Rolex Junior All-Americans announced by AJGA, Rolex
 

Kim earns Rolex Junior All-America honors for sixth time
Six others return to first team in 2009

Kim
Kimberly Kim

Seven of the 12 first-team Rolex Junior All-Americans on the girls' team are returning for at least a second year. Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, is a first-team selection for the third straight year. Overall, she is a six-time Rolex Junior All-American, which is tied for second most in AJGA history (Beth Bauer − 1993-98, Grace Park − 1992-97).

Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., and Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., also earned first-team honors for the third year, while Jessica Korda of Bradenton, Fla., Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., and Kristina Wong of Vestal, N.Y., are each on the Rolex Junior All-America First Team for the second year.

Previous Rolex Junior All-Americans earning first-team accolades for the first time are Sarah Brown of Phillipsburg, N.J., Luz Alejandra Cangrejo of Bogota, Colombia, and Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif. The remaining two players on the first team are newly crowned Rolex Junior All-Americans: Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., and Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif.

More about the First Team

Sarah Brown, Phillipsburg, N.J.
Brown, 17, makes her third appearance as a Rolex Junior All-American in 2009. With a final Polo Golf Ranking of 5, Brown had six top-10 finishes in national tournaments. She posted three runner-up finishes (Junior PGA Championship, Thunderbird International Junior and the ANNIKA Invitational) and was a member of the victorious PING Junior Solheim Cup team.

Luz Alejandra Cangrejo, Bogota, Colombia
Cangrejo, 16, is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American after being named to the second team in 2008. Her top finishes include a tie for second at the ANNIKA Invitational, a semifinal appearance at the U.S. Girls’ Junior and a tie for fifth place at the Thunderbird International Junior. Cangrejo finished the season No. 10 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla.

Feng, 13, captured wins at the Thunderbird International Junior as well as the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship, which have propelled her to the No. 2 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings. In all, Feng earned her place on the Rolex Junior All-America First Team behind he strength of five top-five finishes.

Gulugian
Ani Gulugian

Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif.
Gulugian, 17, earned first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors on the strength of seven top 10s, including a third-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Gulugian was also a member of the victorious 2009 U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup team and Canon Cup West Team. She finished the season No. 8 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii
Kim, 18, is currently a freshman on the Denver women’s golf team and earned first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors for the third-consecutive year. Overall, this is Kim’s sixth selection as Rolex Junior All-American, which is tied for second-most all-time. She finished in the top three at four out of five national tournaments in 2009, including a win at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, a runner-up finish at the Junior PGA Championship and a finals appearance at the U.S. Girls’ Junior.

Jessica Korda, Bradenton, Fla.
Korda, 16, is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and completed the 2009 season with eight top-10 junior golf finishes. Her best came at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship where she placed second after a sudden-death playoff with champion Kimberly Kim. Korda also participated in the 2009 PING Junior Solheim Cup, where she posted a 2-0-1 record, helping the U.S. to victory.

Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif.
Lee, 14, recorded six top-10 finishes in 2009, including a second-place effort at the McDonald ’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship, en route to earning first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors for a second consecutive year. A fourth-place finish at the season-ending PING Invitational helped her ascend to No. 7 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Rachel Morris, Carlsbad, Calif.
Morris, 17, is a four-time Rolex Junior All-American and a two-time HP Scholastic Junior All-American. She recorded three AJGA victories in 2009, including a win at the season-ending PING Invitational. Morris, who has verbally committed to Southern Cal, ends the season with nine top-10 finishes, first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors and a Polo Golf Ranking of No. 4.

Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif.
Shin, 17, is a three-time Rolex Junior All-America first-team selection. Victorious at the 2009 Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club, Shin recorded four other top-15 finishes in 2009. She ended the season in the No. 9 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Tanco
Victoria Tanco

Victoria Tanco, Bradenton, Fla.
Tanco, 15, was the 2008 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and is currently No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings. She has captured six junior golf titles, including victories at the 2009 Rolex Tournament of Champions, 2008 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, and the 2008 PING Invitational. Tanco also qualified for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open and reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior. This is her second time being selected to the Rolex Junior All-America First Team.

Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.
Thompson, 14, is a three-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American. In 2009, she posted three victories, including a win at the Junior PGA Championship. A member of the 2009 PING Junior Solheim Cup team, Thompson helped the U.S. to victory by winning all three of her matches. Currently No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Thompson also tied for 34th at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open.

Kristina Wong, Vestal, N.Y.
Wong, 18, earned Rolex Junior All-America honors for the fourth year after placing in the top three at three national tournaments. Wong tied for second at the Scott Robertson Memorial, tied for third at the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship and placed third at the Thunderbird International Junior. Also a member of the PING Junior Solheim Cup team, Wong is currently a freshman at Stanford University.

Second Team
Laetitia Beck, Caesarea, Israel
Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla.
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J.
Simin Feng, Orlando, Fla.
Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif.
Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash.
Stephanie Meadow, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland
Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif.
Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y.
Alexandra Stewart, Peoria, Ariz.
Banchalee Theinthong, Bangkok, Thailand
Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
Honorable Mention 
Shannon Aubert, ChampionsGate, Fla.
Sunshine Baraquiel, Valencia, Calif.
Elizabeth Breed, Waynesboro, Pa.
Austin Ernst, Seneca, S.C.
Bonnie Hu, Fremont, Calif.
Danielle Kang, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Kyung Kim, Chandler, Ariz.
Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai, Bradenton, Fla.
Suzie Lee, East Northport, N.Y.
Harin Lee, Bayside, N.Y.
Hana Lee, Hacienda Heights, Calif.
Jordan Lippetz, Bradenton, Fla.
Kaira Martin, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Amy Meier, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Seo Hee Moon, Mukilteo, Wash.
Kelli Oride, Lihue, Hawaii
Victoria Sungmin Park, Irvine, Calif.
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.
Maria Piccio, Bradenton, Fla.
Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga.
Emma Talley, Princeton, Ky.
Jessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Lauren Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Nicole Zhang, Calgary, Alberta

About the Rolex Junior All-America Teams

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