ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior

Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, Calif. • June 16 - 19, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Amanda Herrington • (678) 425-1789 • aherrington@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 24 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Harold Calubid 2014 Fresno State University
Jamie Cheatham 2015 University of California-Berkeley
Perry Cohen 2014 Saint Mary's College
Sam Dickey 2016 University of New Mexico
Dario Hamada 2015 CSU Fullerton
Ramiz Jamal 2015 UC Irvine
Daniel Lopez 2014 Univeristy of San Diego
Johnathan Nicholson 2014 Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Avery Schneider 2014 Drexel University
Matt Shuman 2014 Claremont McKenna College
Tailin Song 2015 University of North Carolina
Andrew Spilman 2015 UC Riverside
Sahith Theegala 2015 Pepperdine University
Edwin Yi 2015 University of Oregon
Jonathan Young 2014 UC - Irvine
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Alivia Brown 2014 Washington State Universtity
Sarah Cho 2014 Northwestern
Brigitte Dunne 2015 Southern Methodist Univ
Shu-Lin Lin 2014 Academy of Art University
Haley Moore 2016 University of Arizona
Mackenzie Perez 2014 University of Missouri
Kelsey Ulep 2014 University of Oregon
Alana Uriell 2014 Arkansas
Patricia Wong 2015 Pepperdine
From AJGA to LPGA
The Dinah Shore Tournament Course is also home to the LPGA Tour’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. The 2014 LPGA field featured eight players who previously competed at Mission Hills Country Club during their AJGA careers. Former champions of the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior who competed in the 2014 major included Tiffany Joh (2004), Jennifer Johnson (2007) and Alison Lee (2010, 2013).
2013 impression
The 2013 ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior hosted 72 players (48 boys and 24 girls), and 24 of those players have already earned a college golf scholarship. Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., won her second title at Mission Hills Country Club (she previously won in 2010), at 12-under-par 204. Her win was highlighted by an opening round of 9-under-par 63 to set a female junior competitive course record 63. In the Boys Division, Justin Chong of Granada Hills, Calif., won at 7-under-par 209.
Players, staff take ''The Jump''
Each year, tournament participants and AJGA staff jump into Poppie's Pond beside the No. 18 green at Mission Hills Country Club's Dinah Shore Tournament Course.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 16
7 – 9 a.m. Practice Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Tuesday, June 17
6:30 – 8:09 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Wednesday, June 18
6:30 – 8:09 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Thursday, June 19
6:30 – 8:09 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
1 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Devondeep Bling, Ridgecrest, Calif. (2017)
In just eight AJGA starts since 2013, Bling has finished in the top six three times. The 14-year-old finished fourth at the 2013 AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch and the 2014 AJGA Junior at River Ridge, and he posted a ninth-place finish at the 2013 Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF. This will be his first appearance at Mission Hills Country Club.
Edwin Yi, Beaumont, Calif. (2015)
Yi returns to the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior for the first time since 2011 when he finished T20. The Oregon verbal commit has collected 11 top-15 finishes in his AJGA career. At No. 92 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Yi comes off a T15 finish at the FJ Invitational.
Clare Amelia Legaspi, Temecula, Calif. (2016)
Legaspi has quickly climbed the Polo Golf Rankings and currently sits at No. 45 after back-to-back wins in 2014. She opened the 2014 season with her first career victory at the PING Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten and followed it with a win at the AJGA Junior at Gainey Ranch.
Haley Moore, Escondido, Calif. (2016)
Moore will make her ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior debut. The two-time AJGA champion is No. 62 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to Arizona. Her 2014 season includes a ninth-place finish at the AJGA Junior at Lone Tree and a T21 showing at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
 

2013 Results

ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior
Mission Hills Country Club (June 17 - 20, 2013)
 
