Rolex Tournament of Champions

Richland Country Club
Nashville, Tenn. June 23 - 27, 2014

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Armstrong, Hogan, Farnsworth compete against nation’s top junior golfers
Dawson Armstrong and Garrison Hogan of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Alexandra Farnsworth of Nashville, Tennessee, will represent the local community as the trio competes in the prestigious Invitational for the first time.
Championship history
As the longest-running tournament on the AJGA schedule, it’s no surprise to find some of golf’s biggest names on the list of past champions. Former champions have gone on to succeed not only at the amateur and collegiate levels but at the professional level as well. Notable alumni who have competed in the Rolex Tournament of Champions include Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Paula Creamer, 2004 champion Morgan Pressel, 2003 champion Inbee Park, 2001 champion Webb Simpson and three-time victor Phil Mickelson.
Collegiate success
Former winners have also gone on to receive collegiate All-America nods, All-Conference accolades and National Championships, including Jamie Lovemark, Heather Bowie and Charles Howell II. Currently, UCLA freshman and 2013 champion Alison Lee is the top-ranked collegiate player in the nation after a first-year campaign which included three individual wins. A staple for college recruiting, 51 colleges and universities were represented at the 2013 event. The 2014 field features 93 players who have made college commitments.
USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award
Dree Fausnaugh of Maitland, Florida, and John Hayden of Birmingham, Alabama, will compete on an exemption after being named recipients of the 2014 USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award. Fausnaugh and Hayden will be honored and formally presented with their awards during the Rolex Dinner of Champions on Wednesday, June 25.
Playing for the Wyndham Cup
The final spots on the Wyndham Cup roster will be awarded to the boy and girl with the best Polo Golf Ranking as of June 30, 2014, who were not already eligible and who participated in the 2014 Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 23
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, June 24
7 - 8:50 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave - BOYS)
Noon - 1:30 p.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave - GIRLS)
 
Wednesday, June 25
7 - 8:30 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave - GIRLS)
Noon - 1:50 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave - BOYS)
 
Thursday, June 26
7 - 8:50 a.m. Third Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave - BOYS)
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Third Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave - GIRLS)
 
Friday, June 27
7 - 9 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas (2015)
Coming off his first Invitational victory at the FJ Invitational where he won by six strokes, Connelly will compete in his first Rolex Tournament of Champions. A four-time AJGA champion, Connelly has collected 11 top-five AJGA finishes and was named a 2013 first-team Rolex Junior All-American. At No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, he has verbally committed to SMU.
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla. (2016)
The 2012 runner-up, Dalke will make his third straight appearance at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. A three-time Rolex Junior All-American and three-time Invitational champion, Dalke is No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to Oklahoma.
Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill. (2014)
Ghim will compete in his third consecutive Rolex Tournament of Champions after T13 and T4 finishes in 2012 and 2013, respectively. A three-time Rolex Junior All-American and four-time AJGA champion, Ghim notched his first Invitational victory at the 2014 CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods with a 12-under-par 204 to break Jordan Spieth’s 54-hole scoring record of 10-under that was set in 2011. At No. 7 in the Polo Golf Ranking, Ghim will compete at Texas in the fall.
Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2014)
Griffin will return to defend his title after winning the Rolex Tournament of Champions in 2013. Griffin captured his signature victory after firing a final-round 5-under-par 65 to finish at 8-under-par 272. Currently No. 10 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Griffin earned first-team Rolex Junior All-America accolades in 2013. He will compete at North Carolina in the fall.
Andy Zhang, (China) Reunion, Fla. (2016)
Zhang has finished within the top 10 in his last four Invitational starts, including runner-up finishes at the 2013 PING Invitational and the 2014 CB&I Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, and his first victory at the 2014 Thunderbird International Junior. A 2013 Rolex Junior All-American, Zhang is currently No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas (2014)
At No. 8 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Abe will make her Rolex Tournament of Champions debut. The Alabama-commit posted three runner-up finishes in 2013 including the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship en route to second-team Rolex Junior All-America honors. She comes off a 12th-place showing at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2016)
No. 1-ranked Lee will return to the Rolex Tournament of Champions looking to improve on her 2013 runner-up finish. The three-time Rolex Junior All-American has tallied 13 top-five finishes since 2011. A two-time Wyndham Cup participant with a 7-1-0 career record, Lee has verbally committed to Stanford. She comes off a runner-up finish at the Thunderbird International Junior.
Hannah O'Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz. (2016)
O’Sullivan will return to the Rolex Tournament of Champions field after tying for fourth in 2013. A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, O’Sullivan opened the year with a second-place showing at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club and most recently finished third at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. Currently No. 11 in the Polo Golf Rankings, O’Sullivan has verbally committed to USC.
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif. (2018)
Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, California, comes off a victory at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and seeks to become the third girl to win both the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the Rolex Tournament of Champions in the same year, a feat only accomplished by Alison Lee in 2013 and Kellee Booth in 1993. The 14-year-old is currently No. 13 in the Polo Golf Rankings and her record includes three AJGA victories and 2013 Rolex Junior All-America honorable mention accolades.
 

