AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes

Buffalo Dunes Golf Course
Garden City, Kan. June 3 - 6, 2013

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • crichards@ajga.org

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Tournament Storylines

College bound: 44 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Thomas Allen 2013 Newman
R J Bondon 2013 Rockhurst
Austen Christiansen 2015 Brigham Young University
Austin Cotton 2015 Baylor University
Brock Drogosch 2013 Kansas
Michael Duch 2014 South Dakota State University
Kyler Dunkle 2014 Colorado State University
Brock Falley 2014 Washburn
Jason Fitzgerald 2015 Texas Christian University
Tyler Gammill 2014 Southwestern University
Matthew Gilbaugh 2014 Cornell University*
Aaron Guanlao 2014 UT - Arlington
Caleb Haight 2014 Nebraska -Omaha
Michael Hodson 2015 University of Texas at Arlington
Wesley Jackson 2014 University of Central Oklahoma
Marc Kepka 2015 University Of Tulsa
Turner Maclean 2015 Texas Christian University
Sam Meuret 2014 Iowa
Alexander Moorman 2015 Kansas University
Tanner Owen 2016 University of Nebraska
Griffin Peters 2015 US Naval Academy
Tyson Reeder 2015 Oklahoma State University
Robert Rickard 2016 Texas Tech University
Grant Rogers 2015 Rice University
Alex Shattuck 2014 College of William and Mary
Braxton Sides 2014 West Texas A&M University
Dathan Terry 2015 Indiana Tech University
Gray Townsend 2014 Southern Methodist University
Daniel Wetterich 2015 Xavier University
Sean Wilcox 2016 University of Tennessee
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Samantha Barker 2014 Grand Canyon University
Emily Campbell 2015 Texas A&M University
Daniela Darquea 2013 Miami
Madeline Davis 2014 Texas Tech
Courtney Dow 2016 Texas A&M University
Chandler Gallagher 2014 Kansas State
Kelsey Johnson 2015 Creighton University
Isabelle Kane 2014 Dartmouth College*
Nikki Long 2014 University of Texas-San Antonio
Maddy Rayner 2014 Houston
Ana Ruiz 2014 Oklahoma University
Abigail Shaddix 2014 North Texas
Jordan Wolf 2014 University of South Florida
Mabel Wong 2015 University of San Francisco
Local flavor: 17 players from Kansas will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Kelly Brown Oberlin 2016
Peter Dierks Leawood 2015
Andy Fain Overland Park 2015
Brock Falley Topeka 2014
Daniel Gaspar Garden City 2018
Matthew Gilbaugh Wichita 2014
Caleb Haight Wichita 2014
Jalen Heald Topeka 2015
James Henderson Overland Park 2015
Luke Henke Mission Hills 2015
Gage Ihrig Goodland 2014
Andrew Knopke Overland Park 2014
Taylor Larsen Garden City 2017
Lukas McCalla Topeka 2016
Wells Padgett Wichita 2017
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Abigail Shaddix Garden City 2014
Emma Whitaker Wichita 2017
AJGA visits Buffalo Dunes
Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, in Garden City, Kan., will host an AJGA event for the first time in 2013. Opened in 1976, Buffalo Dunes is one of the host golf courses to the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am every August. Players such as Steve Jones, Lee Janzen, Tom Weiskopf and Stewart Cink have all played at the course.
Presidents Leadership Award recipient in the field
Divya Manthena of Camarillo, Calif., is a recipient of the 2013 USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award. Manthena organized a golf tournament for the Special Olympics of Southern California (Ventura County) that raised $13,000. Manthena has also planned and executed charity golf tournaments to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the American Red Cross. Along with the the male recipient Patrick Cover, Manthena will accept the award at the Rolex Dinner of Champions in Lancaster, Pa. on July 10.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 3
1 p.m. Junior-Am Lunch and Awards Reception sponsored by Clarion Inn of Garden City
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, June 4
7:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
Wednesday, June 5
7:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
Thursday, June 6
7:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Turner Maclean, Fort Worth, Texas (2015)
A high school sophomore, MacLean took home medalist honors at the Preseason Junior at Cimarron Hills in April with a score of 76-73-149.
Brock Drogosch, Windermere, Fla. (2013)
Drogosch, who has given a verbal commitment to the University of Kansas, finished in the top-10 at three AJGA events in 2012. His best finish was a tie for fourth with a score of 80-69-71-220 at the Under Armour® / Steve Marino Championship.
Thomas Winters, Marble Falls, Texas (2015)
Winters finished second to Turner MacLean in April's Preseason Junior at Cimarron Hills. Winters recorded another top-10 finish at last year's Preseason Junior at Sterling.
Courtney Dow, Frisco, Texas (2016)
The highest-ranked player in the field at No. 60 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Dow finished T5 in April's Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship. Dow, who just completed her freshman year of high school, looks to improve on a solid 2012 campaign which included three top-5 finishes and a win at the Sooner Junior All-Star.
Daniela Darquea, Quito, Ecuador (2013)
Competing in her first AJGA event of the 2013 season, Darquea, a recent high school graduate, seeks her first AJGA win before beginning her college career at the University of Miami in the fall. Darquea's past AJGA successes include a T3 finish at the 2012 AJGA Junior Open at The Legends and a T2 finish at the 2012 Genesis Junior Championship.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes 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 more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 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.

