Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open
Chechessee Creek Club
Okatie, S.C. • June 17 - 20, 2013
American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET
- Format: 78-player field, 54-hole stroke play event
- Seven players have signed National Letters of Intent
- International field: 17 states, Canada, Japan and Thailand represented, 15 players hail from South Carolina
- Chechessee Creek Club will host the AJGA for the first time
- Lauren Stephenson is the lone Rolex Junior All-American in the field
- The Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open celebrates its 20th year as an AJGA event in the Hilton Head area in 2013
|Back for more|
|Shota Ozaki of Japan will look to beat his fourth-place showing in 2012 when he returns to the tournament this year. In the Girls Division, Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, S.C., returns after finishing five strokes back and tied for the third in 2012 event. She followed the finish with a victory at the 2012 Golf Pride Junior Classic a week later and has one win under her belt so far in 2013.|
|Hank Haney IJGA students compete close to stomping grounds|
|Saravit Kerdsinchai (2014), Austin Maher (2013), Phyllis Tang (2014) and Ana Paula Valdes (2016) will be competing at the tournament hosted by their school, the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy. Valdes will return to the AJGA stage after a 13th-place finish at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair.|
|Following in the victors' footsteps|
|Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open past champions have found success in their future endeavors. PGA TOUR player Kyle Stanley won the 2004 tournament and was a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. Before Stanley turned professional, he earned All-America and All-Conference accolades while playing for Clemson. Current LPGA players victorious at the event include the 1994 inaugural event champion Cristie Kerr. Beth Bauer (1995, 1997), Virada Nirapathpongporn (1998) and Julieta Granada (2003) also won the tournament before continuing their golf careers at the highest level.|
Schedule of Events
|Monday, June 17|
|1:30 p.m. shotgun||Practice Round|
|Tuesday, June 18|
|7:30 – 9:30 a.m.||First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|Wednesday, June 19|
|7:30 – 9:30 a.m.||Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|Thursday, June 20|
|7:30 – 9:30 a.m.||Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|2 p.m.||Awards Ceremony|
Top Players to Watch
Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open
Bear Creek Golf Club (June 25 - 28, 2012)
|1||Ben Reeves||Knoxville, Tenn.||75–72–73—220|
|2||Ryan Carpenter||Aiken, S.C.||74–76–71—221|
|3||Carson Young||Pendleton, S.C.||76–73–73—222|
|4||Shota Ozaki||Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan||72–78–73—223|
|5||Matt Cheng||Taipei, Taiwan||72–75–77—224|
|1||Taylor Tomlinson||Gainesville, Fla.||72–80–72—224|
|2||Nicole Autrique||Club De Golf La Hacienda, Mexico||78–77–71—226|
|T3||Jordan McKelvin||Westminster, Md.||75–76–78—229|
|T3||Isabella Skinner||Cumming, Ga.||73–75–81—229|
|T3||Lauren Stephenson||Lexington, S.C.||78–79–72—229|
The Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open 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.
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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.