E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf

Jones Creek Golf Club
Augusta, Ga. July 29 - August 1, 2013

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 38 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Tyler Bakich 2015 Florida State University
Jared Bettcher 2013 Troy
Chandler Blanchet 2014 West Florida
Brennan Bogdanovich 2015 Mercer
Park Brady 2014 Presbyterian College
Marcus Byrd 2015 MTSU
Jack Comstock 2015 UNF
Will Duma 2015 Virginia Tech
Kavan Eubank 2014 California Baptist University
Campbell Fisher 2015 University of Minnesota
Billy Johns 2014 Lehigh University
Jacob Kennedy 2014 Gardner-Webb University
Emmanuel Kountakis 2013 Mercer
Andrew MacMillan 2014 Villanova
Carter Mobley 2015 Georgia Southern
Ashton Nix 2013 Samford
Tyler Pearson 2015 Ball State
Caleb Proveaux 2016 University of South Carolina
Aaron Purviance 2014 Methodist University
Michael Sheahan 2014 Oglethorpe University
Spenser Slayden 2017 Mercer
Connor Smith 2014 Middle Tennessee State University
Ryan Stachler 2015 University of South Carolina
John Yi 2014 Augusta State
Austin Zoller 2014 Winthrop University
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Anna Buchanan 2015 Samford University
Daniella Castañeda 2014 St. John's University
Gracie Henderson 2014 Bradley University
Anne Taylor Hough 2015 virginia Tech
Tatum Jackson 2014 Rutgers University
Dylan Kim 2015 Baylor University
Emmy Martin 2014 Texas Christian University
Michaela Owen 2015 Auburn
Tatiana Pineda 2014 Houston
Anna Redding 2015 University of Virginia
Natalie Srinivasan 2016 Furman University
Phyllis Tang 2014 Boston University
Khushboo Thiagaraj 2014 Radford
 
 
Local flavor: 34 players from Georgia will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Richard Allen Evans 2014
Tyler Barker Evans 2015
Brennan Bogdanovich Suwanee 2015
Park Brady St. Simons Island 2014
Marcus Byrd Dunwoody 2015
Drew Duffie Evans 2016
Will Duma Atlanta 2015
Hunter Dunagan Martinez 2016
Campbell Fisher Suwanee 2015
Salil Ghamande Evans 2016
David Hemann Evans 2013
Charles Huntzinger Duluth 2015
Billy Johns Johns Creek 2014
Emmanuel Kountakis Augusta 2013
S.M. Lee Buford 2015
Drew Minner Alpharetta 2014
Carter Mobley Waynesboro 2015
Jay Mobley Waynesboro 2016
Leo Rich Johns Creek 2016
Russell Sabol Martinez 2014
Michael Sheahan Marietta 2014
Benjamin Shipp Duluth 2016
Ryan Stachler Alpharetta 2015
Zachary Tully Evans 2014
Alex Wells Evans 2016
John Yi Marietta 2014
Spencer Yi Johns Creek 2014
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Anna Buchanan Athens 2015
Madison Caldwell Dawsonville 2015
Amanda Doherty Atlanta 2016
Sarah Harrison Martinez 2015
Gracie Henderson Norcross 2014
Michaela Owen Suwanee 2015
Megan Sabol Martinez 2016
Looking to defend
Connor Smith of Shoal Creek, Ala., looks to defend his title at the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. The 2012 champion is coming off a victory at the AJGA Huntsville Junior in July and two top-10 finishes in 2013. David Hemann of Evans, Ga., claimed second place at last year's event and will seek his first AJGA title. Michaela Owen of Suwanne, Ga., and Tatiana Pineda of Bogota, Colombia, tied for fourth at the 2012 tournament and will look to improve upon their strong finishes.
Award-winning event
Dedication from the tournament committee and volutneers at E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf was recognized in 2011 as the tournament won the AJGA's Most Improved Award. The Most Improved Award is given annually to an AJGA tournament committee that goes above and beyond to improve on the efforts from the previous year, ultimately giving tournament participants and parents a superior experience.

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 29
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, July 30
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
 
Wednesday, July 31
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
 
Thursday, August 1
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Connor Smith, Birmingham, Ala. (2014)
At No. 56 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Smith is the highest-ranked player in the Boys Division. After claiming his first AJGA title at Jones Creek Golf Club in 2012, the rising senior went on to claim a second title the following week at the 2012 AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper. Smith has added to his list of accolades in 2013, amassing three top-10 AJGA finishes, including a win at the AJGA Huntsville Junior.
Michaela Owen, Suwanee, Ga. (2015)
At No. 79 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Owen is the highest-ranked player in the Girls Division. The rising junior is coming off a T3 showing at the Bubba Conlee National Junior and will look to improve upon her T4 finish at Jones Creek Golf Club in 2012. Owen has collected 10 top-five finishes in national competition throughout her junior career.
Tatiana Pineda, Bogota, Colombia (2014)
Pineda returns to Jones Creek Golf Club in hopes of claiming her first AJGA title after finishing T4 in the 2012 event. The Colombia-native has eight top-five finishes in national competition on her resume, including a runner-up finish at the 2010 Junior All-Star Invitational. The rising senior comes off a T11 showing at the Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Classic in June.
 