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 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

Tournament field

- Bold indicates Kansas native
Boys Division
Thomas Allen Dallas, Texas
Cole Anderson Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ricky Barrett Saint Charles, Mo.
Phillip Baumberger Lincoln, Neb.
R J Bondon Lee's Summit, Mo.
Kelly Brown Oberlin, Kan.
Trevor Brown Austin, Texas
Austen Christiansen Houston, Texas
Austin Cotton Austin, Texas
Brody Davis Edmond, Okla.
Peter Dierks Leawood, Kan.
Matt Digoy Sugar Land, Texas
Brock Drogosch Windermere, Fla.
Michael Duch Aberdeen, S.D.
Kyler Dunkle Larkspur, Colo.
Adam Eaton Enid, Okla.
John Edwards Paducah, Ky.
Andy Fain Overland Park, Kan.
Brock Falley Topeka, Kan.
Jason Fitzgerald Wichita Falls, Texas
Tyler Gammill Austin, Texas
Daniel Gaspar Garden City, Kan.
Garret Giesselmann Fremont, Neb.
Hunter Giesselmann Fremont, Neb.
Matthew Gilbaugh Wichita, Kan.
Nick Gillihan Las Cruces, N.M.
Zachary Ginn Denham Springs, La.
Aaron Guanlao Haslet, Texas
Caleb Haight Wichita, Kan.
Dylan Hatley Dumas, Texas
Jalen Heald Topeka, Kan.
James Henderson Overland Park, Kan.
Luke Henke Mission Hills, Kan.
Michael Hodson Amarillo, Texas
Charlie Hughes Boise, Idaho
Gage Ihrig Goodland, Kan.
Wesley Jackson Fort Gibson, Okla.
Mason Keller Tulsa, Okla.
Marc Kepka Owasso, Okla.
Walker Kirk Lancaster, Pa.
Andrew Knopke Overland Park, Kan.
Taylor Larsen Garden City, Kan.
Nicholas Lavezzorio Lake Forest, Ill.
Philip Lee Englewood, Colo.
Turner Maclean Fort Worth, Texas
Blake Martin Pinehurst, N.C.
Lukas McCalla Topeka, Kan.
Sam Meuret Brunswick, Neb.
Curren Mody Monmouth Junction, N.J.
Joshua Montoya Lubbock, Texas
Alexander Moorman Centerville, Iowa
Henrik Olsson Austin, Texas
Mason Overstreet Laverne, Okla.
Tanner Owen Parkville, Mo.
Wells Padgett Wichita, Kan.
Griffin Peters Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Tyson Reeder Edmond, Okla.
Dalton Rhoden Ft. Gibson, Okla.
Robert Rickard Austin, Texas
Grant Rogers Boulder, Colo.
Reed Russ Dallas, Texas
Jassem Setayesh Plano, Texas
Alex Shattuck Sioux Falls, S.D.
Braxton Sides Canyon, Texas
Dalton Smith Tecumseh, Okla.
Matthew Stewart Austin, Texas
Dathan Terry Lubbock, Texas
Gray Townsend Winston-Salem, N.C.
Andrew Welk Aberdeen, S.D.
Daniel Wetterich Cincinnati, Ohio
Sean Wilcox Frisco, Texas
Thomas Winters Marble Falls, Texas
Girls Division
Samantha Barker Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Taylor Boylan Tulsa, Okla.
Emily Campbell Lewisville, Texas
Lauren Chappell Charleston, Ill.
Daniela Darquea Quito, Ecuador
Madeline Davis Houston, Texas
Courtney Dow Frisco, Texas
Chandler Gallagher Kansas City, Mo.
Macy Holliday Dallas, Texas
Kelsey Johnson Sioux Falls, S.D.
Isabelle Kane Winnetka, Ill.
Anna Kroll Tulsa, Okla.
Nikki Long San Antonio, Texas
Divya Manthena Moorpark, Calif.
Regan McQuaid Tulsa, Okla.
Addison Mitchell Fort Smith, Ark.
Pauline Nguyen Edmond, Okla.
Maddy Rayner Southlake, Texas
Ana Ruiz Chihuahua Chihuahua, Mexico
Abigail Shaddix Garden City, Kan.
Kaitleen Shee Irvine, Calif.
Emma Whitaker Wichita, Kan.
Jordan Wolf Lake Mary, Fla.
Mabel Wong Oakdale, Calif.