AJGA Junior Challenge

Oak Valley Golf Club
Beaumont, Calif. July 29 - August 1, 2013

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

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 80 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Jack Adolfson 2013 Claremont McKenna
Michael Alvarez 2014 Cal State - Fullerton
Roman Aragon 2014 St. Mary's
Sam Aronoff 2014 Louisiana Lafayette
Devondeep Bling 2017 UCLA
Bakari Bolden 2014 University of Southern California
Harold Calubid 2014 Fresno State University
Sean Carlon 2015 University of New Mexico
Sage Casaga 2015 California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
Anthony Cecere 2014 Pepperdine University
Jamie Cheatham 2015 University of California-Berkeley
Nick Choi 2015 California State University, Long Beach
Justin Chong 2015 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Christifulli 2014 Siena College
C.J. Coleman 2015 California State University, Fullerton
Roy Cootes 2015 Pepperdine University
Nicholas Engelhardt 2014 Cal Poly
Hunter Epson 2016 Pepperdine University
Michael Feagles 2016 University of Illinois
Logan Gardner 2014 South Mountain CC
Austin Glendinning 2014 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Ryan Graf 2014 University of Fraser Valley
Marc Hedrick 2014 Princeton University*
Johnny Hyun 2014 UC Irvine
Jack Ireland 2015 California State University, Fullerton
Ramiz Jamal 2015 University of California, Irvine
David Kim 2014 UC - IRVINE
Justin Kim 2016 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Louis Kim 2014 UC - Riverside
Samuel Kim 2015 University of New Mexico
Joe LaHorgue 2014 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Jonathan Lai 2013 Yale*
Ki Taek Lee 2013 Arizona State
Matt Lutz 2014 University of California Riverside
Ty Macias 2014 Dominican University of California
William Moffly 2014 UC Santa Barbara
Johnathan Nicholson 2014 Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Griffin Peters 2015 US Naval Academy
Justin JJ Qualkenbush 2014 Cal Baptist
Tyler Quast 2015 Colorado School of Mines
Dean Sakata 2014 Army
Samuel Schwartz 2015 University of Hawaii, Manoa
Corey Shaun 2014 UCLA
Tailin Song 2015 University of North Carolina
John Souza 2014 South Mountain Community College
Aaron Strockis 2013 UC Santa Barbara
Joshua Suh 2014 Columbia University
Nick Swanson 2015 University of California, Santa Barbara
Lawrence Tu 2014 Navy
Andre Vu 2013 UC - Riverside
Matt Wilson 2015 California State University, Fullerton
Justin Woo 2015 California State University, Monterey Bay
Hidetoshi Yoshihara 2016 University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Young 2014 UC - Irvine
Sean Yu 2015 University of California, Berkeley
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Alessandra Arza 2013 Pepperdine
Brianna Becker 2013 Hawaii
Abigail Cantwell 2015 Tulane University
Anne Cheng 2013 Harvard*
Jocelyn Chia 2014 Boston College
Erin Choi 2014 UCLA
Jamie Donizio 2013 Boise State
Avery French 2013 UNLV
Kaley In 2013 UC - Irvine
Jiyoon Jang 2016 University of California, Berkeley
Rong Ji 2015 University of Southern California
Tiffany Kuroki 2014 University at Albany
Danielle Lee 2015 University of Arizona
Natalie Mattison 2014 University of California, Riverside
Nina Alexis Novilla 2016 Gonzaga University
Grace Park 2014 University of Illinois
Chayanid Prapassarangkul 2014 University of Illinois
Mackenzie Raim 2014 UNLV
Andrea Unson 2013 Pepperdine
Alana Uriell 2014 Arkansas
Lou Daniella Uy 2014 Gonzaga
Lilia Vu 2015 University of Calfornia, Los Angeles
Patricia Wong 2015 Pepperdine University
Tiffany Yau 2014 University of Pennsylvania*
Katherine Zhu 2014 Pepperdine
Top five return
The 2013 AJGA Junior Challenge looks to repeat history as four of the 2012 top-five finishers return. Leading the pack is defending champion Harold Calubid of Long Beach, Calif., who claimed the title with a five-stroke margin of victory. Returning to challenge Calubid are Jonathan Lai of Arcadia, Calif. (T2), Anthony Cecere of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif (T2), and Cheng Jin of Singapore (T4).
Cecere's success
In just two years, Anthony Cecere of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., has been climbing the Polo Golf Rankings, beginning with his first win in his AJGA debut at the 2012 Preseason Junior at Oak Valley. Three months later, Cecere returned to Oak Valley for the 2012 AJGA Junior Challenge, where he quickly took hold of the lead with a first-round 68, the lowest of his AJGA career. Cecere tied for second in 2012 and looks to build on his past success at Oak Valley for his second AJGA win and second victory at the course.

