Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic

ChampionsGate Golf Club
ChampionsGate, Fla. June 16 - 19, 2014

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 32 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Jeffrey Alexander 2014 Barry University
Christian Anderson 2015 Florida Southern
Jordan Batchelor 2014 University of North Florida
Shanren Brienen 2015 Florida Institute of Technology
Steven Chervony 2015 University of Texas at Austin
Michael Conforti 2015 St. John's Univeristy
Alvaro Escalada 2015 University of San Diego
John Felitto 2016 University of Notre Dame
Andrew Kozan 2017 Auburn University
Brennan LeBlanc 2014 Lynn University
Jake Leffew 2015 Yale University
Simon Ospina 2015 Midwestern State University
Jack Peden 2015 Occidental College
Andrew Potter 2015 Florida Gulf Coast
Nilo Sanchez 2015 Coker College
Kyler Tate 2015 University of Florida
Samuel Uhland 2015 Jacksonville University
Daniel Whelan 2015 Nova Southeastern University
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Abbey Carlson 2016 Vanderbilt University
Gabriela Coello 2016 University of Georgia
Dree Fausnaugh 2015 University of Central Florida
Jamie Freedman 2014 Nova Southeastern
MacKenzie Hawkes 2015 Northwestern University
Mary Janiga 2015 Mercer University
Ailin Li 2015 Boston College
Emmy Martin 2014 Texas Christian University
Terese Romeo 2015 Mercer University
Kaitlyn Saum 2014 Northern Arizona University
Gianna Tomeo 2015 Seton Hall University
Taylor Tomlinson 2014 Florida
Mami Yamamoto 2015 Texas Tech University
Courtney Zeng 2015 Vanderbilt University
Local flavor: 58 players from Florida will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Jeffrey Alexander Port Charlotte 2014
Christian Anderson Ocala 2015
Garrett Barber Stuart 2018
Jordan Batchelor St. Johns 2014
Brett Beazant Windermere 2015
Thammalack Bouahom Windermere 2018
Shanren Brienen Orlando 2015
Tyler Carlson Bradenton 2017
Steven Chervony Boca Raton 2015
Michael Conforti Palm Beach Gardens 2015
Luis Rodrigo Cordova Leon 2015
Alvaro Escalada Clermont 2015
Taiga Fujii Clermont 2016
Matthew Galluzzo Plantation 2016
David Gao Bradenton 2017
Tim Graham Stuart 2016
Jake Holt Jupiter 2016
Eugene Hong Sanford 2018
Alex Hu Heathrow 2018
Zack Justice Orlando 2016
Andrew Kozan Palm Beach Gardens 2017
Alex Lee Winter Garden 2015
Jake Leffew Vero Beach 2015
Alberto Martinez Weston 2018
Barry McDonnell Lakewood Ranch 2015
Jeremy Perna Sarasota 2016
Andrew Potter Naples 2015
Matthew Ruel Oldsmar 2016
Nilo Sanchez Lutz 2015
Zachary Smith Palm Beach Gardens 2015
Michael Spinger Trinity 2016
Kelly Sun Bradenton 2016
Jonathan Sundstrom Orlando 2014
Kyler Tate Winter Garden 2015
Aaron Tobin Tampa 2016
Samuel Uhland Jacksonville 2015
Daniel Whelan Coral Springs 2015
Han (Harry) Xue Windermere 2016
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Abbey Carlson Lake Mary 2016
Gabriela Coello Winter Garden 2016
Dree Fausnaugh Maitland 2015
Jamie Freedman Miami 2014
Claire Hodges Sorrento 2017
Mary Janiga Wellington 2015
Alyssa Lamoureux Seminole 2018
Ailin Li Orlando 2015
Shyanne Lovan Wellington 2016
Emmy Martin Odessa 2014
Maria Alejandra Merchan Weston 2016
Maria Andreina Merchan Weston 2015
Terese Romeo Tampa 2015
Latanna Stone Valrico 2019
Gianna Tomeo Bradenton 2015
Taylor Tomlinson Gainesville 2014
Emily Uhland Jacksonville 2016
Mami Yamamoto Howey-in-the-Hills 2015
Anne Yu Lake Mary 2020
Courtney Zeng Orlando 2015
AJGA returns to ChampionsGate Golf Club
The Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic will be held at ChampionsGate Golf Club in ChampionsGate, Fla., for the fourth time.
David Leadbetter teams up with AJGA once again
Legendary golf coach, David Leadbetter, teams up with the AJGA for the second consecutive year. This is the first of two events that Leadbetter will sponsor in 2014, the other being the JoS. A. Bank / David Leadbetter Junior Championship.
Golf Pride continues support with AJGA
Golf Pride, the No. 1 grip on TOUR, has sponsored an AJGA event since 2004 and will partner with legendary coach David Leadbetter in 2014

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 16
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, June 17
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Wednesday, June 18
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Thursday, June 19
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Kyler Tate, Winter Garden, Fla. (2015)
Tate, playing in his first AJGA season, has three top-10 finishes in his first four events. Tate tied for second at the Preseason Junior at Vinoy, tied for eighth at the AJGA Junior at Lone Tree and fired rounds of 72-70-70--212 to tie for second at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood.
Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. (2016)
Carlson, No. 10 in the Polo Golf Rankings, comes into the Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic as the highest ranked player in the field. Carlson has amassed 13 top-10 finishes in her AJGA career, including a victory at the 2012 Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands.
Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla. (2014)
An honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American, Tomlinson compiled three top-five finishes in her 2013 season. The University of Florida commit has one AJGA victory at the 2012 IJGA Junior Open and a total of 12 top-10 finishes across her four AJGA seasons.

