Thunderbird International Junior

Grayhawk Golf Club
Scottsdale, Ariz. May 24 - 27, 2013

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Tournament Storylines

College bound: 64 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Philip Barbaree 2017 Louisiana State University
Luis Fernando Barco 2013 Purdue University
Zachary Bauchou 2015 Oklahoma State
Connor Black 2014 Texas A&M
Luigi Botta 2014 Missouri
Sam Burns 2015 Louisiana State University
Derek Castillo 2016 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Austin Connelly 2015 University of Arkansas
Sean Crocker 2014 Southern Cal
George Cunningham 2014 Arizona
Brad Dalke 2015 University of Oklahoma
Brendon Doyle 2014 Indiana University
Rigel Fernandes 2013 South Florida
Jorge Garcia 2015 University of Florida
Doug Ghim 2014 University of Texas
Matt Gilchrest 2013 Auburn
Nick Hardy 2014 University of Illinois
Jack Hermeston 2014 Missouri - Kansas City
Franklin Huang 2014 Stanford
Brendon Jelley 2013 Oklahoma State
Jacob Joiner 2014 Georgia Tech
Peter Kim 2013 Army
Joo-Young Lee 2013 Xavier
Tae Wan Lee 2013 Florida
Thomas Lim 2013 Oregon
KK Limbhasut 2014 UC Berkeley
Christopher Petefish 2014 Georgia Tech
Michael Pisciotta 2014 Georgia Tech
Davis Riley 2015 University of Alabama
Scott Scheffler 2014 University of Texas
Jacob Solomon 2015 Auburn University
Jimmy Stanger 2013 Virginia
Peter Thorseth 2014 Texas A&M
Danny Walker 2014 Virginia
Johan Werge 2014 Denver
Adam Wood 2014 Duke
Dylan Wu 2014 Northwestern
Andy Zhang 2016 University of Florida
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Karen Arimoto 2015 University of Oklahoma
Shannon Aubert 2014 Stanford University
Erin Choi 2014 UCLA
Karen Chung 2013 Southern California
Casey Danielson 2013 Stanford
Mai Dechathipat 2015 Auburn University
Simin Feng 2013 Vanderbilt
Alexandra Kaui 2013 Oklahoma
Cheyenne Knight 2015 University of Alabama
Amy Lee 2015 University of Southern California
Andrea Lee 2016 Stanford University
Roberta Liti 2014 Arizona State
Mika Liu 2017 Stanford University
Yu Liu 2013 Duke
Giovana Maymon 2014 Baylor
Nicole Morales 2014 Alabama
Krystal Quihuis 2014 University of Arizona
Ashlan Ramsey 2013 Clemson
Sierra Sims 2013 Wake Forest
Laura Sojo 2014 University of Central Florida
Linnea Strom 2015 Arizona State University
Gabriella Then 2013 University of Southern California
Maria Torres 2013 Florida
Jessica Vasilic 2013 Arizona
Samantha Wagner 2015 University of Florida
Bethany Wu 2015 University of California, Los Angeles
Local Arizona talent among top-ranked field
Christopher Petefish of Scottsdale will compete close to home in his first Thunderbird International Junior. Tucson natives Krystal Quihuis and George Cunningham will travel to Grayhawk Golf Club in hopes of winning their second AJGA titles of 2013. Quihuis, a Salpointe Catholic High rising senior, won the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club in March. Cunningham collected an AJGA title at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair. He won on the Copperhead Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s Tampa Bay Championship.
Returning champions seek titles
Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas and Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., will look to reclaim their titles at the Thunderbird International Junior. Both won the event in 2011, with Dalke making history as the AJGA’s youngest boys Invitational champion at 13 years, 9 months and 11 days. In all, there are 44 AJGA champions and medalists in the 2013 field.
Following in the victors’ footsteps
Within the tournament’s history, Thunderbird International Junior champions have continued their golf careers at the collegiate and professional levels. The first Girls Division champion in 2000 was Virada Nirapathpongporn of Bangkok, Thailand, who went on to win the women’s NCAA Championship in 2002 while playing for Duke and the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2003. Belen Mozo of Cadiz, Spain, won the Thunderbird International Junior in 2004 and continued her career at the University of Southern California. She was a four-time NCAA All-American before joining the Symetra Tour and is in her second year on the LPGA Tour. Current PGA TOUR player Ryan Moore won the 2001 Thunderbird International Junior. He followed his junior career at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas before turning professional and winning the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Casey Wittenberg won the 2002 Thunderbird International Junior after being named 2001 Rolex Junior Player of the Year. He was recently honored as the 2012 Tour Player of the Year.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 24
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Saturday, May 25
7:15 – 9:15 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Sunday, May 26
7:15 – 9:15 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Monday, May 27
7:15 – 9:15 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Awards Luncheon (Family Welcome)

Top Players to Watch

Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2015)
Ranked No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Dalke is the highest-ranked player in the Boys Division. After his historic victory at the 2011 Thunderbird International Junior as the youngest boy to win an AJGA Invitational, he went on to claim nine top-10 finishes in national competition. A two-time first-team Rolex Junior All-American, Dalke opened the 2013 season by collecting his second AJGA Invitational title at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.
A future player of Stanford men’s golf, Liu will compete in his last Thunderbird International Junior. The four-time Rolex Junior All-American made history in 2010 as the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion at 14 years and 11 months, breaking the record held by Tiger Woods by more than six months. At No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Liu has gathered 12 top-five finishes in national competition through 2013 and looks to capture his first AJGA title.
Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind. (2014)
Wood will open his summer at Grayhawk Golf Club, following a year that included his first AJGA Invitational title at the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic. At No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Woods was named a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2012 behind the strength of five top-10 finishes in national competition. The Duke verbal commit’s resume is also highlighted by a win at the 2012 Western Junior championship and a third-place showing at the 2012 Junior PGA Championship.
Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (2014)
Scheffler, a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, will look to claim his first AJGA title at the Thunderbird International Junior. With runner-up finishes at the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic and 2013 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, the Texas verbal commit has earned his spot at No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Tae Wan Lee, (South Korea) Orlando, Fla. (2013)
Ranked No. 7 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Lee will open his final junior summer at Grayhawk Golf Club before heading to play for Middle Tennessee State in the fall. Lee boasts an impressive list of accolades, including 14 top-15 finishes in national competition. He ended the 2012 season with two runner-up showings at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O’Hair and the Western Junior Championship.
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (2013)
Chung, a five-time Rolex Junior All-American, is the highest-ranked player in the Girls Division at No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings. As one of junior golf’s most decorated players, Chung looks to capture her sixth AJGA title. Chung opened 2013 with a win at the Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions and tied for second at the ANNIKA Invitational. As the PING Junior Solheim Cup returns to American soil in 2013, Chung hopes to join Team USA for the second time after helping the squad to a victory in 2011. The graduating senior will play for the USC Trojans women’s golf team in the fall.
Simin Feng, (China) Windermere, Fla. (2013)
At No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Feng returns to the AJGA stage after her T5 finish at the ANNIKA Invitational in January. She is a four-time Rolex Junior All-American behind the strength of five AJGA victories since 2007. Feng will join the women’s golf team at Vanderbilt in the fall.
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015)
Wu will compete at the Thunderbird International Junior for the first time, following her first AJGA Invitational victory at the ANNIKA Invitational in January. She has tallied 11 top-five finishes in national competition since 2009, including a win at the 2012 AJGA Junior at Centennial. The second-team Rolex Junior All-American is No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to UCLA.
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis. (2013)
Former AJGA Player Representative Casey Danielson will return to Grayhawk Golf Club after a T7 showing in 2012. The graduating senior is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and will play for Stanford women’s golf team in the fall. Danielson notched top-15 finishes in each of her seven starts of 2012, including a third-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Danielson has one AJGA title to her name, the 2011 W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at Rush Creek, and is ranked No. 6 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga. (2013)
Ramsey will open her 2013 AJGA campaign at the Thunderbird International Junior after tying for third at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational in March. The three-time Rolex Junior All-American capped off 2012 with a T4 showing at The PING Invitational and signed her National Letter of Intent with Clemson. Ramsey’s resume is highlighted by 18 top-five finishes in national competition. The No. 7 player in the Polo Golf Rankings also helped the U.S. to a victory at the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup.

