AJGA Junior at Spring Valley

Spring Valley Country Club
Columbia, S.C. March 28 - 30, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • crichards@ajga.org

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 62 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Andrew Alligood 2015 University of North Florida
Eric Bae 2016 Wake Forest
Nickolaus Budd 2015 Georgia State University
Marcus Byrd 2015 Middle Tennessee State University
Jake Carter 2016 Florida State University
Timothy Colanta 2015 University of Maryland
Jake DeZoort 2015 University of Alabama
Will Dickson 2017 Georgia Tech
Hunter Dunagan 2016 College of Charleston
Blake Fiest 2015 Virginia Tech
Stephen Franken 2015 NC State University
Hartej Gill 2014 New York University
Elliott Grayson 2014 University of Akron
Tyler Green 2016 Purdue University
Will Grimmer 2015 Ohio State University
John Hayden 2015 University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)
Austin Hitt 2016 University of North Carolina
Jonathan Hsu 2015 Lehigh University
Willis Huynh 2014 Army
Jimmy Jones 2014 Florida Southern
Jonathan Keppler 2015 Florida State University
Jackson Lang 2015 Davidson College
S.M. Lee 2016 University of Minnesota
Philip Loeb 2015 Elon University
Patrick McDonald 2014 University of Memphis
Will Miles 2015 University of South Carolina
Bryson Nimmer 2015 Clemson University
Andrew Orischak 2017 University of Virginia
Anthony Perrino 2015 Georgetown University
Trent Phillips 2018 University of Georgia
Caleb Proveaux 2016 University of South Carolina
Doc Redman 2016 Clemson University
Harrison Rhoades 2015 Georgetown University
Ross Robison 2014 UNC - Wilmington
Christian Salzer 2016 North Carolina State University
Benjamin Shipp 2016 North Carolina State University
Blake Smith 2015 Western Kentucky University
Ryan Stachler 2015 University of South Carolina
Scott Stevens 2015 University of South Carolina
Tyler Strafaci 2016 Georgia Institute of Technology
Gray Townsend 2014 Southern Methodist University
Timothy Wiseman 2015 Ball State University
Zachary Zediker 2015 Kennesaw State University
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Karen Arimoto 2015 University of Oklahoma
Carly Burkhardt 2016 Furman University
Nicolette Donovan 2015 Virginia Tech
Lauren Gros 2014 Georgetown
Katie Holt 2015 Mississippi State University
Anne Taylor Hough 2015 Virginia Tech
Ailin Li 2015 Boston College
Lauren Lightfritz 2016 Mercer University
Diane Lim 2015 The College of Coastal Georgia
Emilia Migliaccio 2017 Wake Forest University
Isidora Nilsson Rubio 2015 South Carolina
Ana Ruiz 2014 Oklahoma University
Thamonpat Siriko 2014 Indiana University
Natalie Srinivasan 2016 Furman University
Lauren Stephenson 2015 Clemson University
Annie Swords 2015 Georgia Southern University
Khushboo Thiagaraj 2014 Radford
Ana Paula Valdes 2016 Clemson University
Janet Zhang 2015 University of Pennsylvania
Local flavor: 16 players from South Carolina will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Jake Carter Aiken 2016
William Harwood Columbia 2016
Zach McLain Gilbert 2016
Will Miles Hilton Head Island 2015
Bryson Nimmer Bluffton 2015
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island 2017
Cole Patterson Greenville 2015
Trent Phillips Inman 2018
Caleb Proveaux Lexington 2016
Christian Salzer Sumter 2016
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Carly Burkhardt Greenville 2016
Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg 2015
Rei Nakatani Hilton Head Island 2016
Natalie Srinivasan Spartanburg 2016
Lauren Stephenson Lexington 2015
Ana Paula Valdes Bluffton 2016
Spring Valley Country Club
Spring Valley Country Club is located in Columbia, S.C., on 150 acres of trees, ponds and natural wildflowers that are designed to maintain the area's natural beauty and challenge golfers. The AJGA Junior at Spring Valley marks the first AJGA event held at the course.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 28
1 p.m. Junior-Am Lunch and Awards Reception
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Saturday, March 29
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees
Sunday, March 30
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees
3 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017)
At No. 75 in the Polo Golf Rankings Orischak starts his second AJGA season in 2014. In 2013, Orischak played in two events, including the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open, where he captured his first AJGA victory.
Will Minton, Raleigh, N.C. (2015)
A high school junior, Minton will begin his fifth AJGA season at the AJGA Junior at Spring Valley. Minton looks to build on a successful 2013 season which included two top-10 finishes.
Scott Stevens, Chattanooga, Tenn. (2015)
Stevens was a runner-up at the 2013 Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship with tournament rounds of 75-71-72. In 2013, Stevens also finished among the top 15 at the Davis Love III Junior Open.
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. (2015)
A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Stephenson has collected three career AJGA victories, including two in 2013 at the IJGA Junior Open and the Junior All-Star at Château Élan. Stephenson's first win came in 2012 at the Golf Pride Junior Classic.
Ailin Li, (China) Orlando, Fla. (2015)
Li begins her fifth AJGA season in 2014. In 2013, Li compiled five top-10 finishes including a win at the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star where she recorded tournament rounds of 72-72-68. In 2012, Li captured her first victory at the AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at Spring Valley 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.