2013 Results

Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic
ChampionsGate Golf Club (June 24 - 27, 2013)
Boys Division
1 Austen Truslow New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 72–67–67—206
2 James Leadbetter Bradenton, Fla. 72–68–72—212
T3 S.M. Lee Buford, Ga. 69–71–73—213
T3 Jacob Kline St Augustine, Fla. 73–69–71—213
5 Jimmy Jones Tampa, Fla. 70–72–72—214
Girls Division
1 *Maria Andreina Merchan (Venezuela) Weston, Fla. 73–73–68—214
2 Sierra Brooks Sorrento, Fla. 69–74–71—214
3 Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla. 70–76–71—217
T4 Terese Romeo Tampa, Fla. 75–73–71—219
T4 Laura Sojo (Colombia) Winter Garden, Fla. 72–75–72—219
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic 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 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 Florida native
Boys Division
Jeffrey Alexander Port Charlotte, Fla.
Christian Anderson Ocala, Fla.
Garrett Barber Stuart, Fla.
Jordan Batchelor St. Johns, Fla.
Brett Beazant Cheshire, United Kingdom
Thammalack Bouahom (Laos) Windermere, Fla.
Shanren Brienen (South Africa) Orlando, Fla.
Brandon Bueno Malibu, Calif.
Jose Calanda Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
Tyler Carlson Bradenton, Fla.
Steven Chervony Boca Raton, Fla.
Michael Conforti Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Luis Rodrigo Cordova (Mexico) Leon, Fla.
Alvaro Escalada (Spain) Clermont, Fla.
John Felitto Mountainside, N.J.
Taiga Fujii (Japan) Clermont, Fla.
Matthew Galluzzo Plantation, Fla.
David Gao Bradenton, Fla.
Raj Ghosh Duluth, Ga.
Tim Graham Stuart, Fla.
Jake Holt Jupiter, Fla.
Eugene Hong Sanford, Fla.
Alex Hu (China) Heathrow, Fla.
Zack Justice Orlando, Fla.
Andrew Kozan Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Brett Krekorian Andover, Mass.
Brennan LeBlanc Baton Rouge, La.
Alex Lee (South Korea) Winter Garden, Fla.
Wanjoo Lee (South Korea) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Jake Leffew Vero Beach, Fla.
Yuxin Lin Beijing, China
Alberto Martinez Weston, Fla.
Barry McDonnell Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
James McHugh Rye, N.Y.
Simon Ospina Medellin, Colombia
Jack Peden Vienna, Va.
Jeremy Perna Sarasota, Fla.
Andrew Potter (Australia) Naples, Fla.
Matthew Ruel Oldsmar, Fla.
Hassan Said Cairo, Egypt
Nilo Sanchez Lutz, Fla.
Zachary Smith Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Michael Spinger Trinity, Fla.
Kelly Sun Bradenton, Fla.
Jonathan Sundstrom Orlando, Fla.
Kyler Tate Winter Garden, Fla.
Aaron Tobin Tampa, Fla.
Samuel Uhland Jacksonville, Fla.
Daniel Whelan Coral Springs, Fla.
Han (Harry) Xue (China) Windermere, Fla.
Si Thu Ye Yint Yangon, Myanmar
Girls Division
Maria Balcazar Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico
Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla.
Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla.
Dree Fausnaugh Maitland, Fla.
Jamie Freedman Miami, Fla.
MacKenzie Hawkes Madison, Conn.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Mary Janiga Wellington, Fla.
Alyssa Lamoureux Seminole, Fla.
Tiana Gwenn Lau NY, N.Y.
Ailin Li (China) Orlando, Fla.
Shyanne Lovan Wellington, Fla.
Emmy Martin Odessa, Fla.
Maria Alejandra Merchan (Venezuela) Weston, Fla.
Maria Andreina Merchan (Venezuela) Weston, Fla.
Ana Paula Ramirez Pachuca, Mexico
Terese Romeo Tampa, Fla.
Kaitlyn Saum Mesa, Ariz.
Kaitleen Shee Irvine, Calif.
Latanna Stone Valrico, Fla.
Annie Sun Missiauga, Ontario
Gianna Tomeo Bradenton, Fla.
Taylor Tomlinson Gainesville, Fla.
Emily Uhland Jacksonville, Fla.
Mami Yamamoto (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Anne Yu (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Courtney Zeng Orlando, Fla.