Ryan Moore Junior Championship

RMG Club at Oakbrook
Lakewood, Wash. June 30 - July 3, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 425-1788 • crichards@ajga.org

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 33 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Sam Aronoff 2014 Louisiana Lafayette
Adam Barker 2014 Grand Canyon University
Wilson Belk 2015 University of Colorado
Spencer Clapp 2015 Sonoma State University
Daniel Dimaculangan 2015 Houston Baptist University
Rowan Foxley 2015 University of Redlands
Gregory Gildea 2014 Washington
Jacob Giles 2015 Missouri Western State University
Austin Glendinning 2014 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Joshua Gliege 2016 Texas A&M University
Joe Harvie 2014 Seattle University
Ramon Hedges 2014 St.Martins University
Graysen Huff 2015 Auburn University
Henry Lee 2016 University of Washington
Kevin Li 2014 Brown*
Seiya Liu 2015 Harvard University
Matt Marrese 2015 University of Washington
Kyle Morris 2015 Fordham University
Tyler Quast 2015 Colorado School of Mines
Jake Ryan 2014 University of Redlands
Jino Sohn 2015 Arizona State University
Sam Warkentin 2016 University of Washington
Aaron Whalen 2015 Washington State University
Matt Wilson 2015 California State University, Fullerton
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Julia Becker 2015 Sacramento State
Jacqueline Bendrick 2014 Furman
Olivia Benzin 2015 Oregon State University
Aleana Groenhout 2014 University of Denver
Serena Hou 2015 Southern Illinois University
Sierra Kersten 2015 Stanford University
Marianne Li 2015 University of California, Berkeley
Lilly Navarre 2015 Montana State University
Sarah Rhee 2015 University of Washington
Washington represents in 2013
After returning to Washington for the first time since 2010, the 2013 inaugural event featured home-state victories. Ashley Fitzgibbons of Sammamish, Wash., shot a tournament-total 3-under-par 207 to earn a wire-to-wire victory, while Frank Garber of Kirkland, Wash., carded a tournament-total 4-under-par 206 to secure the win. Fitzgibbons will return in 2014 to defend her title.
Ryan Moore Junior Golf Clinic
Moore will host a junior golf clinic after Tuesday's first round from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the driving range.
Moore support for the AJGA
A native of Washington, Ryan Moore partnered with the AJGA in 2013 to provide more playing opportunities for juniors in the northwest region. "The AJGA provided an incredible tournament schedule, top-level, national competition and professionally-run events that really prepared me for my next step into collegiate and amateur competition. It was only natural for me to want to provide the same opportunity for juniors to come to my home course and enjoy the same opportunities I had growing up in the AJGA," Moore said.
Moore's AJGA legacy
A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Moore recorded five top-10 finishes and three AJGA victories. His biggest win came at the 2001 Thunderbird International Junior, where he carded rounds of 67-68-68 for a tournament total of 202, the second-lowest in tournament history. Moore, who competed at UNLV, boasted a successful amateur record which included winning the U.S. Amateur (2004), the Western Amateur (2004) and the U.S. Amateur Public Links (2002 and 2004). In 2004, he became the 15th AJGA alum to win the NCAA Championship individual title.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 30
10:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. Practice Round off No. 1 tee
Tuesday, July 1
6:30 – 11:40 a.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
Wednesday, July 2
6:30 – 11:40 a.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
Thursday, July 3
6:30 – 11:40 a.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
4 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Gregory Gildea, Lakewood, Wash. (2014)
Gildea returns to the Ryan Moore Junior Championship looking to improve on his runner-up showing in 2013. The Washington native has tallied three top-four finishes in AJGA competition. A recent graduate of Bellarmine Prep, Gildea finished third in the Class 4A state championship and will begin his collegiate career at Washington in the fall.
Graysen Huff, Eagle, Idaho (2015)
After opening the season with a 36th-place finish at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club, Huff earned his first career AJGA victory at the PING Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten. He went on to finish in the top 15 at the Southern Junior Championship and will make his first appearance in the Ryan Moore Junior Championship.
Henry Lee, Coquitlam, British Columbia (2016)
In just three AJGA starts since 2012, Lee has posted a T10 finish, a third-place showing and a victory at the 2013 Sunriver Junior Open. This will be his first AJGA appearance of the season. The British Columbia native won the British Columbia Junior Boys’ Championship in 2012 at the age of 14.
Ashley Fitzgibbons, Sammamish, Wash. (2016)
Reigning champion Fitzgibbons will return to defend her title after she won wire-to-wire in 2013. She opened the season with a top-10 showing at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, went on to finish in the top 15 at the Junior All-Star at Cypress Ridge and placed fifth at the Junior All-Star at Château Élan.
Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash. (2015)
At No. 48 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Li is the highest ranked player in the field. She captured her first win in 2012 at the Sunriver Junior Open, then recorded back-to-back wins in 2013 en route to Rolex Junior All-America honors. The Cal-Berkeley commit comes off a T4 finish at the AJGA Junior at Lone Tree.

