The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf

TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. August 28 - September 1, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 54 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
  Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Dawson Armstrong 2014 Lipscomb University
Bennett Baker 2015 Florida State Universty
Philip Barbaree 2017 Louisiana State University
Sam Burns 2015 LSU
Harold Calubid 2014 Fresno State University
Kristian Caparros 2015 Florida
Nick Carlson 2015 Michigan
Derek Castillo 2016 UNLV
Anthony Cecere 2014 Pepperdine University
Austin Connelly 2015 Southern Methodist University
Sean Crocker 2014 University of Southern California
George Cunningham 2014 University of Arizona
Brad Dalke 2016 Oklahoma
Ben Doyle 2014 Cal - Berkeley
Brendon Doyle 2014 Indiana University
Noah Edmondson 2015 Arkansas
Klaus Ganter 2015 Deutsche Schule Madrid
Frank Garber 2014 University of Washington
Jorge Garcia 2015 Florida
Doug Ghim 2014 University of Texas
William Gordon 2015 Vanderbilt University
Ryan Grider 2017 Southern Methodist University
Benjamin Griffin 2014 North Carolina
Jonathan Hardee 2014 Alabama
Theo Humphrey 2014 Vanderbilt University
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 2014 University of Tennessee
Jacob Joiner 2014 Georgia Tech
Justin Kim 2016 UNLV
Marcus Kinhult 2014 Korrespondensgymnasiet
KK Limbhasut 2014 UC Berkeley
David Mackey 2015 University of Georgia
Patrick Martin 2015 Vanderbilt University
Tyler McDaniel 2015 Kentucky
Patrick McDonald 2014 University of Memphis
Dylan Meyer 2014 University of Illinois
Tyler Moore 2015 University of Arizona
Gordon Neale 2015 Southern Methodist University
Thadd Obecny II 2014 University of Central Florida
Alvaro Ortiz 2014 University of Arkansas
Christopher Petefish 2014 Georgia Tech
William Register 2014 University of North Carolina
Davis Riley 2015 Alabama
Lorenzo Scalise 2014 University of Tennessee
Scott Scheffler 2014 University of Texas
Ben Schlottman 2014 Auburn
Connor Smith 2014 Middle Tennessee State University
Jacob Solomon 2015 Auburn University
Kyle Sterbinsky 2015 Wake Forest
Aaron Terrazas 2015 Oklahoma
Carter Thompson 2014 Florida State University
Braden Thornberry 2015 Ole Miss
Peter Thorseth 2014 Texas A&M
Austen Truslow 2014 University of Virginia
Adam Wood 2014 Duke
 
 
Local flavor: Eight players from Florida will compete.
  Hometown Grad
Bennett Baker Tallahassee 2015
Kristian Caparros Hollywood 2015
Jorge Garcia Miami 2015
Andreas Halvorsen St. Augustine 2015
Tiger Lee Howey in the Hills 2015
Carter Thompson Tallahassee 2014
Austen Truslow New Smyrna Beach 2014
Andy Zhang Reunion 2016
Juniors get the TOUR experience
The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf is held at TPC Sawgrass, home of The PLAYERS Championship. The event is one of six on the 2013 schedule played at a course which also hosts a professional golf event. In 2012, Bud Cauley became the event's first alum to compete at the PGA TOUR's PLAYERS Championship. Cauley first to go from Junior PLAYERS to THE PLAYERS
Around the world
The field boasts 19 players from foreign countries. The most represented country outside of the United States is Mexico with three juniors native of the southern neighbor. France, Ireland, Norway, Spain and Sweden will each be represented by two players, while Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and Panama each have one native player in the field.
The field by the numbers
Eight of the top 10 in the Polo Golf Rankings are scheduled to compete at the event. Scott Scheffler of Dallas, tops the field at No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, while Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., (No. 2) and Tyler McDaniel of Manchester, Ky., (No. 10) are the only juniors returning who finished among the top-five in 2012.
Bill Huges named 2012 GM of the Year
Bill Hughes, General Manager of TPC Sawgrass, was named the General Manager of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association following the 2012 season. This award honors the general manager that displays an unwavering support of the AJGA and junior golf by creating a memorable tournament experience for players, families, staff and volunteers. Hughes was a driving force in creating The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf in 2007. General Manager of the Year: Bill Hughes
The Mission
More than half of the players in the field have verbally committed to play college golf at 30 different institutions.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 29
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Friday, August 30
8 – 10 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Saturday, August 31
8 – 10 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Sunday, September 1
8 – 10 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
3 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (2014)
Scheffler's successful 2013 season began with a runner-up finish at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, followed by back-to-back T2 showings at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and Thunderbird International Junior. The University of Texas verbal commit placed T10 at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Scheffler, No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, competed for the winning West Team at the 2013 Wyndham Cup, posting a 3-1-0 record.
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2016)
Dalke has notched three top-10 finishes in national competition in 2013 and is ranked No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The 2016 graduate won the 2013 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and competed on the winning West Team at the 2013 Wyndham Cup where he went undefeated. Dalke is a two-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American and has verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma.
Jorge Garcia, (Venezuela) Miami, Fla. (2015)
Garcia began the 2013 season at No. 393 in the Polo Golf Rankings. He then won the 2013 Puerto Rico Junior Open and the Thunderbird International Junior, and became the eighth-youngest player in history to make the cut in a TOUR event at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com. Most recently, Garcia posted a record of 3-1-0 for the East Team at Wyndham Cup. The University of Florida verbal commit arrives at The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf ranked No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. (2014)
Wood has two AJGA titles on his resume and 11 top-10 finishes in national competition. The Duke University verbal commit was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2012 and honorable mention in 2011. Wood competed on the East Team at the 2013 Wyndham Cup where he went 2-2-0.
 

