AJGA Junior at River Ridge

River Ridge
Oxnard, Calif. May 3 - 5, 2013

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • crichards@ajga.org

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 56 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Grant Amerson 2014 University of California - San Diego
Jake Andl 2015 Hofstra University
Kornelijus Baliukonis 2013 Loyola Marymount University
Rafael Barnoya 2014 Rollins College
Brandon Bauman 2014 UC Santa Barbara
Bakari Bolden 2014 University of Southern California
William Brueckner 2014 Gonzaga
Justin Chong 2015 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christopher Chu 2013 Columbia*
Michael Decker 2013 Vanderbilt
Nicholas Engelhardt 2014 Cal Poly
Raymund Gonzales 2014 Missouri State
Peter Griffith 2015 Northwestern University
Johnny Hyun 2014 UC Irvine
David Kim 2014 UC - IRVINE
Jae Hoon Ian Kim 2014 University of Idaho
Justin Kim 2016 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chad Kubes 2014 CSU Stanislaus
Daniel Lopez 2014 Univeristy of San Diego
Mitchell Meissner 2014 Rice University
Ryan Mondy 2013 Virginia Tech
Johnathan Nicholson 2014 Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Victor Ponte 2014 UCLA
Justin JJ Qualkenbush 2014 Cal Baptist
Reid Rathburn 2014 Armstrong Atlantic
Lawrence Ree 2013 Loyola Marymount
Andrew Rudy 2013 Georgetown
Jonathan Shaw 2014 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Spencer Soosman 2016 University of California, Los Angeles
Jake Staiano 2015 Colorado State University
David Stitt 2014 Cal State - Fullerton
Justin Suh 2015 University of Southern California
Manuel Torres 2014 Lind
Aaron Whalen 2015 Washington State University
Jeffrey Yamaguchi 2014 Reedley City College
Edwin Yi 2015 University of Oregon
Sean Yu 2015 University of California, Berkeley
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Brianna Becker 2013 Hawaii
Erin Choi 2014 UCLA
Lydia Choi 2014 UCLA
Brigitte Dunne 2015 Southern Methodist University
Mariel Galdiano 2016 University of California, Los Angeles
Muni He 2017 University of Southern California
Kaley In 2013 UC - Irvine
Jiyoon Jang 2016 University of California, Berkeley
Alice Jeong 2013 UC - Berkeley
Megan Kim 2014 University of Michigan
Chaehee Oh 2015 Grand Canyon University
Jennifer Peng 2014 Yale
Texie June Petchel 2015 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Robynn Ree 2015 University of Southern California
Pailin Ruttanasupagid 2014 University of Illinois
Joo Youn Seo 2014 UC Irvine
Alana Uriell 2014 Arkansas
Janet Zhang 2015 University of Pennsylvania
Xiaoyu Zhu 2014
Local flavor
Of the 78 players native to California, six will travel the short distance to River Ridge Golf Club as they are from the Oxnard area. Oxnard High golfer Kyle McLay won the Boys Championship Division of the Ventura County Junior Golf Association's Custom Awards Classic at River Ridge in February. Patrick Holden tied for second at the event and will return to River Ridge to play in the AJGA event. Oxnard High junior Kristin Diep will play in her second AJGA event of 2013 after finishing 11th at the Preseason Junior at Marshallia Ranch. Victor Ponte and Brigitte Dunne of Camarillo will also represent the surrounding area.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 3
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Saturday, May 4
7:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
Sunday, May 5
8 a.m. shotgun Final Round
1:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Justin Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2016)
Behind the strength of his fourth-place finish at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club, Justin Kim has jumped 200 spots in the Polo Golf Rankings within five weeks. He is now No. 76 in the rankings and is the highest ranked boy in the field. In his debut year of 2012, Kim finished within the top-25 at five of six events. He looks to take home his first win at River Ridge Golf Club.
Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif. (2014)
At No. 32 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Erin Choi is the highest-ranked player in the field. She claimed her first AJGA win at the 2012 Genesis Junior Championship and has four top-10 AJGA finishes thus far in her junior career. Choi was honored as a second-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2012 and verbally committed to UCLA.
Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2014)
Choi will return to the AJGA stage after tying for sixth at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club in March. She will be looking to add an AJGA victory to her list of accolades, which includes 11 top-25 finishes in national competition. The Beverly Hills High School junior has verbally committed to UCLA.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at River Ridge 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 more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

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 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

