AJGA Junior hosted by Morgan Hoffmann

Arcola Country Club
Paramus, N.J. August 11 - 14, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 10 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Mike Blasey 2015 Davidson College
Timothy Colanta 2015 University of Maryland
Michael Graboyes 2014 Cornell Univerisity
Patrick Hallisey 2014 Boston College
Nicklaus Harrington 2015 University of Connecticut
Blaine Lafferty 2014 University of Delaware
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Alice Chen 2014 Furman
Madelein Herr 2016 Penn State
Jackie Rogowicz 2015 Penn State
Patricia Wong 2015 Pepperdine
 
 
Local flavor: 27 players from New Jersey will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Andrew Bowyer Summit 2015
Justin Chae Summit 2016
George Cultraro Wyckoff 2016
Ryan Davis Berkeley Heights 2016
John Driscoll III Ridgewood 2019
Sean Farren Brielle 2015
John Felitto Mountainside 2016
Drake Ferriter Ramsey 2015
Matt Gentile Chatham 2016
Sam Goldenring Florham Park 2016
Michael Graboyes Watchung 2014
Hyun Woong Jin Palisades Park 2015
Blaine Lafferty Marlton 2014
Paolo Matti Union 2015
Curren Mody Monmouth Junction 2015
John Pak Scotch Plains 2017
Robert Piluso Ridgewood 2015
Nicholas Rencis Long Valley 2015
William Voetsch New Vernon 2015
John Warden Ridgewood 2015
Justin Zheng Belle Mead 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Alice Chen Princeton 2014
Ami Gianchandani Short Hills 2018
Anina Ku Basking Ridge 2018
Eun-Won Park Tenafly 2016
Christina Parsells Bernardsville 2015
Kelly Sim Edgewater 2018
AJGA alum returns to the AJGA
Morgan Hoffmann put together an impressive AJGA resume from 2004-08. He completed his career with four AJGA victories, including Invitational crowns at the 2006 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2007 Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. In 2007 he was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American and was a member of the East Wyndham Cup team. The 2008 high school graduate went on to play college golf at Oklahoma State University, before turning professional in 2010.
Hoffmann joins prestigious list of PGA TOUR pros to host AJGA tournament
Hoffmann is just one of many PGA TOUR professionals who have added their name to the 2014 AJGA schedule. He joins Hunter Mahan, Gary Woodland, Jeff Overton, Scott Stallings, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth to support AJGA tournaments in 2014.
New Jersey players compete against nation's best
Twenty-six junior golfers from New Jersey will highlight the field. John Pak of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and Alice Chen of Princeton, New Jersey, are the highest-ranked local players.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 11
1 p.m. Junior-Am Awards Reception and Lunch
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, August 12
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, August 13
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, August 14
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Timothy Colanta, Reunion, Fla. (2015)
Currently No. 52 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Colanta amassed seven top-10 finishes including two AJGA titles, the first coming at the 2010 Aldila Junior All-Star and the latest at the 2014 AJGA St. Louis Junior where he shot a first-round 7-under-par 64. The rising senior recently placed ninth at the 2014 Junior PGA Championship and has verbally committed to the University of Maryland.
John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J. (2017)
Pak is the highest-ranked local boy in the field. He has collected three top-five finishes in the past two seasons including his first AJGA title at the 2014 AJGA Annapolis Junior. He recently advanced to the Round of 32 at the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Alice Chen, Princeton, N.J. (2014)
Chen is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 46 in the Polo Golf Rankings. She won the 2013 Lessing’s AJGA Classic, in addition to six top-five showings in AJGA play spanning 2009-14. The 2013 Rolex Junior All-American also advanced to match play at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Chen has signed with Furman University and will compete for the Paladins beginning this fall.
