Junior Golfers Honored at POLO GOLF Junior All-America Awards
boys and girls recognized at Walt Disney World's Yacht Club
BUENA VISTA, Fla. - For the 26th consecutive year, the
finest junior golfers in the world were recognized by the
American Junior Golf Association for their outstanding accomplishments
on and off the golf course at the Polo Golf Junior All-America
Awards Banquet held at Walt Disney World Resort's Yacht Club
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Polo Golf Junior All-America
Awards Banquet recognizes players who have proven themselves
as the world's premier junior golfers. This year's Polo Golf
Junior All-Americans distinguished themselves through their
outstanding play in 72 national events, 51 of which were conducted
by the AJGA.
The 2003 Polo Golf Junior All-America Teams are made up of
juniors representing 30 states and eight foreign countries.
The Banquet also highlighted Polo Golf Junior Players of the
Year Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., and Paula Creamer of Pleasanton,
The AJGA and HP also honored the 2003 HP Scholastic Junior
All-America Team. The 2003 team, sponsored for the ninth consecutive
year by HP, consists of 10 young men and 10 young women who
demonstrated the ability to excel both on the golf course
and in the classroom. The HP Scholastic Junior All-America
selections were based on grade-point average, class rank,
leadership in the classroom and community, golfing ability
and writing skills. This year, candidates were required to
submit an essay or poem no longer than 400 words that creatively
focused on the game of golf. This year's essay winner was
Chaneng Joe of Poway, Calif. Poway High School, Joe's high
school, received a computer compliments of HP.
Since its founding in 1978, the AJGA annually recognizes and
rewards juniors for their impressive feats on the course,
in the classroom and for exhibiting sportsmanlike behavior.
The Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award honors an individual who
displays qualities such as integrity and true-heartedness
and signifies the importance by living true to these virtues.
Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Long Beach, Calif., a freshman
at Stanford University, received this distinct honor Tuesday
Also during the Banquet, Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale,
Ariz., and Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., were appointed
to serve as the AJGA's Player Representatives for the upcoming
The AJGA 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. However, the overall growth and development includes
more than just improving or mastering one's golf skills; it
aims to produce well-rounded, successful, honest and humble
young adults. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind,
has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 13-18) of approximately
5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and
professional golf. Eleven of the last 13 U.S. Amateur champions
and 15 of the last 17 U.S. Women's Amateur champions are AJGA
alumni. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on
the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins.
For more information, please contact Steve Ethun at (407)
824-2051 at Tournament Headquarters.