Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Junior Championship

Barefoot Resort & Golf
North Myrtle Beach, S.C. • August 4 - 7, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Tim Jackman • (678) 425-1788 • tjackman@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 26 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Tyler Bakich 2015 Florida State University
John Hayden 2015 University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)
Jonathan Hsu 2015 Lehigh University
Mark David Johnson 2015 Western Carolina University
Jacob Joiner 2014 Georgia Tech
Tyler Joiner 2015 Georgia Tech
Jalen Ledger 2015 University of Kentucky
Daniel List 2016 Wellington College
Philip Loeb 2015 Elon University
Trevor Phillips 2016 University of Georgia
Keshav Sharma 2015 Erskine College
Andrew Spiegler 2017 University of South Carolina
Braden Thornberry 2015 University of Mississippi
Donnie Trosper 2015 University of Central Florida
Zachary Zwitter 2015 Armstrong State University
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Klara Castillo 2014 Wyoming
Amanda Doherty 2016 Florida State University
Emmy Martin 2014 Texas Christian University
Megan Martin 2015 University of South Carolina Beaufort
Emilia Migliaccio 2017 Wake Forest University
Madison Pacheco 2015 University of Florida
Texie June Petchel 2015 UNLV
Anna Redding 2015 University of Virginia
Payton Schanen 2015 Mercer University
Kennedy Swann 2017 Clemson University
Samantha Wagner 2015 University of Florida
 
 
Local flavor: 16 players from South Carolina will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Zakariya Butt Summerville 2016
Jack Friedman Charleston 2017
Yong Sherng Hui Hilton Head Island 2015
Ritwik Jain Bluffton 2015
Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin Hilton Head Island 2015
Xue Wen Luo Hilton Head Island 2015
Zach McLain Gilbert 2016
Vijay Mishra North Myrtle Beach 2015
Tennoshin Ogawa Hilton Head Island 2017
Trent Phillips Inman 2018
Trevor Phillips Inman 2016
Keshav Sharma Bluffton 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Pendleton Bogache Myrtle Beach 2015
Madison Elliott North Myrtle Beach 2017
Warissara Puangcharoen Hilton Head Island 2015
Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan Hilton Head Island 2016
Under Carolina skies
The field includes 13 players who call the state of South Carolina home. Georgia has the most players in the field with 14 and Florida claims 13.
Barefoot Resort & Golf
Rated a top-60 course in Myrtle Beach by Golf Digest in 2010, the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf hosts the AJGA in 2014. Norman brought his philosophy of "bump and run" into the course design which features seven holes along the Intercoastal Waterway. The natural vegetation and water features create a unique blend of difficulty and beauty which challenges golfers of all skill levels.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 4
10:30 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, August 5
7:15 – 11:25 a.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, August 6
7:15 – 11:25 a.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, August 7
7:15 – 11:45 a.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
4 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. (2015)
At No. 58 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Thornberry is the highest-ranked player in the field. Thornberry comes off a victory for the second year in-a-row at the Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek. He started playing in AJGA events in 2011 and has put together eight top-15 finishes including three wins. The 2013 Rolex Junior All-American has verbally committed to the University of Mississippi.
Donnie Trosper, Canton, Mich. (2015)
Trosper is currently ranked No. 81 in the Polo Golf Rankings and is the second highest-ranked boy in the field. He started playing in AJGA events in 2012 and has claimed five top-10 finishes in just 10 AJGA appearances. His two AJGA victories occurred this year at the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands and the Memorial Junior.
Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, N.C. (2017)
At No. 60 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Migliaccio is the highest-ranked girl in the field. She began playing AJGA events in 2014 and has put together three top-10 finishes including a win at the IJGA Junior Open and a runner-up finish at the Davis Love III Junior Open. The 15-year-old has made a verbal commitment to Wake Forest.
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (2015)
Wagner is currently ranked No. 98 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The four-time Rolex Junior All-American has put together 16 top-10 finishes including two victories since starting her career with the AJGA in 2009. She played on the victorious United States team for the 2013 PING Junior Solheim Cup and has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

Media Accommodations

The Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Junior 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 South Carolina native
Boys Division
Luukas Alakulppi Valdosta, Ga.
JonErik Alford Roswell, Ga.
David Baker Weddington, N.C.
Tyler Bakich Valrico, Fla.
Brett Barron Suwanee, Ga.
Jacob Bayer Lawrenceville, Ga.
Connor Burgess Lynchburg, Va.
Zakariya Butt Summerville, S.C.
Christian Casingal Charleston, W.Va.
Chase Childers Issue, Md.
Randy Felber akron, N.Y.
John Felitto Mountainside, N.J.
States Fort Evans, Ga.
Jack Friedman Charleston, S.C.
Andres Gonzalez Boca del Rio, Mexico
Javier Gonzalez Boca Del Rio, Mexico
John Gough Slough, United Kingdom
J. J. Gresco Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jordan Griffith Madison, Ind.
Juan Jose Guerra Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
John Hayden Birmingham, Ala.
Jonathan Hsu Atlanta, Ga.
Yong Sherng Hui (Malaysia) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Ritwik Jain (India) Bluffton, S.C.
Mark David Johnson St. Simons Island, Ga.
Jacob Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Tyler Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Justin Lane Woodstock, N.Y.
Parker Langham Fayetteville, Ga.
Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin (Thailand) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Jalen Ledger Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Yuan Li Haikou, China
Daniel List Perth, Australia
Philip Loeb Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Michael Lubrani Belle Vernon, Pa.
Xue Wen Luo (China) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Zach McLain Gilbert, S.C.
Jennings Milholen Pittsboro, N.C.
Vijay Mishra North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Nick Montes Pickerington, Ohio
Matthew Mourin Weston, Fla.
Tennoshin Ogawa (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Trent Phillips Inman, S.C.
Trevor Phillips Inman, S.C.
Reese Ramsey Austin, Texas
Luis Ruiz Mexico City, Mexico
Christopher Saad Lexington, Ky.
Keshav Sharma (India) Bluffton, S.C.
Andrew Spiegler Abingdon, Va.
Braden Thornberry Olive Branch, Miss.
Donnie Trosper Canton, Mich.
Blake Wagoner Cornelius, N.C.
Sully Zagerman Windermere, Fla.
Zachary Zwitter Roswell, Ga.
 
Girls Division
Alejandra Ayala Alpharetta, Ga.
Maria Balcazar Tuxtla gutierrez, Mexico
Morgan Baxendale Windermere, Fla.
Emily Black Naples, Fla.
Pendleton Bogache Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Klara Castillo Albuquerque, N.M.
Caroline Curtis Glen Allen, Va.
Ashni Dhruva Katy, Texas
Amanda Doherty Atlanta, Ga.
Madison Elliott North Myrtle Beach, SC
Cristine Lee Orlando, Fla.
Emmy Martin Odessa, Fla.
Megan Martin Chesapeake, Va.
Emilia Migliaccio Cary, N.C.
Madison Pacheco Pensacola, Fla.
Texie June Petchel Murrieta, Calif.
Warissara Puangcharoen (Thailand) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Anna Redding Concord, N.C.
Payton Schanen Milton, Ga.
Simar Singh Los Altos, Calif.
Kennedy Swann Austin, Texas
Paula Trejo Lerdo Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan (Thailand) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla.