AJGA Junior at Penn State

Penn State Golf Course
State College, Pa. June 24 - 27, 2013

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

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 58 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Jacob Appleby 2014 Marshall University
Brendan Bacskai 2015 Drexel University
Matt Barto 2014 Gannon University
Andy Butler 2014 Villanova
Nathan Chuwait 2016 University of Virginia
Cody Dazen 2013 University of Delaware
Brandon Greenplate 2014 Coker College
Evan Grenus 2014 Wofford College
Ian Hardesty 2013 Lake Erie College
Jesse Hazam 2013 Monmouth
Charles Hess 2014 Old Dominion University
Ian Hildebrand 2014 Virginia Tech
Matt Holuta 2014 Rutgers University
J.D. Hughes 2014 Kent State
Jake Leavitt 2014 Elon
Seiya Liu 2015 Harvard University
Matthew McAdoo 2014 Cleveland State University
Chad McCann 2015 College of Coastal Georgia
Patrick McDonald 2014 Memphis
Connor Messick 2014 Virginia
Cole Miller 2014 Penn State University
Luke Miller 2015 Northwestern University
Matthew Naumec 2015 Boston College
Armando Olivieri 2014 Colgate University
Vincent Palazzolo 2014 George Washington University
Jonathan Ransone 2013 Toledo
Jonathan Rector 2015 Clemson University
Jake Reilly 2015 Furman University
Brett Rinker 2013 Bowling Green State
Conor Rodrigues 2014 East Tennessee State University
Carter Simon 2014 NC State
Zachary Smith 2014 University of California Santa Barbara
Will Snyder 2015 Hampden-Sydney College
Thomas Steve 2014 University of Notre Dame
Christopher Troy 2014 Cornell University*
John VanDerLaan 2014 Florida Southern
Michael VanDerLaan 2015 Florida Southern College
Jeremy Wall 2014 Loyola University Maryland
Bennett Wisner 2014 Loyola - Maryland
Christopher Zhang 2015 Swarthmore College
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Kennedy Bodfield 2014 McNeese State
Shannon Brooks 2015 University of Tennessee
Amanda Detmer 2015 Jacksonville University
Madelein Herr 2016 Penn State
Sarah Kokotajlo 2014 Monmouth
Erin Lo 2013 University of Pennsylvania
Julie Luo 2015 Yale University
Jane Moon 2014 Navy
Mary Bryan Owen 2015 Claremont McKenna College
Sara Riascos 2014 Rollins College
Alison Snakard 2014 University of Notre Dame
Kamerine Taylor 2015 Penn State
Khushboo Thiagaraj 2014 Radford
Lauren Waller 2015 Pennsylvania State University
Shannon Weber 2014 Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Gabrielle Weiss 2014 UNC Greensboro
Allison Wong 2014 Pennsylvania
Anna Zhou 2015 Harvard University
Local flavor: 52 players from Pennsylvania will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Brendan Bacskai Berwyn 2015
Matt Barto Leechburg 2014
Max Bell Chambersburg 2014
Michael Bliss Newtown 2015
Andrew Britton Waterford 2014
Andy Butler Lititz 2014
Stephen Cerbara Langhorne 2016
Michael Esworthy Harrisburg 2013
Ben Gelenberg State College 2016
Brandon Greenplate York 2014
Jack Gregor North Wales 2014
David Harris Clarks Summit 2014
Jesse Hazam Mechanicsburg 2013
Ethan Heller Media 2014
Charles Hess Orefield 2014
Matt Holuta Indiana 2014
J.D. Hughes Carlisle 2014
Benjamin Kotler Penn Valley 2015
Kevin Kunkle Walnutport 2014
Harison Laskey Connellsville 2015
Ethan Means Landenberg 2014
Cole Miller New Tripoli 2014
Luke Miller Venetia 2015
Matthew Moore Pittsburgh 2014
Jake Niedosik Lansdale 2015
Tyler Pollack Venetia 2014
Christopher Pollan Wayne 2016
Brett Pompeani Aliquippa 2014
Jake Reilly Hershey 2015
Austin Renz Danville 2014
Brett Rinker Slippery Rock 2013
Grant Schumaker Macungie 2014
Anthony Sebastianelli Clarks Summit 2014
Ben Setar Canonsburg 2014
Jake Sollon Venetia 2016
Thomas Steve Upper St. Clair 2014
CJ Tyler Northumberland 2014
Nicholas Vecellio Fogelsville 2014
Kristofer Wright Wexford 2013
Brendan Young Malvern 2014
Paul Yun Wayne 2015
C.J. Zachary Hummelstown 2014
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Madelein Herr New Hope 2016
Minuette Laessig Barto 2016
Erin Lo Philadelphia 2013
Madison Mcdanel Aliquippa 2016
Courtney Melvin West Pittston 2014
Sabrina Reilly Hershey 2015
Alison Snakard Collegeville 2014
Lauren Waller Canonsburg 2015
Joey Walz Pittsburgh 2015
Shannon Weber Kutztown 2014
Penn State Golf Course plays host to AJGA event
This is the fifth consecutive year that Penn State Golf Courses have hosted an AJGA event, but the first time they have hosted an AJGA Open event. The course previously hosted Junior All-Star events.
Keystone state flavor
45 players hailing from the state of Pennsylvania will compete in the AJGA Junior at Penn State this week, but only one player in the field calls State College home. Ben Gelenberg, a sophomore at State College Area High School, is competing in the AJGA event at Penn State for the second year in a row. Last year, Gelenberg recorded rounds of 77-81-77-235 to finish T38.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 24
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, June 25
7 – 8:39 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
11:30 a.m. – 1:09 p.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
Wednesday, June 26
7 – 8:39 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
11:30 a.m. – 1:09 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
Thursday, June 27
7 – 8:39 a.m. Final Round off Nos.1 and 10 tees
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Cheng Jin, Beijing, China (2016)
Jin is the highest-ranked player in the Boys Division at No. 21 in the Polo Golf Rankings. In 2012, Jin recorded T4 finishes at both the AJGA Junior Challenge and the AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch. At the 2012 Genesis Junior Championship, Jin put together rounds of 69-66-65-200 to take home his first AJGA championship.
Cody Dazen, Shamong, N.J. (2013)
Dazen, who will continue his golf career at the University of Delaware, is competing at Penn State Golf Course for the first time since 2010. Dazen's career is highlighted by a T15 finish at the 2012 William Penn Junior Championship.
Julie Luo, Centreville, Va. (2015)
The highest ranked player in the Girls Division field, Luo is No. 42 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Luo recorded three top-five finishes in 2012 AJGA competition, including a win at he 2012 Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier. Luo returns to Penn State for the first time since 2011, where she placed fourth at the 2011 Junior All-Star at Penn State.
Lauren Waller, Canonsburg, Pa. (2015)
Waller, who won the 2012 Junior All-Star at Penn State, returns to State College looking to record her second AJGA victory. In 2012, Waller posted scores of 74-72-71-217 on Penn State Golf Courses' Blue Course, the same course the tournament will be held on this week.

2012 Results

AJGA Junior at Penn State
Penn State Golf Course (June 25 - 28, 2012)
Boys Division
1 Varun Chopra Champaign, Ill. 71–68–73—212
2 Luke Miller Venetia, Pa. 74–74–66—214
3 Tyler Pearson Richmond, Ind. 67–75–73—215
T4 Ben Albin Santa Fe, N.M. 72–72–72—216
T4 David Baker Weddington, N.C. 71–71–74—216
T4 Caleb Proveaux Lexington, S.C. 73–72–71—216
Girls Division
1 Lauren Waller Canonsburg, Pa. 74–72–71—217
2 Maria Vesga Piedecuesta, Colombia 77–76–70—223
3 Elsa Moberly Science Hill, Ky. 72–75–81—228
4 Amanda Detmer Madison, Ind. 73–76–80—229
5 Madelein Herr New Hope, Pa. 80–78–73—231

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at Penn State 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 Pennsylvania native
Boys Division
Jacob Appleby North Canton, Ohio
Brendan Bacskai Berwyn, Pa.
Brian Bak Nutley, N.J.
David Baker Weddington, N.C.
Matt Barto Leechburg, Pa.
Max Bell Chambersburg, Pa.
Kyle Berkshire Crofton, Md.
Brandon Berry Great Falls, Va.
Michael Bliss Newtown, Pa.
Andrew Britton Waterford, Pa.
Andy Butler Lititz, Pa.
Christian Casingal Charleston, W.Va.
Stephen Cerbara Langhorne, Pa.
Nathan Chuwait Herndon, Va.
Matthew Csillag Syosset, N.Y.
Cody Dazen Shamong, N.J.
Trevor Dobrzenski Eden, N.Y.
Michael Esworthy Harrisburg, Pa.
Luke Farley Durham, N.C.
Buzz Ganow Haymarket, Va.
Ben Gelenberg State College, Pa.
Brandon Greenplate York, Pa.
Jack Gregor North Wales, Pa.
Evan Grenus Glastonbury, Conn.
Ian Hardesty Chardon, Ohio
David Harris Clarks Summit, Pa.
Jesse Hazam Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Ethan Heller Media, Pa.
Charles Hess Orefield, Pa.
Ian Hildebrand Purcellville, Va.
Matt Holuta Indiana, Pa.
J.D. Hughes Carlisle, Pa.
Zhijie (Tony) Jiang (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Cheng Jin Beijing, China
John YounSung Kim (South Korea) Toronto, Ontario
Benjamin Kotler Penn Valley, Pa.
Douglas Kulikowski Pittsford, N.Y.
Kevin Kunkle Walnutport, Pa.
Harison Laskey Connellsville, Pa.
Jake Leavitt Woodstock, Md.
Daniel Levin New York, N.Y.
Zongfan Li (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Jamie Litzler Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Seiya Liu Beverly Hills, CA
Matthew McAdoo Twinsburg, Ohio
Chad McCann Haymarket, Va.
Patrick McDonald Herndon, Va.
Ethan Means Landenberg, Pa.
Benjamin Meola Painesville, Ohio
Connor Messick Oak Hill, Va.
Matthew Michaud Waltham, Mass.
Cole Miller New Tripoli, Pa.
Luke Miller Venetia, Pa.
Matthew Moore Pittsburgh, Pa.
Chandler Morris Southbury, Conn.
Harrison Murphy McKinney, Texas
Charles Musto Sterling, Va.
Matthew Naumec Wilbraham, Mass.
Jake Niedosik Lansdale, Pa.
Armando Olivieri Greenwich, Conn.
