FJ Invitational

Sedgefield Country Club
Greensboro, N.C. June 9 - 13, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 68 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
  Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Dawson Armstrong 2014 Lipscomb University
Wes Artac 2014 Texas Tech
John Augenstein 2016 Vanderbilt University
Bennett Baker 2015 Florida State Universty
Philip Barbaree 2017 Louisiana State University
Benjamin Baxter 2014 Southern Methodist University
Chandler Blanchet 2014 West Florida
Kristian Caparros 2015 Florida
Cameron Champ 2014 Texas A&M
Justin Chong 2015 UNLV
Jack Comstock 2015 UNF
Kevin Conners 2015 University of Notre Dame
Cooper Dossey 2016 Texas A&M
Ryoto Furuya 2016 University of Illinois
Luis Gagne 2015 Louisiana State university
Luis Gerardo Garza 2016 Arkansas
William Gordon 2015 Vanderbilt University
Graham Gosselin 2015 Middle Tennessee State University
Michael Graboyes 2014 Cornell Univerisity
Ryan Grider 2017 Southern Methodist University
Benjamin Griffin 2014 North Carolina
Peter Griffith 2015 Northwestern University
Nick Hardy 2014 University of Illinois
Nick Heinen 2014 Oklahoma State
Nathan Jeansonne 2015 Louisiana State University
Tyler Joiner 2015 Georgia Tech
Charles Kim 2015 University of Texas
David Kim 2014 UC - IRVINE
Justin Kim 2016 UNLV
Mark Lawrence 2015 Auburn University
Jake Leavitt 2014 Elon
Walker Lee 2017 Texas A&M
KK Limbhasut 2014 UC Berkeley
Isaiah Logue 2014 Liberty University
David Mackey 2015 University of Georgia
Patrick Martin 2015 Vanderbilt University
Maxwell Miller 2015 Texas A&M
Jose Montano 2014 Xavier University
Tyler Moore 2015 University of Arizona
Collin Morikawa 2015 UC Berkeley
Andy Ogletree 2016 Georgia Tech
Zach Partin 2014 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Chandler Phillips 2015 Texas A&M
Trevor Phillips 2016 University of Georgia
Caleb Proveaux 2016 University of South Carolina
Spencer Ralston 2016 Georgia
Jonathan Rector 2015 Clemson University
Tyson Reeder 2015 Oklahoma State University
William Register 2014 University of North Carolina
Conor Rodrigues 2014 East Tennessee State University
Dean Sakata 2014 Army
Joshua Seiple 2014 University of Mississippi
Anton Serafini 2016 Georgia Tech
Brandon Smith 2015 Texas A&M
Kyle Sterbinsky 2015 Wake Forest
Scott Stevens 2015 University of South Carolina
Tyler Strafaci 2016 University of Georgia Tech
Payton Taylor 2014 Wisconsin
Gray Townsend 2014 Southern Methodist University
Zach Tracy 2015 University of Houston
Jens Verhey 2014 University of Notre Dame
Jeremy Wall 2014 Loyola University Maryland
Thomas Walsh 2015 University of Virginia
Daniel Wetterich 2015 Xavier University
Qi Wen Wong 2014 Singapore Military Obligation
Dylan Wu 2014 Northwestern
Edwin Yi 2015 University of Oregon
Sean Yu 2015 UC Berkeley
 
 
Local flavor: Seven players from North Carolina will compete.
  Hometown Grad
William Gordon Davidson 2015
Benjamin Griffin Chapel Hill 2014
Will Minton Raleigh 2015
Jonathan Rector Hendersonville 2015
William Register Burlington 2014
Gray Townsend Winston-Salem 2014
Thomas Walsh High Point 2015
Players get the TOUR experience at Sedgefield
Sedgefield Country Club has welcomed the AJGA six times for the FJ Invitational, providing the top-junior boys in the nation the opportunity to compete at a PGA TOUR venue. Home of the Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club's Donald Ross course opened in 1926.
FJ alumni among top collegiate and professional golfers
The list of distinguished FJ Invitational alumni continues to grow each year. The 2013 FJ Invitational champion Matt Gilchrest began his career on the Auburn men's golf team shortly after his victory and was named to the SEC All-Freshman and All-Conference teams. Robby Shelton, IV finished T4 in 2011 and was a member of the 2014 NCAA National Championship men's golf team at Alabama. Other notable alumni include 2013 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and European Tour champion Peter Uihlein.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 9
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, June 10
7 11:50 a.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, June 11
7 11:50 a.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, June 12
7 11:50 a.m. Third Round off No. 1 tee
 
