Junior All-Star at Kokopelli

The Links at Kokopelli
Marion, Ill. April 25 - 27, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Local flavor: 16 players from Illinois will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Patrick Akaniroj Willow Springs 2018
Zach Gerry Wheaton 2017
Garrett Jenkins Harrisburg 2017
Justin Lenzini Algonquin 2016
Timothy Lim Hoffman Estates 2017
Jonathan Nocek Bloomingdale 2016
Michael Rials Florence 2017
Max Rohwedder Prospect Heights 2017
Kamaren Sandhu Buffalo Grove 2017
Chip Savarie Winnetka 2018
Brett Seward Aurora 2017
Ethan Uken Edwards 2016
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Lauren Beaudreau Lemont 2019
Megan Furtney South Elgin 2019
Kate Lillie Saint Charles 2017
Madasyn Pettersen Rockford 2018
The Links at Kokopelli will host the AJGA for the first time.
Marion, Ill., will host it's first AJGA event when 78 of the world's best junior golfers travel to compete at the Junior All-Star at Kokopelli.
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series
The Junior Al-Star at Kokopelli 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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 25
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Saturday, April 26
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Sunday, April 27
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Crimson Callahan, Chesterfield, Mo. (2017)
Callahan is beginning his second AJGA season, having already earned top-25 finishes in each of his three events in 2013. Callahans's top finish came at the 2013 Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star where he finished tied for fourth.
Mason Nome, Houston, Texas (2019)
At 13 years old, Nome has already earned three top-25 finishes is his AJGA career. Nome has found success early in 2014 when he collected his first top-five finish at the Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village.
Emma Fisher, Bloomington, Ind. (2016)
Fisher made a name for herself at the 2013 Preseason Junior at Fieldstone where she earned medalist honors in her first-ever AJGA event. The high school sophomore looks to continue her early success in her second AJGA season.
Madasyn Pettersen, Rockford, Ill. (2018)
Pettersen starts her third season with the AJGA in 2014 having already compiled three top-five finishes. Pettersen recorded her best finish at the 2012 Junior All-Star at Eagle Ridge where she placed third.

Media Accommodations

The Junior All-Star at Kokopelli 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 Kokopelli 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 Illinois native
Boys Division
Patrick Akaniroj Willow Springs, Ill.
Billy Basham Louisville, Ky.
Isidro Benitez Puebla Mexico, Mexico
Brandon Berry Great Falls, Va.
Cullan Brown Eddyville, Ky.
Crimson Callahan Chesterfield, Mo.
Owen Calvin-Smith South Pasadena, Calif.
Aaron Chen Fremont, Calif.
Jason Chan Young Chung Thornhill, Ontario
Keith Clark San Antonio, Texas
Jimmy Criscione Paramus, N.J.
Callum Davison (Canada) La Quinta, Calif.
Thomas DePriest III Jonesboro, Ark.
Robert Eisch Tampa, Fla.
Kobe Franklin Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Dylan Fritz Las Vegas, Nev.
Davis Fryhoff Troy, Mich.
Austin Fulton Villa Rica, Ga.
Wei Wei Gao Cebu, Philippines
Zach Gerry Wheaton, Ill.
Noah Gillard Greenwood, Ind.
Will Grevlos Sioux Falls, S.D.
Alex Hu (China) Heathrow , Fla.
Graham Hutchinson Bethesda, Md.
Alex Jamieson Duxbury, Mass.
Garrett Jenkins Harrisburg, Ill.
CJ Jones Frankfort, Ky.
Jay Kirchdorfer Louisville, Ky.
Edward Lee (South Korea) Canton, Miss.
Justin Lenzini Algonquin, Ill.
Timothy Lim Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Charlie Magruder Las Vegas, Nev.
Lucas Marin Bogota, Colombia
Mason Nam Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jonathan Nocek Bloomingdale, Ill.
Mason Nome Houston, Texas
Nicolas Osterburg Indianapolis, Ind.
Peter Peng (Taiwan) Katy, Texas
James Piot Canton, Mich.
Parker Reddig Minneapolis, Minn.
Michael Rials Florence, Ill.
Carlos Riascos Bogota, Colombia
Max Rohwedder Prospect Heights, Ill.
Sergio Roman Quito, Ecuador
Kamaren Sandhu Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Chip Savarie Winnetka, Ill.
Luke Schniederjans Powder Springs, Ga.
Brett Seward Aurora, Ill.
Jackson Suber Tampa, Fla.
Will Tamplin Asheville, N.C.
Teddy Tetak Limbach, Slovak Republic
Ethan Uken Edwards, Ill.
Joe Weiler Bloomington, Ind.
Trey Winstead Baton Rouge, La.
Sully Zagerman Windermere, Fla.
Alex Zhu Fremont, Calif.
 
Girls Division
Haley Barclay Strathroy, Ontario
Lauren Beaudreau Lemont, Ill.
Sarah Bell Jackson, Mo.
Kayla Benge Plainfield, Ind.
Claire Cameron Martinsville, Ind.
Maggie Cowart Austin, Texas
Julia Dean Brighton, Mich.
Kristin Engle Barbourville, Ky.
Emma Fisher Bloomington, Ind.
Megan Furtney South Elgin, Ill.
Katie Hallinan Loveland, Ohio
Abigail Heck Memphis, Tenn.
Rachel Heck Memphis, Tenn.
Auston Kim St Augustine, Fla.
Esha Kulkarni Dayton, Ohio
Kate Lillie Saint Charles, Ill.
Madasyn Pettersen Rockford, Ill.
Sarah Shipley Hastings, Mich.
Kailie Vongsaga Walnut, Calif.
Emma Whitaker Wichita, Kan.