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 29
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, July 30
7 – 8:50 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
Noon – 1:50 p.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
Wednesday, July 31
7 – 8:50 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
Noon – 1:50 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
Thursday, August 1
7 – 9:10 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Cheng Jin, Beijing, China (2016)
With two victories on his record, Jin looks to best his T4 finish at the 2013 AJGA Junior Challenge. He has finished in the top 15 in all 2013 AJGA starts, including his victory at the Ravenwood Junior Championship, and is currently No. 20 in the Polo Golf Rankings. Jin comes off an eighth-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Justin Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2016)
Kim looks to build on his 2013 success which includes a T7 finish at the AJGA Junior at River Ridge and two fourth-place finishes at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club and the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior.
Jonathan Lai, (Hong Kong) Arcadia, Calif. (2013)
Before he competes at Yale in the fall, Lai will return to Oak Valley after his runner-up finish in 2012. He has recorded six top-10 AJGA finishes and is coming off a fourth-place finish at the AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill.
Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif. (2014)
Choi returns to Oak Valley for the fourth consecutive year, after finishing third at the 2012 AJGA Junior Challenge. A 2012 second-team Rolex Junior All-American, Choi has recorded one AJGA victory at the 2012 Genesis Junior Championship. Her 2013 season is highlighted by a T14 showing at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior. Choi has verbally committed to UCLA.
Rong Ji, (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2015)
Playing in her second AJGA season, Ji has recorded three top-10 finishes in 2013, including a win at the Under Armour® / Vicky Hurst Championship. She tied for sixth at the 2012 AJGA Junior Challenge, one of four top 10s she tallied in 2012. Ji comes off a top-10 showing at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior.
Lilia Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif. (2015)
The highest ranked girl in the field at No. 26, Vu returns to Oak Valley for the third time, having previously won the 2010 Preseason Junior at Oak Valley. In June, she captured her third career AJGA victory at the AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch. She is coming off a T6 finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions and a 3-0-1 record at the Wyndham Cup, where she represented the winning West Team.
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. (2018)
At No. 37 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Wang has finished in the top 20 in all starts of 2013, including a victory at the AJGA Junior at Diablo Grande and a third-place finish at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior. She finished T9 at the 2012 AJGA Junior Challenge.

2012 Results

AJGA Junior Challenge
Oak Valley Golf Club (July 23 - 26, 2012)
Boys Division
1 Harold Calubid Long Beach, Calif. 69–69–72—210
T2 Anthony Cecere Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. 68–74–73—215
T2 Jonathan Lai (Hong Kong) Arcadia, Calif. 71–69–75—215
T4 Cheng Jin Beijing, China 74–74–68—216
T4 Nahum Mendoza Chula Vista, Calif. 70–69–77—216
Girls Division
1 Kaitlin Park Tustin Ranch, Calif. 68–69–68—205
2 Clare Amelia Legaspi Temecula, Calif. 71–69–69—209
3 Erin Choi Torrance, Calif. 76–65–70—211
4 Lilia Vu Fountain Valley, Calif. 71–69–72—212
5 Tatiana Wijaya (Indonesia) Perth, Australia 72–70–71—213

