AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill

Ruby Hill Golf Club
Pleasanton, Calif. July 8 - 11, 2013

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 425-1788 • crichards@ajga.org

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 52 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Roman Aragon 2014 St. Mary's
Matthew Ashley 2013 San Jose State
Connor Blick 2014 St. Mary's
Anthony Cecere 2014 Pepperdine University
Andrew Chu 2015 Dixie State University
Perry Cohen 2014 Saint Mary's College
Roy Cootes 2015 Pepperdine University
Sam Dickey 2016 University of New Mexico
Shrish Dwivedi 2015 Duke University
Bryant Falconello 2015 Air Force Academy
Hale Furey 2014 Harvard*
Tanner Gore 2014 The University of Texas at Arlington
Ryan Gronlund 2014 Southern Methodist University
Davis Holman 2014 Northern Illinois University
Tanner Hughes 2014 Cal - Berkeley
Louis Kim 2014 UC - Riverside
Patrick Kim 2013 Clayton State
Chad Kubes 2014 CSU Stanislaus
Jonathan Lai 2013 Yale*
Alexander Lee 2015 California State University, Fresno
Matt Lutz 2014 University of California Riverside
Jose Mendez 2013 Minnesota
Scott Munger 2013 San Jose State
Teddy Oitzman 2016 University of Oregon
Spencer Painton 2014 Kansas
Chris Parkinson 2014 UC Irvine
Tharusyan Pillay 2013 Columbia*
Victor Ponte 2014 UCLA
Peter Richards 2015 Villanova University
Hayden Shieh 2014 Santa Clara University
Tailin Song 2015 University of North Carolina
David Stitt 2014 Cal State - Fullerton
Joshua Suh 2014 Columbia University
Justin Suh 2015 University of Southern California
Nick Swanson 2015 University of California, Santa Barbara
Issei Tanabe 2017 University of Southern California
Jens Verhey 2014 University of Notre Dame
Brandon Wu 2015 Stanford University
Sunny Yan 2015 Columbia University
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Sydney Babiak 2015 Yale University
Cynthia Diaz 2015 University of Missouri-Kansas City
Breann Fox 2015 California State University, Long Beach
Sachi Hamada 2013 CSU - Long Beach
Jennifer Kim 2013 Pomona College
Stephanie Lau 2015 Northwestern University
Natalie Mattison 2014 University of California, Riverside
Nina Alexis Novilla 2016 Gonzaga University
Krista Twet 2014 UC-Riverside
Kelsey Ulep 2014 University of Oregon
Samantha Winchester 2015 California Polytechnic
Michelle Xie 2015 Harvard University
Michelle Yom 2014 University of Pennsylvania*
Suh siblings return
An AJGA sister-brother duo, Justin Suh and Hannah Suh of San Jose, Calif., return after posting top-10 finishes in 2012. Justin finished runner-up in the Boys Division, while Hannah claimed 10th place last year.

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 8
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, July 9
7 – 11:30 a.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
Wednesday, July 10
7 – 11:30 a.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
Thursday, July 11
7 – 11:30 a.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Anthony Cecere, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (2014)
Cecere opened his AJGA career by winning his first tournament, the 2012 Preseason Junior at Oak Valley. He has moved up the Polo Golf Rankings and he currently sits at No. 84. Cecere has finished top 20 in all three 2013 starts, including T4 finish at the AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch.
Jonathan Lai, (Hong Kong) Arcadia, Calif. (2013)
A 2013 graduate, Lai will look for his first AJGA victory. He tallied five top-10 AJGA finishes and will compete at Yale in the fall. Lai comes off a T11 showing at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior.
Justin Suh, San Jose, Calif. (2015)
Suh returns to Ruby Hill after finishing runner-up in 2012. A USC verbal commit, Suh has posted six top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at the 2011 Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior Open.
Kelsey Ulep, Rocklin, Calif. (2014)
With five top-15 finishes on her record, Ulep returns to Ruby hill after taking fourth in 2012. The University of Oregon verbal commit comes off a T12 showing at the AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch.
Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, Calif. (2015)
Lau will make her first appearance at Ruby Hill after finishing top-15 in her last two AJGA starts. Her record includes 10 top-10 showings, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the 2011 Junior All-Star at River Ridge.