2013 Results

Ryan Moore Junior Championship
RMG Club at Oakbrook (July 1 - 4, 2013)
Boys Division
1 Frank Garber Kirkland, Wash. 68–71–67—206
2 Gregory Gildea Lakewood, Wash. 69–69–69—207
3 RJ Manke Lakewood, Wash. 65–73–70—208
4 Jefferson Kao Diamond Bar, Calif. 66–70–73—209
T5 Sean Yu (Taiwan) Beaumont, Calif. 66–73–71—210
T5 Peyton Hastings North Salt Lake, Utah 73–69–68—210
Girls Division
1 Ashley Fitzgibbons Sammamish, Wash. 69–69–69—207
T2 Sierra Kersten Spokane, Wash. 69–76–67—212
T2 Alice Jo Shanghai, China 73–70–69—212
4 Meiqi Gao Shanghai, China 74–70–70—214
5 Janet Zhang Richmond, British Columbia 69–73–74—216

Media Accommodations

The Ryan Moore 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 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 Washington native
Boys Division
Sam Aronoff Santa Monica, Calif.
Joseph Baldeck III Clarkston, Wash.
Adam Barker Gig Harbor, Wash.
Wilson Belk Colorado Springs, Colo.
Adrian Berger Los Angeles, Calif.
Michael Brutocao Spokane, Wash.
Michael Butler Sammamish, Wash.
Chase Cameron Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Max Canfield Los Altos, Calif.
Chase Carlson Tacoma, Wash.
James Chang Vancouver, British Columbia
Alec Charles Gig Harbor, Wash.
Raj Chekuri Pleasanton, Calif.
Spencer Clapp Federal Way, Wash.
Seamus Comerford Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Guillermo Cortina Bradenton, Fla.
Vamsi Damerla Arcadia, Calif.
Daniel Dimaculangan Irvine, Calif.
Ranger Downs Meridian, Idaho
Sam Fisher Redmond, Wash.
Rowan Foxley Arlington, Wash.
Nick Friend Lakewood, Wash.
Gregory Gildea Lakewood, Wash.
Jacob Giles St. Joseph, Mo.
Austin Glendinning Goodyear, Ariz.
Joshua Gliege Eagle, Idaho
Justin Goh San Francisco, Calif.
Paul Gunness-Bendetti Calabasas, Calif.
Joe Harvie Orting, Wash.
Ramon Hedges Ashland, Ore.
Joe Highsmith Lakewood, Wash.
Graysen Huff Eagle, Idaho
Connor Johnstone Caldwell, Idaho
Trent Jones Lake Forest Park, Wash.
Roy Kang (South Korea) North Vancouver, British Columbia
Travis Kay Bellevue, Wash.
Curtis Koltermann Lake Tapps, Wash.
Luke Kuna Snohomish, Wash.
Henry Lee Coquitlam, British Columbia
Jae Wook Lee (South Korea) Langley, British Columbia
Kevin Li Burnaby, British Columbia
Seiya Liu Beverly Hills, CA
Andrew Lunt Nampa, Idaho
RJ Manke Lakewood, Wash.
Matt Marrese Bellevue, Wash.
Jordan McBrayer Carlsbad, Calif.
Samuel McKay Scottsdale, Ariz.
Josh Miller Victoria, British Columbia
Scott Mitchell Santa Rosa, Calif.
Kyle Morris San Jose, Calif.
Sam Musch Rapid City, S.D.
Noah Norton Chico, Calif.
Hunter Ostrom Eagle, Idaho
Zack Overstreet Issaquah, Wash.
Tyler Quast Yorba Linda, Calif.
Cole Roberts St.Joseph, Mo.
Jake Ryan Portland, Ore.
Jake Ryerson Seattle, Wash.
John Sand Hoquiam, Wash.
Logan Schindler Cave Creek, Ariz.
Jino Sohn Chandler, Ariz.
Gabe Spach Seattle, Wash.
Kelley Sullivan Sammamish, Wash.
Mark Anthony Vogel San Mateo, Calif.
Sam Warkentin Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Aaron Whalen Ephrata, Wash.
Matt Wilson Cypress, Calif.
Jeremy Wu Medford, Ore.
Sean Yi Auburn, Wash.
Kevin Yu Chandler, Ariz.
Girls Division
Teigan Avery Kalispell, Mont.
Julia Becker Las Vegas, Nev.
Jacqueline Bendrick Mercer Island, Wash.
Olivia Benzin Tacoma, Wash.
Ashley Fitzgibbons Sammamish, Wash.
Aleana Groenhout Redmond, Wash.
Kelly Hooper Spokane, Wash.
Megan Hou Rowland Heights, Calif.
Serena Hou Rowland Heights, Calif.
Sierra Kersten Spokane, Wash.
Lydia Kim Spokane, Wash.
Maddy Kokich University Place, Wash.
Marianne Li Bellevue, Wash.
Yuri Machida (Japan) Redmond, Wash.
Caitlin Maralack (South Africa) Snoqualmie, Wash.
Lilly Navarre Puyallup, Wash.
Ana Carola Ramirez Pachuca, Mexico
Ana Paula Ramirez Pachuca, Mexico
Sarah Rhee Lynnwood, Wash.
Chloe Sales Palo Alto, Calif.
Tyra Tonkham Arleta, Calif.
Catherine Warner Kennewick, Wash.
Grace Xu (Canada) Federal Way, Wash.
Hanna Yi Auburn, Wash.