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior Challenge 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
Jack Adolfson Niwot, Colo.
Brandon Ahn Glendale, Calif.
Michael Alvarez Henderson, Nev.
Roman Aragon Mission Viejo, Calif.
Sam Aronoff Santa Monica, Calif.
Jack Biwer Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest, Calif.
Bakari Bolden North Hollywood, Calif.
Karick Brown Newport Beach, Calif.
Harold Calubid Long Beach, Calif.
Sean Carlon Albuquerque, N.M.
Sage Casaga Murrieta, Calif.
Anthony Cecere Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Jamie Cheatham Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Kevin Chen Arcadia, Calif.
Zi Hao Chen (China) San Leandro, Calif.
Nick Choi Beverly Hills, Calif.
Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif.
Michael Christifulli Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Jin Ho Chung (Brazil) Cerritos, Calif.
Kyle Cohen Manhattan Beach, Calif.
C.J. Coleman Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Cameron Connor Boulder, Colo.
Roy Cootes Rolling Hills, Calif.
Grant Dinkel Boulder, Colo.
Nicholas Engelhardt Los Angeles, Calif.
Hunter Epson Long Beach, Calif.
Michael Feagles Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wei Wei Gao Cebu, Philippines
Logan Gardner Phoenix, Ariz.
Austin Glendinning Goodyear, Ariz.
Ryan Graf Ramona, Calif.
Paul Gunness-Bendetti Calabasas, Calif.
Everton Hawkins Irvine, Calif.
Marc Hedrick Encinitas, Calif.
John Hong (South Korea) Newport Beach, Calif.
Yu-Chuan Hsiang (Taiwan) La Quinta, Calif.
Connor Hurst Huntington Beach, Calif.
Benjamin Hy San Ramon, Calif.
Johnny Hyun Irvine, Calif.
Jack Ireland Mission Viejo, Calif.
Ramiz Jamal Huntington Beach, Calif.
Cheng Jin Beijing, China
David Kim Buena Park, Calif.
Gookmin Kim (South Korea) La Habra, Calif.
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Louis Kim Brea, Calif.
Samuel Kim Irvine, Calif.
Joseph Ko (South Korea) North Hills, Calif.
Nicholas Kumamoto Irvine, Calif.
Joe LaHorgue Kentfield, Calif.
Jonathan Lai (Hong Kong) Arcadia, Calif.
Newport Laparojkit Montebello, Calif.
Han Seop Lee (South Korea) Chino Hills, Calif.
Junee Lee Fullerton, Calif.
Ki Taek Lee (Canada) La Quinta, Calif.
Storm Lee (South Korea) Murrieta, Calif.
Haoyuan (Jack) Li (China) Temecula, Calif.
Kaiwen Liu (China) San Diego, Calif.
Fritz Lo Vancouver, British Columbia
Matt Lutz Placentia, Calif.
Ty Macias Phoenix, Ariz.
William Moffly Pasadena, Calif.
Pranav Mohan Fremont, Calif.
David Na Oakland, Calif.
Taisei Negishi (Japan) San Diego, Calif.
Justin Nguyen Mclean, Va.
Johnathan Nicholson Newbury Park, Calif.
Kaden Page Murrieta, Calif.
Paul Park La Crescenta, Calif.
Griffin Peters Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Donald Qiu Surrey, British Columbia
Justin JJ Qualkenbush La Quinta, Calif.
Tyler Quast Yorba Linda, Calif.
Dean Sakata Diamond Bar, Calif.
Koichiro Sato Irvine, Calif.
Samuel Schwartz San Clemente, Calif.
Corey Shaun Encinitas, Calif.
Zi han She Shantou, China
Daniel Son Glendale, Calif.
Tailin Song (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
John Souza Phoenix, Ariz.
Aaron Strockis San Diego, Calif.
Joshua Suh La Canada, Calif.
Nick Swanson Huntington Beach, Calif.
Brad Tapfer Newport Beach, Calif.
Shawn Tsai (Taiwan) Indio, Calif.
Brandon Tsujimoto Pomona, Calif.
Lawrence Tu Irvine, Calif.
Andre Vu Fountain Valley, Calif.
Wei-Hsuan Wang Kao Xiong, Taiwan
Yichen Wang Shenzhen, China
Matt Wilson Cypress, Calif.
Shuai Ming Wong (China) The Woodlands, Texas
Justin Woo San Diego, Calif.
Hidetoshi Yoshihara (Japan) Irvine, Calif.
Jonathan Young Long Beach, Calif.
Chun-an Yu Taoyuan, Taiwan
Sean Yu (Taiwan) Beaumont, Calif.
Girls Division
Alyaa Abdulghany Newport Beach, Calif.
Alessandra Arza Asuncion, Paraguay
Brianna Becker Las Vegas, Nev.
Abigail Cantwell Scottsdale, Ariz.
Alison Chang Walnut, Calif.
Anabelle Chang Walnut, Calif.
Ya Chun Chang Taiwan, Taiwan
Yu-Hsin Chang (Taiwan) Bradenton, Fla.
Anne Cheng Torrance, Calif.
Jocelyn Chia La Crescenta, Calif.
Erin Choi Torrance, Calif.
Jamie Donizio Henderson, Nev.
Shiyang Fan (China) Carlsbad, Calif.
Grace Ferrell Newport Beach, Calif.
Avery French Laguna Niguel, Calif.
RuQing Guan Guangzhou, China
Kaley In Bakersfield, Calif.
Jiyoon Jang (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rong Ji (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Tiffany Kuroki West Covina, Calif.
Danielle Lee La Mirada, Calif.
Kelly Lee (South Korea) Chino Hills, Calif.
Melissa Leo La Canada, Calif.
Irene Maemura Shadow Hills, Calif.
Natalie Mattison Cypress, Calif.
Benyapa Niphatsophon Samutprakarn, Thailand
Nina Alexis Novilla Carson, Calif.
Grace Park (South Korea) San Jose, Calif.
Jisoo Park (South Korea) Fullerton, Calif.
Chayanid Prapassarangkul Bangkok, Thailand
Mackenzie Raim Palm Desert, Calif.
Andrea Unson (Philippines) Murrieta, Calif.
Alana Uriell Carlsbad, Calif.
Lou Daniella Uy Antipolo, Philippines
Kailie Vongsaga Diamond Bar, Calif.
Lilia Vu Fountain Valley, Calif.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Ziyi Wang Beijing, China
Pitsinee Winyarat Bangkok, Thailand
Patricia Wong Walnut, Calif.
Tiffany Yau Porter Ranch, Calif.
Katherine Zhu (Canada) Chengdu, China