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2020 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans Announced

<i>Seventy-two junior golfers honored for top academic performances</i>
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The nation’s brightest minds and best junior golfers were named as AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans, the American Junior Golf Association announced on November 17. Created in 1988, the 2020 list recognizes the achievements of top junior golfers who also demonstrated excellence in academics.

“This group of 72 Scholastic Junior All-Americans represents the culmination of the AJGA’s mission”, said Stephen Hamblin, AJGA Executive Director. “They exemplify sportsmanship on the golf course and citizenship in their schools at the highest level.”

The 72 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans are from 23 states and three countries; Puerto Rico, China and Canada. No. 27 Casey Weidenfeld of Pembroke Pines, Florida, and No. 31 Andrew Goodman of Norman, Oklahoma, represent the top girl and boy in the Rolex AJGA Rankings honored.

To determine this annual honor, the AJGA uses an adjusted GPA scale to systemically compare applicants from the class of 2021. In 2020, AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans averaged an AJGA-adjusted high school GPA of 4.528.

Criteria for AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America honors was updated in response to challenges for all high school students because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including elimination and reduced access to standardized testing for most of the year. Some AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans qualified for the honor based on a top junior golf finish, and GPA only. Others qualified through a combination of standardized test score and GPA. This group of qualified players earned an average ACT of 34 and SAT of 1490.

AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans all finished in the top 15 (boys) and top 10 (girls) in an AJGA Open or Invitational event during the 2020 national junior golf season.

In addition, the top 12 boys and top 12 girls based on the Rolex AJGA Rankings who were not already qualified as of October 27, were invited to compete in the Rolex Tournament of Champions at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, November 23-28. The event annually gathers top players, including award winners, and signals the official opening of the next season of national junior golf competition in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

The 24 invitees are headlined by top-Rolex AJGA Rankings players No. 80 Drew Kim of Pleasanton, California, and No. 72 Lauren Clark of Orlando, Florida. Kim, a verbal commit to Cal Poly State, had two top-four 2020 finishes, while Clark, LSU verbal commit, won the Greenwood Junior Championship.

The complete list of year-end #RolexTOC invitees include:

Boys Division:

  • Andrew Clark of Winter Park, Florida
  • Will Davis of Jacksonville, Florida
  • Kevin Hollomon of Seattle
  • J. Holland Humphries of Austin, Texas
  • Kevin Jiang of San Diego
  • Drew Kim
  • Rohit Madireddi of Flower Mound, Texas
  • Trey Mixon of Macon, Georgia
  • Darren Pang of San Ramon, California
  • John Peters of Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Joshua Qian of Westerville, Ohio
  • Jake Wiktor of River Forest, Illinois

Girls Division:

  • Natalie Cao of Sugarland, Texas
  • Faith Choi of Frederick, Maryland
  • Tiya Chowdary of Belle Mead, New Jersey
  • Lauren Clark
  • Bailey Davis of White Plains, Maryland
  • Jackie Feldman of Austin, Texas
  • Montgomery Ferreira of University Place, Washington
  • Jade Gu of Yardley, Pennsylvania
  • Gio Kim of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
  • Riana Mission of Las Vegas
  • Claire Xu of (Canada) Federal Way, Washington
  • Annie Huaxin Zhang of (China) Winter Garden, Florida

2020 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans Katie Dzialga of Greenwich, Connecticut, Eunice Kim of Edgewater, New Jersey, Ellen Dong of (China) Longwood, Florida, Amanda Sambach of Davidson, North Carolina, Weidenfeld, Max Lyons of Peoria, Arizona, and Goodman will also make Rolex Tournament of Champions appearances based on their year-end position in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.

Former AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans have gone on to successful amateur and professional golf careers, including Casey Martin (1989), Wendy Ward (1990), Kellee Booth (1992), Cristie Kerr (1994), Matt Kuchar (1994), Boyd Summerhays (1994), Tiffany Joh (2004), Scott Langley (2005), Patrick Rodgers (2009, 2010) and Lauren Kim (2011).

For more information, please contact Emma Varela (evarela@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at 512-590-1604 or visit ajga.org

2020 AJGA Scholastic Junior All-Americans

Boys Division

Burke Alford
Shreveport, Lousiana (2021)

  • GPA: 4.722
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Gateway First Bank Tulsa Junior hosted by Bo Van Pelt

Vimal Alokam
Ypsilanti, Michigan (2021)

  • GPA: 4.513
  • ACT: 35, SAT: 1540
  • Best 2020 Finish: T6, Randy Wise Junior Open

Charlie Berridge
Scarsdale, New York (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of California, Berkeley

  • GPA: 3.878
  • SAT: 1500
  • Best 2020 Finish: T11, AJGA Junior at Penn State

Will Braxton
Saratoga Springs, New York (2021)

  • GPA: 4.511
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, AJGA Junior at Penn State

Ethan Chelf
North Potomac, Maryland (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Indiana University

  • GPA: 4.587
  • Best 2020 Finish: T3, Imperial Headwear Junior Classic

Evan Chien
Irvine, California (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of California, Los Angeles

  • GPA: 4.290
  • SAT: 1510
  • Best 2020 Finish: T10, AJGA Junior at Vista Valley and Under Armour ® / Alison Lee Championship presented by Irvine Technology Corporation

Andrew Clark
Winter Park, Florida (2021)

  • GPA: 4.778
  • Best 2020 Finish: T2, AJGA Junior at Oldfield

Will Davis
Jacksonville, Florida (2021)

  • GPA: 4.980
  • Best 2020 Finish: T7, Arnold Palmer Invitational Junior honoring Jim Bell

Austin Dolan
Arcadia, Oklahoma (2021)

  • GPA: 3.842
  • ACT: 33
  • Best 2020 Finish: T2, Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship

Luke Edwards
Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • GPA: 4.619
  • Best 2020 Finish: T11, Vaughn Taylor Championship

Brandon Eyre
Salem, Oregon (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Oregon State University

  • GPA: 4.632
  • Best 2020 Finish: T13, AJGA Junior at Pronghorn

Ian Glanton
Metter, Georgia (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Georgia Southern University

  • GPA: 4.763
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Greenwood Junior Championship

Andrew Goodman
Norman, Oklahoma (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Oklahoma

  • GPA: 4.182
  • ACT: 33
  • Best 2020 Finish: 3, Under Armour ® / Jordan Spieth Championship

Billy Gussler
Ashland, Kentucky (2021)

  • GPA: 4.100
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: T3, Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior presented by Encova Insurance

Kevin Hollomon
Seattle, Washington (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Colgate University

  • GPA: 3.794
  • SAT: 1470
  • Best 2020 Finish: T2, Kyle Stanley Championship by Transamerica

Benjamin Hong
Brea, California (2021)

  • GPA: 4.778
  • SAT: 1450
  • Best 2020 Finish: T13, PING Heather Farr Classic

J. Holland Humphries
Austin, Texas (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Southern Methodist University

  • GPA: 4.051
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: T10, AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield

Logan Hunter
Tampa, Florida (2021)
Verbal Commitment to College of William & Mary

  • GPA: 5.043
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, AJGA Senior Showcase (Senior Boys – Saddlebrook)

Max Hutter
Weston, Massachusetts (2021)

  • GPA: 4.167
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: T5, Junior Golf Hub Championship presented by John D. Mineck Foundation

Patrick Isztwan
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Richmond

  • GPA: 4.256
  • SAT: 1460
  • Best 2020 Finish: T5, Imperial Headwear Junior Classic

Kevin Jiang
San Diego, California (2021)

  • GPA: 4.762
  • ACT: 35, SAT: 1480
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, AJGA Junior at Sunriver

Drew Kim
Pleasanton, California (2021)
Verbal Commitment to California Poly State University

  • GPA: 4.567
  • SAT: 1500
  • Best 2020 Finish: T2, Under Armour ® / Alison Lee Championship presented by Irvine Technology Corporation

Justin Lee
Los Angeles, California (2021)

  • GPA: 4.128
  • SAT: 1520
  • Best 2020 Finish: T7, AJGA Junior at Vista Valley

Jacob Lindsay
Kensington, Connecticut (2021)

