Randy Wise Junior Open

Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
Grand Blanc, Mich. August 19 - 22, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 42 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Eric Attard 2014 Madonna University
Charlie Bolton 2014 Creighton University
Garret Buckley 2014 Loyola University
Nick Carlson 2015 Michigan
David DeMarois 2014 University of South Carolina Upstate
Dylan Deogun 2015 Mercer
Davis Field 2014 Rhodes College
Adam Firavich 2013 Oakland C. C.
Charlie Green 2013 Michigan State
Reed Hrynewich 2013 Michigan
David Kim 2014 UC - IRVINE
James Kneen 2014 Oakland University
Spencer Lendzion 2013 University of Detroit Mercy
Dan Lensing 2014 Bradley University
Tyler Lewis 2013 Mott Community College
Seiya Liu 2015 Harvard University
Eric Macrow 2013 University of Detroit Mercy
Matthew McAdoo 2014 Cleveland State University
Brandon Mihalo 2014 Saint Francis University
Lucas Nesbitt 2014 Millikin University
Max Rispler 2014 South Alabama
Kyle Rodes 2013 Eastern Michigan
Conor Rodrigues 2014 East Tennessee State University
Nicholas Ross 2013 Eastern Michigan
Francesco Ruffino 2013 Michigan State
Andrew Sarokin 2014 Oakland University
Tommy Schofield 2013 Wisconsin
Devan Schulert 2014 University of Detroit Mercy
Alexander Scott 2015 Grand Valley State University
David Smith 2013 Kalamazoo College
A.J. Varekois 2014 Michigan State
Alex Waelchli 2013 Oakland University
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Emma Albrecht 2015 University of Notre Dame
Greer Clausen 2014 Michigan State University
Jillian Hollis 2015 University of Georgia
Amanda Kim 2015 University of Missouri
Katie Kim 2015 Boston College
Megan Kim 2014 University of Michigan
Julia Montgomery 2013 Oakland
Riley Rennell 2017 University of Georgia
Christine Schmitt 2014 Georgetown University
Jacqueline Setas 2014 Michigan State
 
 
Local flavor: 55 players from Michigan will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Kitwana Ashford Farmington Hills 2015
Eric Attard Livonia 2014
Jeremy Ball Bloomfield Hills 2014
Brandon Barrows Lake Orion 2015
Joseph Becker Grosse Pointe Farms 2013
Joe Biscaro Dearborn 2014
Charlie Bolton Grosse Pointe 2014
Jason Brandt Mason 2015
Garret Buckley Novi 2014
Michael Busse Rochester Hills 2016
Nick Carlson Hamilton 2015
David DeMarois Brighton 2014
Dylan Deogun Orchard Lake 2015
Adam Firavich Hartland 2013
Joshua Gibson Grandville 2015
Charlie Green Ann Arbor 2013
Reed Hrynewich Muskegon 2013
Anthony Jackson II Troy 2014
Connor Jones Shelby Township 2014
Alex Kleckner Commerce Twp 2014
James Kneen White Lake 2014
Spencer Lendzion Rochester Hills 2013
Tyler Lewis Grand Blanc 2013
Lucas Nesbitt Clarkston 2014
Justin Pahl White Lake 2014
Rishi Patel Bloomfield Hills 2014
Dustin Pumford St Charles 2014
Max Rispler Alto 2014
Austin Rivet Howell 2014
Kyle Rodes Plymouth 2013
Francesco Ruffino Bloomfield Hills 2013
Jimmy Ryan Livonia 2014
Andrew Sarokin Novi 2014
Spencer Schab Grand Rapids 2016
Alexander Scott Traverse City 2015
David Smith Highland 2013
Joel Sneed Leland 2015
Scott Sparks Shelby Township 2016
Baker Stevenson Hartland 2015
David Szymanski Grosse Pointe Park 2015
Joe Torres Almont 2014
Donnie Trosper Canton 2015
A.J. Varekois Rockford 2014
Alex Waelchli Clarkston 2013
Andrew Walker Battle Creek 2016
Jack Weller Swartz Creek 2014
Benjamin Zyber Swartz Creek 2014
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Greer Clausen Bloomfield Hills 2014
Julia Dean Brighton 2017
Julia Montgomery Shelby Township 2013
Samantha Moss Fenton 2014
Noelle Polakowski Atlantic Mine 2014
Jacqueline Setas East Lansing 2014
Sarah Shipley Hastings 2016
Jennifer Yang Troy 2014
Champion Returns
Nick Carlson of Hamilton, Mich., returns to the Randy Wise Junior Open looking to defend his 2012 victory. Carlson won last year's event after moving up the leaderboard from seventh to first during the final round and edging Ryan Jahn of Jupiter, Fla., in a four-hole, sudden-death playoff. Should Carlson successfully defend his title, he would become only the third player to win the Boys Division in back-to-back years. The only other players to accomplish this feat were Henry Do (2010, 2011) and Phil Mickelson (1987, 1988).
A track with history
Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club hosted its first PGA TOUR event in 1958 with the inaugural Buick Open. Over the span of 51 years, the pristine venue hosted PGA TOUR professionals each year, seeing champions in AJGA alums Tiger Woods (2002, 2006, 2009) and Jim Furyk (2003).
Juniors to continue careers in Michigan
Twelve juniors in the field have chosen to continue their golf careers at universities or colleges in the state of Michigan. Charlie Green of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Francesco Ruffino of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., have signed National Letters of Intent with Michigan State University, while Jacqueline Setas of East Lansing, Mich., has verbally committed. Future Wolverines include signed commit Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon, Mich., and verbal commit Megan Kim of Redondo Beach, Calif.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 19
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
6:30 p.m. Junior-Am Dinner and Awards Reception
 
