USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award Honorable Mentions Announced
The American Junior Golf Association and the USGA are pleased to announce the 2019 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award candidates in the Honorable Mention category. These juniors have shown selfless effort and commitment to helping those around them through their volunteer work and fundraising efforts. It is with great honor that the AJGA and the USGA recognize their achievements.
The USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award honors one male and one female junior golfer annually who demonstrate leadership, character and community service through their involvement with the Leadership Links program: a joint initiative founded by the USGA and AJGA in 2005 to further develop junior golfers through volunteerism.
On Thursday, May 16, the finalists will be honored before announcing the 2019 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award recipients on Thursday, May 16.
The Honorable Mentions for the 2019 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award are:
Evan Chien, Irvine, California, Class of June 2021
Aidan Cohl, Cumming, Georgia, Class of 2023
Charlie Creamean, Winnetka, Illinois, Class of 2021
William Fulton, Flanders, New Jersey, Class of 2020
Ian Gilligan, Reno, Nevada, Class of 2021
Alexander Gu, Darien, Connecticut, Class of 2020
Brody Hanley, Lantana, Texas, Class of 2020
Brayden Ingebrigtsen, The Woodlands, Texas, Class of 2020
Thomas Morrison, Pinehurst, North Carolina, Class of 2023
Jack O’Donnell, Cohasset, Massachusetts, Class of 2020
Kaleb Palm, Orlando, Florida, Class of 2021
Suneil Peruvemba, McLean, Virginia, Class of 2022
Thomas Salanito, Palm Harbor, Florida, Class of 2020
Calen Sanderson, Newtown, Pennsylvania, Class of 2022
Denver Schneider, Fredericksburg, Texas, Class of 2020
Ethan Skelly, Sharon, Massachusetts, Class of 2021
Benjamin Stoller, Owasso, Oklahoma, Class of 2022
Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte, North Carolina, Class of 2022
Johnny Wright, Orlando, Florida, Class of 2020
Bob Zhu, Palo Alto, California, Class of 2020
Sophie Dalfonsi, Bend, Oregon, Class of 2021
Gabriella Gilrowski, Westfield, Indiana, Class of 2020
Egypt Hughes, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Class of 2020
Hannah Kerekes, Irvine, California, Class of 2020
Adrienne Rohwedder, Prospect Heights, Illinois, Class of 2019
Symantha Rohwedder, Prospect Heights, Illinois, Class of 2020
Paola Rosario-Sauri, Crestview, Florida, Class of 2020
Kimberly Shen, Johns Creek, Georgia, Class of 2022
Phoebe Stevens, Salem, Virginia, Class of 2019
Muskan Uppal, Cornelius, North Carolina, Class of 2019
About Leadership Links
Since 2009, the Leadership Links program has helped more than 2,500 junior golfers make a difference in their communities by generating more than $2.2 million in charitable contributions to hundreds of charities and the AJGA's Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant.
Leadership Links is a program that allows the AJGA to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable-giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the ACE Grant. Visitwww.ajga.org/llfor more.
About the USGA
The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visitusga.org.
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 12-19) of more than 6,900 members from 50 states and 60 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.
TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.