  • GPA: 4.550
  • ACT: 33
  • Best 2020 Finish: T12, Junior Golf Hub Championship presented by John D. Mineck Foundation

Allan Lockwood
Elizabethtown, Kentucky (2021)

  • GPA: 4.640
  • Best 2020 Finish: T15, Vaughn Taylor Championship

Max Lyons
Peoria, Arizona (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Marquette University

  • GPA: 4.821
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior presented by Encova Insurance

Rohit Madireddi
Flower Mound, Texas (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of North Texas

  • GPA: 3.914
  • SAT: 1510
  • Best 2020 Finish: T3, KJ Choi Foundation Texas Junior Championship presented by Mediheal

Trey Mixon
Macon, Georgia (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Mercer University (Macon)

  • GPA: 4.683
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, AJGA Junior Open presented by Visit Sevierville/Tennessee Tourism

Graham Moody
Vancouver, Washington (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Wisconsin

  • GPA: 4.595
  • Best 2020 Finish: T7, Kyle Stanley Championship by Transamerica

Prayaag Oruganti
Austin, Texas (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Emory University

  • GPA: 4.444
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: T7, Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship

Kaleb Palm
Orlando, Florida (2021)

  • GPA: 4.575
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship

Nikhil Pande
Milton, Massachusetts (2021)

  • GPA: 4.667
  • SAT: 1520
  • Best 2020 Finish: T6, Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf presented by Junior Golf Hub

Darren Pang
San Ramon, California (2021)

  • GPA: 4.118
  • SAT: 1520
  • Best 2020 Finish: 2, UHY Detroit Junior at Forest Lake

John Peters
Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Duke University

  • GPA: 4.973
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, UHY / Celadon Junior Championship hosted by Marina Alex

Wyatt Petersen
Park City, Utah (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Colgate University

  • GPA: 4.780
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: T9, Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship

Joshua Qian
Westerville, Ohio (2021)

  • GPA: 5.064
  • SAT: 1500
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands

Diego Saavedra-Dávila
San Juan, Puerto Rico (2021)

  • GPA: 4.737
  • Best 2020 Finish: T10, AJGA Junior at 12 Oaks

Joshua Stewart
Winter Springs, Florida (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Florida State University

  • GPA: 4.884
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior presented by Encova Insurance

William Sung
La Habra Heights, California (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Columbia University

  • GPA: 4.889
  • SAT: 1470
  • Best 2020 Finish: T10, AJGA Junior at Vista Valley

Jacob Tarkany
Scottsdale, Arizona (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Ohio State University

  • GPA: 4.586
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, UHY Detroit Junior at Forest Lake

Jake Wiktor
River Forest, Illinois (2021)

  • GPA: 4.561
  • ACT: 33
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, AJGA Stan Utley and Mid-America Youth Golf Foundation Junior Championship

Gage Winkler
Chatsworth, Georgia (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • GPA: 4.571
  • Best 2020 Finish: 14, AJGA Junior at Oldfield

David Wong
Porter Ranch, California (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges

  • GPA: 4.879
  • SAT: 1510
  • Best 2020 Finish: 3, AJGA Junior at Southpointe presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods

Girls Division

Natalie Cao
Sugar Land, Texas (2021)

  • GPA: 4.295
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, Circle K Junior Championship hosted by Otter Creek

Ally Chan
Excelsior, Minnesota (2021)

  • GPA: 4.947
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: 9, AJGA Stan Utley and Mid-America Youth Golf Foundation Junior Championship

Emily Chang
Chicago, Illinois (2021)

  • GPA: 4.889
  • ACT: 35
  • Best 2020 Finish: T7, D.A. Points Junior Open sponsored by Pekin Insurance / UnityPoint Health

Faith Choi
Frederick, Maryland (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Ohio State University

  • GPA: 4.762
  • Best 2020 Finish: 2, UHY / Celadon Junior Championship hosted by Marina Alex

Tiya Chowdary
Belle Mead, New Jersey (2021)

  • GPA: 3.895
  • ACT: 32, SAT: 1450
  • Best 2020 Finish: T4, Junior Golf Hub Championship presented by John D. Mineck Foundation

Lauren Clark
Orlando, Florida (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Louisiana State University