2012 Results

Thunderbird International Junior
Grayhawk Golf Club (May 25 - 28, 2012)
Boys Division
1 Max Orrin Kent, United Kingdom 70–67–69—206
2 AJ McInerney Henderson, Nev. 71–68–72—211
3 Tae Wan Lee (South Korea) Orlando, Fla. 68–71–73—212
4 Beau Hossler Mission Viejo, Calif. 70–72–71—213
5 Juan Cerda Santiago, Chile 73–69–72—214
Girls Division
1 *Ariya Jutanugarn Bangkok, Thailand 72–72–67—211
2 Laura Sojo (Colombia) Winter Garden, Fla. 71–71–69—211
T3 Sierra Sims Austin, Texas 76–71–68—215
T3 Shannon Aubert (France) Champions Gate, Fla. 71–70–74—215
5 Gabriella Then Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 71–75–71—217
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Thunderbird International Junior 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.

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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 Arizona native
Boys Division
Philip Barbaree Shreveport, La.
Luis Fernando Barco Lima, Peru
Zachary Bauchou Forest, Va.
Connor Black Humble, Texas
Luigi Botta Cuneo, Italy
Sam Burns Shreveport, La.
Derek Castillo Yorba Linda, Calif.
Austin Connelly Irving, Texas
Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe) Westlake Village, Calif.
George Cunningham Tucson, Ariz.
Brad Dalke Hobart, Okla.
ZeCheng Dou Beijing, China
Brendon Doyle Louisville, Ky.
Tobias Edén Karlstad, Sweden
Rigel Fernandes (India) Bradenton, Fla.
Jorge Garcia (Venezuela) Miami, Fla.
Doug Ghim Arlington Heights, Ill.
Matt Gilchrest Southlake, Texas
Nick Hardy Northbrook, Ill.
Jack Hermeston Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Franklin Huang Poway, Calif.
Brendon Jelley Tulsa, Okla.
Cheng Jin Beijing, China
Jacob Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Peter Kim Metuchen, N.J.
Joo-Young Lee Hilliard, Ohio
Tae Wan Lee (South Korea) Orlando, Fla.
Thomas Lim Moorpark, Calif.
KK Limbhasut (Thailand) Loma Linda, Calif.
DJ Loypur Melbourne, Australia
Guillermo Pereira Jr. Santiago, Chile
Christopher Petefish Danville, Calif.
Michael Pisciotta Alpharetta, Ga.
Kristoffer Reitan Nesøya, Norway
Davis Riley Hattiesburg, Miss.
Scott Scheffler Dallas, Texas
Juan Carlos Serrano Mexico City, Mexico
Jacob Solomon Dublin, Calif.
Jimmy Stanger Tampa, Fla.
Peter Thorseth Richmond, Texas
Ashton Turner Alford, United Kingdom
Danny Walker Bradenton, Fla.
Johan Werge San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Adam Wood Zionsville, Ind.
Dylan Wu Medford, Ore.
Taiki Yamaura Sennan, Japan
Yechun (Carl) Yuan (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Andy Zhang (China) Reunion, Fla.
Girls Division
Karen Arimoto (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Shannon Aubert (France) Champions Gate, Fla.
Erin Choi Torrance, Calif.
Karen Chung Livingston, N.J.
Casey Danielson Osceola, Wis.
Mai Dechathipat (Thailand) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Simin Feng (China) Windermere, Fla.
Sofia Linette Garcia Peralta Asuncion, Paraguay
Alexandra Kaui Las Vegas, Nev.
Cheyenne Knight Aledo, Texas
Amy Lee Brea, Calif.
Andrea Lee Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Roberta Liti Colle Val d'Elsa, Italy
Mika Liu Beverly Hills, Calif.
Yu Liu Beijing, China
Giovana Maymon Huixquilucan, Mexico
Nicole Morales South Salem, N.Y.
Krystal Quihuis Tucson, Ariz.
Ashlan Ramsey Milledgeville, Ga.
Sierra Sims Austin, Texas
Laura Sojo (Colombia) Winter Garden, Fla.
Julienne Soo Melbourne, Australia
Linnea Strom Hovas, Sweden
Nene Tanno Mito, Japan
Gabriella Then Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Maria Torres San Juan, P.R.
Jessica Vasilic (Sweden) Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla.
Marthe Wold Sandnes, Norway
Bethany Wu Diamond Bar, Calif.