Oct. 20, 2010
Jordan Spieth, Emiliano Grillo, Yueer Cindy Feng and Victoria Tanco all earned repeat first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors.
Photo gallery of the 2010 First-Team
Rolex Junior All-Americans
Paolucci of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., headlines the 12 boys on the Rolex Junior
All-America First Team. A four-time Rolex Junior All-American, Paolucci posted
six top-five finishes in 2010, including victories at the Thunderbird
International Junior and the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Paolucci twice
represented the U.S. in international competition – he finished T7 at the Duke
of York Young Champions Trophy in Hoylake, England, and in September he helped
the U.S. retain the Junior Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland. Ranked No. 1 in
the Polo Golf Rankings, he has verbally committed to Southern Cal.
Spieth of Dallas, the 2009 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, earned a spot on
the Rolex Junior All-America First Team for the third year in a row, while
Emiliano Grillo of Bradenton, Fla., and Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., are
first-team selections for the second consecutive year.
Rolex Junior All-Americans earning first-team accolades for the first time are
Tanner Kesterson of Plano, Texas, Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., Patrick Rodgers
of Avon, Ind., Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., and Justin Thomas
of Goshen, Ky.
three first-time Rolex Junior All-Americans are making their debut on the first
team: Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; Michael Johnson of
Birmingham, Ala.; and Denny McCarthy of Burtonsville, Md.
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the
Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have established
themselves as the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s selections
distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 77 national events, 60
of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were
determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 20.
teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-18, from 23 states and six foreign
countries (Canada, Israel, Mexico, Northern Ireland, the Philippines and
Thailand). These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America
Awards Banquet, Nov. 21, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach
Read about the Rolex Junior All-America Girls' Team
First-team Rolex Junior
Emiliano Grillo, Bradenton, Fla.
Argentina native who resides in Bradenton, Grillo is a first-team selection for
the second consecutive year. Grillo carded four top-five finishes during the
2010 season, including back-to-back runner-up finishes at The Junior PLAYERS
Championship and The PING Invitational. He is currently No. 10 in the Polo Golf
Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y.
Hall is a
two-time member of the Rolex Junior All-America First Team and is currently
ranked No. 9 in the Polo Golf Rankings. His 2010 season included a tie for
third at the Thunderbird International Junior and another top-five showing at
The PING Invitational. Hall also reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Junior
Beau Hossler, Rancho Santa
climbed over 400 spots in the Polo Golf Rankings during 2010 and is currently
No. 11 in the Polo Golf Rankings. He earned back-to-back victories at the
Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst and the Stockton Sports
Commission Junior Open. To top off the 2010 season, he placed third at The PING
Invitational. He is being named a Rolex Junior All-American for the first time
in his career.
Michael Johnson, Birmingham, Ala.
rose to No. 7 in the Polo Golf Rankings after earning his first AJGA
Invitational victory at The Junior PLAYERS Championship over Labor Day
weekend. He earned an additional
victory at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out in July
and placed inside the top 10 at five of the six events in which he competed
this season. Johnson has verbally committed to play at Auburn next year.
Tanner Kesterson, Plano, Texas
the 2010 season No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings. A win at the FootJoy
Invitational earned him a sponsor's exemption to the PGA TOUR's Wyndham
Championship, where he shot 72-74 – 146 and missed the cut. An honorable
mention Rolex Junior All-American in 2009, Kesterson has verbally committed to
Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y.
Liu is a
two-time Rolex Junior All-American and is currently No. 8 in the Polo Golf
Rankings. With a win at the U.S. Junior Amateur, Liu became the youngest champion
in the event's history, besting the previous record set by Tiger Woods. His
2010 season also included a win at The Verizon Junior Heritage and a T8 showing
at the FootJoy Invitational.
Denny McCarthy, Burtonsville, Md.
ascended to No. 3 in the Polo Golf Rankings after his victory at the Junior PGA
Championship. His 2010 season also included a runner-up finish at the
Thunderbird International Junior and a semifinal appearance in the U.S. Junior
Amateur. McCarthy had five top-10 finishes in only six events and he was also a
member of the 2010 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team.
Anthony Paolucci, Rancho Santa Fe,
2010 season included two AJGA Invitational wins and successful runs at both the
U.S. Junior Amateur and the Junior PGA Championship. He did not finish outside
the top-three in any AJGA events in which he competed and was victorious at the
Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Thunderbird International Junior. A
verbal commit to Southern Cal, Paolucci is No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and a
four-time Rolex Junior All-American.
Patrick Rodgers, Avon, Ind.
ascended to the No. 5 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings following a victory at the
Western Junior Championship in June. He recorded seven top-10 finishes in nine
events, including a runner-up finish at the prestigious Rolex Tournament of
Champions. Rodgers is both a two-time HP Scholastic Junior All-American and
Rolex Junior All-American and has verbally committed to Stanford.
Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs,
completed a year where he saw five top-10 finishes, including a victory at the
2009 Polo Golf Junior Classic. Ranked fourth in the Polo Golf Rankings, his
season was highlighted by a third-place finish at the Junior PGA Championship, a
fourth-place finish at The PING Invitational, and a fifth-place finish at the
HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods.
Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas
recorded five top-three finishes in AJGA competition, including his fourth
career AJGA victory at The PING Invitational. He posted a 3-0-0 record for the
victorious U.S. Team at the Junior Ryder Cup and finished T16 at the PGA TOUR's
HP Byron Nelson Championship in May. Ranked No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings,
Spieth was the 2009 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and has verbally committed
to the University of Texas.
Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky.
to the No. 6 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings following two second-place finishes
during the 2010 season. Thomas finished runner-up at the U.S. Junior Amateur
and the FootJoy Invitational. In all, he posted top-10 finishes at five events
this season to earn Rolex Junior All-America honors for the second consecutive
Behr, Jr., Florence, S.C.
Carpenter, Westerville, Ohio
Chang, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Clark, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Connolly, Castle Rock, Colo.
Czuchry, Auburn, Ga.
Hak, Lake Mary, Fla.
McInerney, Henderson, Nev.
Proveaux, Leesville, S.C.
Winslow, Overland Park, Kan.
Berger, Jupiter, Fla.
Garrick, Atherton, Calif.
Grubnich, Crown Point, Ind.
San Diego, Calif.
Jolly, Birmingham, Ala.
Kennerly, Alpharetta, Ga.
Kim, Del Mar, Calif.
Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Lister, Haymarket, Va.
Lovelady, Birmingham, Ala.
Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.
Palm Harbor, Fla.
Mills, Evansville, Ind.
Moore, Edmond, Okla.
Olsen, Cordova, Tenn.
Puyat, Indio, Calif.
Sanders, Chatsworth, Calif.
Scott, Union, Ohio
Shafer, Evans, Ga.
Shaw, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Wright, Phoenix, Ariz.
Zalatoris, Plano, Texas