Tuesday, August 20
7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, August 21
7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, August 22
7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Nick Carlson, Hamilton, Mich. (2015)
Carlson, the 2012 Randy Wise Junior Open champion, is currently ranked No. 99 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The 2015 graduate notched a T2 showing at the Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek, his best of the season. Carlson looks to become only the third competitor to win back-to-back Boys Division titles.
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2017)
Liu will make her first appearance at the Randy Wise Junior Open as the highest-ranked girl in the field. At No. 45 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Liu has recorded two AJGA victories, including the 2012 Under Armour® / Vicky Hurst Championship. A 2012 Rolex Junior All-American, Liu has posted four top-15 finishes in national competition this season, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Scott Robertson Memorial and a sixth-place finish at the Thunderbird International Junior.
Jacqueline Setas, East Lansing, Mich. (2014)
Setas is the highest ranked Michigan native in the Girls Division. The 2014 graduate and Michigan State University verbal commit earned her first AJGA victory earlier in the year at the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands. Following the win, Setas posted her second top-five finish of the season at the AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open, finishing fourth.
 

2012 Results

Randy Wise Junior Open
Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club (August 6 - 9, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 *Nick Carlson Hamilton, Mich. 74–75–69—218
2 Ryan Jahn Jupiter, Fla. 73–72–73—218
T3 Reed Hrynewich Muskegon, Mich. 77–71–71—219
T3 Will Seger Jasper, Ind. 73–78–68—219
5 Kyle Meihofer Valparaiso, Ind. 78–73–72—223
 