  • GPA: 4.622
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, Greenwood Junior Championship

Bailey Davis
White Plains, Maryland (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Tennessee

  • GPA: 4.500
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Rolex Girls Junior Championship

Ellen Dong
(China) Longwood, Florida (2021)

  • GPA: 4.639
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, Matthew NeSmith Junior Championship

Katie Dzialga
Greenwich, Connecticut (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Harvard University

  • GPA: 4.412
  • SAT: 1490
  • Best 2020 Finish: 2, Golf Performance Center Junior Open

Jackie Feldman
Austin, Texas (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Notre Dame

  • GPA: 4.200
  • ACT: 34
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, AJGA Junior at Longleaf

Montgomery Ferreira
University Place, Washington (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Notre Dame

  • GPA: 4.750
  • Best 2020 Finish: 3, AJGA Junior at Sunriver

Jade Gu
Yardley, Pennsylvania (2021)

  • GPA: 4.927
  • SAT: 1500
  • Best 2020 Finish: 4, UHY / The First Tee of Greater Baltimore Junior Championship

Heejo Hyun
(Canada) Irvine, California (2021)

  • GPA: 4.511
  • ACT: 33, SAT: 1500
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, UHY Kansas City Junior

Zara Jacob
Summit, New Jersey (2021)

  • GPA: 4.526
  • SAT: 1470
  • Best 2020 Finish: 6, KJ Choi Foundation Junior Championship by SK Telecom

Caroline Kent
Frisco, Texas (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Northern Illinois University

  • GPA: 4.625
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Sung Hyun Park Junior Championship

Natasha Kiel
New Hope, Pennsylvania (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Vanderbilt University

  • GPA: 4.406
  • SAT: 1510
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, AJGA Junior at Penn State

Eunice Kim
Edgewater, New Jersey (2021)

  • GPA: 4.129
  • ACT: 36
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, KJ Choi Foundation Junior Championship by SK Telecom

Gio Kim
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Williams College

  • GPA: 4.250
  • ACT: 35
  • Best 2020 Finish: T2, Junior Golf Hub Championship presented by John D. Mineck Foundation

Riana Mission
Las Vegas, Nevada (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of San Francisco

  • GPA: 4.737
  • ACT: 35
  • Best 2020 Finish: T3, AJGA Junior Open presented by Greater Zion Convention & Tourism

Sharon Mun
Duluth, Georgia (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Emory University

  • GPA: 4.500
  • Best 2020 Finish: 8, Visit Sanford Junior Open

Amanda Sambach
Davidson, North Carolina (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Virginia

  • GPA: 4.722
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, AJGA Junior Open presented by VisitFayettevilleNC.com
  • 2020 Player Representative to the AJGA Board of Directors

Mia Scarpati
Norwalk, Connecticut (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Lehigh University

  • GPA: 4.525
  • SAT: 1510
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf presented by Junior Golf Hub

Kate Song
Alpharetta, Georgia (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Mercer University (Macon)

  • GPA: 4.650
  • Best 2020 Finish: 5, Greenwood Junior Championship

Madison Spiess
New Albany, Ohio (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Santa Clara University

  • GPA: 4.509
  • ACT: 35
  • Best 2020 Finish: T6, AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open

Katie Stinchcomb
Cave Creek, Arizona (2021)
Verbal Commitment to University of Memphis

  • GPA: 4.581
  • Best 2020 Finish: T8, Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands

Audrey Tir
Winnetka, Illinois (2021)

  • GPA: 4.680
  • Best 2020 Finish: 9, UHY Detroit Junior at Forest Lake

Casey Weidenfeld
Pembroke Pines, Florida (2021)
Verbal Commitment to Auburn University

  • GPA: 4.571
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, AJGA Girls Championship

Claire Xu
(Canada) Federal Way, Washington (2021)

  • GPA: 4.367
  • SAT: 1520
  • Best 2020 Finish: T2, Kyle Stanley Championship by Transamerica

Annie Huaxin Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Florida (2021)
Verbal Commitment to New York University (NYU)

  • GPA: 4.824
  • Best 2020 Finish: Won, Visit Sanford Junior Open