Ariya Jutanugarn of Bangkok, Thailand, returns to the Rolex Junior All-America First Team for the second year in a row. In 2011, she competed in nine national junior golf tournaments and posted top-two finishes on eight occasions; her only finish outside the top-two was a T8 showing at the Thunderbird International Junior. She won four times, including the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and was runner-up four times. She finished with 13 rounds in the 60s (out of 30 rounds), a 70.27 scoring average, and the No. 1 position in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Three players join Ariya as back-to-back Rolex Junior All-America First Team recipients: Shannon Aubert of Reunion, Fla.; Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz.; and Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif. For Lee, this marks the fourth consecutive year she has been named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American.
At No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Moriya Jutanugarn joins her sister on the Rolex Junior All-America First Team after posting a pair of victories in 2011. In addition to winning the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club and the Scott Robertson Memorial, she finished third at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
After three years as an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., won her way onto the First Team in 2011. This summer, Talley broke the AJGA record for most consecutive victories when she took home four straight titles. In all, she has 10 career AJGA victories, which is the eighth most in AJGA history.
The six remaining First Team selections are: Céline Boutier of Montrouge, France; Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J.; Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Fla.; Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga.; Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga.; and Gabriella Then of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
First-team Rolex Junior All-Americans
Reunion, Fla. (Class of 2014)
Aubert, 15, is a sophomore at Windermere Preparatory School and holds the No. 7 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings, earning Rolex Junior All-America honors for the third consecutive year. In 2011, Aubert did not finish outside the top 15 in national junior golf competition, carding top-10 finishes in seven events. Her best finish of the year was a runner-up performance at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational, closely followed by third-place finishes at The PING Invitational and Webb Simpson Junior Championship.
Montrouge, France (Class of 2012)
Céline Boutier of Montrouge, France has been selected as a First Team Rolex Junior All-American. The high school senior finished the year ranked No. 6 in the Polo Golf Rankings on the strength of a win at the ANNIKA Invitational and a third-place finish at the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship. Boutier represented Europe in the biennial PING Junior Solheim Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Karen Chung, Livingston,
N.J. (Class of 2013)
Chung, 16, is a Rolex Junior All-American for the fourth consecutive year and a member of the First Team for the second time. Ranked No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, she won the 2011 Thunderbird International Junior and reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Chung was a member of the East Wyndham Cup Team and the U.S. Team that retained the PING Junior Solheim Cup in Ireland.
Jaye Marie Green, Boca
Raton, Fla. (Class of 2012)
Green, is a high school senior and finished in the top 10 in all eight junior golf tournaments she participated in this year. Victorious at both the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2011 PING Invitational, Green has stationed herself at No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings. A member of the U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup squad, the 17-year-old helped Americans retain the cup with a team-best record of 2-0-1. Green is verbally committed to the University of Florida.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Bangkok,
Thailand (Class of 2014)
Ariya, 15, has held the No. 1 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings for the majority of the 2011 season thanks to three victories and four runner-up showings in junior golf competition. Ariya won the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, Junior PGA Championship and U.S. Girls Junior, besting three of the strongest junior golf fields. Her runner-up appearances came at the Scott Robertson Memorial, Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club, Rolex Tournament of Champions and most recently, The PING Invitational, where she fired a final-round 66 to move up 12 spots on the leaderboard. This is the second year Ariya has been named to the first team.
Moriya Jutanugarn, Bangkok,
Thailand (Class of 2013)
Moriya has captured two wins in 2011 – the Scott Robertson Memorial and the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. Ranked No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, she added top-five finishes at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. In addition, the 17-year-old earned low amateur honors at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open. She also reached the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur, falling to champion Danielle Kang.
Kyung Kim, Chandler,
Ariz. (Class of 2012)
The Hamilton High School senior and Southern Cal verbal commit has been named a Rolex Junior All-American for the fourth time in her AJGA career. This is her second consecutive year as a First Team selection. Ranked No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Kyung compiled four AJGA top-10 finishes in 2011 with her best showing coming at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club where she tied for third. A tie for fifth at The PING Invitational capped off a year that also included a trip to Ireland as a selection to the U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup squad.
Alison Lee, Valencia,
Calif. (Class of 2013)
Lee joins the Rolex Junior All-America first team for the fourth consecutive year. The Valencia High School junior is ranked fifth in the Polo Golf Rankings and nabbed a top-five finish at each AJGA event she attended in 2011. Lee tied for second at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, tied for third at the ANNIKA Invitational and advanced to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. The 16-year-old also made her second appearance on the U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup squad, helping to secure the first overseas victory for the Americans since the tournament’s inception.
Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville,
Ga. (Class of 2013)
Ramsey, a high school junior, was an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American in 2010, and with a number of top finishes she earned a spot on the First Team in 2011. Ranked No. 8 in the Polo Golf Rankings, she notched four top-four performances, including third- and fourth-place finishes at the Thunderbird International Junior and The PING Invitational, respectively. Ramsey also performed well in match play events as she was a member of the victorious East Team at Wyndham Cup and helped the U.S. Team retain the PING Junior Solheim Cup on foreign soil.
Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale,
Ga. (Class of 2012)
Stackhouse, 17, is a senior at North Clayton High School and is No. 10 in the Polo Golf Rankings. In 2011, Stackhouse accumulated six top-10 finishes including victories at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T and Exide Technologies Junior Open. She also represented the U.S. at the PING Junior Solheim Cup in Ireland. This is the third consecutive year Stackhouse has received Rolex Junior All-America honors.
Emma Talley, Princeton,
Ky. (Class of 2012)
Talley, a senior at Caldwell County High School, has been named a Rolex Junior All-American for the fourth consecutive year, but makes her debut on the First Team in 2011. Talley recorded four victories on the year giving her 10 AJGA titles in her career, which puts her in a tie for eighth on the all-time wins list. Her year also included trips to the U.S. Women’s Open and Ireland to help the U.S. Team claim victory at the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
Gabriella Then, Rancho
Cucamonga, Calif. (Class of 2013)
An honorable mention selection in 2010, Then climbed the Polo Golf Rankings on the strength of a victory at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and has earned a spot on the First Team. The Upland High School junior reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, falling to eventual champion Ariya Jutanugarn. In addition to eight top-15 junior golf finishes, Then represented the West squad at the 2011 Wyndham Cup and was a member of the victorious U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup team.
Chen, Bradenton, Fla.
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis.
Simin Feng, Orlando, Fla. (China)
Jenny Hahn, Henderson, Nev.
Anna Kim, Chandler, Ariz.
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Yu Liu, Beijing, China
Marijosse Navarro, San Antonio, Texas (Mexico)
Ri Hyang Park, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Japan)
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.
Kendall Prince, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Brooks, Sorrento, Fla.
Talia Campbell, Dallas, Texas
Anne Cheng, Torrance, Calif.
Hee Wook Choi, San Diego, Calif.
Taylor Coleman, San Antonio, Texas
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii
Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas, Nev.
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif.
Esther Lee, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Catherina Li, Kent, Wash.
Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif.
Minjia Luo, San Diego, Calif.
Samantha Marks, Maitland, Fla.
Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga.
Kaitlin Park, Tustin Ranch, Calif.
Kayli Quinton, Houston, Texas
Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark.
Monifa Sealy, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (Trinidad and Tobago)
Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas
Hannah Suh, San Jose, Calif.
Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas
McKenzie Talbert, North Augusta, S.C.
Jessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla.