Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open

Chechessee Creek Club
Okatie, S.C. June 17 - 20, 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
Jeffrey Alexander 2014 Barry University
Andrew Eunice 2014 Valdosta State University
Brandon Greenplate 2014 Coker College
Evan Grenus 2014 Wofford College
Patrick Hallisey 2014 Boston College
Thomas Hoemeke 2013 Berry
Billy Johns 2014 Lehigh University
Logan Lanier 2013 LaGrange College
Brennan LeBlanc 2014 Lynn University
Cody Lissner 2014 Charleston Southern
Philip Loeb 2015 Elon University
Will Miles 2015 University Of South Carolina
Austin Morrison 2013 William & Mary
Davis Morrison 2013 William & Mary
Kyle Mueller 2014 University of Michigan
Bryson Nimmer 2015 Clemson University
Aaron Persily 2014 Hampden-Sydney College
Matthew Plunkett 2015 West Point
Andrew Purcell 2013 South Carolina Upstate
Aaron Purviance 2014 Methodist University
Harrison Rhoades 2015 Georgetown
Cody Solomon 2013 Washington & Lee
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Maggie Ashmore 2014 GRU Augusta
Ji Eun Baik 2013 Mississippi State
Aliea Clark 2014 UCLA
Lauren Gros 2014 Georgetown
Katy Harris 2013 Mercer
Anne Taylor Hough 2015 virginia Tech
Clementina Rodriguez 2015 WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Thamonpat Siriko 2014 Indiana University
Lauren Stephenson 2015 Clemson
Phyllis Tang 2014 Boston University
 
 
Local flavor: 17 players from South Carolina will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Taiga Fujii Hilton Head Island 2016
Austin Maher Bluffton 2013
Zach McLain Gilbert 2016
Will Miles Hilton Head Island 2015
Bryson Nimmer Bluffton 2015
Tennoshin Ogawa Hilton Head Island 2017
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island 2017
Alec Weary Bluffton 2016
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Kasidy Beckel Okatie 2015
Anna Eddy Hilton Head Island 2017
Kate Harper Isle of Palms 2016
Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg 2015
Rei Nakatani Hilton Head Island 2016
Clementina Rodriguez Hilton Head Island 2015
Lauren Stephenson Lexington 2015
Phyllis Tang Bluffton 2014
Ana Paula Valdes Bluffton 2016
Back for more
Shota Ozaki of Japan will look to beat his fourth-place showing in 2012 when he returns to the tournament this year. In the Girls Division, Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, S.C., returns after finishing five strokes back and tied for the third in 2012 event. She followed the finish with a victory at the 2012 Golf Pride Junior Classic a week later and has one win under her belt so far in 2013.
Hank Haney IJGA students compete close to stomping grounds
Saravit Kerdsinchai (2014), Austin Maher (2013), Phyllis Tang (2014) and Ana Paula Valdes (2016) will be competing at the tournament hosted by their school, the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy. Valdes will return to the AJGA stage after a 13th-place finish at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair.
Following in the victors' footsteps
Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open past champions have found success in their future endeavors. PGA TOUR player Kyle Stanley won the 2004 tournament and was a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. Before Stanley turned professional, he earned All-America and All-Conference accolades while playing for Clemson. Current LPGA players victorious at the event include the 1994 inaugural event champion Cristie Kerr. Beth Bauer (1995, 1997), Virada Nirapathpongporn (1998) and Julieta Granada (2003) also won the tournament before continuing their golf careers at the highest level.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 17
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, June 18
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Wednesday, June 19
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Thursday, June 20
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Zach McLain, Gilbert, S.C. (2016)
McLain, a rising sophomore at Gilbert High School, returns to the field as the highest-ranked player in the Boys Division at No. 226 in the Polo Golf Rankings. He has three top-10 finishes in national competition, including a T9 showing at the Scott Robertson Memorial in May 2013.
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. (2015)
At No. 26 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Stephenson will enter the tournament as the highest-ranked player in the field. The Clemson verbal commit won the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Château Élan in March after medaling an IMG Academy Preseason Series tournament at the same course in 2011. The rising junior was named a 2012 honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American behind the strength of four top-five finishes in national competition.
Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. (2014)
Clark will compete in the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open for the first time in 2013. The two-time AJGA champion capped off the 2012 season with three-top five finishes in national competition. One of her victories was highlighted by a seven-hole sudden death playoff at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T at Steelwood Country Club in Loxley, Ala. A rising senior, Clark was named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American as one of the AJGA's brightest minds and top competitors.
 