2012 Results

The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf
TPC Sawgrass (August 29 - September 2, 2012)
 
1 Robby Shelton, IV Wilmer, Ala. 70–67–72—209
2 Brad Dalke Hobart, Okla. 71–67–72—210
3 Jim Liu Smithtown, N.Y. 70–67–77—214
4 Daniel De La Garza Monterrey, Mexico 74–70–71—215
T5 Peter Kim Metuchen, N.J. 74–68–74—216
T5 Brandon Pierce Covington, La. 74–72–70—216
T7 Ben Dietrich Bluffton, S.C. 80–65–72—217
T7 Nicolo Galletti Phoenix, Ariz. 74–69–74—217
T9 Vincent Whaley McKinney, Texas 74–69–75—218
T9 Matt Gilchrest Southlake, Texas 75–68–75—218
T9 Pierre Mazier St Raphael, France 72–73–73—218
T9 Tyler McDaniel Manchester, Ky. 72–71–75—218
 

Past Champions

2012 Robby Shelton, IV Wilmer, Ala. 70–67–72—209
2011 Gavin Hall Pittsford, N.Y. 72–64–75—211
2010 Michael Johnson Birmingham, Ala. 68–72–72—212
2009 Bobby Wyatt Mobile, Ala. 66–73–71—210
2008 Evan Beck Virginia Beach, Va. 70–69–70—209
2007 Morgan Hoffmann Saddlebrook, N.J. 71–67–71—209

Media Accommodations

The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf 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
Dawson Armstrong Brentwood, Tenn.
Bennett Baker Tallahassee, Fla.
Philip Barbaree Shreveport, La.
Zachary Bauchou Forest, Va.
Adam Blommé Stockholm, Sweden
Sam Burns Shreveport, La.
Marcos Cabarcos Panama, Panama
Harold Calubid Long Beach, Calif.
Kristian Caparros Hollywood, Fla.
Nick Carlson Hamilton, Mich.
Derek Castillo Yorba Linda, Calif.
Anthony Cecere Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Matt Cheng Taipei, Taiwan
Varun Chopra Champaign, Ill.
Austin Connelly Irving, Texas
Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe) Westlake Village, Calif.
George Cunningham Tucson, Ariz.
Brad Dalke Hobart, Okla.
Ben Doyle La Jolla, Calif.
Brendon Doyle Louisville, Ky.
Noah Edmondson Davidson, N.C.
Manuel Elvira Santander, Spain
Joris Etlin Frejus, France
Klaus Ganter Madrid, Spain
Frank Garber Kirkland, Wash.
Giacomo Garbin Bodio Lomnago, Italy
Jorge Garcia (Venezuela) Miami, Fla.
Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico
Doug Ghim Arlington Heights, Ill.
William Gordon Davidson, N.C.
Ryan Grider Lewisville, Texas
Benjamin Griffin Chapel Hill, N.C.
Andreas Halvorsen (Norway) St. Augustine, Fla.
Jonathan Hardee Greer, S.C.
Theo Humphrey Greenwich, Conn.
Kodai Igari Kitaibaraki, Japan
Kristian Krogh Johannessen Hokksund, Norway
Jacob Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Marcus Kinhult Fiskebäckskil, Sweden
Tiger Lee (Hong Kong) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Rowan Lester Maynooth, Ireland
KK Limbhasut (Thailand) Loma Linda, Calif.
David Mackey Bogart, Ga.
Patrick Martin Birmingham, Ala.
Joshua McCarthy Danville, Calif.
Tyler McDaniel Manchester, Ky.
Patrick McDonald Chattanooga, Tenn.
Dylan Meyer Evansville, Ind.
Tyler Moore Escondido, Calif.
Collin Morikawa La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Zach Murray Wodonga, Australia
Gordon Neale Dove Canyon, Calif.
Thadd Obecny II Wheeling, W.Va.
Alvaro Ortiz Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Christopher Petefish Danville, Calif.
Donald Qiu Surrey, British Columbia
William Register Burlington, N.C.
Davis Riley Hattiesburg, Miss.
Juan Diego Sánchez Pillot Castillo Zapopan, Mexico
Lorenzo Scalise Monza, Italy
Scott Scheffler Dallas, Texas
Ben Schlottman Advance, N.C.
Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala.
Jacob Solomon Dublin, Calif.
Kyle Sterbinsky Yardley, Pa.
James Sugrue Maynooth, Ireland
Aaron Terrazas Mexico, Mexico
Carter Thompson Tallahassee, Fla.
Braden Thornberry Olive Branch, Miss.
Peter Thorseth Richmond, Texas
Austen Truslow New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Jonathan Vasquez Bryan, Texas
Victor Veyret Compiegne, France
Adam Wood Zionsville, Ind.
Cameron Young Scarborough, N.Y.
Simon Zach Prague, Czech Republic
Andy Zhang (China) Reunion, Fla.