AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission

Ocala National Golf Club
Ocala, Fla. August 5 - 8, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 32 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
Tyler Bakich 2015 Florida State University
Chandler Blanchet 2014 West Florida
Corey Carlson 2015 Georgia
Ryan Celano 2014 Florida
John Coultas 2014 Florida Southern
Michael DeMorat 2014 Eastern Florida State College
Taylor Funk 2014 Texas
Luis Gagne 2015 Louisiana State university
Alex Green 2015 University of Alabama
Timmy Hanzelko 2014 Mercer University
Sam Humphreys 2014 University of Tulsa
Billy Johns 2014 Lehigh University
Tyler Joiner 2015 Georgia Tech
Jimmy Jones 2014 Florida Southern
Pureun Kim 2014 High Point University
Logan Lanier 2013 LaGrange College
Joshua Martin 2015 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matthew Plunkett 2015 West Point
Spencer Ralston 2016 Georgia
Alex Rios 2014 Coker College
Sawyer Shaw 2014 Dartmouth College
Ramsey Touchberry 2014 University of Florida
Henry Westmoreland IV 2014 University of West Florida
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Shannon Aubert 2014 Stanford University
Nicolette Donovan 2015 Virginia Tech
Jamie Freedman 2014 Nova Southeastern
Dylan Kim 2015 Baylor University
Madison Lellyo 2014 Rollins
Marisa Messana 2014 Clemson
Terese Romeo 2015 Mercer University
Taylor Tomlinson 2014 Florida
 
 
Local flavor: 61 players from Florida will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Bennett Baker Tallahassee 2015
Tyler Bakich Valrico 2015
Chandler Blanchet Gainesville 2014
Bryce Burke Orlando 2015
Corey Carlson Green Cove Springs 2015
Michele Cea Rome 2013
Ryan Celano Naples 2014
Jacques Celestino Sarasota 2015
Steven Chervony Boca Raton 2015
Drew Cooke Homosassa 2013
John Coultas Valrico 2014
Michael DeMorat Merritt Island 2014
Evan DeRoche Key West 2014
Taylor Funk Ponte Vedra 2014
Luis Gagne Orlando 2015
Timmy Hanzelko Lake Mary 2014
Kaleb Johnson Naples 2016
Jimmy Jones Tampa 2014
Kyle Kidd Crystal River 2015
Pureun Kim Gainesville 2014
Jacob Kline St Augustine 2015
Andrew Kozan Palm Beach Gardens 2017
Logan Lanier Saint Augustine 2013
Won Jun Lee Wesley Chapel 2017
Gabriel Lench Lake Mary 2015
Zongfan Li Bradenton 2016
Barry McDonnell Lakewood Ranch 2015
Alex Merriman Orlando 2014
Matthew Plunkett Ponte Vedra Beach 2015
Greyson Porter Clearwater 2016
Alex Rios Coral Springs 2014
Spencer Schultz Bradenton 2015
Sawyer Shaw West Palm Beach 2014
Priyanshu Singh Windermere 2014
Kevin Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach 2015
Zachary Smith Palm Beach Gardens 2015
Michael Spinger Trinity 2016
Tyler Strafaci Davie 2016
Kerry Sweeney Melbourne 2014
Ramsey Touchberry Bradenton 2014
Henry Westmoreland IV Wacissa 2014
Daniel Whelan Coral Springs 2015
Yidong Zhang Orlando 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Shannon Aubert Champions Gate 2014
Ansley Bowman St. Augustine 2015
Gabriela Coello Winter Garden 2016
Nicolette Donovan Ponte Vedra Beach 2015
Julia Durkin Miramar 2015
Ariadna Fonseca Windermere 2015
Jamie Freedman Miami 2014
Hana Furuichi Orlando 2015
Haydyn Gibson Clearwater 2016
Claire Hodges Sorrento 2017
Dylan Kim Winter Garden 2015
Madison Lellyo Windermere 2014
Marisa Messana Plantation 2014
Cynthia Navis Ponte Vedra Beach 2015
Madison Pacheco Pensacola 2015
Terese Romeo Tampa 2015
Taylor Tomlinson Gainesville 2014
Athena Yang Winter Haven 2016
Professional connection
Taylor Funk and James Leadbetter, sons of Fred Funk and David Leadbetter, respectively, will seek their first AJGA titles at the Junior All-Star at Ocala hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission. Taylor Funk has verbally committed to Texas, while Leadbetter will begin his college golf career at Arkansas in the fall.
Looking to defend
Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., carded a 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club to overcome a six-stroke deficit and claim his first AJGA title. He has yet to capture a second AJGA victory, but with experience on his side Albin returns to the field. Albin will have plenty of competition with Tyler Strafaci of Davie, Fla., and Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Ga., returning after tying for third in 2012.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 5
1:30 p.m. Practice Round
 