Zachary Ottman Penfield, N.Y.
Edward Owen Baltimore, Md.
Vincent Palazzolo Colts Neck, N.J.
Paul Pastore Greenwich, Conn.
Toks Pedro Bowie, Md.
Everett Plocek North Potomac, Md.
Tyler Pollack Venetia, Pa.
Christopher Pollan Wayne, Pa.
Brett Pompeani Aliquippa, Pa.
Jonathan Ransone Hilliard, Ohio
Jonathan Rector Hendersonville, N.C.
Jake Reilly Hershey, Pa.
Austin Renz Danville, Pa.
Wonsuk Rhee (South Korea) Vienna, Va.
Brett Rinker Slippery Rock, Pa.
Connor Rinoski Yorktown, Va.
Conor Rodrigues Kingston, Ontario
Michael Savitt Greenwich, Conn.
Luke Schaap Potomac, Md.
Grant Schumaker Macungie, Pa.
Anthony Sebastianelli Clarks Summit, Pa.
Ben Setar Canonsburg, Pa.
Carter Simon Sutton West, Ontario
Zachary Smith Pleasanton, Calif.
Will Snyder Clifton, Va.
Jake Sollon Venetia, Pa.
KeonHo Song (South Korea) Centreville, Va.
Thomas Steve Upper St. Clair, Pa.
JB Thompson Jupiter, Fla.
Christopher Troy Greenwich, Conn.
CJ Tyler Northumberland, Pa.
John VanDerLaan Southbury, Conn.
Michael VanDerLaan Southbury, Conn.
Nicholas Vecellio Fogelsville, Pa.
Jeremy Wall Brielle, N.J.
Hunter Weis Charlottesville, Va.
Cale Wheeler Morgantown, W.Va.
Christopher White Garden City, N.Y.
Eric Wirth Morgantown, W.Va.
Bennett Wisner Hampstead, Md.
Ryan Woodward Mt. Airy, Md.
Kristofer Wright Wexford, Pa.
Brendan Young Malvern, Pa.
Paul Yun (South Korea) Wayne, Pa.
C.J. Zachary Hummelstown, Pa.
Christopher Zhang Belle Mead, N.J.
Justin Zheng Belle Mead, N.J.
Girls Division
Kennedy Bodfield St Catharines, Ontario
Sarah Bothner Rochester, N.Y.
Shannon Brooks Vienna, Va.
Laura Burke Princeton, N.J.
Amanda Detmer Madison, Ind.
Casey Durant New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Olivia Greenwald Henderson, Nev.
Claire Hernandez Palgrave, Ontario
Madelein Herr New Hope, Pa.
Sarah Kokotajlo Ewing, N.J.
Jiayu Kong (China) Arcadia, Calif.
Minuette Laessig Barto, Pa.
Abby Lim Tenafly, N.J.
Erin Lo Philadelphia, Pa.
Julie Luo Centreville, Va.
Madison Mcdanel Aliquippa, Pa.
Megan McLean Lebanon, N.J.
Courtney Melvin West Pittston, Pa.
Jane Moon Lutherville Timonium, Md.
Zora Moore Milford, N.J.
Mary Bryan Owen Baltimore, Md.
Sabrina Reilly Hershey, Pa.
Sara Riascos Bogota, Colombia
Alyssa Schiera West Windsor, N.J.
Alison Snakard Collegeville, Pa.
Kamerine Taylor Dublin, Ohio
Khushboo Thiagaraj (India) Haymarket, Va.
Lauren Waller Canonsburg, Pa.
Joey Walz Pittsburgh, Pa.
Linda Wang Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
Shannon Weber Kutztown, Pa.
Gabrielle Weiss Southern Pines, N.C.
Allison Wong Rockville, Md.
Qingyi Symba Xu (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Anna Zhou Palo Alto, Calif.