Friday, June 13
7 10:45 a.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
4 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas (2015)
Connelly, a 2013 first-team Rolex Junior All-American, has 10 top-five finishes including three wins. He has verbally committed to Southern Methodist University and is currently the No. 8 player in the Polo Golf Rankings. Connelly tied for third at the 2013 FJ Invitational.
Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2014)
Griffin has five top-10 finishes, including a win at the 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions. This will be his third consecutive year at the FJ Invitational, finishing T12 and sixth in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The 2013 first-team Rolex Junior All-American has signed a National Letter of Intent with North Carolina and is currently No. 11 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif. (2014)
Champ, a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, has accumulated seven top-10 finishes, including runner-up at the 2012 PING Invitational. The Sacramento, Calif., native currently sits at No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has signed a National Letter of Intent with Texas A&M for the fall.
Cunningham has notched 11 top-10 finishes over his six-year AJGA career, including two wins. He was named a 2013 first-team Rolex Junior All-American after a victory at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair and three runner-up finishes. The 2013 FJ Invitational runner-up is currently No. 13 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (2015)
Morikawa, a 2013 first-team Rolex Junior All-American, has collected 10 top-10 finishes over his AJGA career. He won the 2013 Western Junior Championship and tied for ninth at the 2013 FJ Invitational. Morikawa currently sits at No. 15 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Media Accommodations

The FJ Invitational 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 North Carolina native
Dawson Armstrong Brentwood, Tenn.
Wes Artac Kingwood, Texas
John Augenstein Owensboro, Ky.
Bennett Baker Tallahassee, Fla.
Philip Barbaree Shreveport, La.
Benjamin Baxter Flower Mound, Texas
Chandler Blanchet Gainesville, Fla.
Kristian Caparros Hollywood, Fla.
Eduardo Carrete Queretaro, Mexico
Cameron Champ Sacramento, Calif.
Matt Cheng Taipei, Taiwan
Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif.
Varun Chopra Champaign, Ill.
Jack Comstock Jacksonville, Fla.
Austin Connelly Irving, Texas
Kevin Conners Downingtown, Pa.
Jake DeZoort Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Cooper Dossey Austin, Texas
Ryoto Furuya Alpharetta, Ga.
Luis Gagne Orlando, Fla.
Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico
William Gordon Davidson, N.C.
Graham Gosselin Knoxville, Tenn.
Michael Graboyes Watchung, N.J.
Ryan Grider Lewisville, Texas
Benjamin Griffin Chapel Hill, N.C.
Peter Griffith Westlake Village, Calif.
Andreas Halvorsen (Norway) St. Augustine, Fla.
Nick Hardy Northbrook, Ill.
Nick Heinen Edmond, Okla.
Nathan Jeansonne Keithville, La.
Cheng Jin Beijing, China
Tyler Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Derick Kelting Amarillo, Texas
Charlie Kennerly Jupiter, Fla.
Charles Kim (South Korea) Cedar Park, Texas
David Kim Buena Park, Calif.
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Jackson Lang Lexington, Mass.
Mark Lawrence Richmond, Va.
Jake Leavitt Woodstock, Md.
Roberto Lebrija Mexico City, Mexico
Walker Lee Houston, Texas
KK Limbhasut (Thailand) Loma Linda, Calif.
Isaiah Logue Fairfield, Pa.
David Mackey Bogart, Ga.
Patrick Martin Birmingham, Ala.
Camilo Mexsen (Mexico) Howey In The Hills, Fla.
Maxwell Miller College Station, Texas
Will Minton Raleigh, N.C.
Jose Montano (Bolivia) Bradenton, Fla.
Tyler Moore Escondido, Calif.
Collin Morikawa La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Taisei Negishi (Japan) San Diego, Calif.
Connor O'Brien Rowayton, Conn.
Andy Ogletree Little Rock, Miss.
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Zach Partin Lewisville, Texas
Chandler Phillips Huntsville, Texas
Trevor Phillips Inman, S.C.
Caleb Proveaux Lexington, S.C.
Spencer Ralston Gainesville, Ga.
Jonathan Rector Hendersonville, N.C.
Tyson Reeder Edmond, Okla.
William Register Burlington, N.C.
Conor Rodrigues Kingston, Ontario
Dean Sakata Diamond Bar, Calif.
Joshua Seiple Castle Rock, Colo.
Anton Serafini Lake Mary, Fla.
Davis Shore Knoxville, Tenn.
Brandon Smith Frisco, Texas
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif.
Kyle Sterbinsky Yardley, Pa.
Scott Stevens Chattanooga, Tenn.
Tyler Strafaci Davie, Fla.
Payton Taylor Vero Beach, Fla.
Gray Townsend Winston-Salem, N.C.
Zach Tracy Houston, Texas
Jens Verhey Reno, Nev.
Andrew Walker Battle Creek, Mich.
Jeremy Wall Brielle, N.J.
Thomas Walsh High Point, N.C.
Youxin (Robin) Wang (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Daniel Wetterich Cincinnati, Ohio
Trey Winstead Baton Rouge, La.
Qi Wen Wong (Singapore) Bradenton, Fla.
Dylan Wu Medford, Ore.
Edwin Yi Beaumont, Calif.
Sean Yu (Taiwan) Beaumont, Calif.