Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village

Balboa Golf Course
Hot Springs Village, Ark. April 4 - 6, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Local flavor: Six players from Arkansas will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Drew Castleberry Alexander 2016
Thomas DePriest III Jonesboro 2017
Whit Parker Conway 2017
Christopher Walthall Charleston 2016
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Hannah Bakalekos Sherwood 2017
Casey Ott Conway 2018
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series
The Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village is one of 14 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.
Balboa Golf Course
Balboa Golf Course will host the 78-player field in its first-ever AJGA event. Located in Hot Springs Village, Ark., Balboa Golf Course is one of nine courses within the community.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 4
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Saturday, April 5
8 - 10 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Sunday, April 6
8 - 10 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Walker Lee, Houston, Texas (2017)
In 2013, Lee won the Harvey Penick Junior All-Star to capture his first AJGA victory followed by a T2 finish at the David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior. Lee has given his verbal commitment to Texas A&M University.
Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas (2018)
Hammer, who has given his verbal commitment to the University of Texas at Austin, will play in his fourth AJGA event at the Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village. In his first three tournaments, Hammer has not finished outside of the top 10. In 2013, he finished in second place at the Harvey Penick Junior All-Star and tied for 10th at the Junior All-Star at Gray Plantation. Hammer began his 2014 season with a tie for ninth at the TaylorMade-adidas Junior All-Star.
Madeline Chou, Santa Ana, Calif. (2016)
Chou, a high school sophomore, begins her second AJGA season in 2014. In her five 2013 events, Chou finished inside the top eight. Her highest finish came at the Junior All-Star at Talbot, where she finished in second.
Oi Lam Michelle Yan, Hong Kong, China (2016)
Yan begins her third AJGA season at the Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village. In 2013, Yan earned her first AJGA victory at the Junior All-Star at Red Tail with tournament rounds of 69-74-75. Throughout her AJGA career, Yan has accrued six top-five finishes.

Media Accommodations

The Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village 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.

Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series

The Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village is one of 14 events in the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series concludes with the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF over Columbus Day weekend for winners and top finishers in Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events.

Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy

The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, located near Orlando, Fla., in Howey-in-the-Hills at Bishops Gate Golf & Lakeside Community, is the world’s premier junior golf academy. In addition to the junior golf program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults.

The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through exclusive relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association.

Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, has been recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2013-2014 and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. Gilchrist teaches many of the games top juniors and pros at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, of which include: Morgan Hoffmann, Shanshan Feng, Sandra Gal and many more.

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 Arkansas native
Boys Division
Simms Abney Madison, Miss.
Garrett Barber West Palm Beach, Fla.
Jacob Bayer Lawrenceville, Ga.
Sam Bennett Madisonville, Texas
Eduardo Blochtein Delray Beach, Fla.
Cullan Brown Eddyville, Ky.
Eric Brown Lake Charles, La.
Trevor Brown Austin, Texas
Eric Byers San Marcos, Calif.
Guillermo Casares Puebla, Mexico
Drew Castleberry Alexander, Ark.
Miles Castoro Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Jason Chan Young Chung Thornhill, Ontario
Alex Clouse Flower Mound, Texas
Daniel Core (Canada) Sorrento, Fla.
Thomas Critch Cedar Park, Texas
Thomas DePriest III Jonesboro, Ark.
Josef Dransfeld Huntington, W.Va.
Robert Engels Plano, Texas
Nick Giles Germantown, Tenn.
Karsten Green Midlothian, Texas
Daniel Griffiths Binghamton, N.Y.
Cole Hammer Houston, Texas
Ryan Hicks Clearwater, Fla.
Graham Hutchinson Bethesda, Md.
Walker Kesterson Hartsburg, Mo.
Andrew Kozan Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Robert Lahrman Dallas, Texas
Walker Lee Houston, Texas
Matt Liddon Yazoo City, Miss.
Timothy Lim Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Matthew Liston Louisville, Ky.
Matthew Maier Richmond, Texas
Alberto Martinez Weston, Fla.
Noah Moss Rockville, Md.
Ray Navis Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Mason Nome Houston, Texas
Nicolas Osterburg Indianapolis, Ind.
Juan Antonio Padilla Ramos Arizpe, Mexico
Forrest Park Irving, Texas
Whit Parker Conway, Ark.
Ben Pirro Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Carlos Riascos Bogota, Colombia
Michael Sanders Davidson, N.C.
Luke Schniederjans Powder Springs, Ga.
Joshua Sokoloff Germantown, Tenn.
Travis Vick Houston, Texas
Christopher Walthall Charleston, Ark.
Nicholas Walz Springfield, Mo.
Brandon Wang Bradenton, Fla.
Liam Warner Barrington, Ill.
Hayden White Benton, La.
Jake Wittschiebe Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
 
Girls Division
Hannah Bakalekos Sherwood, Ark.
Conner Beth Ball Madison, Miss.
Morgan Baxendale Windermere, Fla.
Lauren Beaudreau Lemont, Ill.
Sarah Bell Jackson, Mo.
Courtney Bryant Houston, Texas
Madeline Chou Santa Ana, Calif.
Camille Enright Plano, Texas
Megan Furtney South Elgin, Ill.
Virginia Green Fairhope, Ala.
Abigail Heck Memphis, Tenn.
Macy Holliday Dallas, Texas
Aubree Jones Covington, Tenn.
Hailey Jones Dallas, Texas
Caroline Jordaan Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Binny Lee Frisco, Texas
Casey Ott Conway, Ark.
Amber Park Allen, Texas
Michelle Rodriguez Miami, Fla.
Yujeong Son (South Korea) Norman, Okla.
Jennifer Wang Solon, Ohio
Hiu Lam Vanessa Yan Hong Kong, China
Oi Lam Michelle Yan Hong Kong, China