Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge

Cypress Ridge Golf Club
Arroyo Grande, Calif. • April 11 - 13, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Ceman • (661) 406-3407 • chris.ceman@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Local flavor: 65 players from California will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Ahmed Ali Palo Alto 2018
Ashwin Arasu San Diego 2017
Andrew Arnheiter El Macero 2016
Jack Avrit Arroyo Grande 2017
Joseph Bosetti Napa 2016
Owen Calvin-Smith South Pasadena 2017
Cade Casaga Murrieta 2018
Raj Chekuri Pleasanton 2017
Guangshi Chen Irvine 2019
Sanghyun Choi Cerritos 2018
Joseph Chun Irvine 2017
Devrath Das Santa Clara 2016
Chase Furey Newport Beach 2017
Matthew Giombetti Los Angeles 2017
Conrad Gullickson Westlake Village 2016
Ashkaan Hakim San Ramon 2017
Matt Heitel Redwood City 2016
Brendan Hy San Ramon 2019
Albert Im Sunnyvale 2016
Jin Jen Tustin 2016
Jonathan Kang Canyon Country 2016
Brandon Kewalramani Simi Valley 2017
Christopher Kim Cerritos 2016
Derek Kim Irvine 2018
Kyle Kinnane Anaheim Hills 2018
Ling Kun Kong Arcadia 2017
Nicholas Kumamoto Irvine 2016
Aditya Kumar Fremont 2019
Kaiwen Liu San Diego 2017
Matt Lloyd San Jose 2017
Richard Macaranas Long Beach 2017
Patrick McNary Torrance 2017
Austin Murphy Morgan Hill 2017
Noah Norton Chico 2017
Alexander Pak San Clemente 2019
Alrik Pan West Covina 2019
Clay Seeber Newport Beach 2019
Daniel Son Glendale 2017
Michael Sun Camarillo 2017
Bahram Talle Ladera Ranch 2017
Alan Tom San Diego 2017
William Tse Irvine 2017
Randy Vergel de Dios Trabuco Canyon 2017
Matthew Wolff Agoura Hills 2017
Michael Zhang San Diego 2016
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Alyaa Abdulghany Newport Beach 2017
Ty Akabane Danville 2019
Felicia Chang La Habra Heights 2016
Grace Chen Sunnyvale 2018
Belinda Hu San Ramon 2017
Alli Kim Murrieta 2016
Ashley Kim Redondo Beach 2017
Chushu Trussy Li San Marino 2018
Angela Liu San Jose 2018
Amelia McKee Paso Robles 2018
Alisaundre Morallos Lakewood 2017
Katherine Muzi Walnut 2018
Jacqueleine Ngo Friant 2016
Nina Alexis Novilla Carson 2016
Ashleigh Park Mission Viejo 2020
Brittany Park Fullerton 2017
Calista Reyes San Diego 2018
Simar Singh Los Altos 2018
Waverly Whiston San Diego 2017
Katherine Zhu San Jose 2018
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series
The Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge is one of 14 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Cypress Ridge Golf Club
The AJGA returns to Cypress Ridge Golf Club for the fourth consecutive year. The 2014 event will feature a 78-player field, with 63 of the participants from California.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 11
1:30 p.m. Shotgun Practice Round
 
Saturday, April 12
8 – 12:10 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Sunday, April 13
8 – 9:48 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
3 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Raj Chekuri, Pleasanton, Calif. (2017)
Chekuri, a freshman, looks to build on the momentum he has created to start his 2014 season. In his first event of the year, Chekuri earned medalist honors at the Preseason Junior at Diablo Grande with a 1-over-par total of 145.
Kaiwen Liu, (China) San Diego, Calif. (2017)
Liu heads into his third AJGA season with a pair of top-15 finishes in 2013. He tied for 11th at the AJGA Junior Challenge with scores of 70-76-69--215 and tied for fourth at the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior All-Star.
Abdulghany looks to capitalize on a hot start to her second AJGA season after placing second at the AJGA Junior at River Ridge with tournament scores of 70-73--143. Abdulghany will try to recreate her success that she had at the 2013 Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge, where she earned her first top-five finish.
Ashley Fitzgibbons, Sammamish, Wash. (2016)
Fitzgibbons, a 15-year-old sophomore finished in the top 10 at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, her first event of 2014. Fitzgibbons collected her first AJGA victory in her home state at the 2013 Ryan Moore Junior Championship with three consecutive rounds of 1-under-par 69.