Jiyoon Jang, (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif. (2016)
Jang has notched five top-10 finishes in AJGA competition since 2013, including back-to-back runner-up finishes in her first two events. The 16-year-old finished in the top 20 at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships and advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Girl's Junior Amateur Championship. She comes off the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship where she advanced to stroke play.
Jackie Rogowicz, Yardley, Pa. (2015)
Rogowicz medaled in her first AJGA event, the Preseason Junior at Basking Ridge, and went on to finish runner-up five times. She has already found success in 2014. She posted a runner-up finish at the AJGA Junior at Cattail Creek and tied for 25th at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship where she shot a final-round 67, her best AJGA round. The rising senior is No. 87 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to Penn State.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior hosted by Morgan Hoffmann 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 New Jersey native
Boys Division
Ambrose Abbracciamento Yardley, Pa.
Brendan Bacskai Berwyn, Pa.
Mike Blasey Potomac, Md.
Andrew Bowyer Summit, N.J.
Bear Carlson Katonah, N.Y.
Christian Cavaliere Katonah, N.Y.
Stephen Cerbara Langhorne, Pa.
Justin Chae Summit, N.J.
Timothy Colanta Reunion, Fla.
George Cultraro Wyckoff, N.J.
Ryan Davis Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Nathaniel Dong Glastonbury, Conn.
John Driscoll III Ridgewood, N.J.
Colin Dubnik Rochester, N.Y.
Gavin Dugas Pittsfield, Maine
Robert Eisch Tampa, Fla.
Sean Farren Brielle, N.J.
John Felitto Mountainside, N.J.
Drake Ferriter Ramsey, N.J.
David Gao Bradenton, Fla.
Matt Gentile Chatham, N.J.
Sam Goldenring Florham Park, N.J.
Michael Graboyes Watchung, N.J.
Daniel Griffiths Binghamton, N.Y.
Eric Hall Harwood, Md.
Patrick Hallisey Wethersfield, Conn.
Lee Hammerschmidt Armonk, N.Y.
Nicklaus Harrington Chaplin, Conn.
Matt Hutchins Sudbury, Mass.
Brent Ito Ardsley, N.Y.
Hyun Woong Jin Palisades Park, N.J.
Cole Johnson Parrish, Fla.
Blake Kelley Manchester, Conn.
John YounSung Kim (South Korea) Toronto, Ontario
Sun Kim L'Ile-Perrot, Quebec
Peter Knade Easton, Md.
Blaine Lafferty Marlton, N.J.
Justin Lane Woodstock, N.Y.
Paul Lei Middleton, Mass.
Jason Liu Windsor, Conn.
Nicholas Maff Bethlehem, Pa.
Lucas Marin Bogota, Colombia
Paolo Matti Union, N.J.
James McHugh Rye, N.Y.
Nate Menon Wyomissing, Pa.
Curren Mody Monmouth Junction, N.J.
Sebastian Naibaho Yonkers, N.Y.
Ethan Ng New York, N.Y.
Connor O'Brien Rowayton, Conn.
John Pak Scotch Plains, N.J.
Rij Patel Hunt Valley, Md.
Robert Piluso Ridgewood, N.J.
JP Raftery Greenwich, Conn.
Jake Ratti Hanover, Mass.
Nicholas Rencis Long Valley, N.J.
Jordan Sanyshyn Brewster, N.Y.
Andrew Sciarretta Wilton, Conn.
Gregory Sibick Williamsville, N.Y.
Nicholas Solimene Naples, Fla.
Jonathan Spicci Ridgefield, Conn.
Justin Theilig Hurley, N.Y.
William Voetsch New Vernon, N.J.
John Warden Ridgewood, N.J.
Charlie Watson Toronto, Ontario
Chris Yeom New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Michael Zhang San Diego, Calif.
Justin Zheng Belle Mead, N.J.
 
Girls Division
Alice Chen Princeton, N.J.
Elizabeth Choi Syosset, N.Y.
Gabrielle Correia Palm Beach Gardens , Fla.
Kyra Cox South Salem, N.Y.
Shiyang Fan (China) Carlsbad, Calif.
Julia Ford Shrewsbury, Mass.
Ami Gianchandani Short Hills, N.J.
Madelein Herr New Hope, Pa.
Chloe Belle Hooton Del Mar, Calif.
Yubin Huh (South Korea) San Diego, Calif.
Jiyoon Jang (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Anina Ku Basking Ridge, N.J.
Aiko Leong Honolulu, Hawaii
Alix Lowe Farmingdale, N.Y.
Catherine McEvoy Riverside, Conn.
Brooke Nolte Melissa, Texas
Meiyi Pan Shenzhen, China
Eun-Won Park (South Korea) Tenafly, N.J.
Sung Eun Park San Diego, Calif.
Christina Parsells Bernardsville, N.J.
Jackie Rogowicz Yardley, Pa.
Kelly Sim (South Korea) Edgewater, N.J.
Annika Vandayar Garnet Valley, Pa.
Patricia Wong Walnut, Calif.