2013 Results

Rolex Tournament of Champions
Lancaster Country Club (July 8 - 12, 2013)
 
Boys Division
1 Benjamin Griffin Chapel Hill, N.C. 71–68–68–65—272
2 Adam Wood Zionsville, Ind. 69–69–70–65—273
3 Matt Gilchrest Southlake, Texas 68–68–68–71—275
T4 Theo Humphrey Greenwich, Conn. 69–67–68–72—276
T4 Doug Ghim Arlington Heights, Ill. 68–70–67–71—276
 
Girls Division
1 Alison Lee Valencia, Calif. 70–69–67–70—276
2 Andrea Lee Hermosa Beach, Calif. 70–74–68–70—282
3 Casey Danielson Osceola, Wis. 72–73–68–70—283
T4 Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz. 73–73–71–68—285
T4 Nicole Morales South Salem, N.Y. 70–69–72–74—285
 

Past Champions

Boys Champions
2013 Benjamin Griffin Chapel Hill, N.C. 71–68–68–65—272
2012 Matthew NeSmith North Augusta, S.C. 68–67–66–70—271
2011 Shun Yat Hak Lake Mary, Fla. 71–70–71–70—282
2010 Anthony Paolucci Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 71–74–70–72—287
2009 *T.J. Vogel Cooper City, Fla. 69–71–69–73—282
2008 Cory Whitsett Houston, Texas 74–70–70–72—286
2007 Sihwan Kim Buena Park, Calif. 72–72–72–67—283
2006 Philip Francis Scottsdale, Ariz. 71–65–72–70—278
2005 Jordan Cox Redwood City, Calif. 68–69–70–35—242
2004 Jamie Lovemark Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 70–70–67–69—276
2003 Brendon Todd Cary, N.C. 69–70–68–71—278
2002 Randy Lowry Spring, Texas 69–65–71–71—276
2001 Webb Simpson Raleigh, N.C. 72–67–74–68—281
2000 James Oh Lakewood, Calif. 68–69–69–71—277
1999 James Oh Lakewood, Calif. 70–70–73–70—283
1998 John Lepak La Habra Heights, Calif. 73–64–72–74—283
1997 David Gossett Germantown, Tenn. 71–71–68–70—280
1996 Charles Howell Augusta, Ga. 70–72–69–66—277
1995 Ryuji Imada Tampa, Fla. 75–65–75–69—284
1994 Robert Floyd Miami Beach, Fla. 69–68–68–68—273
1993 Gilberto Morales Caracas, Venezuela 69–72–68–73—282
1992 Patrick Vadden Louisville, Ky. 72–72–66–69—279
1991 Chris Edgmon Edmond, Okla. 75–70–68–73—286
1990 Harrison Frazar Dallas, Texas 72–80–72–67—291
1989 David Duval Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 71–71–71–73—286
1988 Phil Mickelson San Diego, Calif. 70–70–68–75—283
1987 Phil Mickelson San Diego, Calif. 66–69–67–70—272
1986 Phil Mickelson San Diego, Calif. 72–72–74–72—290
1985 Dudley Hart Miami Beach, Fla. 68–70–69–78—285
1984 Bob May LaHabra, Calif. 71–72–74–69—286
1983 Brian Nelson Tyler, Texas 69–69–72–75—285
1982 Louis Brown Newnan, Ga. 71–69–75–73—288
1981 Tommy Moore New Orleans, La. 69–72–76–72—289
1980 Tommy Moore New Orleans, La. 72–74–74–72—292
1979 Andy Dillard Tyler, Texas 66–71–72–74—283
1978 Willie Wood Lake Charles, La. 69–72–69—210
 
