Midwest Junior Players Championship

Mistwood Golf Club
Romeoville, Ill. July 14 - 17, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 33 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Michael Abrahamson 2014 University of Wisconsin
Michael Doherty 2014 Valparaiso University
Daniel Hudson 2014 Kansas
Jack Ireland 2015 Cal State Fullerton
Brendan Keating 2014 Dayton
Will Kelly 2015 Florida Gulf Coast
Ian Kelsey 2014 Dartmouth*
Tripp Kinney 2016 Iowa State University
Alexander Moorman 2015 Kansas University
Patrick Murphy 2014 Northern Illinois University
Nathan Pirtle 2015 Purdue University
Robert Renner 2014 Florida Gulf Coast
Matthew Schiller 2014 Fordham University
Alexander Scott 2015 Grand Valley State University
Matthew Walker 2015 Iowa
Trent Wallace 2015 Illinois State University
Matthew Walsh 2015 Rutgers University
Aaron Wirt 2015 University of Iowa
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Julia Calbi 2015 Dartmouth
Heather Ciskowski 2014 University of Minnesota
Grace Dunn 2015 Drake University
Dana Gattone 2014 University of Illinois
Allyson Geer 2017 Michigan State
Kristin Glesne 2015 Iowa
Tess Hackworthy 2015 Wisconsin-Madison
Anika Hitt 2015 University of Cincinnati
Jennifer Kim 2014 University of Illinois-Chicago
Ciara Rattana 2014 Tusculum College
Maggie Rees 2015 Indiana University
Francesca Saban 2015 Bradley University
Bing Singhsumalee 2015 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kelly Sterling 2015 University of Illinois at Chicago
Brooke Thompson 2015 Bradley University
 
 
Local flavor: 37 players from Illinois will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Michael Abrahamson Chicago 2014
Burke Barsamian Barrington Hills 2016
Griffin Brown Naperville 2015
Thomas Calbi South Barrington 2017
Varun Chopra Champaign 2017
Matthew Clark Westchester 2016
Ricky Costello Homer Glen 2017
Michael Doherty Lisle 2014
Brian Dolehide Hinsdale 2015
Conor Dore Chicago 2015
Andrew Huber Winnetka 2016
Daniel Hudson Western Springs 2014
Will Kelly Wheaton 2015
Ian Kelsey Deerfield 2014
Christian Khachaturian Champaign 2015
Skylar Le Vine Morton Grove 2016
Kenneth Li Westmont 2016
Russell Matos Lombard 2016
Kevin McEneany Lemont 2015
Matt Murlick Winnetka 2016
Patrick Murphy River Forest 2014
Jonathan Nocek Bloomingdale 2016
Robert Renner Lake Barrington 2014
Drew Shepherd Hinsdale 2016
Trent Wallace Joliet 2015
Matthew Walsh Western Springs 2015
Michael Wittenberg Glen Ellyn 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Julia Calbi South Barrington 2015
Heather Ciskowski Barrington 2014
Dana Gattone Addison 2014
Jennifer Kim Palatine 2014
Ciara Rattana Western Springs 2014
Adrienne Rohwedder Prospect Heights 2019
Francesca Saban Orland Park 2015
Bing Singhsumalee Naperville 2015
Kelly Sterling Mokena 2015
Selina Zeng Oak Brook 2017
Future local teammates compete
Davis Holman of Yorba Linda, Calif., will compete in his second Midwest Junior Players Championship while Patrick Murphy of River Forest, Ill., will compete in his third. Both will be teammates at nearby Northern Illinois University starting in the fall.
Calbi siblings make a second appearance
Julia and Thomas Calbi will compete in the Midwest Junior Players Championship for the second time in the past three years. Julia finished T7 in 2012 while Thomas finished T39. This will mark the seventh time the siblings have competed together in AJGA events and second of 2014.

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 14
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, July 15
7 – 8:39 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Wednesday, July 16
11:30 a.m. – 1:09 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Thursday, July 17
7 – 8:57 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Kenneth Li, Westmont, Ill. (2016)
Li comes into the Midwest Junior Players Championship as the top-ranked boy in the field at No. 148 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The Westmont, Ill., native has notched seven top-10 finishes in his AJGA career, including a fourth-place finish at the 2013 AJGA / CJGA Junior Championship.
Nathan Pirtle, Sullivan, Ind. (2015)
Pirtle, a Purdue verbal commit, makes his debut at Mistwood Golf Club. Hailing from Sullivan, Ind., Pirtle has amassed four top-20 finishes since 2010, including a victory at the 2013 PNC Bank Junior Championship presented by London & Laurel County.
Allyson Geer, Brighton, Mich. (2017)
The Michigan State verbal commit is the top-ranked player in the field at No. 50 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The owner of six top-five finishes has also accumulated two victories, most recently at the 2014 Junior All-Star at Château Élan.
Kesaree Rojanapeansatith, Nonthaburi, Thailand (2017)
Rojanapeansatith has finished in the top-five in three of the five AJGA events she has participated in, including a win at the 2013 David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior. The Nonthaburi, Thailand, native sits at No. 92 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
 