Tournament field

- Bold indicates California native
Boys Division
Brandon Ahn Glendale, Calif.
Grant Amerson Goleta, Calif.
Jake Andl Westlake Village, Calif.
Andrés Arango (Ecuador) Howey in The Hills, Fla.
Kornelijus Baliukonis Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Rafael Barnoya (Guatemala) Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.
Brandon Bauman Las Vegas, Nev.
Jack Biwer Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Bakari Bolden North Hollywood, Calif.
Karick Brown Newport Beach, Calif.
William Brueckner Walnut Creek, Calif.
John Burke Sacramento, Calif.
Kevin Chen Arcadia, Calif.
Jeffery Cheung Coto de Caza, Calif.
Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif.
Christopher Chu Fullerton, Calif.
Jin Ho Chung (Brazil) Cerritos, Calif.
Jim Coon Orinda, Calif.
Joseph Crisostomo Fullerton, Calif.
Matt Cutcliffe Corte Madera, Calif.
Clarence De Vera Long Beach, Calif.
Michael Decker Pebble Beach, Calif.
Nicholas Engelhardt Los Angeles, Calif.
James Frahm Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Raymund Gonzales (Philippines) Mission Viejo, Calif.
Greg Gonzalez Riverside, Calif.
Peter Griffith Westlake Village, Calif.
Elias Gross Calabasas, Calif.
Patrick Holden Oxnard, Calif.
Jisup Hwang (South Korea) Los Angeles, Calif.
Johnny Hyun Irvine, Calif.
Brandon Kelley Simi Valley, Calif.
Joshua Keplinger El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Alex Kim Oak Park, Calif.
David Kim Buena Park, Calif.
Gookmin Kim (South Korea) La Habra, Calif.
Jae Hoon Ian Kim (South Korea) Surrey, British Columbia
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Joseph Ko (South Korea) North Hills, Calif.
Chad Kubes Shingle Springs, Calif.
Austin Kwon Pebble Beach, Calif.
Glen Lee Canyon Country, Calif.
Junee Lee Fullerton, Calif.
Kaiwen Liu (China) San Diego, Calif.
Daniel Lopez Los Angeles, Calif.
Richard Macaranas Long Beach, Calif.
Kyle McLay Oxnard, Calif.
Mitchell Meissner San Antonio, Texas
Ryan Mondy Blacksburg, Va.
Johnathan Nicholson Newbury Park, Calif.
Paul Park La Crescenta, Calif.
Victor Ponte Camarillo, Calif.
Justin JJ Qualkenbush La Quinta, Calif.
Reid Rathburn Alpharetta, Ga.
Lawrence Ree Redondo Beach, Calif.
Andrew Rudy San Diego, Calif.
Reed Russ Dallas, Texas
Koichiro Sato Irvine, Calif.
Jassem Setayesh Plano, Texas
Jonathan Shaw Mill Valley, Calif.
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif.
Jake Staiano Cherry Hills, Colo.
David Stitt Simi Valley, Calif.
Justin Suh San Jose, Calif.
Manuel Torres (Venezuela) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Brandon Tsujimoto Pomona, Calif.
Aaron Whalen Ephrata, Wash.
David-wookyeon Won (South Korea) La Mirada, Calif.
Sam Wu (China) Carlsbad, Calif.
Jeffrey Yamaguchi Fresno, Calif.
Edwin Yi Beaumont, Calif.
Sean Yu (Taiwan) Beaumont, Calif.
Girls Division
Brianna Becker Las Vegas, Nev.
Erin Choi Torrance, Calif.
Lydia Choi Beverly Hills, Calif.
Kristin Diep Oxnard, Calif.
Brigitte Dunne Camarillo, Calif.
Mariel Galdiano Pearl City, Hawaii
Muni He (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Kaley In Bakersfield, Calif.
Jiyoon Jang (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Alice Jeong Gardena, Calif.
Diana Kim Torrance, Calif.
Megan Kim Redondo Beach, Calif.
Chaehee Oh (South Korea) Gardena, Calif.
Jisoo Park (South Korea) Fullerton, Calif.
Jennifer Peng San Diego, Calif.
Texie June Petchel Murrieta, Calif.
Elisa Pierre Santa Clarita, Calif.
Robynn Ree Redondo Beach, Calif.
Pailin Ruttanasupagid (Thailand) San Diego, Calif.
Joo Youn Seo (Canada) Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Alana Uriell Carlsbad, Calif.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Janet Zhang Richmond, British Columbia
Xiaoyu Zhu (China) Windermere, Fla.