AJGA Junior at River Ridge

River Ridge
Oxnard, Calif. April 4 - 6, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 425-1788 • crichards@ajga.org

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 53 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Grant Amerson 2014 University of California - San Diego
Jake Andl 2015 Hofstra University
Roman Aragon 2014 St. Mary's
Wilson Belk 2015 University of Colorado
Devondeep Bling 2017 UCLA
Bakari Bolden 2014 University of Southern California
Robert Briggs 2016 Univerity of California Berkeley
Justin Chong 2015 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sean Crocker 2014 Southern Cal
Riley Elmes 2015 Loyola Marymount University
Nicholas Engelhardt 2014 Cal Poly
Clay Feagler 2016 Pepperdine University
Joshua Gliege 2016 Texas A&M University
Mason Glinski 2016 Loyola Marymount University
Peter Griffith 2015 Northwestern University
Ari Gulugian 2015 University of Arizona
Ryan Han 2014 University California Davis
Franklin Huang 2014 Stanford
David Kim 2014 UC - IRVINE
Louis Kim 2014 UC - Riverside
Ryan Knop 2015 University of California, Davis
Peter Kyo Won Koo 2014 University of Arizona
Joe LaHorgue 2014 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Logan Lowe 2015 George Washington University
Cole Madey 2015 University of California, Los Angeles
William Moffly 2014 UC Santa Barbara
Johnathan Nicholson 2014 Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
William Nottingham 2016 Clemson University
Peter Richards 2015 Villanova University
Samuel Schwartz 2015 University of Hawaii, Manoa
Spencer Soosman 2016 University of California, Los Angeles
Andrew Spilman 2015 University of California, Riverside
Manuel Torres 2014 Lind
Otto Vanhatalo 2015 San Diego State University
Justin Woo 2015 California State University, Monterey Bay
Jeffrey Yamaguchi 2014 Reedley City College
Edwin Yi 2015 University of Oregon
Sean Yu 2015 University of California, Berkeley
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Lydia Choi 2014 UCLA
Aliea Clark 2014 UCLA
Brigitte Dunne 2015 Southern Methodist University
Tess Hackworthy 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emilee Hoffman 2016 University of Texas
Rose Huang 2015 Brigham Young University
Jiyoon Jang 2016 University of California, Berkeley
Danielle Lee 2015 University of Arizona
Jessica Mangrobang 2016 Gonzaga University
Amy Matsuoka 2016 University of Oregon
Nina Alexis Novilla 2016 Gonzaga University
Joo Youn Seo 2014 UC Irvine
Ellen Takada 2016 University of Washington
Alana Uriell 2014 Arkansas
Patricia Wong 2015 Pepperdine University
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Defending champion Peter Griffith of Westlake Village, Calif., will return in 2014 after securing the 2013 title via sudden-death playoff. Bakari Bolden of North Hollywood, Calif., and David Kim of Buena Park, Calif., who finished T2 and T5 in 2013, respectively, also return. In the Girls Division, 2013 runner-up Alana Uriell of Carlsbad, Calif., will try and improve on her 2013 performance. Lydia Choi of Beverly Hills, Calif., also returns after finishing T3 in 2014, and sixth-place finisher Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, Calif., will compete on the heels of a top-10 finish at the ANNIKA Invitational.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 4
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Saturday, April 5
8 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
Sunday, April 6
8 a.m. shotgun Final Round
1:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Sean Crocker, (Zimbabwe) Westlake Village, Calif. (2014)
A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Crocker looks to build upon his 2013 campaign which included four top-15 finishes and a victory at the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior Open. At No. 43 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Crocker is the highest ranked boy in the field. He previously competed at River Ridge in 2011, where he tied for 11th at the Junior All-Star at River Ridge.
Peter Griffith, Westlake Village, Calif. (2015)
After winning the 2013 AJGA Junior at River Ridge, Griffith rounded out the season with two additional top-15 finishes. Griffith is No. 77 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to Northwestern University.
Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2014)
Choi returns to River Ridge for the second year in a row after tying for third in 2013. The 2013 Rolex Junior-All American has recorded five top-10 finishes in her AJGA career which has spanned six season. The UCLA commit looks for her first career victory and comes off a T12 finish at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational. She is currently No. 67 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Amy Matsuoka, Newport Beach, Calif. (2016)
Matsuoka will open the 2014 season following a successful 2013 campaign which included five top-10 showings in six starts en route to Rolex Junior All-America honors. She was victorious at the Lockton Kansas City Junior and finished T17 in her first Invitational appearance, The PING Invitational. Matsuoka is currently No. 37 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. (2018)
At No. 27 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Wang is the highest ranked player in the Girls Division. She finished within the top 20 in seven of eight starts of 2013, including her first career AJGA victory at the AJGA Junior at Diablo Grande. Her top showings included T18 and T11 finishes at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and Rolex Tournament of Champions, respectively. The 2013 Rolex Junior All-American opened the season with a T10 performance at the ANNIKA Invitational.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at River Ridge 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
Brandon Ahn Glendale, Calif.