Tournament field

- Bold indicates South Carolina native
Boys Division
Andrew Alligood Saint Johns, Fla.
Eric Bae Pinehurst, N.C.
Nickolaus Budd Woodstock, Ga.
Marcus Byrd Dunwoody, Ga.
Jake Carter Aiken, S.C.
Max Clift Kitchener, Ontario
Timothy Colanta Reunion, Fla.
Jake DeZoort Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Will Dickson Providence, R.I.
Hunter Dunagan Martinez, Ga.
Blake Fiest Huntersville, N.C.
Stephen Franken Raleigh, N.C.
Hartej Gill Monroe Township, N.J.
Elliott Grayson Shelby, N.C.
Tyler Green Columbia City, Ind.
Will Grimmer Cincinnati, Ohio
Andreas Halvorsen (Norway) St. Augustine, Fla.
Austin Harrill Hickory, N.C.
William Harwood Columbia, S.C.
John Hayden Birmingham, Ala.
Austin Hitt Longwood, Fla.
Jake Holt Jupiter, Fla.
Jonathan Hsu Atlanta, Ga.
Willis Huynh Syosset, N.Y.
Jimmy Jones Tampa, Fla.
Jonathan Keppler Marietta, Ga.
Sun Kim L'Ile-Perrot, Quebec
Jackson Lang Lexington, Mass.
S.M. Lee Buford, Ga.
Philip Loeb Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Patrick McDonald Chattanooga, Tenn.
Zach McLain Gilbert, S.C.
Will Miles Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Will Minton Raleigh, N.C.
Bryson Nimmer Bluffton, S.C.
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Cole Patterson Greenville, S.C.
Anthony Perrino Mooresville, N.C.
Trent Phillips Inman, S.C.
Caleb Proveaux Lexington, S.C.
Doc Redman Raleigh, N.C.
Harrison Rhoades Raleigh, N.C.
Ross Robison Wilmington, N.C.
Christian Salzer Sumter, S.C.
Benjamin Shipp Duluth, Ga.
Blake Smith Knoxville, Tenn.
Ryan Stachler Alpharetta, Ga.
Scott Stevens Chattanooga, Tenn.
Tyler Strafaci Davie, Fla.
Gray Townsend Winston-Salem, N.C.
Timothy Wiseman Corydon, Ind.
Zachary Zediker Macon, Ga.
Yidong Zhang (Canada) Orlando, Fla.
Girls Division
Karen Arimoto (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Carly Burkhardt Greenville, S.C.
Nicolette Donovan Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Lauren Gros Windermere, Fla.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Katie Holt Clermont, Fla.
Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg, S.C.
Gina Kim Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ailin Li (China) Orlando, Fla.
Lauren Lightfritz Suwanee, Ga.
Diane Lim Norcross, Ga.
Kaho Monica Matsubara San Diego, Calif.
Emilia Migliaccio Cary, N.C.
Madison Moosa Charlotte, N.C.
Rei Nakatani (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Isidora Nilsson Rubio Lo Barnechea, Chile
Ana Ruiz Chihuahua Chihuahua, Mexico
Thamonpat Siriko Bangkok, Thailand
Natalie Srinivasan Spartanburg, S.C.
Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C.
Annie Swords Newnan, Ga.
Khushboo Thiagaraj (India) Haymarket, Va.
Ana Paula Valdes (Mexico) Bluffton, S.C.
Janet Zhang Richmond, British Columbia