LA Junior Open

Hillcrest Country Club
Los Angeles, Calif. August 3 - 5, 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
Derek Castillo 2016 UNLV
Anthony Cecere 2014 Pepperdine University
Jamie Cheatham 2015 University of California-Berkeley
Justin Chong 2015 UNLV
Marc Hedrick 2014 Princeton University*
Johnny Hyun 2014 UC Irvine
Ramiz Jamal 2015 UC Irvine
Jefferson Kao 2015 UC Irvine
David Kim 2014 UC - IRVINE
Justin Kim 2016 UNLV
Samuel Kim 2015 University of New Mexico
Chris Korte 2014 Denver
Daniel Lopez 2014 Univeristy of San Diego
Justin JJ Qualkenbush 2014 Cal Baptist
Issei Tanabe 2017 USC
Sahith Theegala 2015 Pepperdine University
Brandon Wu 2015 Stanford
Hidetoshi Yoshihara 2016 UCLA
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Sarah Cho 2014 Northwestern
Lydia Choi 2014 UCLA
Brigitte Dunne 2015 Southern Methodist Univ
Muni He 2017 USC
Danielle Lee 2015 University of Arizona
Michelle Yom 2014 University of Pennsylvania*
 
 
Local flavor: 50 players from California will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Ashwin Arasu San Diego 2017
Oscar Baek La Habra 2014
Ryan Bisharat El Cajon 2015
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest 2017
Russell Caletena Glendale 2016
Derek Castillo Yorba Linda 2016
Anthony Cecere Palos Verdes Estates 2014
Jamie Cheatham Rancho Santa Fe 2015
Justin Chong Granada HIlls 2015
Roy Cootes Rolling Hills 2015
Marcus De La Rosa Westminister 2015
Dan Erickson Whittier 2017
Clay Feagler Laguna Niguel 2016
Ari Gulugian Irvine 2015
Marc Hedrick Encinitas 2014
Matt Heitel Redwood City 2016
Johnny Hyun Irvine 2014
Ramiz Jamal Huntington Beach 2015
Jefferson Kao Diamond Bar 2015
David Kim Buena Park 2014
Justin Kim Fullerton 2016
Samuel Kim Irvine 2015
Kaiwen Liu San Diego 2017
Seiya Liu Beverly Hills 2015
Daniel Lopez Los Angeles 2014
Taisei Negishi San Diego 2016
Paul Park La Crescenta 2014
Justin JJ Qualkenbush La Quinta 2014
Michael Sharkey Canyon Lake 2016
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village 2016
Issei Tanabe Huntington Beach 2017
Sahith Theegala Chino Hills 2015
Matt Wilson Cypress 2015
Brandon Wu Danville 2015
Norman Xiong Canyon Lake 2017
Hidetoshi Yoshihara Irvine 2016
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Sarah Cho San Diego 2014
Lydia Choi Beverly Hills 2014
Brigitte Dunne Camarillo 2015
Muni He Rancho Santa Fe 2017
Halie Lasken Laguna Niguel 2015
Chae Lim Lee Irvine 2018
Danielle Lee La Mirada 2015
Kelly Lee Chino Hills 2016
Beth Lillie Fullerton 2017
Nina Alexis Novilla Carson 2016
Euna Pak Irvine 2014
Ashleigh Park Mission Viejo 2020
Tyra Tonkham Arleta 2017
Michelle Yom Torrance 2014
Strong field hits L.A.
In its first year on the AJGA schedule, the LA Junior Open has garnered one of the strongest Open fields. Ten Rolex Junior All-Americans and 22 college commits will compete at Hillcrest Country Club.
AJGA goes Hollywood
Ranked as one of L.A.'s power golf clubs, Hillcrest Country Club opens its exclusive doors to the AJGA for the first time. The club has its roots in old Hollywood, with a prominent membership that includes Sidney Poitier and Warner Brothers executives.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, August 3
Noon shotgun Practice Round
 
Monday, August 4
7 – 8:39 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
12:30 – 2:09 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
 
