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Aug. 26, 2015

2015 AJGA Junior All-Star Team announced

Twenty players named to AJGA Junior All-Star Team
Junior golf’s rising stars, ages 12-15, recognized by the AJGA

BRASELTON, Ga. – The 14th AJGA Junior All-Star Team includes 20 players from 10 states who are recognized as some of the top 12- to 15-year-old golfers in the world during the 2015 season, the American Junior Golf Association announced Wednesday.

Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, AJGA Junior All-Star Series events present opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The team was selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings, and qualifying players competed in at least two Junior All-Star Series events in 2015. The team of 10 boys and 10 girls will receive an invitation to play in the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club – Ghost Creek Course in North Plains, Oregon, Oct. 9-12.

In 2015, there were 15 AJGA Junior All-Star Series events providing players with over 1,500 total playing opportunities. In addition to the increased playing opportunities, the 2015 season marked the first time Junior All-Star Qualifiers were added to the schedule, offering an additional 800 opportunities for players to play their way in to the tournament. Since 2002, Junior All-Star Team honors have been awarded to some of the top players in junior golf.

Former members of the AJGA Junior All-Star Team include college and professional standouts such as Rickie Fowler (2004), Morgan Hoffmann (2004), Peter Uihlein (2004), Bud Cauley (2005), Vicky Hurst (2005), Cheyenne Woods (2005), Alison Lee (2007) and Jordan Spieth (2007). 

2015 AJGA Junior All-Star Team

Boys Division

Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Kentucky (2020)
Kyle Cox, Carrollton, Texas (2018)
Manuel Girona, (Spain) Windermere, Florida (2017)
Ryan Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee (2018)
Brandon Mancheno, Jacksonville, Florida (2017)
Joseph Pagdin, Orlando, Florida (2020)
Jansen Smith, San Angelo, Texas (2018)
Will Thomson, Pittsford, New York (2019)
Karl Vilips, (Australia) Foxfire, North Carolina (2020)
Brandon Yoon, Brambleton, Virginia (2017)

Girls Division


Jayna Choi, Collierville, Tennessee (2019)
Caroline Curtis, Richmond, Virginia (2019)
Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas (2020)
Abigail Heck, Memphis, Tennessee (2017)
Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tennessee (2020)
Alisaundre Morallos, Lakewood, California (2017)
Michaela Morard, Huntsville, Alabama (2020)
Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Indiana (2019)
Yoonju Shin, (South Korea) Irvine, California (2018)
Kailie Vongsaga, Diamond Bar, California (2019)

Player highlights:

Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Greenwood High School
Age 13 ­­ Class of 2020

  • No. 56 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • T2, Junior All-Star at Château Élan
  • T3, Junior All-Star at Aliante
  • T3, Junior All-Star at Chantilly National

Kyle Cox, Carrollton, Texas
Creekview High School
Age 15
Class of 2018

  • No. 96 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Aaron's / Bob Estes Abilene Junior
  • 2nd, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Traditions

Manuel Girona, (Spain) Windermere, Florida
Windermere Preparatory School
Age 16
Class of 2017

  • No. 109 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic
  • T2, Junior All-Star at Innisbrook

Ryan Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee
Halls High School
Age 15
Class of 2018

  • No. 68 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 2nd, Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
  • T11, Junior All-Star at Longaberger

Brandon Mancheno, Jacksonville, Florida
Duval Virtual Instruction Academy
Age 15
Class of 2017

  • Verbal commit to Auburn University
  • No. 55 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • T2, Junior All-Star at Innisbrook
  • T2, Junior All-Star at Château Élan

Joseph Pagdin, Orlando, Florida
Trinity Preparatory School
Age 13
Class of 2020

  • No. 128 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 2nd, AJGA Junior at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford
  • 2nd, Junior All-Star at Lost Springs presented by Visit Bentonville
  • T2, Junior All-Star at Ravenwood

Jansen Smith, San Angelo, Texas
San Angelo Central High School
Age 15
Class of 2018

  • Verbal commit to Texas Tech University
  • No. 130 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Traditions
  • T2, Junior All-Star at Watters Creek

Will Thomson, Pittsford, New York
Pittsford Mendon High School
Age 14
Class of 2019

  • No. 33 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Junior All-Star at Château Élan
  • T3, Junior PGA Championship
  • T5, Junior All-Star at Innisbrook          

Karl Vilips, (Australia) Foxfire, North Carolina
Saddlebrook Preparatory School
Age 14
Class of 2020

  • No. 87 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, AJGA Junior at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford
  • 4th, Junior All-Star at Château Élan

Brandon Yoon, Brambleton, Virginia
Rock Ridge High School
Age 16
Class of 2017

  • No. 81 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Junior All-Star at Forsgate
  • 1st, Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior at Old South

Jayna Choi, Collierville, Tennessee
Houston High School
Age 14
Class of 2019

  • No. 28 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • T1, Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno
  • 3rd, Junior All-Star at Château Élan
  • Semifinalist, U.S. Girls' Junior Championship

Caroline Curtis, Richmond, Virginia
Collegiate School
Age 14
Class of 2019

  • No. 85 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Junior Championship
  • 2nd, AJGA Junior at The Foundry presented by M&E Contractors
  • 5th, Toyota Music City Junior

Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas
Westlake High School
Age 13
Class of 2020

  • No. 46 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Junior All-Star at Watters Creek
  • 2nd, Junior All-Star at Château Élan
  • 6th, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Traditions

Abigail Heck, Memphis, Tennessee
St. Agnes Academy
Age 16
Class of 2017

  • No. 50 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Bubba Conlee National Junior
  • 2nd, AJGA Huntsville Junior
  • 12th, KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational

Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tennessee
St. Agnes Academy
Age 13
Class of 2020

  • No. 55 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, AJGA Huntsville Junior
  • T4, Junior All-Star at Château Élan
  • T4, KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational

Alisaundre Morallos, Lakewood, California
Woodrow Wilson Classical High School
Age 16
Class of 2017

  • No. 98 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Stonehenge
  • T3, Toyota Music City Junior
  • T3, LA Junior Open


Michaela Morard, Huntsville, Alabama
Huntsville High School
Age 13
Class of 2020

  • No. 33 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Junior All-Star at Château Élan
  • 3rd, AJGA Huntsville Junior
  • T4, KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational

Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Indiana
Center Grove High School
Age 14
Class of 2019

  • No. 53 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 3rd, Junior All-Star at Longaberger
  • 3rd, KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
  • 3rd, Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek

Yoonju Shin, (South Korea) Irvine, California
Sage Hill School
 
Age 14 Class of 2018

  • No. 73 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Traditions
  • 2nd, Junior All-Star at Forsgate

Kailie Vongsaga, Diamond Bar, California
Diamond Bar High School
Age 14
Class of 2019

  • No. 32 in Polo Golf Rankings
  • 1st, Junior All-Star at Aliante
  • 1st, Junior All-Star at Longaberger
  • 1st, The Yang Foundation Junior at Wood Ranch