Junior All-Star at Château Élan

Château Élan Resort
Braselton, Ga. April 17 - 20, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: Nine players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Ben Fuller 2017 University of Alabama
Cole Hammer 2018 The University of Texas at Austin
Jake Milanowski 2017 Auburn University
Tanner Owens 2016 Virginia Tech
Jack Parrott 2017 University of South Carolina
Andrew Spiegler 2017 University of South Carolina
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Allyson Geer 2017 Michigan State
Brooke Sansom 2018 Auburn University
Natalie Srinivasan 2016 Furman University
 
 
Local flavor: 17 players from Georgia will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Luukas Alakulppi Valdosta 2016
JonErik Alford Roswell 2017
Jacob Bayer Lawrenceville 2017
Nicolas Cassidy Alpharetta 2019
Justin Kim Rome 2017
Sean Kim Duluth 2017
Tyler Lipscomb Carrollton 2019
Andy Mao Johns Creek 2019
Winston Meshad Atlanta 2017
Jake Milanowski Peachtree City 2017
Jay Mobley Waynesboro 2016
James Wohler Savannah 2017
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Madison Barnett Mableton 2016
Leiko Niwano Duluth 2018
Elizabeth Reedy Marietta 2017
Ivy Shepherd Peachtree City 2018
Alissa Yang Peachtree Corners 2017
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series
The Junior Al-Star at Château Élan 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.
Château Élan continues its support of the AJGA
For the fifth consecutive year, Château Élan hosts the AJGA on Easter Weekend. Located adjacent to the AJGA's National Headquarters, Château Élan has hosted events for more than 15 years.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 17
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Friday, April 18
8:15 – 10:05 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
12:40 – 2:30 p.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
 
Saturday, April 19
8:15 – 10:05 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
12:40 – 2:30 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
 
Sunday, April 20
8:15 – 10:15 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Andrew Walker, Battle Creek, Mich. (2016)
In his seven events in 2013, Walker compiled six top-10 finishes, including a fourth place finish at the AJGA Junior at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford and his first-ever AJGA victory at the Junior All-Star at Red Tail. At the 2013 Junior All-Star at Château Élan, Walker fired rounds of 71-71-77--220 to finish T10.
Sam Jung, (South Korea) Chantilly, Va. (2018)
In three seasons playing in AJGA events, Jung has collected four top-10 finishes and a win at the 2013 Junior All-Star at Talbot. Jung looks to build upon his momentum in 2014 after finishing T9 at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, his first event of the year.
Martin Jaramillo, (Colombia) Bradenton, Fla. (2017)
The 2013 Junior All-Star at Château Élan champion returns in 2014 to defend his title. With tournament rounds of 70-72-70--212, Jaramillo captured his first AJGA victory in 2013. Since his win, Jaramillo has played in three AJGA Invitationals: The Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF, the Polo Golf Junior Classic and the CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.
Allyson Geer, Brighton, Mich. (2017)
Geer is playing in her second season with the AJGA. In 2013, Geer played in seven events, finishing in third or better four times. She finished T3 at the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF and claimed her first AJGA win at the AJGA Junior at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford.
Madeline Chou, Santa Ana, Calif. (2016)
Chou, a high school sophomore, is off to a hot start in 2014 after gathering her first AJGA victory at the Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village. In her five starts in 2013, Chou finished inside the top eight in all of them.
Natalie Srinivasan, Spartanburg, S.C. (2016)
Srinivasan is just begining her third AJGA season, but has played at Château Élan twice before, claiming medalist honors at the 2012 Preseason Junior at Château Élan and earning another top-10 finish at the 2013 Junior All-Star at Château Élan. To start the 2014 season Srinivasan finished in a tie for second at the AJGA Junior at Spring Valley.
 

2013 Results

Junior All-Star at Château Élan
Château Élan Resort (March 28 - 31, 2013)
 
Boys Division
1 Martin Jaramillo (Colombia) Bradenton, Fla. 70–72–70—212
2 Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico 75–69–70—214
T3 Benjamin Shipp Duluth, Ga. 73–70–74—217
T3 Taisei Negishi (Japan) San Diego, Calif. 73–71–73—217
T5 J. J. Gresco Scottsdale, Ariz. 71–75–72—218
T5 Trevor Phillips Inman, S.C. 70–75–73—218
 
Girls Division
1 Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C. 70–72–75—217
2 Mai Dechathipat (Thailand) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 74–75–69—218
3 Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla. 71–75–73—219
4 Gina Kim Chapel Hill, N.C. 69–74–77—220
5 Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla. 74–75–75—224
 

