AJGA Junior at Mayacama

Mayacama Golf Club
Santa Rosa, Calif. July 7 - 9, 2014

American Junior Golf Association Contact: Jana Jones (678) 425-1787 jjones@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 19 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Ben Albin 2015 University of Notre Dame
Grant Amerson 2014 University of California - San Diego
Henry Cassriel 2014 Yale
Jack Ireland 2015 Cal State Fullerton
Joe LaHorgue 2014 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Robert Rickard 2016 Texas Tech University
Isaiah Salinda 2015 Stanford University
Zachary Smith 2014 University of California Santa Barbara
Jino Sohn 2015 Arizona State University
Jens Verhey 2014 University of Notre Dame
Hayden White 2018 LSU
Justin Woo 2015 Cal State Monterrey Bay
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Sydney Babiak 2015 Yale University
Klara Castillo 2014 Wyoming
Ailin Li 2015 Boston College
Marianne Li 2015 University of California, Berkeley
Grace Park 2014 University of Illinois
Kathleen Scavo 2015 University of Oregon
Samantha Winchester 2015 Cal - Poly
 
 
Local flavor: 48 players from California will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Ahmed Ali Palo Alto 2018
Grant Amerson Goleta 2014
Will Bednarz Larkspur 2016
Connor Bell Sacramento 2015
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest 2017
Jack Burlison Salinas 2015
Owen Calvin-Smith South Pasadena 2017
Charlie Cameron El Dorado Hills 2014
Henry Cassriel Orinda 2014
Yu-Jen Cheng Rowland Heights 2018
Daniel Connolly San Francisco 2016
Connor Gaymon El Dorado Hills 2015
Ashkaan Hakim San Ramon 2017
Brendan Hopkins Danville 2018
Hayden Hui Dublin 2016
Matthew Huo Corona 2018
Jack Ireland Mission Viejo 2015
Ryan Johnson Saint Helena 2016
Kent Kao Pinole 2015
Joseph Ladd San Francisco 2015
Joe LaHorgue Kentfield 2014
Eddy Lai San Jose 2017
Carson Levit San Francisco 2020
Kaiwen Liu San Diego 2017
Scott Mitchell Santa Rosa 2016
Isaiah Salinda South San Francisco 2015
Austen Sandoval Sacramento 2015
Zachary Smith Pleasanton 2014
Jeremy Villafuerte Newark 2017
Justin Woo San Diego 2015
Norman Xiong Canyon Lake 2017
Sunny Yan Monterey 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Sydney Babiak Martinez 2015
Monica Chen Fremont 2014
Neeve Chen Roseville 2018
Kelly Fang Foster City 2015
Emilee Hoffman Folsom 2016
Sophia Hui Dublin 2015
Yoonhee Kim San Ramon 2016
Beth Lillie Fullerton 2017
Jessica Luo San Jose 2017
Grace Park San Jose 2014
Elisa Pierre Santa Clarita 2016
Amanjoty Sangha San Mateo 2016
Kathleen Scavo Benicia 2015
Samantha Winchester Encino 2015
Anna Zhou Palo Alto 2015
Katherine Zhu San Jose 2018
Champions in the Field
There are 12 AJGA champions in the field including four 2014 champions and four-time champion, Anna Zhou.
Siblings in the Field
Sifan He and Yihao He from Kobe, Japan will not only compete against the field but against each other.
Mayacama Golf Club
Woven into the hillsides and valleys, this private Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. Golf Digest consistently ranks it as one of the "Top 100 Courses in America".

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 7
12:40 3:30 p.m. Practice Round Tee Times off No. 1 tee
 