2012 Results

E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf
Jones Creek Golf Club (July 23 - 26, 2012)
 
Boys Division
1 Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala. 67–69–72—208
2 David Hemann Evans, Ga. 71–76–68—215
3 Arjuna Anday Murfreesboro, Tenn. 72–69–75—216
4 Buster Bruton Dallas, Ga. 76–70–71—217
T5 Jason Mendel Norcross, Ga. 75–71–72—218
T5 Carter Mobley Waynesboro, Ga. 73–74–71—218
T5 Zachary Healy Peachtree Corners, Ga. 74–72–72—218
 
Girls Division
1 *August Kim St Augustine, Fla. 75–78–67—220
2 McKenzie Talbert North Augusta, S.C. 71–75–74—220
3 Carianne Wright DeBary, Fla. 75–73–79—227
T4 Tatiana Pineda Bogota, Colombia 74–77–78—229
T4 Michaela Owen Suwanee, Ga. 81–75–73—229
T4 Jessica Hoang North Augusta, S.C. 72–78–79—229
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf 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 approximately 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

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

Tournament field

- Bold indicates Georgia native
Boys Division
Richard Allen Evans, Ga.
Andrew Arft Casselberry, Fla.
Tyler Bakich Valrico, Fla.
Tyler Barker Evans, Ga.
Jared Bettcher Auburn, Ala.
Chandler Blanchet Gainesville, Fla.
Brennan Bogdanovich Suwanee, Ga.
Park Brady St. Simons Island, Ga.
Thomas Burnett Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Marcus Byrd Dunwoody, Ga.
Chase Cale Simpsonville, S.C.
Matt Cheng Taipei, Taiwan
BK Choi (South Korea) Jacksonville, Fla.
Jack Comstock Jacksonville, Fla.
Daniel Dimaculangan Irvine, Calif.
Ryan Dornes Lancaster, Pa.
Drew Duffie Evans, Ga.
Will Duma Atlanta, Ga.
Hunter Dunagan Martinez, Ga.
Kavan Eubank Bradenton, Fla.
Campbell Fisher Suwanee, Ga.
Salil Ghamande Evans, Ga.
Pablo Gutierrez Santiago, Mexico
Austin Harrill Hickory, N.C.
David Hemann Evans, Ga.
Charles Huntzinger Duluth, Ga.
Billy Johns Johns Creek, Ga.
Jacob Kennedy Mt. Ulla, N.C.
Hoyeong Kim Jin Ju, South Korea
Emmanuel Kountakis Augusta, Ga.
S.M. Lee Buford, Ga.
Andrew MacMillan Scottsdale, Ariz.
Hanks Massey Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Zach McLain Gilbert, S.C.
Drew Minner Alpharetta, Ga.
Carter Mobley Waynesboro, Ga.
Jay Mobley Waynesboro, Ga.
Fletcher Morgan Chattahoochee, Fla.
Ashton Nix Auburn, Ala.
Tennoshin Ogawa (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Tyler Pearson Richmond, Ind.
Caleb Proveaux Lexington, S.C.
Aaron Purviance Winston Salem, N.C.
Lucas Rhea Plano, Texas
Leo Rich Johns Creek, Ga.
Gustavo Romero Mexico City, Mexico
Russell Sabol Martinez, Ga.
Christian Salzer Sumter, S.C.
Michael Sheahan Marietta, Ga.
Benjamin Shipp Duluth, Ga.
Kevin Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Spenser Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala.
Ryan Stachler Alpharetta, Ga.
Luke Tetreault Horsehead, N.Y.
Zachary Tully Evans, Ga.
Albano Valentino San Juan, Argentina
Alex Wells Evans, Ga.
John Yi Marietta, Ga.
Spencer Yi Johns Creek, Ga.
Austin Zoller Summerville, S.C.
 
Girls Division
Anna Buchanan Athens, Ga.
Madison Caldwell Dawsonville, Ga.
Daniella Castañeda (Colombia) Howey in the Hills, Fla.
Cheleen Cousins Plano, Texas
Amanda Doherty Atlanta, Ga.
Zora Gittens Parkland, Fla.
Sarah Harrison Martinez, Ga.
Gracie Henderson Norcross, Ga.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg, S.C.
Tatum Jackson Mountain Brook, Ala.
Dylan Kim Winter Garden, Fla.
Emmy Martin Odessa, Fla.
Rei Nakatani (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Michaela Owen Suwanee, Ga.
Tatiana Pineda Bogota, Colombia
Anna Redding Concord, N.C.
Megan Sabol Martinez, Ga.
Natalie Srinivasan Spartanburg, S.C.
Phyllis Tang (Singapore) Bluffton, S.C.
Khushboo Thiagaraj (India) Haymarket, Va.