AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T

Steelwood Country Club
Loxley, Ala. June 3 - 6, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 47 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Bennett Baker 2015 Florida State Universty
Philip Barbaree 2017 Louisiana State University
Chandler Blanchet 2014 West Florida
Christian Bosso 2014 West Florida
Hayden Buckley 2014 Missouri
Chase Burkhalter 2013 Florida A&M
Blake Caldwell 2014 LSU
Kristian Caparros 2015 Florida
Ryan Celano 2014 Florida
Will Duma 2015 Virginia Tech
Chase Feagin 2013 Oglethorpe
Jake Fendt 2015 Kennesaw State University
Alex Green 2015 University of Alabama
Jordan Gumberg 2014 University of Tennessee
Preston Harrington 2013 UNC Wilmington
John Hayden 2015 uab
Nick Heinen 2014 Oklahoma State
Jose Hernandez 2013 Lamar
Andrew Hudson 2013 North Texas
Nathan Jeansonne 2015 Louisiana State University
Tyler Joiner 2015 Georgia Tech
Vasili Kartos 2014 University of Southern Mississippi
Jonathan Keppler 2015 Florida State University
David Mackey 2015 University of Georgia
Maxwell Miller 2015 Texas A&M
Matthew Perrine 2014 Auburn University
Davis Riley 2015 Alabama
Jason Rogers 2014 Gardner-Webb University
Thomas Ruli, Jr 2014 Spring Hill College
Anton Serafini 2016 Georgia Tech
Sawyer Shaw 2014 Dartmouth College
Connor Slane 2013 North Alabama
Connor Smith 2014 Middle Tennessee State University
Ryan Stachler 2015 South Carolina
Dillon Woods 2013 University of North Florida
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Katie Bishop 2014 Presbyterian College
Sydney Cavin 2014 Louisiana State University
Taylor Coleman 2015 Arizona State
Tatum Jackson 2014 Rutgers University
Kaeli Jones 2014 University of South Alabama
Heather Nail 2014 University of Mobile
Anna Newell 2014 University of Tennessee
Sara Riascos 2014 Rollins College
Jayshree Sarathy 2014 Yale
Payton Schanen 2015 Mercer University
Taylor Thompson 2013 Centenary
Sydney Youngblood 2016 University of Oklahoma
 
 
Local flavor: 21 players from Alabama will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Michael Brown Birmingham 2015
Colby Carr Fairhope 2015
Nicholas Cortez Hoover 2015
Chase Feagin Dothan 2013
Channing Flowers Mobile 2014
Alex Green Point Clear 2015
John Hayden Birmingham 2015
Wells Hooper Montgomery 2015
Vasili Kartos Birmingham 2014
Payton Massey Theodore 2015
James Medley Athens 2014
Brooks Rabren Dozier 2015
Steven Setterstrom Jr. Mobile 2014
Connor Slane Helena 2013
Connor Smith Birmingham 2014
Sheldon Statkewicz Mobile 2013
Austin Turner Mobile 2014
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Virginia Green Fairhope 2017
Tatum Jackson Mountain Brook 2014
Heather Nail Hartselle 2014
Rebecca Todd Daphne 2014
Returning for more
Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., looks to finish atop the leaderboard at Steelwood Country Club after tying for second at the 2012 event. Ryan Celano of Naples, Fla., took fifth in last year's event, Dillon Woods of Jacksonville, Fla., finished sixth, and Alex Green of Fairhope, Ala., took eighth and each will return to this year's field. In the Girls Division, Tatum Jackson of Mountain Brook, Ala., is coming back to represent her home state after finishing 13th in 2012.
Past player makes Masters debut
Before Guan Tianlang qualified for the 2013 Masters in lieu of winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, he competed in the 2012 AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T. Tianlang tied for 11th at Steelwood Country Club after posting rounds of 75-71-75--221. He was the youngest Masters competitor ever at 14 years, six months.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 3
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
6:30 p.m. Junior-Am Awards Reception
 
Tuesday, June 4
7 a.m. 12:10 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, June 5
7 a.m. 12:10 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, June 6
7 a.m. 12:10 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss. (2015)
At No. 32 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Riley is the highest-ranked player in the field. The honorable-mention Rolex Junior All-American returns to Steelwood Country Club after a runner-up finish in 2012. Throughout his junior golf career, he has posted seven top-10 finishes in national competition. Riley is coming off a T16 showing at the Thunderbird International Junior and has verbally committed to Alabama.
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. (2017)
A two-time AJGA champion, Barbaree will compete in the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T for the first time. The honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American holds eight top-10 AJGA finishes and looks to add to his list of accolades in 2013. The rising freshman is No. 35 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga. (2015)
At No. 44 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Dai is the highest-ranked player in the Girls Division. She received honorable mention Rolex Junior All-America honors in 2012 behind the strength of six top-10 finishes in national competition that year. Dai has one AJGA win to her name, the 2010 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star and will vie for another trophy at Steelwood Country Club.
Anna Newell, Tampa, Fla. (2014)
Newell will compete in Loxley, Ala., for the first time as she seeks her first AJGA victory. The Rolex Junior All-American has five top-10 finishes in national competition under her belt, including a tie for second at the 2012 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair. The rising senior has verbally committed to play college golf at Tennessee.
 