2012 Results

Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open
Bear Creek Golf Club (June 25 - 28, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 Ben Reeves Knoxville, Tenn. 75–72–73—220
2 Ryan Carpenter Aiken, S.C. 74–76–71—221
3 Carson Young Pendleton, S.C. 76–73–73—222
4 Shota Ozaki Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan 72–78–73—223
5 Matt Cheng Taipei, Taiwan 72–75–77—224
 
Girls Division
1 Taylor Tomlinson Gainesville, Fla. 72–80–72—224
2 Nicole Autrique Club De Golf La Hacienda, Mexico 78–77–71—226
T3 Jordan McKelvin Westminster, Md. 75–76–78—229
T3 Isabella Skinner Cumming, Ga. 73–75–81—229
T3 Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C. 78–79–72—229
 

Media Accommodations

The Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open 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 South Carolina native
Boys Division
Jeffrey Alexander Port Charlotte, Fla.
Joshua Allen Wilson, N.C.
Richard Allen Evans, Ga.
Andrew Arft Casselberry, Fla.
Jim Beatty Stephens, Ga.
August Beisel Savannah, Ga.
Thomas Burnett Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Stefano Butti (Switzerland) Palm City, Fla.
Ryan Dornes Lancaster, Pa.
Andrew Eunice Moultrie, Ga.
Rives Fleming Richmond, Va.
Will Franzen Raleigh, N.C.
Taiga Fujii (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Raj Ghosh Duluth, Ga.
Matthew Giles Louisville, Tenn.
Parker Gillam Cary, N.C.
Brandon Greenplate York, Pa.
Evan Grenus Glastonbury, Conn.
Patrick Hallisey Wethersfield, Conn.
Thomas Hoemeke Suwanee, Ga.
Jonathan Hsu Atlanta, Ga.
Billy Johns Johns Creek, Ga.
Philip Kelley III Advance, N.C.
Saravit Kerdsinchai (Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
Logan Lanier Saint Augustine, Fla.
Brennan LeBlanc Baton Rouge, La.
Jacob Lehman Guelph, Ontario
Cody Lissner Ellicott City, Md.
Philip Loeb Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Austin Maher (Canada) Bluffton, S.C.
Zach McLain Gilbert, S.C.
Will Miles Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Drew Minner Alpharetta, Ga.
Austin Morrison Charlotte, N.C.
Davis Morrison Charlotte, N.C.
Kyle Mueller Watkinsville, Ga.
Bryson Nimmer Bluffton, S.C.
Evan Norfleet Durham, N.C.
Tennoshin Ogawa (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Shota Ozaki Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Aaron Persily Charleston, W.Va.
Matthew Plunkett Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Andrew Purcell Salisbury, N.C.
Aaron Purviance Winston Salem, N.C.
Harrison Rhoades Raleigh, N.C.
Kobdech Rodrat Bangkok, Thailand
Stanton Schorr Columbus, Ga.
Zach Seeler Marion, Ind.
Cody Solomon Norcross, Ga.
Luke Tetreault Horsehead, N.Y.
Spencer Turner Amelia Island, Fla.
Nic Vandeventer Bristol, Tenn.
Alec Weary Bluffton, S.C.
Walker Wise Montgomery, Ala.
Steven Wysocki Hoschton, Ga.
 
Girls Division
Maggie Ashmore Kingston, Ga.
Ji Eun Baik (South Korea) Newnan, Ga.
Kasidy Beckel Okatie, S.C.
Aliea Clark Carlsbad, Calif.
Anna Eddy Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Lauren Gros Windermere, Fla.
Kate Harper Isle of Palms, S.C.
Katy Harris St. Simons Island, Ga.
Sarah Harrison Martinez, Ga.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg, S.C.
Nikki Long San Antonio, Texas
Rei Nakatani (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Clementina Rodriguez (Venezuela) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Thamonpat Siriko Bangkok, Thailand
Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C.
Phyllis Tang (Singapore) Bluffton, S.C.
Ana Paula Valdes (Mexico) Bluffton, S.C.