Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic

ChampionsGate Golf Club
ChampionsGate, Fla. June 24 - 27, 2013

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 39 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Andrew Alligood 2015 University of North Florida
Walker Bottomley 2016 Georgia Tech
Remec Carlson 2014 University of Utah
Jack Comstock 2015 University of North Florida
Michael Conforti 2015 St. John's Univeristy
Michael DeMorat 2014 Eastern Florida State College
Alvaro Escalada 2015 University of San Diego
Mason Fox 2014 Nova Southeastern University
Hale Furey 2014 Harvard*
Jimmy Jones 2014 Florida Southern
Pureun Kim 2014 High Point University
Jacob Kline 2015 University of North Florida
James Leadbetter 2013 Arkansas
S.M. Lee 2016 University of Minnesota
Gabriel Lench 2015 Liberty University
Tzu-Wei Lin 2014 Boston College
Jose Montano 2014 Xavier University
Nilo Sanchez 2015 Coker College
Anton Serafini 2016 Georgia Tech
Kyle Shealy 2015 Oglethorpe University
Kevin Slayden 2015 Mercer University
Manuel Torres 2014 Lind
Austen Truslow 2014 University of Virginia
Charles Wang 2014 Northwestern
William Williams 2013 Southeastern
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Sierra Brooks 2016 Wake Forest
Daniella Castañeda 2014 St. John's University
Lauren Coe 2013 North Florida
Gabriela Coello 2016 University of Georgia
Claudia De Antonio 2014 LSU
Ariadna Fonseca 2015 University of Kansas
Kallie Gonzales 2014 University of Kansas
Madison Lellyo 2014 Rollins
Macy McRaney 2013 Mercer
Tatiana Pineda 2014 Houston
Terese Romeo 2015 Mercer University
Laura Sojo 2014 University of Central Florida
Athena Yang 2016 Mississippi State
Xiaoyu Zhu 2014
Local flavor: 65 players from Florida will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Andrew Alligood Saint Johns 2015
Andrés Arango Howey in The Hills 2014
Andrew Arft Casselberry 2014
Nuthipong Bunmark Bradenton 2014
Remec Carlson Bradenton 2014
Tyler Carlson Bradenton 2017
BK Choi Jacksonville 2014
Jack Comstock Jacksonville 2015
Michael Conforti Palm Beach Gardens 2015
Drew Cooke Homosassa 2013
Michael DeMorat Merritt Island 2014
Alvaro Escalada Clermont 2015
Mason Fox Sarasota 2014
Parker Fox Palm Harbor 2013
Matthew Galluzzo Plantation 2016
Eric Grimes Naples 2015
Jimmy Jones Tampa 2014
Saravit Kerdsinchai Bradenton 2014
Pureun Kim Gainesville 2014
Jacob Kline St Augustine 2015
James Leadbetter Bradenton 2013
Alex Lee Winter Garden 2015
Gabriel Lench Lake Mary 2015
Xuzhong Li Bradenton 2015
Tzu-Wei Lin Palmetto 2014
Matthew McDonald Celebration 2014
Jose Montano Bradenton 2014
Kritsarin Oukosavanna Boca Raton 2017
Nicolas Parra Windermere 2014
Julian Rippert Palm Beach Gardens 2015
Robert Roxas Palm Beach Gardens 2014
Nilo Sanchez Lutz 2015
Juan Santos Heathrow 2013
Tyler Segal Boca Raton 2014
Anton Serafini Lake Mary 2016
Kyle Shealy St Petersburg 2015
Priyanshu Singh Windermere 2014
Kevin Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach 2015
Spenser Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach 2017
Zachary Smith Palm Beach Gardens 2015
Jonathan Sundstrom Orlando 2014
Kerry Sweeney Melbourne 2014
Manuel Torres Howey-in-the-Hills 2014
Austen Truslow New Smyrna Beach 2014
Dominick Vennari Stuart 2013
Charles Wang Bradenton 2014
William Williams Kissimmee 2013
Wocheng (Aden) Ye Lake Mary 2018
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Marisa Boccabella Palm Bay 2015
Sierra Brooks Sorrento 2016
Daniella Castañeda Howey-in-the-Hills 2014
Lauren Coe Tarpon Springs 2013
Gabriela Coello Winter Garden 2016
Claudia De Antonio Weston 2014
Ariadna Fonseca Winter Garden 2015
Hana Furuichi Orlando 2015
Madison Lellyo Windermere 2014
Macy McRaney Winter Garden 2013
Maria Alejandra Merchan Weston 2016
Maria Andreina Merchan Weston 2015
Nagisa Miura Bradenton 2014
Terese Romeo Tampa 2015
Laura Sojo Winter Garden 2014
Athena Yang Winter Haven 2016
Xiaoyu Zhu Windermere 2014
Welcome David Leadbetter
Legendary golf coach, Davis Leadbetter, teams up with the AJGA for the first time. This is the first of two events he will sponsor. The second being the JoS. A. Bank / David Leadbetter Championship in August 2013.
ChampionsGate Golf Club
This will be the first time the AJGA heads to ChampionsGate Golf Club. The club is the world headquarters for the Leadbetter Golf Academy. The International Course, designed by Greg Norman, includes conditions commonly found in Australian-style courses to Central Florida. The course is also home to the famous Father/Son Challenge the first weekend of December.
Golf Pride continues to support junior golf
Golf Pride, the No. 1 grip on TOUR, has sponsored an AJGA event since 2004 and will partner with legendary coach David Leadbetter in 2013.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 24
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, June 25
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Wednesday, June 26
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Thursday, June 27
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
3 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Austen Truslow, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (2014)
Truslow is the highest-ranked player in the Boys Division at No. 77 in the Polo Golf Rankings. He has four top-10 finishes, including a second-place showing at the 2013 Puerto Rico Junior Open sponsored by Sport Link. The rising senior has made a verbal commitment to the University of Virginia.
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla. (2016)
Brooks enters the tournament as the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 33 in the Polo Golf Rankings. She has an impressive three wins on her resume, including a victory at the 2011 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Chateau Elan. Brooks will seek her first win of the season and has made a verbal commitment to the University of Florida.
Madison Lellyo, Windermere, Fla. (2014)
At No. 96 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Lellyo has posted eight top-10 finishes in her four years with the AJGA. Her resume is highlighted by a win at the 2012 Burgett H. Mooney, Junior Rome Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company. Lellyo has made a verbal commitment to Rawlins College.