Girls Division
1 Muni He (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 76–74–69—219
2 Jessica Porvasnik Hinckley, Ohio 72–76–75—223
3 Emily Mills Farmingdale, N.J. 73–75–76—224
4 Jillian Hollis Rocky River, Ohio 74–73–79—226
T5 Joo Youn Seo (Canada) Laguna Niguel, Calif. 77–75–76—228
T5 Nina Fairbairn Orinda, Calif. 75–74–79—228
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Randy Wise 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 Michigan native
Boys Division
Kitwana Ashford Farmington Hills, Mich.
Eric Attard Livonia, Mich.
Jeremy Ball Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Brandon Barrows Lake Orion, Mich.
John Beadle North Attleboro, Mass.
Joseph Becker Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Joe Biscaro Dearborn, Mich.
Charlie Bolton Grosse Pointe, Mich.
John Boncoddo Brantford, Ontario
Jason Brandt Mason, Mich.
Garret Buckley Novi, Mich.
Michael Busse Rochester Hills, Mich.
JC Campbell Dallas, Texas
Nick Carlson Hamilton, Mich.
Charles Corner Cayuga, Ontario
David DeMarois Brighton, Mich.
Dylan Deogun Orchard Lake, Mich.
Grant Dinkel Boulder, Colo.
Spencer Dobbs Brooklin, Ontario
Davis Field St. Francisville, La.
Adam Firavich Hartland, Mich.
Joshua Gibson Grandville, Mich.
Charlie Green Ann Arbor, Mich.
Brett Harvey Unionville, Ontario
Reed Hrynewich Muskegon, Mich.
Anthony Jackson II Troy, Mich.
Garrett Johnson Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Connor Jones Shelby Township, Mich.
David Kim Buena Park, Calif.
John YounSung Kim (South Korea) Toronto, Ontario
Alex Kleckner Commerce Twp, Mich.
James Kneen White Lake, Mich.
Kevin Ko Vaughan, Ontario
Spencer Koch Medina, Ohio
Spencer Lendzion Rochester Hills, Mich.
Dan Lensing Spring Park, Minn.
Tyler Lewis Grand Blanc, Mich.
Seiya Liu Beverly Hills, CA
Eric Macrow Kingston, Ontario
Matthew McAdoo Twinsburg, Ohio
Brandon Mihalo Windsor, Ontario
Alexander Moorman Centerville, Iowa
Lucas Nesbitt Clarkston, Mich.
Travis Ola Houston, Texas
Justin Pahl White Lake, Mich.
Rishi Patel Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Dustin Pumford St Charles, Mich.
Max Rispler Alto, Mich.
Austin Rivet Howell, Mich.
Kyle Rodes Plymouth, Mich.
Conor Rodrigues Kingston, Ontario
Nicholas Ross Dundas, Ontario
Francesco Ruffino Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Jimmy Ryan Livonia, Mich.
Andrew Sarokin Novi, Mich.
Spencer Schab Grand Rapids, Mich.
Tommy Schofield Mundelein, Ill.
Devan Schulert Kingsville, Ontario
Luke Schumann Dayton, Ohio
Alexander Scott Traverse City, Mich.
Matthew Shubley Whitby, Ontario
Sam Sicard Woodbury, Minn.
David Smith Highland, Mich.
Joel Sneed Leland, Mich.
Scott Sparks Shelby Township, Mich.
Baker Stevenson Hartland, Mich.
David Szymanski Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
Joe Torres Almont, Mich.
Donnie Trosper Canton, Mich.
A.J. Varekois Rockford, Mich.
Alex Waelchli Clarkston, Mich.
Andrew Walker Battle Creek, Mich.
Jack Weller Swartz Creek, Mich.
Benjamin Zyber Swartz Creek, Mich.
 
Girls Division
Emma Albrecht Ormond Beach, Fla.
Monica Chen Fremont, Calif.
Greer Clausen Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Julia Dean Brighton, Mich.
Elsa Maria Diaz San Antonio, Texas
Jillian Hollis Rocky River, Ohio
Fai Khamborn (Thailand) Cincinnati, Ohio
Amanda Kim Ofallon, Mo.
Ashley Kim Redondo Beach, Calif.
Katie Kim Riverwoods, Ill.
Megan Kim Redondo Beach, Calif.
Mika Liu Beverly Hills, Calif.
Julia Montgomery Shelby Township, Mich.
Samantha Moss Fenton, Mich.
Zaafina Naqvi Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Noelle Polakowski Atlantic Mine, Mich.
Riley Rennell Columbia, Tenn.
Christine Schmitt Pittsford, N.Y.
Jacqueline Setas East Lansing, Mich.
Sarah Shipley Hastings, Mich.
Jennifer Yang Troy, Mich.