Puerto Rico Junior Open

Trump International Golf Club
Rio Grande, P.R. January 17 - 20, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 36 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
  Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Rafael Barnoya 2014 Rollins College
Cole Berman 2014 Georgetown
Claudio Correa 2014 University of South Florida
Patrick Cover 2014 UNC - Wilmington
George Cunningham 2014 Arizona
James Davis 2014 University of Richmond
Michael Davis 2014 Princeton University
Miguel Delgado 2015 Notre Dame
Noah Edmondson 2015 Arkansas
Hale Furey 2014 Harvard*
Jorge Garcia 2015 Florida
Austin Glendinning 2014 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Jayson Gonzalez 2015 Colegio Rosa Bell
Will Grimmer 2015 Ohio State
Andrew Jacobe 2015 Vanderbilt University
Daniel Jaramillo 2014 Xavier University
Thomas Lewis 2016 Purdue
Santiago Lopez 2014 Rollins College
Patrick McDonald 2014 University of Memphis
Will Miles 2015 University Of South Carolina
Francisco Millan 2015 Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola
Jose Montano 2014 Xavier University
Matthew Plunkett 2015 West Point
Jonathan Rector 2015 Clemson University
Thomas Schofield 2014 University of South Carolina - Upstate
Joshua Seiple 2014 University of Mississippi
Coleman Self 2015 Clemson University
Kyle Sterbinsky 2015 Wake Forest
Tyler Strafaci 2016 University of Geaorgia Tech
Payton Taylor 2014 Wisconsin
Manuel Torres 2014 Lind
Austen Truslow 2014 University of Virginia
Samuel Uhland 2015 Jacksonville University
Derrick Villarreal 2015 Charleston Southern
Daniel Wetterich 2015 Xavier University
Qi Wen Wong 2014 Military
 
 
Local flavor: Seven players from Puerto Rico will compete.
  Hometown Grad
Daniel Caban Cabo Rojo 2014
Jose Cardona Guaynabo 2015
Jayson Gonzalez Guaynabo 2015
Kenneth Martinez Fajardo 2016
Francisco Millan Aguas Buenas 2015
Jose Pedraza Gurabo 2016
Frederick Thon Gurabo 2014
Garcia returns
Venezuela's Jorge Garcia returns to the Puerto Rico Junior Open looking to defend his 2013 title and become the first champion to repeat. Garcia used last year's tournament to kick-start a successful 2013 campaign in which he won the AJGA's Thunderbird International Junior and notched four top-10 finishes.
Garcia makes PGATOUR history
After earning a sponsor's exemption into the PGATOUR's 2013 Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com, Jorge Garcia made history as the eighth youngest player to make a cut in a professional event.

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 17
1 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Saturday, January 18
8 – 9:50 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Sunday, January 19
8 – 9:50 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Monday, January 20
8 – 9:50 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Jorge Garcia, (Venezuela) Miami, Fla. (2015)
Garcia, 17, was honored as a first-team Rolex Junior All-American after a number of top finishes in 2013. He started the year victorious at the Puerto Rico Junior Open sponsored by Sport Link, earning an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open. Garcia became the eighth-youngest player in history to make the cut in a TOUR event, after posting back-to-back 70s in the first and second round. At No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the high school junior collected four more top-10 AJGA finishes, including his first AJGA Invitational title at the Thunderbird International Junior in May and a runner-up finish at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Austen Truslow, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (2014)
Truslow, 17, earned first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors after posting top bookend finishes in 2013. He commenced the season with a T2 finish at the Puerto Rico Junior Open sponsored by Sport Link and ended the season with his first AJGA Invitational victory at The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. The high school senior and University of Virginia verbal commit collected two additional top-three finishes in national competition, including a victory at the Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic. Upon completing an impressive year, Truslow jumped 297 spots from 2012-13, and currently sits at No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz. (2014)
In 2013, Cunningham recorded three runner-up finishes and his second career victory en route to first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors. He won the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O’Hair in March and finished second at the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship, FJ Invitational and The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. At No. 7 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Cunningham has verbally committed to Arizona.
 

