Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF

Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club
Norman, Okla. October 11 - 14, 2013

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

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 44 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Philip Barbaree 2017 Louisiana State University
Devondeep Bling 2017 UCLA
Varun Chopra 2017 University of Illinois
C.J. Coleman 2015 California State University, Fullerton
Daniel Connolly 2016 Southern Methodist University
Hunter Dunagan 2016 College of Charleston
Wilson Furr 2017 University of Alabama
Ryoto Furuya 2016 University of Illinois
Luis Gagne 2015 Louisiana State University
Luis Gerardo Garza 2016 University of Arkansas
Ryan Grider 2017 Southern Methodist University
Nabeel Khan 2015 University of Connecticut
Colin Kober 2016 Baylor University
S.M. Lee 2016 University of Minnesota
Walker Lee 2017 Texas A&M University
Joshua McCarthy 2016 Pepperdine University
Charlie Miller 2017 University of Mississippi
Andy Ogletree 2016 Georgia Institute of Technology
Harrison Ott 2017 Vanderbilt University
Trevor Phillips 2016 University of Georgia
Spencer Ralston 2016 University of Georgia
Reese Ramsey 2017 Texas A&M University
Zachary Rosendale 2017 Michigan State University
Anton Serafini 2016 Georgia Tech
Davis Shore 2017 University of Alabama
Blake Smith 2015 Western Kentucky University
Tailin Song 2015 University of North Carolina
Spencer Soosman 2016 University of California, Los Angeles
Braden Thornberry 2015 University of Mississippi
Andrew Walker 2016 Michigan State University
Hidetoshi Yoshihara 2016 University of California, Los Angeles
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Emma Albrecht 2015 University of Notre Dame
Mia Ayer 2016 Notre Dame
Gabriela Coello 2016 University of Georgia
Courtney Dow 2016 Texas A&M University
Allyson Geer 2017 Michigan State University
Brooke Graebe 2015 Texas Christian University
Muni He 2017 University of Southern California
Emilee Hoffman 2016 University of Texas
Rose Huang 2015 Brigham Young University
Jiyoon Jang 2016 University of California, Berkeley
Ailin Li 2015 Boston College
Riley Rennell 2017 University of Georgia
Anna Zhou 2015 Harvard University
Local flavor: Two players from Oklahoma will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Dalton Daniel Newcastle 2017
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Yujeong Son Norman 2019
Defending champion returns
Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, La., won the 2012 Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF with a three-stroke victory over his nearest competitor. A 2017 graduate, Barbaree's victory was the second on his AJGA resume following a win at the 2011 Junior All-Star at Eagle Ridge. The highest-ranked boy in the field at No. 36 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Barbaree placed in the top-10 twice in 2013, including a tie for second at the David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior.
Zhou looking for fifth AJGA victory in 2013
In 2013, Anna Zhou of Palo Alto, Calif., the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 27 in the Polo Golf Rankings won the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities, the AJGA Junior at Penn State, the AJGA Junior at Tedesco, and the Junior All-Star at Centennial. Prior to her wildly successful summer, Zhou had recorded six top-10 finishes in AJGA competition.
Walker looking for second AJGA victory after memorable summer
Andrew Walker of Battle Creek, Mich., made headlines this summer when, at 14 years, 8 months and 29 days, he became the fifth-youngest player in history to qualify for the 2013 U.S. Amateur. In addition to his appearance at the U.S. Amateur, Walker won his first AJGA tournament at the 2013 Junior All-Star at Red Tail. In addition, Walker tallied five top-10 AJGA finishes in as many starts.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 11
1 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Saturday, October 12
8 – 10 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
Sunday, October 13
8 – 10 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
Monday, October 14
8 – 10 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La. (2017)
The returning champion, Barbaree is looking to take home his third career AJGA victory. The highest-ranked player in the Boys Division field at No. 36 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Barbaree was named a Rolex Junior All-American in 2012.
Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss. (2015)
Thornberry, ranked No. 44 in the Polo Golf Rankings, won the 2013 Under Armour® / Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek, his first AJGA victory, in July. Thornberry, a junior at Desoto Central, also won the Bubba Conlee National Junior.
Luis Gerardo Garza, Leon, Mexico (2016)
At the 2012 Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF, Garza, currently No. 68 in the Polo Golf Rankings, placed third after shooting rounds of 70-71-72 for a tournament total 213. Still looking for his first AJGA victory, Garza has finished in the top-10 in five AJGA events including a second-place finish at the 2013 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Château Élan.
Varun Chopra, Champaign, Ill. (2017)
Chopra has four top-10 finishes on his resume from the 2013 AJGA season, including a win at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities in June. In 2012, Chopra, ranked No. 93 in the Polo Golf Ranking, won his first AJGA event, the 2012 Junior All-Star at Penn State, at the age of 12 years, 11 months, and 8 days, making him the youngest boy to ever win an AJGA event.
Anna Zhou, Palo Alto, Calif. (2015)
Prior to 2013, Zhou, a junior at Gunn High School, had recorded six top-10 finishes in AJGA competition. This year, after starting the season with a T14 finish at the AJGA Junior at Diablo Grande, Zhou went on to win the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities, the AJGA Junior at Penn State, the AJGA Junior at Tedesco and the Junior All-Star at Centennial. Zhou's four wins in a row put her in a tie atop the AJGA Girls' Record of "Most Consecutive Wins" with Emma Talley who completed the feat in 2011.
Currently No. 33 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Papp finished in the top-10 four times in 2013. Her highest finished came at the 2013 AJGA Girls Championship where she lost in a sudden-death play-off against Sierra Brooks to finish in second place.
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (2018)
Champion of the 2013 Junior All-Star at Gray Plantation, Cooper has finished in the top-10 in all five of her AJGA competitions this year. Most recently she placed third at the Goodman Networks Junior at Timarron, a tournament that was highlighted by a first round 68. Cooper is No. 49 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Jiayu Kong, (China) Arcadia, Calif. (2016)
In the last two years, Kong has placed in the top-10 in AJGA competition seven times. A victory at the 2013 Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf headlines her successful junior career. In addition to her championship in 2013, Kong, No. 50 in the Polo Golf Rankings, has compiled three third place finishes.