Tuesday, August 5
7 – 8:39 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
1 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Making his first AJGA appearance since he won the Louisiana Golf Association Junior Amateur by a record seven strokes, Barbaree comes into the field at No. 80 in the Polo Golf Rankings. He opened the year by tying for ninth at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star and followed with two top 10s. He recently tied for 20th at the Western Junior Championship and advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Justin Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (2016)
The 2013 Rolex Junior All-American is still searching for his first career victory. He has tallied eight top-10 AJGA showings and most recently finished runner-up at the BBCN Bank Junior Championship, his highest finish to date. Kim is ranked T72 and has verbally committed to UNLV.
Spencer Soosman, Westlake Village, Calif. (2016)
Soosman is the highest-ranked boy in the field at No. 61 in the Polo Golf Rankings. He has one AJGA title on his record, the AJGA Junior at River Ridge in April, in addition to three top-six finishes. In June, Soosman made his second Invitational appearance at the FJ Invitational where he tied for 15th.
Brigitte Dunne, Camarillo, Calif. (2015)
In just two seasons, Dunne has finished in the top 20 in all AJGA starts. The SMU verbal commit posted her career-best performance at the 2014 AJGA Junior at Gainey Ranch where she placed second. At No. 64 in the Polo Golf Rankings, she recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior.
Muni He, (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2017)
He is the highest-ranked girl in the field at No. 43 in the Polo Golf Rankings. The three-time AJGA champion has finished within the top 25 in all six starts this season, including fourth-place finishes at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club and the AJGA Junior at Serrano. The USC verbal commit recently advanced to match play at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
Beth Lillie, Fullerton, Calif. (2017)
Lillie has moved up the Polo Golf Rankings and currently sits at No. 52. After finishing in the top 10 in three of four AJGA starts in 2013, Lillie opened the season at the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship where she placed 15th then captured her first victory at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood. She went on to tie for 10th in her first Invitational appearance, the Yani Tseng Invitational presented by the Swinging Skirts and comes off a runner-up showing at the AJGA Junior at Mayacama.

Media Accommodations

The LA Junior Open 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
Ben Albin Santa Fe, N.M.
Ashwin Arasu San Diego, Calif.
Oscar Baek (South Korea) La Habra, Calif.
Ryan Bisharat El Cajon, Calif.
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest, Calif.
Russell Caletena Glendale, Calif.
Cash Carter Dallas, Texas
Derek Castillo Yorba Linda, Calif.
Anthony Cecere Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Jamie Cheatham Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Justin Chong Granada Hills, Calif.
Andrew Chu Henderson, Nev.
Roy Cootes Rolling Hills, Calif.
Marcus De La Rosa Westminister, Calif.
Dan Erickson Whittier, Calif.
Clay Feagler Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Eric Ghim Glendale, Ariz.
Ari Gulugian Irvine, Calif.
Marc Hedrick Encinitas, Calif.
Matt Heitel Redwood City, Calif.
Johnny Hyun Irvine, Calif.
Kevin Jackson Atlanta, Ga.
Ramiz Jamal Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jefferson Kao Diamond Bar, Calif.
David Kim Buena Park, Calif.
Justin Kim Fullerton, Calif.
Samuel Kim Irvine, Calif.
Chris Korte Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Roberto Lebrija Mexico City, Mexico
Xuzhong Li (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Kaiwen Liu (China) San Diego, Calif.
Seiya Liu Beverly Hills, CA
Daniel Lopez Los Angeles, Calif.
Taisei Negishi (Japan) San Diego, Calif.
Paul Park La Crescenta, Calif.
Justin JJ Qualkenbush La Quinta, Calif.
Michael Sharkey Canyon Lake, Calif.
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif.
Issei Tanabe (Japan) Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sahith Theegala Chino Hills, Calif.
Anthony Truong (Vietnam) Winter Garden, Fla.
Jorge Villar Puebla, Mexico
Matt Wilson Cypress, Calif.
Brandon Wu Danville, Calif.
Joshua Wu Medford, Ore.
Norman Xiong Canyon Lake, Calif.
Wocheng Ye Dongguan, China
Hidetoshi Yoshihara (Japan) Irvine, Calif.
 
Girls Division
Sarah Cho San Diego, Calif.
Lydia Choi Beverly Hills, Calif.
Brigitte Dunne Camarillo, Calif.
Muni He (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Sifan He (China) Kobe, Japan
Chloe Horton Miami, Fla.
Halie Lasken Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Chae Lim Lee (South Korea) Irvine, Calif.
Danielle Lee La Mirada, Calif.
Kelly Lee (South Korea) Chino Hills, Calif.
Beth Lillie Fullerton, Calif.
Emily Mahar (Australia) Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rei Nakatani (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Nina Alexis Novilla Carson, Calif.
Euna Pak Irvine, Calif.
Ashleigh Park Mission Viejo, Calif.
Kornkamol Sukaree Bangkok, Thailand
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit Bangkok, Thailand
Tyra Tonkham Arleta, Calif.
Zijun Yin Shenzhen, China
Michelle Yom Torrance, Calif.