2012 Results

AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T
Steelwood Country Club (June 4 - 7, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 Brendon Jelley Tulsa, Okla. 76–69–68—213
T2 Brandon Pierce Covington, La. 73–70–71—214
T2 Davis Riley Hattiesburg, Miss. 76–65–73—214
4 Tzu-Wei Lin (Taiwan) Palmetto, Fla. 74–71–70—215
5 Ryan Celano Naples, Fla. 76–73–67—216
 
Girls Division
1 *Aliea Clark Carlsbad, Calif. 78–67–72—217
2 Cheyenne Knight Aledo, Texas 71–77–69—217
T3 Anna Sophia Bohmer Cali, Colombia 72–76–70—218
T3 Grace Choi Dallas, Texas 74–72–72—218
5 Shawn Rennegarbe Addieville, Ill. 76–72–73—221
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Past Champions

Boys Champions
2012 Brendon Jelley Tulsa, Okla. 76–69–68—213
2011 Jake McBride Hartville, Ohio 70–71–71—212
2010 Jimmy Beck Columbus, Ga. 67–76–68—211
2009 Conner Pratt Birmingham, Ala. 67–68–73—208
2008 Smylie Kaufman Birmingham, Ala. 75–70–72—217
 
Girls Champions
2012 *Aliea Clark Carlsbad, Calif. 78–67–72—217
2011 *Mariah Stackhouse Riverdale, Ga. 75–71–72—218
2010 *Mariah Stackhouse Riverdale, Ga. 76–74–69—219
2009 *Nicole Agnello Longwood, Fla. 73–72–79—224
2008 Amy Ruengmateekhun Garland, Texas 75–76–72—223
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T 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 Alabama native
Boys Division
Brian Bak Nutley, N.J.
Bennett Baker Tallahassee, Fla.
Philip Barbaree Shreveport, La.
Chandler Blanchet Gainesville, Fla.
Brennan Bogdanovich Suwanee, Ga.
Christian Bosso Pensacola, Fla.
Patrick Bridges Atlanta, Ga.
Beau Briggs Covington, La.
Michael Brown Birmingham, Ala.
Hayden Buckley Belden, Miss.
Chase Burkhalter Tallahassee, Fla.
Zachary Burnham Metropolis, Ill.
Blake Caldwell Ponchatoula, La.
Kristian Caparros Hollywood, Fla.
Colby Carr Fairhope, Ala.
Ryan Celano Naples, Fla.
Matt Collins Duluth, Ga.
Nicholas Cortez Hoover, Ala.
Will Duma Atlanta, Ga.
Chase Feagin Dothan, Ala.
Jake Fendt Suwanee, Ga.
Preston Fleenor Mission Hills, Kan.
Channing Flowers Mobile, Ala.
Wilson Furr Jackson, Miss.
Alex Green Point Clear, Ala.
Jordan Gumberg Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Preston Harrington Dallas, Texas
John Hayden Birmingham, Ala.
Nick Heinen Edmond, Okla.
Jose Hernandez Dominican Republic
Wells Hooper Montgomery, Ala.
Andrew Hudson Burleson, Texas
Shogo Ito (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Nathan Jeansonne Keithville, La.
Cole Johnson Parrish, Fla.
Tyler Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Vasili Kartos Birmingham, Ala.
Jonathan Keppler Marietta, Ga.
Brennan LeBlanc Baton Rouge, La.
Jack Little Montgomery, Texas
David Mackey Bogart, Ga.
Payton Massey Theodore, Ala.
James Medley Athens, Ala.
Maxwell Miller College Station, Texas
Hays Moreland Memphis, Tenn.
Matthew Mourin Miami Lakes, Fla.
Zachary Myers Ocean Springs, Miss.
Tennoshin Ogawa (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Jin Han Park (South Korea) irvine, Calif.
Matthew Perrine Austin, Texas
Brooks Rabren Dozier, Ala.
Davis Riley Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jason Rogers Destin, Fla.
Thomas Ruli, Jr Mandeville, La.
Anton Serafini Lake Mary, Fla.
Steven Setterstrom Jr. Mobile, Ala.
Sawyer Shaw West Palm Beach, Fla.
Benjamin Shipp Duluth, Ga.
Connor Slane Helena, Ala.
Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala.
Zachary Smith Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Ryan Stachler Alpharetta, Ga.
Sheldon Statkewicz Mobile, Ala.
Tyler Strafaci Davie, Fla.
Austin Turner Mobile, Ala.
Stephen Wall Madisonville, La.
Grant Welch Baton Rouge, La.
Nathan Williams Gainesville, Ga.
Dillon Woods Jacksonville, Fla.
Zachary Zediker Gray, Ga.
Yidong Zhang (Canada) Orlando, Fla.
 
Girls Division
Kelsie Belan Ty Ty, Ga.
Katie Bishop Cleveland, Tenn.
Sydney Cavin Baton Rouge, La.
Taylor Coleman San Antonio, Texas
Rachel Dai Milton, Ga.
Virginia Green Fairhope, Ala.
Sarah Harrison Martinez, Ga.
Abigail Herrmann Pensacola, Fla.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Miranda Holt Pensacola, Fla.
Tatum Jackson Mountain Brook, Ala.
Kaeli Jones Sumterville, Fla.
Heather Nail Hartselle, Ala.
Rei Nakatani (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Anna Newell Tampa, Fla.
Madison Pacheco Pensacola, Fla.
Sara Riascos Bogota, Colombia
Jayshree Sarathy Palo Alto, Calif.
Payton Schanen Milton, Ga.
Taylor Thompson Baton Rouge, La.
Rebecca Todd Daphne, Ala.
Blakesly Warren Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sydney Youngblood Durant, Okla.