.
Robynn Ree Redondo Beach, Calif.
Kathleen Scavo Benicia, Calif.
Lilia Vu Fountain Valley, Calif.
Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Bethany Wu Diamond Bar, Calif.
Angel Yin Arcadia, Calif.