AJGA Junior Challenge
Oak Valley Golf Club
Beaumont, Calif. • July 29 - August 1, 2013
American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET
- 144 boys and girls, ages 12-18
- 54-hole, 36-hole cut, stroke play event
- Tournament field includes players from eight states, Canada, China and Hong Kong, Paraguay, Philippines
- 95 players from California
- Two Rolex Junior All-Americans in the field
- This marks the 12th time Oak Valley Golf Club has hosted an AJGA event, including the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley in April 2013
|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).|
|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
AJGA Junior Challenge
Oak Valley Golf Club (July 23 - 26, 2012)
|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|
|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|
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.
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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.