2012 Results

Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF
Mission Inn Resort & Club (October 5 - 8, 2012)
Boys Division
1 Philip Barbaree Shreveport, La. 71–69–69—209
2 Eddy Lai San Jose, Calif. 71–72–69—212
3 Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico 70–71–72—213
4 Jacob Solomon Dublin, Calif. 75–71–69—215
T5 Tiger Lee (Hong Kong) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 71–73–72—216
T5 Ben Albin Santa Fe, N.M. 68–71–77—216
Girls Division
1 Karen Arimoto (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 70–75–74—219
T2 Mai Dechathipat (Thailand) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 73–77–73—223
T2 Brooke McDougald The Woodlands, Texas 75–72–76—223
4 Courtney Dow Frisco, Texas 79–76–70—225
T5 Oi Lam Michelle Yan Hong Kong, China 74–77–78—229
T5 Dree Fausnaugh Maitland, Fla. 76–73–80—229
T5 Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla. 78–75–76—229

Media Accommodations

The Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF 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 Oklahoma native
Boys Division
Philip Barbaree Shreveport, La.
Devondeep Bling Ridgecrest, Calif.
Varun Chopra Champaign, Ill.
C.J. Coleman Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Daniel Connolly San Francisco, Calif.
Dalton Daniel Newcastle, Okla.
Steven DiLisio Swampscott, Mass.
Hunter Dunagan Martinez, Ga.
Wilson Furr Jackson, Miss.
Ryoto Furuya Alpharetta, Ga.
Luis Gagne Orlando, Fla.
Luis Gerardo Garza Leon, Mexico
J. J. Gresco Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ryan Grider Lewisville, Texas
Eric Hall Harwood, Md.
Martin Jaramillo (Colombia) Bradenton, Fla.
Zhijie (Tony) Jiang (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Sam Jung (South Korea) Centreville, Va.
Nabeel Khan Westerville, Ohio
Colin Kober Southlake, Texas
Eddy Lai San Jose, Calif.
S.M. Lee Buford, Ga.
Walker Lee Houston, Texas
Won Jun Lee (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Kaiwen Liu (China) San Diego, Calif.
Daniel Martinez Austin, Texas
Joshua McCarthy Danville, Calif.
Camilo Mexsen (Mexico) Clermont, Fla.
Charlie Miller Jackson, Miss.
Taisei Negishi (Japan) San Diego, Calif.
Andy Ogletree Little Rock, Miss.
Harrison Ott Brookfield, Wis.
John Pak Scotch Plains, N.J.
Trevor Phillips Inman, S.C.
Spencer Ralston Gainesville, Ga.
Reese Ramsey Austin, Texas
Zachary Rosendale Saint Johns, Mich.
Anton Serafini Lake Mary, Fla.
Davis Shore Knoxville, Tenn.
Wesley Simmons Goldsboro, N.C.
Blake Smith Knoxville, Tenn.
Tailin Song (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Spencer Soosman Westlake Village, Calif.
Braden Thornberry Olive Branch, Miss.
Andrew Walker Battle Creek, Mich.
Youxin (Robin) Wang (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Hidetoshi Yoshihara (Japan) Irvine, Calif.
Girls Division
Emma Albrecht Ormond Beach, Fla.
Mia Ayer Waco, Texas
Jennifer Chang Cary, N.C.
Youngin Chun Austin, Texas
Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla.
Hailee Cooper Montgomery, Texas
Courtney Dow Frisco, Texas
Ashley Fitzgibbons Sammamish, Wash.
Allyson Geer Brighton, Mich.
Brooke Graebe Yorba Linda, Calif.
Virginia Green Fairhope, Ala.
Muni He (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Claire Hodges Sorrento, Fla.
Emilee Hoffman Folsom, Calif.
Rose Huang (China) Honolulu, Hawaii
Jiyoon Jang (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Jiayu Kong (China) Arcadia, Calif.
Ailin Li (China) Orlando, Fla.
Kaho Monica Matsubara San Diego, Calif.
Ana Paula Ramirez Pachuca, Mexico
Riley Rennell Columbia, Tenn.
Yujeong Son (South Korea) Norman, Okla.
Anna Zhou Palo Alto, Calif.