Girls Champions
2013 Alison Lee Valencia, Calif. 70–69–67–70—276
2012 *Jaye Marie Green Boca Raton, Fla. 70–68–67–72—277
2011 *Gabriella Then Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 72–67–71–72—282
2010 Kristen Park Buena Park, Calif. 73–73–73–71—290
2009 Victoria Tanco Bradenton, Fla. 66–72–69–68—275
2008 Jennifer Johnson Carlsbad, Calif. 72–74–72–75—293
2007 Courtney Ellenbogen Blacksburg, Va. 72–69–71–72—284
2006 Ashleigh Simon Johannesburg, South Africa 73–68–70–75—286
2005 Esther Choe Scottsdale, Ariz. 74–68–73–32—247
2004 Morgan Pressel Boca Raton, Fla. 73–72–74–67—286
2003 Inbee Park Las Vegas, Nev. 70–75–71–69—285
2002 Erica Blasberg Corona, Calif. 75–70–69–69—283
2001 Lisa Ferrero Lodi, Calif. 74–68–72–71—285
2000 Mallory Code Tampa, Fla. 70–73–72–73—288
1999 Naree Wongluekiet Bradenton, Fla. 66–68–77–73—284
1998 Paula Marti Barcelona, Spain 68–72–71–78—289
1997 Young-A Yang Tae-Gu, South Korea 74–71–69–72—286
1996 Grace Park Phoenix, Ariz. 69–70–73–72—284
1995 Beth Bauer Valrico, Fla. 74–70–73–70—287
1994 Beth Bauer Valrico, Fla. 76–75–70–68—289
1993 Kellee Booth Coto de Caza, Calif. 72–76–71–71—290
1992 Emilee Klein Studio City, Calif. 74–70–72–76—292
1991 Heather Bowie Edmond, Okla. 71–79–69–76—295
1990 Kellee Booth Coto de Caza, Calif. 77–77–72–75—301
1989 Leta Lindley Carlsbad, Ca. 73–74–75–71—293
1988 Stefania Croce Como, Italy 73–79–76–69—297
1987 Christy Erb Bonita, Calif. 69–73–69–71—282
1986 Amy Fruhwirth Cypress, Calif. 80–72–75–79—306
1985 Katie Peterson Plantation, Fla. 75–75–76–76—302
1984 Page Dunlop Sarasota, Fla. 70–76–76–77—299
1983 Kris Tschetter Sioux Falls, S.D. 72–77–75–81—305
1982 Heather Farr Phoenix, Ariz. 76–76–73–77—302
1981 Jenny Lidback Baton Rouge, La. 73–75–71–75—294
1980 Jody Rosenthal Edina, Minn. 73–74–78–72—297
1979 Amy Benz Clearwater, Fla. 70–72–75–70—287
1978 Denise Hermida Brandon, Fla. 77–77–72—226
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Rolex Tournament of Champions 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.

Rolex

Rolex, a supporter of the AJGA since 1986, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. The distinguished timepiece maker is the proprietor of the Rolex Junior Players of the Year, Rolex Junior All-America Teams and the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet. Rolex also sponsors the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Rolex Girls Junior Championship, two of the AJGA’s most competitive major championships. As a Premier Partner, Rolex is the Founding Partner to the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program and an Official Partner of the biennial PING Junior Solheim Cup.