Tuesday, August 6
8 – 10 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees
 
Wednesday, August 7
8 – 10 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees
 
Thursday, August 8
8 – 10 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Luis Gerardo Garza, Leon, Mexico (2016)
At No. 60 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Garza is the highest-ranked player in the Boys Division. The rising sophomore has five top-10 AJGA finishes under his belt, including a second-place showing at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Château Élan.
Bennett Baker, Tallahassee, Fla. (2015)
Baker returns to the field after a T7 finish at the 2012 AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission. The rising junior captured his first AJGA title at the 2013 AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T. Baker is No. 88 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission 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 Florida native
Boys Division
Ben Albin Santa Fe, N.M.
Bennett Baker Tallahassee, Fla.
Tyler Bakich Valrico, Fla.
Chandler Blanchet Gainesville, Fla.
Bryce Burke (South Africa) Orlando, Fla.
Corey Carlson Green Cove Springs, Fla.
Michele Cea (Italy) Rome, Fla.
Ryan Celano Naples, Fla.
Jacques Celestino Sarasota, Fla.
Steven Chervony Boca Raton, Fla.
Drew Cooke Homosassa, Fla.
John Coultas Valrico, Fla.
Michael DeMorat Merritt Island, Fla.
Evan DeRoche Key West, Fla.
Taylor Funk Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Luis Gagne Orlando, Fla.
Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico
Alex Green Point Clear, Ala.
Tyler Hanson Albany, Ga.
Timmy Hanzelko Lake Mary, Fla.
Sam Humphreys Edmond, Okla.
Billy Johns Johns Creek, Ga.
Kaleb Johnson Naples, Fla.
Tyler Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Jimmy Jones Tampa, Fla.
Kyle Kidd Crystal River, Fla.
Pureun Kim (South Korea) Gainesville, Fla.
Jacob Kline St Augustine, Fla.
Andrew Kozan Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Logan Lanier Saint Augustine, Fla.
Won Jun Lee (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Gabriel Lench Lake Mary, Fla.
Zongfan Li (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Joshua Martin Pinehurst, N.C.
Barry McDonnell Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Alex Merriman Orlando, Fla.
Raul Pereda de la Huerta Cordoba, Mexico
Matthew Plunkett Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Greyson Porter Clearwater, Fla.
Noah Purvis Katy, Texas
Spencer Ralston Gainesville, Ga.
Alex Rios Coral Springs, Fla.
Colin Roche Northfield, N.J.
Brandon Sanner Shelbyville, Ky.
Spencer Schultz Bradenton, Fla.
Sawyer Shaw West Palm Beach, Fla.
Priyanshu Singh (India) Windermere, Fla.
Kevin Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Zachary Smith Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Michael Spinger Trinity, Fla.
Tyler Strafaci Davie, Fla.
Kyle Suppa Honolulu, Hawaii
Kerry Sweeney Melbourne, Fla.
Ramsey Touchberry Bradenton, Fla.
Henry Westmoreland IV Wacissa, Fla.
Daniel Whelan Coral Springs, Fla.
Yidong Zhang (Canada) Orlando, Fla.
 
Girls Division
Shannon Aubert (France) Champions Gate, Fla.
Ansley Bowman St. Augustine, Fla.
Anna Buchanan Athens, Ga.
Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla.
Nicolette Donovan Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Julia Durkin Miramar, Fla.
Ariadna Fonseca (Venezuela) Windermere, Fla.
Jamie Freedman Miami, Fla.
Hana Furuichi Orlando, Fla.
Haydyn Gibson Clearwater, Fla.
Virginia Green Fairhope, Ala.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Dylan Kim Winter Garden, Fla.
Madison Lellyo Windermere, Fla.
Maria Fernanda Lira Mexico City, Mexico
Marisa Messana Plantation, Fla.
Cynthia Navis Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Madison Pacheco Pensacola, Fla.
Terese Romeo Tampa, Fla.
Taylor Tomlinson Gainesville, Fla.
Athena Yang Winter Haven, Fla.