Tuesday, July 8
7 8:50 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
1 2:50 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Wednesday, July 9
8 9:50 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Devondeep Bling, Ridgecrest, Calif. (2017)
Currently ranked No. 123 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the 14 year-old has four top-10 finishes in his two year AJGA career. His best finish was this spring at the AJGA Junior at River Ridge with (T4).
Isaiah Salinda, South San Francisco, Calif. (2015)
Currently ranked No. 146 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Salinda is coming off of a second-place finish at the Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior at Centennial.
Steven DiLisio, Swampscott, Mass. (2016)
Currently ranked No. 148 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the 16-year-old has three top-15 finishes in his AJGA career.
Kaiwen Liu, (China) San Diego, Calif. (2017)
Currently No. 145 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the 14 year-old claimed his first AJGA title at the 2014 Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge.
Daniel Connolly, San Francisco, Calif. (2016)
Currently tied at No. 160 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship participant has two top-10 finishes in 2014.
Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. (2015)
Currently ranked No. 46 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the Rolex Junior All-American is a three-time AJGA champion and has verbally committed to University of California, Berkeley.
Emilee Hoffman, Folsom, Calif. (2016)
Currently ranked No. 52 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the two-time AJGA champion has participated in five events in 2014 including a top-three finish at AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes.
Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif. (2015)
Currently ranked No. 60 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the Rolex Junior All-American has put together 12 top-15 finishes in her AJGA career and is committed to the University of Oregon.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at Mayacama 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 California native
Boys Division
Ben Albin Santa Fe, N.M.
Ahmed Ali Palo Alto, Calif.
Grant Amerson Goleta, Calif.
Will Bednarz Larkspur, Calif.
Connor Bell Sacramento, Calif.
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest, Calif.
Jack Burlison Salinas, Calif.
Owen Calvin-Smith South Pasadena, Calif.
Charlie Cameron El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Henry Cassriel Orinda, Calif.
Yu-Jen Cheng (Taiwan) Rowland Heights, Calif.
Andrew Chin (Canada) Honolulu, Hawaii
Daniel Connolly San Francisco, Calif.
Nicholas Costello Austin, Texas
Steven DiLisio Swampscott, Mass.
David Gao Bradenton, Fla.
Wei Wei Gao Cebu, Philippines
Connor Gaymon El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Kevin Geniza Corvallis, Ore.
Ashkaan Hakim San Ramon, Calif.
Colin Hamilton Southlake, Texas
Yihao He (China) Kobe, Japan
Brendan Hopkins Danville, Calif.
Hayden Hui Dublin, Calif.
Matthew Huo Corona, Calif.
Jack Ireland Mission Viejo, Calif.
Ryan Johnson Saint Helena, Calif.
Kent Kao Pinole, Calif.
Joseph Ladd San Francisco, Calif.
Joe LaHorgue Kentfield, Calif.
Eddy Lai San Jose, Calif.
Carson Levit San Francisco, Calif.
Kaiwen Liu (China) San Diego, Calif.
Scott Mitchell Santa Rosa, Calif.
Robert Rickard Austin, Texas
Isaiah Salinda South San Francisco, Calif.
Austen Sandoval Sacramento, Calif.
Kritchayapol Sinchai Bangkok, Thailand
Zachary Smith Pleasanton, Calif.
Jino Sohn Chandler, Ariz.
Joshua Sokoloff Germantown, Tenn.
Kyle Suppa Honolulu, Hawaii
Jens Verhey Reno, Nev.
Jeremy Villafuerte Newark, Calif.
Ben Wanichek Eugene, Ore.
Hayden White Benton, La.
Justin Woo San Diego, Calif.
Joshua Wu Medford, Ore.
Norman Xiong Canyon Lake, Calif.
Sunny Yan Monterey, Calif.
Sean Yi Auburn, Wash.
 
Girls Division
Sydney Babiak Martinez, Calif.
Klara Castillo Albuquerque, N.M.
Monica Chen Fremont, Calif.
Neeve Chen Roseville, Calif.
Kelly Fang Foster City, Calif.
Sifan He (China) Kobe, Japan
Emilee Hoffman Folsom, Calif.
Sophia Hui Dublin, Calif.
Yoonhee Kim San Ramon, Calif.
Ailin Li (China) Windermere, Fla.
Catherina Li Kent, Wash.
Marianne Li Bellevue, Wash.
Beth Lillie Fullerton, Calif.
Jessica Luo San Jose, Calif.
Grace Park (South Korea) San Jose, Calif.
Elisa Pierre Santa Clarita, Calif.
Amanjoty Sangha San Mateo, Calif.
Kathleen Scavo Benicia, Calif.
Samantha Winchester Encino, Calif.
Anna Zhou Palo Alto, Calif.
Katherine Zhu San Jose, Calif.