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 Tennessee native
Boys Division
Dawson Armstrong Brentwood, Tenn.
Wes Artac Kingwood, Texas
John Augenstein Owensboro, Ky.
Bennett Baker Tallahassee, Fla.
Benjamin Baxter Flower Mound, Texas
Chandler Blanchet Gainesville, Fla.
Bennett Buch West Friendship, Md.
Sam Burns Shreveport, La.
Kristian Caparros Hollywood, Fla.
Matt Cheng Taipei, Taiwan
Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif.
Varun Chopra Champaign, Ill.
Jack Comstock Jacksonville, Fla.
Austin Connelly Irving, Texas
Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe) Westlake Village, Calif.
Brad Dalke Hobart, Okla.
Jake DeZoort Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Cooper Dossey Austin, Texas
Luis Gagne Orlando, Fla.
Frank Garber Kirkland, Wash.
Doug Ghim Arlington Heights, Ill.
Eduardo Gonzalez San Luis Potosi, Mexico
William Gordon Davidson, N.C.
Graham Gosselin Knoxville, Tenn.
Benjamin Griffin Chapel Hill, N.C.
Will Grimmer Cincinnati, Ohio
Nick Hardy Northbrook, Ill.
John Hayden Birmingham, Ala.
Garrison Hogan Brentwood, Tenn.
Theo Humphrey Greenwich, Conn.
Cheng Jin (China) Beijing, Singapore
Tyler Joiner Leesburg, Ga.
Derick Kelting Amarillo, Texas
David Kim Buena Park, Calif.
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Jake Leavitt Woodstock, Md.
KK Limbhasut (Thailand) Loma Linda, Calif.
Patrick Martin Birmingham, Ala.
Joshua McCarthy Danville, Calif.
Jake Mccrory Deer Park, Texas
Maxwell Miller College Station, Texas
Jose Montano (Bolivia) Bradenton, Fla.
Tyler Moore Escondido, Calif.
Collin Morikawa La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Gordon Neale Dove Canyon, Calif.
Connor O'Brien Rowayton, Conn.
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Griffin Pierce Edmond, Okla.
Nathan Pirtle Sullivan, Ind.
Nolan Ray Brentwood, Tenn.
Jonathan Rector Hendersonville, N.C.
William Register Burlington, N.C.
Davis Riley Hattiesburg, Miss.
Conor Rodrigues Kingston, Ontario
Luis Ruiz Mexico City, Mexico
Joshua Seiple Castle Rock, Colo.
Corey Shaun Encinitas, Calif.
Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala.
Jacob Solomon Dublin, Calif.
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif.
Kyle Sterbinsky Yardley, Pa.
Braden Thornberry Olive Branch, Miss.
Gray Townsend Winston-Salem, N.C.
Zach Tracy Houston, Texas
Jens Verhey Reno, Nev.
Jeremy Wall Brielle, N.J.
Daniel Wetterich Cincinnati, Ohio
Qi Wen Wong (Singapore) Bradenton, Fla.
Adam Wood Zionsville, Ind.
Yechun (Carl) Yuan (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Andy Zhang (China) Reunion, Fla.
 
Girls Division
Lakareber Abe Angleton, Texas
Evelyn Arguelles Oaxtepec, Mexico
Alison Armstrong Tampa, Fla.
Ana Sofia Benavides Lerma, Mexico
Shannon Brooks Vienna, Va.
Jenna Burris Manchester, Tenn.
Emily Campbell Carrollton, Texas
Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla.
Alice Chen Princeton, N.J.
Chih Min Chen New Taipei City, Taiwan
Youngin Chun Austin, Texas
Annika Clark Highlands, Texas
Rachel Dai Milton, Ga.
Alexandra Farnsworth Nashville, Tenn.
Dree Fausnaugh Maitland, Fla.
Ashley Fitzgibbons Sammamish, Wash.
Mariel Galdiano Pearl City, Hawaii
Allyson Geer Brighton, Mich.
Lauren Gros Windermere, Fla.
Lita Guo Auckland, New Zealand
Haylee Harford Leavittsburg, Ohio
Muni He (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Emilee Hoffman Folsom, Calif.
Jillian Hollis Rocky River, Ohio
Rong Ji (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Alice Jo Shanghai, China
Gina Kim Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jiayu Kong (China) Arcadia, Calif.
Jordy LaBarbera Allen, Texas
Stephanie Lau Fullerton, Calif.
Andrea Lee Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Clare Amelia Legaspi Temecula, Calif.
Maddie Luitwieler Katy, Texas
Julie Luo Centreville, Va.
Ashley Malinchak Parkland, Fla.
Amy Matsuoka Newport Beach, Calif.
Morgan Messick Tucson, Ariz.
Haley Moore Escondido, Calif.
Nicole Morales South Salem, N.Y.
Anna Newell Tampa, Fla.
Hannah O'Sullivan Chandler, Ariz.
Kaitlyn Papp Austin, Texas
Robynn Ree Redondo Beach, Calif.
Shawn Rennegarbe Addieville, Ill.
Riley Rennell Columbia, Tenn.
Kesaree Rojanapeansatith Nonthaburi, Thailand
Sophia Schubert Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Jacqueline Setas East Lansing, Mich.
Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C.
Bailey Tardy Norcross, Ga.
Taylor Tomlinson Gainesville, Fla.
Lou Daniella Uy Antipolo, Philippines
Maria Vesga Piedecuesta, Colombia
Lilia Vu Fountain Valley, Calif.
Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Kelly Whaley Farmington, Conn.
Jennifer Yu Huntington Beach, Calif.
Anna Zhou Palo Alto, Calif.