Boys Division
1 Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif. 71–68–70—209
T2 Victor Ponte Camarillo, Calif. 67–72–71—210
T2 Sahith Theegala Chino Hills, Calif. 71–73–66—210
4 Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif. 71–74–69—214
T5 Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif. 77–72–67—216
T5 Roberto Lebrija Mexico City, Mexico 72–74–70—216
T5 Will Strauss San Diego, Calif. 77–71–68—216
T5 John Souza Phoenix, Ariz. 74–67–75—216
 
Girls Division
1 Alison Lee Valencia, Calif. 63–72–69—204
2 Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz. 69–75–70—214
3 Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif. 75–71–70—216
4 Yu Liu Beijing, China 75–71–72—218
5 Lilia Vu Fountain Valley, Calif. 79–73–68—220
 

Media Accommodations

The ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior 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 California native
Boys Division
Brandon Ahn Glendale, Calif.
Ahmed Ali Palo Alto, Calif.
Jake Andl Westlake Village, Calif.
Jeffrey Aronson Los Angeles, Calif.
Seung Yub Baek (South Korea) Arcadia, Calif.
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest, Calif.
Grant Calender La Quinta, Calif.
Harold Calubid Long Beach, Calif.
Jamie Cheatham Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
William Choi Dublin, Calif.
Bret Cigelnik Mundelein, Ill.
Perry Cohen La Jolla, Calif.
Roy Cootes Rolling Hills, Calif.
Alex Diaz Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Sam Dickey Las Vegas, Nev.
Hunter Epson Long Beach, Calif.
Bryant Falconello Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Elias Gross Calabasas, Calif.
Dario Hamada Fullerton, Calif.
Devin Hua Barrigada, Guam (USA)
Carter Irwin Dove Canyon, Calif.
Ramiz Jamal Huntington Beach, Calif.
Gookmin Kim (South Korea) Norwalk, Calif.
Han Seop Lee (South Korea) Chino Hills, Calif.
Storm Lee (South Korea) Murrieta, Calif.
Daniel Lopez Los Angeles, Calif.
Joshua Matz Agoura Hills, Calif.
Ryan Mendoza Dove Canyon, Calif.
Gen Nagai (Japan) Mandaue Cebu, Philippines
Johnathan Nicholson Newbury Park, Calif.
Avery Schneider New Albany, Ohio
Matt Shuman Studio City, Calif.
Daniel Son Glendale, Calif.
Tailin Song (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Andrew Spilman Simi Valley, Calif.
Nick Swanson Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sahith Theegala Chino Hills, Calif.
Tyler Tsay Los Angeles, Calif.
Ryan Vaughan San Jose, Calif.
Yichen Wang Shenzhen, China
Chase Werry Indio, Calif.
Matt Wilson Cypress, Calif.
Edwin Yi Beaumont, Calif.
Jonathan Young Long Beach, Calif.
 
Girls Division
Alivia Brown Gig Harbor, Wash.
Ya Chun Chang Taiwan, Taiwan
Chih Min Chen New Taipei City, Taiwan
Yu Ju Chen Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Sarah Cho San Diego, Calif.
Brigitte Dunne Camarillo, Calif.
Grace Ferrell Newport Beach, Calif.
Yu Sang Hou Taipei City, Taiwan
Sierra Kersten Spokane, Wash.
Kelly Lee (South Korea) Chino Hills, Calif.
Clare Amelia Legaspi Temecula, Calif.
Shu-Lin Lin New Taipei City, Taiwan
Irene Maemura Shadow Hills, Calif.
Jessica Mangrobang San Diego, Calif.
Felicia Paulina Medalla Sausalito, CA, USA
Haley Moore Escondido, Calif.
Mary Bryan Owen Baltimore, Md.
Euna Pak Irvine, Calif.
Mackenzie Perez Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Karah Sanford Escondido, Calif.
Angella Then Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Kelsey Ulep Rocklin, Calif.
Alana Uriell Carlsbad, Calif.
Patricia Wong Walnut, Calif.
Han Hsuan Yu Taoyuan County, Taiwan