2009 AJGA Season Kicks Into Gear Over Easter Weekend
 

Easter Weekend Events Kick Off Open Event Season for 2009

Here are some highlights from the three AJGA Open events being hosted across the country this weekend. The Chateau Elan Junior All-Star presented by Fellowship of Christian Athletes is also taking place, with juniors ages 12-15 looking to make a great impression.

Mizuno Junior at Innisbrook

- Patrick Winther, a native of Denmark, looks to continue his streak of impressive finishes. A year ago, Winther was ranked No. 171 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Now, he currently sits at No. 2 after victories at the Polo Golf Junior Classic in November and the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in February.
                                                                                      
- 2008 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Victoria Tanco will look for another strong year in 2009, her second year competing in the United States. Tanco, a native of Argentina but currently living in Bradenton, Fla., took home victories in 2008 at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, The PING Invitational, the Scott Robertson Memorial and at the Orange Bowl International Golf Championship.

- Twenty-seven players have signed a National Letter of Intent, including six junior golfers who plan to attend Florida schools: Andrew Colvin and Valentina Fontaine (Central Florida), Michael Hebert and George Letson (Florida State), Maria Piccio (University of Florida), and Jaime Ritter (University of Miami).

Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club

- With 20 Rolex Junior All-Americans in the field at the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club, the competition will be fierce in Mesa, Ariz., this weekend.

- Defending champions Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz., and Trey Kaahanui of Tempe, Ariz., will both return hoping for back-to-back victories.

- Also of note is Andrew Yun of Chandler, Ariz., a four-time Rolex Junior All-American with four AJGA victories under his belt. In the Girls Division, keep an eye out for Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii. Kim is a five-time Rolex Junior All-American with three career AJGA victories to her name.

Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions

-Three future Texas A&M Aggies will be playing at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M this week: Ryan Blair (Center Valley, Pa.), Ryan Kelley (The Woodlands, Texas) and Sarah Beth Davis (Victoria, Texas).

- Both of the 2008 champions return to Texas A&M hoping to successfully defend their titles. Jordan Spieth is coming off a runner-up finish at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in February, while Alexis Thompson finished T21 and was the low amateur at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship last week.

- The Boys Division has been won by a Texas native in 10 of the last 11 years, including 2008’s champion, Jordan Spieth of Dallas. This year's Boys Division field includes 41 players from Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Results
Preseason Junior at Fieldstone
Boys
Total
1
Thomas Sullinger
145
T
2
Chase Lakari
149
T
2
Jack Kunkel
149
Girls
Total
1
Tabytha Robinson
160
T
2
Samantha Kellstrom
161
T
2
Marissa Kirkwood
161
AJGA Junior at The Legends presented by Plaza Motors
Boys
Total
1
Matthew Liston
140
2
Varun Chopra
144
3
Pierce Aichinger
146
Girls
Total
1
Micheala Williams
147
2
Kailie Vongsaga
149
T
3
Madasyn Pettersen
150
T
3
Belinda Hu
150
T
3
Amy Matsuoka
150
Junior All-Star at Forsgate
Boys
Total
1
*Brandon Yoon
142
2
Joe Parrini
142
T
3
Ethan Ng
144
T
3
Alexander Yun
144
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Peter
144
2
Yoonju Shin
147
T
3
Mallory Lovell
148
T
3
Crystal Wang
148
Preseason Junior at Chesapeake Bay presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Brady Pevarnik
147
T
2
Bruce Shober
148
T
2
Michael Sydnes
148
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Muhlbauer
154
2
Carolyn Wang
159
3
Lauren Freyvogel
161
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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