The PING Invitational
Stillwater, Okla. • October 11 - 14, 2013
American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET
- Karsten Creek is hosting The PING Invitational for the eighth consecutive year.
- The field features 72 players from 23 states, Canada, China, France, Mexico, Thailand, Zimbabwae and Venezuela.
- Twenty 2012 Rolex Junior All-Americans will compete in the event, including nine boys and 11 girls.
- Forty-one have verbally committed to play college golf.
|At the Top|
|The Boys Division features six of the top-10 juniors in the Polo Golf Rankings. Leading the talented pack is Jorge Garcia of Venezuela, at No. 2, followed by George Cunningham of Tucson, Ariz. (No. 3), Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla. (No. 5), Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind. (No. 6), Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (No. 8), and Zachary Bauchou of Forest, Va. (No. 10).|
|The Best of the Best|
|In the Girls Division, nine of the top-10 juniors in the Polo Golf Rankings will compete for The PING Invitational title. Nicole Morales of Lake Mary, Fla., is No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and will defend her position while in search of her fourth AJGA victory. Also in the top 10: Amy Lee of Brea, Calif. (No. 2), Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif. (No. 3), Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass. (No. 4), Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif. (No. 6), Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla. (No. 7), Kristen Gillman of Austin (No. 8), Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas (No. 9), and Hannah O'Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Ariz. (No. 10).|
|The PING Invitational|
|The 2013 playing of The PING Invitational marks the eighth year of the event. Each year, Karsten Creek plays host to the AJGA and 72 of the nation's top junior golfers. Kartsen Creek is also home to the Oklahoma State men's and women's golf teams. Notable OSU and AJGA alumni include Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein. Current Oklahoma State women's golf coach Courtney Jones is a former AJGA staff member.|
|A Field of Champions|
|The 72 players in the field have combined for 68 AJGA victories, including nine AJGA Invitational titles.|
|Black a Future Cowboy|
|Connor Black of Humble, Texas, will soon call Stillwater home. The 2014 graduate has verbally committed to continue his golf career at Oklahoma State University as a member of the men's golf team. The future OSU Cowboy is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and is making his third PING Invitational appearance.|
Schedule of Events
|Friday, October 11|
|9 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Practice Round off No. 1 tee|
|Saturday, October 12|
|8 - 9:50 a.m.||First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|Sunday, October 13|
|8 - 9:50 a.m.||Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|Monday, October 14|
|8 - 9:50 a.m.||Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees|
|3 p.m.||Awards Ceremony|
Top Players to Watch
The PING Invitational
Karsten Creek (October 5 - 8, 2012)
|1||*Gavin Hall||Pittsford, N.Y.||76–72–70—218|
|2||Cameron Champ||Sacramento, Calif.||71–73–74—218|
|3||Max Greyserman||Short Hills, N.J.||70–72–78—220|
|4||Jacob Joiner||Leesburg, Ga.||70–67–84—221|
|5||Scott Scheffler||Dallas, Texas||72–74–77—223|
|1||Alison Lee||Valencia, Calif.||71–68–75—214|
|2||Annie Park||Levittown, N.Y.||69–70–77—216|
|3||Bethany Wu||Diamond Bar, Calif.||74–70–77—221|
|T4||Casie Cathrea||Livermore, Calif.||76–70–77—223|
|T4||Andrea Lee||Hermosa Beach, Calif.||75–75–73—223|
|T4||Shannon Aubert||(France) Champions Gate, Fla.||74–74–75—223|
|T4||Sierra Brooks||Sorrento, Fla.||73–77–73—223|
|T4||Ashlan Ramsey||Milledgeville, Ga.||72–73–78—223|
|* Won via a sudden-death playoff|
The PING Invitational 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.
The tournament title partner, PING, designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 by the late Karsten Solheim. Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer. Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim's youngest son, John A. Solheim. PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.ping.com.
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 nearly 6,500 members from 49 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.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.