2013 Results

Midwest Junior Players Championship
Mistwood Golf Club (June 17 - 20, 2013)
 
Boys Division
1 *Daniel Wetterich Cincinnati, Ohio 73–70–72—215
2 Brendan O'Reilly Hinsdale, Ill. 73–71–71—215
T3 Jack Ireland Mission Viejo, Calif. 74–73–72—219
T3 James Siegfried Town & Country, Mo. 77–73–69—219
5 Jack Coyne University Hts, Ohio 72–73–75—220
 
Girls Division
1 Maria Vesga Piedecuesta, Colombia 74–72–72—218
2 Jordan Ferreira University Place, Wash. 75–74–73—222
3 Jessica Yuen Bolingbrook, Ill. 76–76–73—225
4 Dana Gattone Addison, Ill. 79–77–70—226
5 Madasyn Pettersen Rockford, Ill. 77–74–76—227
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Midwest Junior Players Championship 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 Illinois native
Boys Division
Michael Abrahamson Chicago, Ill.
Garrett Barber Stuart , Fla.
Burke Barsamian Barrington Hills, Ill.
Griffin Brown Naperville, Ill.
Trevor Brown Austin, Texas
Thomas Calbi South Barrington, Ill.
Varun Chopra Champaign, Ill.
Matthew Clark Westchester, Ill.
Ricky Costello Homer Glen, Ill.
Wesley Day Ajax, Ontario
Johnny Deck Carmel, Ind.
Michael Doherty Lisle, Ill.
Brian Dolehide Hinsdale, Ill.
Conor Dore Chicago, Ill.
Matt Echelmeier Columbia, Mo.
Michael Feagles Scottsdale, Ariz.
Drew Gonzales Lafayette, La.
Jonathan Hollar Warsaw, Ind.
Andrew Huber Winnetka, Ill.
Daniel Hudson Western Springs, Ill.
Jack Ireland Mission Viejo, Calif.
Brendan Keating Cincinnati, Ohio
Will Kelly Wheaton, Ill.
Ian Kelsey Deerfield, Ill.
Christian Khachaturian Champaign, Ill.
Tripp Kinney West Des Moines, Iowa
Skylar Le Vine Morton Grove, Ill.
Mike Lee Crown Point, Ind.
Kenneth Li Westmont, Ill.
Russell Matos Lombard, Ill.
Kevin McEneany Lemont, Ill.
Alexander Moorman Centerville, Iowa
Matt Murlick Winnetka, Ill.
Patrick Murphy River Forest, Ill.
Jonathan Nocek Bloomingdale, Ill.
Joel Pietila Rockford, Mich.
Nathan Pirtle Sullivan, Ind.
Devon Reininger Ada, Mich.
Robert Renner Lake Barrington, Ill.
Matthew Schiller Cincinnati, Ohio
Alexander Scott Traverse City, Mich.
Drew Shepherd Hinsdale, Ill.
Matthew Walker Ottumwa, Iowa
Trent Wallace Joliet, Ill.
Matthew Walsh Western Springs, Ill.
Aaron Wirt Des Moines, Iowa
Michael Wittenberg Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Sam Wu (China) Carlsbad, Calif.
 
Girls Division
Jaycee Bunner Fort Wayne, Ind.
Julia Calbi South Barrington, Ill.
Heather Ciskowski Barrington, Ill.
Grace Dunn Brookfield, Wis.
Shiyang Fan (China) Carlsbad, Calif.
Dana Gattone Addison, Ill.
Allyson Geer Brighton, Mich.
Kristin Glesne San Antonio, Texas
Tess Hackworthy Madison, Wis.
Anika Hitt Mequon, Wis.
Emma Kieffer Evansville, Ind.
Jennifer Kim Palatine, Ill.
Anna Grace Lavy Fayetteville, Ark.
Ciara Rattana Western Springs, Ill.
Maggie Rees Carmel, Ind.
Adrienne Rohwedder Prospect Heights, Ill.
Kesaree Rojanapeansatith Nonthaburi, Thailand
Francesca Saban Orland Park, Ill.
Bing Singhsumalee Naperville, Ill.
Kelly Sterling Mokena, Ill.
Brooke Thompson Jefferson City, Mo.
Zijun Yin Shenzhen, China
Selina Zeng Oak Brook, Ill.