Media Accommodations

The Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge 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.

Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series

The Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge is one of 14 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.

Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy

The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, located near Orlando, Fla., in Howey-in-the-Hills at Bishops Gate Golf & Lakeside Community, is the world’s premier junior golf academy. In addition to the junior golf program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults.

The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through exclusive relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association.

Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, has been recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2013-2014 and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. Gilchrist teaches many of the games top juniors and pros at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, of which include: Morgan Hoffmann, Shanshan Feng, Sandra Gal and many more.

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 California native
Boys Division
Ahmed Ali Palo Alto, Calif.
Ashwin Arasu San Diego, Calif.
Andrew Arnheiter El Macero, Calif.
Jack Avrit Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Eduardo Blochtein Delray Beach, Fla.
Joseph Bosetti Napa, Calif.
Owen Calvin-Smith South Pasadena, Calif.
Cade Casaga Murrieta, Calif.
Raj Chekuri Pleasanton, Calif.
Guangshi Chen (China) Irvine, Calif.
Sanghyun Choi (South Korea) Cerritos, Calif.
Joseph Chun (South Korea) Irvine, Calif.
Mitchell Cornell Incline Village, Nev.
Devrath Das Santa Clara, Calif.
Garrett deFisser Gilbert, Ariz.
Chase Furey Newport Beach, Calif.
Wei Wei Gao Cebu, Philippines
Matthew Giombetti Los Angeles, Calif.
Crosby Guercio Frisco, Texas
Conrad Gullickson Westlake Village, Calif.
Ashkaan Hakim San Ramon, Calif.
Matt Heitel Redwood City, Calif.
Brendan Hy San Ramon, Calif.
Albert Im Sunnyvale, Calif.
Jin Jen Tustin, Calif.
Jonathan Kang Canyon Country, Calif.
Brandon Kewalramani Simi Valley, Calif.
Christopher Kim Cerritos, Calif.
Derek Kim Irvine, Calif.
Kyle Kinnane Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Ling Kun Kong (China) Arcadia, Calif.
Nicholas Kumamoto Irvine, Calif.
Aditya Kumar Fremont, Calif.
Kaiwen Liu (China) San Diego, Calif.
Matt Lloyd San Jose, Calif.
Richard Macaranas Long Beach, Calif.
Grant McKay Henderson, Nev.
Patrick McNary Torrance, Calif.
Noah Moss Rockville, Md.
Austin Murphy Morgan Hill, Calif.
Noah Norton Chico, Calif.
Alexander Pak San Clemente, Calif.
Alrik Pan West Covina, Calif.
James Petrokus Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Clay Seeber Newport Beach, Calif.
Daniel Son Glendale, Calif.
Michael Sun Camarillo, Calif.
Bahram Talle Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Alan Tom San Diego, Calif.
William Tse Irvine, Calif.
Randy Vergel de Dios Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Liam Warner Barrington, Ill.
Matthew Wolff Agoura Hills, Calif.
Michael Zhang San Diego, Calif.
 
Girls Division
Alyaa Abdulghany Newport Beach, Calif.
Ty Akabane Danville, Calif.
Felicia Chang La Habra Heights, Calif.
Grace Chen Sunnyvale, Calif.
Ashley Fitzgibbons Sammamish, Wash.
Daniele Giles Central Point, Ore.
Morgan Goldstein Las Vegas, Nev.
Belinda Hu San Ramon, Calif.
Veronica Joels Las Vegas, Nev.
Alli Kim Murrieta, Calif.
Ashley Kim Redondo Beach, Calif.
Chushu Trussy Li (China) San Marino, Calif.
Angela Liu San Jose, Calif.
Amelia McKee Paso Robles, Calif.
Alisaundre Morallos Lakewood, Calif.
Katherine Muzi Walnut, Calif.
Jacqueleine Ngo Friant, Calif.
Nina Alexis Novilla Carson, Calif.
Ashleigh Park Mission Viejo, Calif.
Brittany Park Fullerton, Calif.
Calista Reyes (Philippines) San Diego, Calif.
Simar Singh Los Altos, Calif.
Waverly Whiston San Diego, Calif.
Katherine Zhu San Jose, Calif.