2012 Results

AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill
Ruby Hill Golf Club (July 9 - 12, 2012)
Boys Division
1 Jacob Solomon Dublin, Calif. 66–67–71—204
2 Justin Suh San Jose, Calif. 70–68–70—208
3 Collin Morikawa La Canada Flintridge, Calif. 65–72–72—209
4 Cody Blick Danville, Calif. 72–69–70—211
5 Peter Kyo Won Koo (South Korea) Tucson, Ariz. 71–73–69—213
Girls Division
1 Ziyi Wang Beijing, China 71–69–68—208
2 Simin Feng (China) Windermere, Fla. 67–74–72—213
3 Chayanid Prapassarangkul Bangkok, Thailand 69–72–73—214
T4 Alexandra Kaui Las Vegas, Nev. 71–70–75—216
T4 Kacie Komoto Honolulu, Hawaii 69–73–74—216
T4 Kelsey Ulep Rocklin, Calif. 72–70–74—216

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill 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 California native
Boys Division
Roman Aragon Mission Viejo, Calif.
Matthew Ashley San Jose, Calif.
Oscar Baek (South Korea) La Habra, Calif.
Connor Blick Danville, Calif.
Alec Bommarito Pleasanton, Calif.
Charlie Cameron El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Jeff Carney San Mateo, Calif.
Anthony Cecere Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Andrew Chu Henderson, Nev.
Perry Cohen La Jolla, Calif.
Jim Coon Orinda, Calif.
Roy Cootes Rolling Hills, Calif.
Sam Dickey Las Vegas, Nev.
Shrish Dwivedi Redwood City, Calif.
Rei Echizenya Dublin, Calif.
Bryant Falconello Pacific Palisades, Calif.
James Frahm Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Hale Furey Newport Beach, Calif.
Tanner Gore El Paso, Texas
Ryan Gronlund Pleasanton, Calif.
Davis Holman Yorba Linda, Calif.
Cole Houghton Diablo, Calif.
Yu-Chuan Hsiang (Taiwan) Indio, Calif.
Tanner Hughes Livermore, Calif.
Carter Irwin Dove Canyon, Calif.
Gookmin Kim (South Korea) La Habra, Calif.
Louis Kim Brea, Calif.
Patrick Kim Pleasanton, Calif.
Chad Kubes Shingle Springs, Calif.
Eddy Lai San Jose, Calif.
Jonathan Lai (Hong Kong) Arcadia, Calif.
Alexander Lee Sacramento, Calif.
Matt Lutz Placentia, Calif.
Manny Manzone Moraga, Calif.
Jose Mendez San Jose, Costa Rica
Brian Moon Mukilteo, Wash.
Scott Munger Danville, Calif.
Teddy Oitzman Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Spencer Painton Aurora, Colo.
Chris Parkinson Danville, Calif.
Tharusyan Pillay San Jose, Calif.
Victor Ponte Camarillo, Calif.
Peter Richards Westport, Conn.
Austin Riley Pleasanton, Calif.
Hayden Shieh Fremont, Calif.
Tailin Song (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
David Stitt Simi Valley, Calif.
Joshua Suh La Canada, Calif.
Justin Suh San Jose, Calif.
Nick Swanson Huntington Beach, Calif.
Issei Tanabe (Japan) Huntington Beach, Calif.
Lawrence Ting Taipei, Taiwan
Shawn Tsai (Taiwan) Indio, Calif.
Christopher Tyminski Franklin, Tenn.
Jens Verhey Reno, Nev.
Thomas Weaver Westlake Village, Calif.
Brandon Wu Danville, Calif.
Sunny Yan Monterey, Calif.
Girls Division
Sydney Babiak Martinez, Calif.
Hannah Cruz Long Beach, Calif.
Cynthia Diaz Bucaramanga, Colombia
Shiyang Fan (China) Carlsbad, Calif.
Breann Fox Chino, Calif.
Sachi Hamada Fullerton, Calif.
Yubin Huh (South Korea) San Diego, Calif.
Jennifer Kim Tracy, Calif.
Stephanie Lau Fullerton, Calif.
Beth Lillie Fullerton, Calif.
Siyun Liu Shanghai, China
Irene Maemura Shadow Hills, Calif.
Natalie Mattison Cypress, Calif.
Melody Blue Muehlbauer Vista, Calif.
Nina Alexis Novilla Carson, Calif.
Joan Park Diamond Bar, Calif.
Lisa Sasaki Hillsborough, Calif.
Krista Twet Clovis, Calif.
Kelsey Ulep Rocklin, Calif.
Samantha Winchester Encino, Calif.
Michelle Xie Palo Alto, Calif.
Nancy Xu Sunnyvale, Calif.
Michelle Yom Torrance, Calif.
Katherine Zhu San Jose, Calif.