Rolex Girls Junior Championship

The Country Club of Rochester
Rochester, N.Y. June 9 - 13, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 54 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
  Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Lakareber Abe 2014 Alabama
Shannon Brooks 2015 University of Tennessee
Sierra Brooks 2016 University of Florida
Julia Calbi 2015 Dartmouth
Emily Campbell 2015 Texas A&M
Abbey Carlson 2016 Vanderbilt
Lydia Choi 2014 UCLA
Alisa Chong 2015 Houston Baptist University
Gabriela Coello 2016 University of Georgia
Rachel Dai 2015 University of Pennsylvania
Mai Dechathipat 2015 Auburn University
Isabella DiLisio 2015 University of Notre Dame
Courtney Dow 2016 Texas A&M University
Alexandra Farnsworth 2014 Vanderbilt University
Maria Fassi 2016 University of Arkansas
Ariadna Fonseca 2015 University of Kansas
Mariel Galdiano 2016 UCLA
Kathleen Gallagher 2015 LSU
Allyson Geer 2017 Michigan State
Kristen Gillman 2016 University of Alabama
Maddie Rose Hamilton 2015 University of Notre Dame
Jillian Hollis 2015 University of Georgia
Katie Holt 2015 Mississippi State University
Rong Ji 2015 University of Southern California
Kayla Jones 2014 Florida State University
Madison Kerley 2015 Arizona State University
Cheyenne Knight 2015 University of Alabama
Stephanie Lau 2015 Northwestern University
Amy Lee 2015 University of Southern California
Ailin Li 2015 Boston College
Maddie Luitwieler 2015 The University of Texas
Ashley Malinchak 2014 Texas A&M
Maddie McCrary 2014 Oklahoma State University
Brooke McDougald 2015 TCU
Morgan Messick 2015 Northern Arizona University
Haley Moore 2016 University of Arizona
Nicole Morales 2014 Alabama
Vinh-Hop Ngo 2014 Wake Forest
Hannah O'Sullivan 2016 University of Southern California
Riley Rennell 2017 University of Georgia
Jackie Rogowicz 2015 Penn State
Alexis Sadeghy 2014 Oklahoma State
Kathleen Scavo 2015 University of Oregon
Christine Schmitt 2014 Georgetown University
Jacqueline Setas 2014 Michigan State
Natalie Srinivasan 2016 Furman University
Khushboo Thiagaraj 2014 Radford
Taylor Tomlinson 2014 Florida
Lou Daniella Uy 2014 Gonzaga
Ana Paula Valdes 2016 Clemson University
Samantha Wagner 2015 University of Florida
Brynn Walker 2016 University of North Carolina
Kelly Whaley 2015 University of North Carolina
Bethany Wu 2015 UCLA
A special invitation
As one of 13 Invitationals on the AJGA schedule, the Rolex Girls Junior Championship brings together the top junior girls. The criteria to receive an invitation includes: 2013 Rolex Junior All-America accolades, a top-10 finish at the 2013 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, AJGA champions between April 30, 2013 through April 29, 2014, international invitees and Polo Golf Rankings.
Competing at the U.S. Women's Open
Three players in the field have qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open including Madison Kerley of Scottsdale, Arizona, Megan Khang of Rockland, Massachusetts, and Kathleen Scavo of Benicia, California, while three were named alternates: Isabella Dilisio of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, Maria Fassi of Mexico, and Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii.
Schmitt represents local talent
Our Lady of Mercy graduate Christine Schmitt of Pittsford, New York, will compete in her first AJGA Invitational. The Georgetown commit previously competed in seven AJGA events, with her best finish coming on home turf at the 2011 Ravenwood Junior Championship at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, New York, where she tied for fifth. Schmitt will begin her collegiate golf career at Georgetown in the fall.
Morales returns to New York for first appearance at Rolex Girls Junior Championship
Two-time Rolex Junior All-American and 2014 graduate Nicole Morales of South Salem, New York, will return to her home state to compete in her first Rolex Girls Junior Championship. Morales transferred from John Jay High School in South Salem, New York, to Orlando, where she attended Lake Mary Preparatory School and worked on her game under golf instructor Mike Bender. At No. 19 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Morales has three AJGA titles on her record including Invitational wins at the 2011 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2013 Thunderbird International Junior. She previously competed in the Rolex Tournament of Champions, finishing T4 and T6 in 2013 and 2012, respectively.
Rolex Junior Players of the Year made at Rolex Girls
The Rolex Girls Junior Championship is one of the most prestigious titles for a female junior golfer. In the history of the event, 11 champions have won en route to being named Rolex Junior Player of the Year, including 2013 champion Alison Lee.
2013 results
Alison Lee of Valencia, California, opened the 2013 year with a victory at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. She held her lead through all four rounds, finishing at 7-under-par 281 on the par-72 course at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. A month later, Lee went on to win the AJGA’s flagship event, the Rolex Tournament of Champions, becoming the first girl since 1992-93 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Kellee Booth to win both the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and Rolex Tournament of Champions in the same year.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 9
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
6 p.m. Junior-Am Awards Reception & Dinner
 