2013 Results

Puerto Rico Junior Open
Trump International Golf Club (January 18 - 21, 2013)
 
1 Jorge Garcia (Venezuela) Miami, Fla. 63–71–72—206
T2 Austen Truslow New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 73–70–70—213
T2 Cameron Champ Sacramento, Calif. 72–69–72—213
T2 Kristian Caparros Hollywood, Fla. 71–71–71—213
T5 Theo Humphrey Greenwich, Conn. 69–72–73—214
T5 Corey Shaun Encinitas, Calif. 67–74–73—214
T7 Matt Gilchrest Southlake, Texas 71–71–73—215
T7 Alvaro Ortiz Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico 75–74–66—215
T7 Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico 73–68–74—215
10 George Cunningham Tucson, Ariz. 74–72–70—216
 

Media Accommodations

The Puerto Rico Junior Open 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 Puerto Rico native
Ben Albin Santa Fe, N.M.
Rafael Barnoya (Guatemala) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.
Cole Berman Rosemont, Pa.
Andres Caballero Mexico City, Mexico
Daniel Caban Cabo Rojo, P.R.
Jose Cardona Guaynabo, P.R.
Eduardo Carrete Queretaro, Mexico
Claudio Correa (Chile) Bradenton, Fla.
Patrick Cover Huntersville, N.C.
George Cunningham Tucson, Ariz.
James Davis Cockeysville, Md.
Michael Davis Newtown Square, Pa.
Miguel Delgado Novato, Calif.
Blake Dyer St. Petersburg, Fla.
Noah Edmondson Davidson, N.C.
Alvaro Escalada (Spain) Howey in the Hills, Fla.
Chase Furey Newport Beach, Calif.
Hale Furey Newport Beach, Calif.
Ryoto Furuya Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Jorge Garcia (Venezuela) Miami, Fla.
Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico
Austin Glendinning Goodyear, Ariz.
Eduardo Gonzalez San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Jayson Gonzalez Guaynabo, P.R.
Will Grimmer Cincinnati, Ohio
Juan Jose Guerra Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Andrew Jacobe Houston, Texas
Daniel Jaramillo (Colombia) Bradenton, Fla.
Juan Camilo Kalozdi Bogota, Colombia
Jefferson Kao Diamond Bar, Calif.
Charlie Kennerly Jupiter, Fla.
Jackson Lang Lexington, Mass.
Jalen Ledger Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Tiger Lee (Hong Kong) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Wanjoo Lee (South Korea) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Won Jun Lee (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Thomas Lewis Carmel, Ind.
Santiago Lopez Boca Del Rio, Mexico
Kenneth Martinez Fajardo, P.R.
Hanks Massey Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Garrett May Hope, Ark.
Patrick McDonald Chattanooga, Tenn.
Camilo Mexsen (Mexico) Howey In The Hills, Fla.
Will Miles Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Francisco Millan Aguas Buenas, P.R.
Patrick Mills Tampa, Fla.
Jose Montano (Bolivia) Bradenton, Fla.
Matthew Mourin Miami Lakes, Fla.
Brendan O'Reilly Hinsdale, Ill.
Shotaro Onuki Ibaraki, Japan
Jose Pedraza Gurabo, P.R.
Francisco Pichardo Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Matthew Plunkett Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Ivan Camilo Ramirez Bucaramanga, Colombia
Jonathan Rector Hendersonville, N.C.
Thomas Schofield (United Kingdom) St James, Barbados
Joshua Seiple Castle Rock, Colo.
Coleman Self Greenwood, S.C.
Kyle Sterbinsky Yardley, Pa.
Tyler Strafaci Davie, Fla.
Payton Taylor Vero Beach, Fla.
Frederick Thon Gurabo, P.R.
Manuel Torres (Venezuela) Howey in the Hills, Fla.
Austen Truslow New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Samuel Uhland Jacksonville, Fla.
Jorge Villar Puebla, Mexico
Derrick Villarreal Hartland, Wis.
Stephen Wall Madisonville, La.
Daniel Wetterich Cincinnati, Ohio
Qi Wen Wong (Singapore) Bradenton, Fla.
Nathan Zhao Placentia, Calif.