Media Accommodations

The Junior All-Star at Château Élan 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 Château Élan 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 Georgia native
Boys Division
Simms Abney Madison, Miss.
Luukas Alakulppi Valdosta, Ga.
Spencer Alexander Port Charlotte, Fla.
JonErik Alford Roswell, Ga.
Thomas Allkins (Canada) Lake Mary, Fla.
Carlos Sebastian Armas Stenner Durango, Mexico
Jacob Bayer Lawrenceville, Ga.
Isidro Benitez Puebla Mexico, Mexico
Crimson Callahan Chesterfield, Mo.
Tyler Carlson Bradenton, Fla.
Guillermo Casares Puebla, Mexico
Nicolas Cassidy Alpharetta, Ga.
Miles Castoro Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
John Hilliard Catanzaro Gadsden, Ala.
Nick Chaiken Dallas, Texas
Brian Chen Cary, N.C.
Will Clark Virginia Beach, Va.
Gavin Cohen Tucson, Ariz.
Daniel Core (Canada) Sorrento, Fla.
Thomas Corrigan Irvington, N.Y.
Kyle Cottam Knoxville, Tenn.
Jeffrey Cunningham West Palm Beach, Fla.
Emilio Diaz Queretaro, Mexico
Ethan Farnam Crystal Lake, Ill.
John Felitto Mountainside, N.J.
Ben Fuller Birmingham, Ala.
Matthew Galluzzo Plantation, Fla.
Wei Wei Gao Cebu, Philippines
Viraj Garewal Raleigh, N.C.
Ryan Gerard Raleigh, N.C.
David Giandomenico Boynton Beach, Fla.
Parker Gillam Cary, N.C.
Manuel Girona (Spain) Windermere, Fla.
J. J. Gresco Scottsdale, Ariz.
Daniel Griffiths Binghamton, N.Y.
Aman Gupta Concord, N.C.
Cole Hammer Houston, Texas
Hunter Hammett Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jack Herceg Dublin, Ohio
Ryan Hicks Clearwater, Fla.
Brent Ito Ardsley, N.Y.
Martin Jaramillo (Colombia) Bradenton, Fla.
CJ Jones Frankfort, Ky.
Sam Jung (South Korea) Chantilly, Va.
Derek Kim Irvine, Calif.
Justin Kim Rome, Ga.
Sean Kim Duluth, Ga.
Micah Knisley Jefferson City, Tenn.
Jake Kuwitzky McKinney, Texas
Kent Lawrence Jr. Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Chia-Tse Lee Taipei, Taiwan
Zongfan Li (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Matt Liddon Yazoo City, Miss.
Tyler Lipscomb Carrollton, Ga.
Hamilton Long West Palm Beach, Fla.
Charlie Magruder Las Vegas, Nev.
Cole Manion Clarkson, Ky.
Andy Mao Johns Creek, Ga.
Lucas Marin Bogota, Colombia
Alberto Martinez Weston, Fla.
Cameron McCloskey Powell, Ohio
James McHugh Rye, N.Y.
Winston Meshad Atlanta, Ga.
Blake Micholas Potomac, Md.
Jake Milanowski Peachtree City, Ga.
Jay Mobley Waynesboro, Ga.
Addison Nix Auburn, Ala.
Kritsarin Oukosavanna Boca Raton, Fla.
Tanner Owens Milton, Tenn.
Jaydon Pang (Malaysia) Howey in the Hills, Fla.
Whit Parker Conway, Ark.
Jack Parrott Columbia, S.C.
Peter Peng (Taiwan) Katy, Texas
Trent Phillips Inman, S.C.
Avery Price Gastonia, N.C.
Carlos Riascos Bogota, Colombia
Krystian Romero Pinehurst, N.C.
Jordi Sabria Sabadell, Spain
Michael Sanders Davidson, N.C.
Luke Scealf Knoxville, Tenn.
Wesley Simmons Goldsboro, N.C.
Ryan Skae Old Tappan, N.J.
Gabe Spach Seattle, Wash.
Kyle Spencer Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Andrew Spiegler Abingdon, Va.
Christophe Stutts Maitland, Fla.
James Sugg Pinehurst, N.C.
Teddy Tetak Limbach, Slovak Republic
Will Thomson Pittsford, N.Y.
Alan Tom San Diego, Calif.
Andrew Walker Battle Creek, Mich.
Jack Wall Brielle, N.J.
John Weiss Columbia, S.C.
Patrick Welch Providence, R.I.
James Wohler Savannah, Ga.
Brandon Yoon Brambleton, Va.
 
Girls Division
Conner Beth Ball Madison, Miss.
Madison Barnett Mableton, Ga.
Morgan Baxendale Windermere, Fla.
Hannah Berman Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Sammi Blackburn Monroe, Ohio
Elizabeth Caldarelli Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jensen Castle West Columbia, S.C.
Jasmine Chee (Canada) Bluffton, S.C.
Madeline Chou Santa Ana, Calif.
Chloe Currie Mississauga, Ontario
Ashley Fitzgibbons Sammamish, Wash.
Allyson Geer Brighton, Mich.
Ximena Gonzalez Queretaro, Mexico
Belinda Hu San Ramon, Calif.
Auston Kim St Augustine, Fla.
Gina Kim Chapel Hill, N.C.
Esha Kulkarni Dayton, Ohio
Angela Liu San Jose, Calif.
Yiyuan Liu (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Grace Massengill Hickory, N.C.
Leiko Niwano Duluth, Ga.
Elizabeth Reedy Marietta, Ga.
Brooke Sansom Pike Road, Ala.
Ivy Shepherd Peachtree City, Ga.
Simar Singh Los Altos, Calif.
Natalie Srinivasan Spartanburg, S.C.
Kimberlee Tottori Las Vegas, Nev.
Lara Van Staden Winter Springs, Fla.
Diana Camila Velez Vega Alta, P.R.
Jennifer Wang Solon, Ohio
Elizabeth Win Sylvania, Ohio
Ella Woods St. Augustine, Fla.
Haeley Wotnosky Wake Forest, N.C.
Alissa Yang Peachtree Corners, Ga.
Amy Zhang Lake Mary, Fla.