Grant Amerson Goleta, Calif.
Jake Andl Westlake Village, Calif.
Roman Aragon Mission Viejo, Calif.
Andrés Arango (Ecuador) Howey in The Hills, Fla.
Oscar Baek (South Korea) La Habra, Calif.
Seung Yub Baek (South Korea) Arcadia, Calif.
Will Bednarz Larkspur, Calif.
Wilson Belk Colorado Springs, Colo.
Connor Bell Sacramento, Calif.
Jack Biwer Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest, Calif.
Bakari Bolden North Hollywood, Calif.
Robert Briggs Novato, Calif.
Stefano Butti (Switzerland) Palm City, Fla.
Charlie Cameron El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Eduardo Carrete Queretaro, Mexico
Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif.
Leonardo Coll (Venezuela) Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mitchell Cornell Incline Village, Nev.
Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe) Westlake Village, Calif.
Brian Dolehide Hinsdale, Ill.
Riley Elmes Lake Oswego, Ore.
Nicholas Engelhardt Los Angeles, Calif.
Clay Feagler Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Joshua Gliege Eagle, Idaho
Mason Glinski Oxnard, Calif.
Eduardo Gonzalez San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Peter Griffith Westlake Village, Calif.
Elias Gross Calabasas, Calif.
Ari Gulugian Irvine, Calif.
Ryan Han Hollister, Calif.
Yu-Chuan Hsiang (Taiwan) Indio, Calif.
Franklin Huang Poway, Calif.
Connor Hurst Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jisup Hwang (South Korea) Los Angeles, Calif.
David Kim Buena Park, Calif.
Gookmin Kim (South Korea) La Habra, Calif.
Louis Kim Brea, Calif.
Ryan Knop Pleasanton, Calif.
Peter Kyo Won Koo (South Korea) Tucson, Ariz.
Joe LaHorgue Kentfield, Calif.
Logan Lowe Grass Valley, Calif.
Shawn Lu Honolulu, Hawaii
Cole Madey West Linn, Ore.
RJ Manke Lakewood, Wash.
Joshua Matz Agoura Hills, Calif.
Jordan Meas Fountain Valley, Calif.
Chris Minton Houston, Texas
William Moffly Pasadena, Calif.
Adam Navigato Solana Beach, Calif.
Johnathan Nicholson Newbury Park, Calif.
William Nottingham Kingsport, Tenn.
Brendan O'Reilly Hinsdale, Ill.
Paul Park La Crescenta, Calif.
Donald Qiu Surrey, British Columbia
Peter Richards Westport, Conn.
Samuel Schwartz San Clemente, Calif.
Daniel Son Glendale, Calif.
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif.
Andrew Spilman Simi Valley, Calif.
Manuel Torres (Venezuela) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Shawn Tsai (Taiwan) Indio, Calif.
Otto Vanhatalo (Finland) San Diego, Calif.
Ben Wanichek Eugene, Ore.
Matthew Wolff Agoura Hills, Calif.
Justin Woo San Diego, Calif.
Alex Wrenn Lake Oswego, Ore.
Jeffrey Yamaguchi Fresno, Calif.
Edwin Yi Beaumont, Calif.
Sean Yu (Taiwan) Beaumont, Calif.
Girls Division
Alyaa Abdulghany Newport Beach, Calif.
Lydia Choi Beverly Hills, Calif.
Aliea Clark Carlsbad, Calif.
Brigitte Dunne Camarillo, Calif.
Tess Hackworthy Madison, Wis.
Emilee Hoffman Folsom, Calif.
Rose Huang (China) Honolulu, Hawaii
Jiyoon Jang (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Danielle Lee La Mirada, Calif.
Irene Maemura Shadow Hills, Calif.
Jessica Mangrobang San Diego, Calif.
Amy Matsuoka Newport Beach, Calif.
Nina Alexis Novilla Carson, Calif.
Euna Pak Irvine, Calif.
Ashleigh Park Mission Viejo, Calif.
Joo Youn Seo (Canada) Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Ellen Takada Irvine, Calif.
Angella Then Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Alana Uriell Carlsbad, Calif.
Kailie Vongsaga Diamond Bar, Calif.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Patricia Wong Walnut, Calif.
Zijun Yin Shenzhen, China