Thunderbird International Junior
Grayhawk Golf Club
Scottsdale, Ariz. • May 24 - 27, 2013
American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET
- Format: 78-player field, 54-hole stroke play event
- Countries represented: 14
- Rolex Junior All-Americans: 45
- Signed National Letters of Intent: 21
- As the first AJGA Invitational of the summer, the Thunderbird International Junior will return to Grayhawk Golf Club for the 14th year in 2013.
|Local Arizona talent among top-ranked field|
|Christopher Petefish of Scottsdale will compete close to home in his first Thunderbird International Junior. Tucson natives Krystal Quihuis and George Cunningham will travel to Grayhawk Golf Club in hopes of winning their second AJGA titles of 2013. Quihuis, a Salpointe Catholic High rising senior, won the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club in March. Cunningham collected an AJGA title at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair. He won on the Copperhead Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s Tampa Bay Championship.|
|Returning champions seek titles|
|Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas and Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., will look to reclaim their titles at the Thunderbird International Junior. Both won the event in 2011, with Dalke making history as the AJGA’s youngest boys Invitational champion at 13 years, 9 months and 11 days. In all, there are 44 AJGA champions and medalists in the 2013 field.|
|Following in the victors’ footsteps|
|Within the tournament’s history, Thunderbird International Junior champions have continued their golf careers at the collegiate and professional levels. The first Girls Division champion in 2000 was Virada Nirapathpongporn of Bangkok, Thailand, who went on to win the women’s NCAA Championship in 2002 while playing for Duke and the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2003. Belen Mozo of Cadiz, Spain, won the Thunderbird International Junior in 2004 and continued her career at the University of Southern California. She was a four-time NCAA All-American before joining the Symetra Tour and is in her second year on the LPGA Tour. Current PGA TOUR player Ryan Moore won the 2001 Thunderbird International Junior. He followed his junior career at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas before turning professional and winning the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Casey Wittenberg won the 2002 Thunderbird International Junior after being named 2001 Rolex Junior Player of the Year. He was recently honored as the 2012 Web.com Tour Player of the Year.|
Schedule of Events
|Friday, May 24|
|11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|Saturday, May 25|
|7:15 – 9:15 a.m.||First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|Sunday, May 26|
|7:15 – 9:15 a.m.||Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|Monday, May 27|
|7:15 – 9:15 a.m.||Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Awards Luncheon (Family Welcome)|
Top Players to Watch
Thunderbird International Junior
Grayhawk Golf Club (May 25 - 28, 2012)
|1||Max Orrin||Kent, United Kingdom||70–67–69—206|
|2||AJ McInerney||Henderson, Nev.||71–68–72—211|
|3||Tae Wan Lee||(South Korea) Orlando, Fla.||68–71–73—212|
|4||Beau Hossler||Mission Viejo, Calif.||70–72–71—213|
|5||Juan Cerda||Santiago, Chile||73–69–72—214|
|1||*Ariya Jutanugarn||Bangkok, Thailand||72–72–67—211|
|2||Laura Sojo||(Colombia) Winter Garden, Fla.||71–71–69—211|
|T3||Sierra Sims||Austin, Texas||76–71–68—215|
|T3||Shannon Aubert||(France) Champions Gate, Fla.||71–70–74—215|
|5||Gabriella Then||Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.||71–75–71—217|
|* Won via a sudden-death playoff|
The Thunderbird International Junior 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 more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
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 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.