Tuesday, June 10
7 – 8:50 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Wednesday, June 11
7 – 8:50 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Thursday, June 12
7 – 8:50 a.m. Third Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Friday, June 13
7 – 8:50 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas (2016)
Gillman, a 2013 second-team Rolex Junior All-American, is currently the No. 5 player in the Polo Golf Rankings. In 2013, Gillman won the Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open title. In 2014, she tied for second at the Goodman Junior Networks at Traditions and tied for third at the Thunderbird International Junior. Gillman has verbally committed to the University of Alabama.
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (2015)
Khang, a 2013 first-team Rolex Junior All-American, currently holds the No. 2 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings. Khang claimed the 2013 PING Invitational title for her first AJGA victory and tied for second at the 2014 ANNIKA Invitational. She has played in five U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships and will also compete in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
Nelly Korda, Bradenton, Fla. (2016)
Korda is currently the No. 4 player in the Polo Golf Rankings. The 2013 second-team Rolex Junior All-American was runner-up at the 2013 and 2014 TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair.
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (2015)
Lee, a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, is currently the No. 7 player in the Polo Golf Rankings. The USC-commit has finished in the top-10 in five of her last eight tournaments. Lee also won the 2013 Junior PGA Championship.
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015)
Wu won back-to-back titles at the ANNIKA Invitational in 2013-14, becoming the first repeat winner in tournament history, and currently holds the No. 3 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American has verbally committed to UCLA.
 

2013 Results

Rolex Girls Junior Championship
Dalhousie Golf Club (June 10 - 14, 2013)
 
1 Alison Lee Valencia, Calif. 69–70–72–70—281
T2 Karen Chung Livingston, N.J. 71–71–69–71—282
T2 Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla. 70–74–73–65—282
4 Allisen Corpuz Honolulu, Hawaii 69–72–72–71—284
5 Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C. 73–73–70–73—289
T6 Andrea Lee Hermosa Beach, Calif. 72–75–76–67—290
T6 Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla. 71–75–75–69—290
T6 Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz. 71–74–75–70—290
9 Shawn Rennegarbe Addieville, Ill. 76–69–71–75—291
T10 Marijosse Navarro (Mexico) San Antonio, Texas 70–74–77–71—292
T10 Casey Danielson Osceola, Wis. 71–68–79–74—292
T10 Nelly Korda Bradenton, Fla. 72–74–76–70—292
T10 Kathleen Scavo Benicia, Calif. 76–74–71–71—292
 

Media Accommodations

The Rolex Girls Junior Championship 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 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 New York native
Alyaa Abdulghany Newport Beach, Calif.
Lakareber Abe Angleton, Texas
Alison Armstrong Tampa, Fla.
Shannon Brooks Vienna, Va.
Sierra Brooks Sorrento, Fla.
Julia Calbi South Barrington, Ill.
Emily Campbell Carrollton, Texas
Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla.
Jennifer Chang Cary, N.C.
Yu Ju Chen Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Lydia Choi Beverly Hills, Calif.
Alisa Chong Carrollton, Texas
Youngin Chun Austin, Texas
Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla.
Rachel Dai Milton, Ga.
Mai Dechathipat (Thailand) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Monica Dibildox Saltillo, Mexico
Isabella DiLisio Hatfield, Pa.
Courtney Dow Frisco, Texas
Alexandra Farnsworth Nashville, Tenn.
Maria Fassi Pachuca Hidalgo, Mexico
Ashley Fitzgibbons Sammamish, Wash.
Ariadna Fonseca (Venezuela) Windermere, Fla.
Mariel Galdiano Pearl City, Hawaii
Kathleen Gallagher Greenwood, Miss.
Allyson Geer Brighton, Mich.
Kristen Gillman Austin, Texas
Maddie Rose Hamilton Louisville, Ky.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Emilee Hoffman Folsom, Calif.
Jillian Hollis Rocky River, Ohio
Katie Holt Clermont, Fla.
Rong Ji (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Alice Jo Shanghai, China
Kayla Jones Milton, Ga.
Madison Kerley Scottsdale, Ariz.
Megan Khang Rockland, Mass.
Gina Kim Chapel Hill, N.C.
Cheyenne Knight Aledo, Texas
Nelly Korda Bradenton, Fla.
Stephanie Lau Fullerton, Calif.
Amy Lee Brea, Calif.
Ailin Li (China) Windermere, Fla.
Maddie Luitwieler Katy, Texas
Ashley Malinchak Parkland, Fla.
Maddie McCrary Wylie, Texas
Brooke McDougald The Woodlands, Texas
Maria Andreina Merchan (Venezuela) Weston, Fla.
Morgan Messick Tucson, Ariz.
Haley Moore Escondido, Calif.
Nicole Morales South Salem, N.Y.
Vinh-Hop Ngo Newton, Mass.
Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz.
Paola Ortiz Morelia, Mexico
Riley Rennell Columbia, Tenn.
Jackie Rogowicz Yardley, Pa.
Alexis Sadeghy Edmond, Okla.
Kathleen Scavo Benicia, Calif.
Christine Schmitt Pittsford, N.Y.
Jacqueline Setas East Lansing, Mich.
Natalie Srinivasan Spartanburg, S.C.
Khushboo Thiagaraj (India) Haymarket, Va.
Taylor Tomlinson Gainesville, Fla.
Lou Daniella Uy Antipolo, Philippines
Ana Paula Valdes (Mexico) Bluffton, S.C.
Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla.
Brynn Walker St. Davids, Pa.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Kelly Whaley Farmington, Conn.
Bethany Wu Diamond Bar, Calif.
Anna Zhou Palo Alto, Calif.