2012 Results

Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic
The Peninsula Golf & Country Club (August 13 - 16, 2012)
Boys Division
1 *Ryan Cole Mount Airy, Md. 70–70–78—218
2 Gustavo Morantes Caracas, Venezuela 68–73–77—218
3 Spencer Reed Louisville, Ky. 74–72–73—219
4 Zachary Herr New Hope, Pa. 75–74–73—222
T5 Ethan Wall Brielle, N.J. 73–72–79—224
T5 Payton Taylor Vero Beach, Fla. 78–74–72—224
Girls Division
1 Elisabeth Bernabe Anaheim Hills, Calif. 68–77–71—216
2 Hana Ku Basking Ridge, N.J. 74–70–80—224
T3 Bryana Nguyen Columbia, Md. 80–70–76—226
T3 Jennifer Peng San Diego, Calif. 74–75–77—226
5 Anina Ku Basking Ridge, N.J. 79–71–78—228
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic 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 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 Florida native
Boys Division
Andrew Alligood Saint Johns, Fla.
Andrés Arango (Ecuador) Howey in The Hills, Fla.
Andrew Arft Casselberry, Fla.
Walker Bottomley Milton, Ga.
Karick Brown Newport Beach, Calif.
Nuthipong Bunmark (Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
Remec Carlson Bradenton, Fla.
Tyler Carlson Bradenton, Fla.
BK Choi (South Korea) Jacksonville, Fla.
Jack Comstock Jacksonville, Fla.
Michael Conforti Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Drew Cooke Homosassa, Fla.
Michael DeMorat Merritt Island, Fla.
Conner Dickinson Snellville, Ga.
Alvaro Escalada (Spain) Clermont, Fla.
Mason Fox Sarasota, Fla.
Parker Fox Palm Harbor, Fla.
Hale Furey Newport Beach, Calif.
Matthew Galluzzo Plantation, Fla.
Jakob Garstecki Germantown, Wis.
Eric Grimes Naples, Fla.
Jimmy Jones Tampa, Fla.
Saravit Kerdsinchai (Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
Pureun Kim (South Korea) Gainesville, Fla.
Jacob Kline St Augustine, Fla.
James Leadbetter Bradenton, Fla.
Alex Lee (South Korea) Winter Garden, Fla.
S.M. Lee Buford, Ga.
Gabriel Lench Lake Mary, Fla.
Xuzhong Li (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Tzu-Wei Lin (Taiwan) Palmetto, Fla.
Matthew McDonald Celebration, Fla.
Jose Montano (Bolivia) Bradenton, Fla.
Kritsarin Oukosavanna Boca Raton, Fla.
Nicolas Parra (Chile) Windermere, Fla.
Julian Rippert (Germany) Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Robert Roxas Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Nilo Sanchez Lutz, Fla.
Juan Santos Heathrow, Fla.
Tyler Segal Boca Raton, Fla.
Anton Serafini Lake Mary, Fla.
Kyle Shealy St Petersburg, Fla.
Priyanshu Singh (India) Windermere, Fla.
Phubodi Sirisilp Lop Buri, Thailand
Kevin Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Spenser Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Zachary Smith Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Jonathan Sundstrom Orlando, Fla.
Kerry Sweeney Melbourne, Fla.
Manuel Torres (Venezuela) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Austen Truslow New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Dominick Vennari Stuart, Fla.
Charles Wang (China) Bradenton, Fla.
William Williams Kissimmee, Fla.
Wocheng (Aden) Ye (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Girls Division
Marisa Boccabella Palm Bay, Fla.
Sierra Brooks Sorrento, Fla.
Daniella Castañeda (Colombia) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Lauren Coe Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla.
Claudia De Antonio (Venezuela) Weston, Fla.
Ariadna Fonseca (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla.
Hana Furuichi Orlando, Fla.
Kallie Gonzales Montgomery, Texas
Madison Lellyo Windermere, Fla.
Daniela Marin Bucaramanga, Colombia
Macy McRaney Winter Garden, Fla.
Maria Alejandra Merchan (Venezuela) Weston, Fla.
Maria Andreina Merchan (Venezuela) Weston, Fla.
Nagisa Miura (Japan) Bradenton, Fla.
Tatiana Pineda Bogota, Colombia
Ana Paula Ramirez Pachuca, Mexico
Terese Romeo Tampa, Fla.
Laura Sojo (Colombia) Winter Garden, Fla.
Athena Yang Winter Haven, Fla.
Xiaoyu Zhu (China) Windermere, Fla.