AJGA Junior at Steelwood

Steelwood Country Club
Loxley, Ala. June 2 - 5, 2014

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

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 49 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Patrick Bridges 2014 Wofford
Beau Briggs 2015 University of Mississippi
Nickolaus Budd 2015 Georgia State University
Ryan Celano 2014 Florida
Jack Comstock 2015 University of North Florida
Crawford Flach 2015 Samford University
Preston Fleenor 2015 University of Missouri
Kyle Flexsenhar 2016 University of South Florida
Eli Hendricks 2015 Valdosta State University
Austin Hitt 2016 University of North Carolina
Charles Huntzinger 2015 The Pennsylvannia State University
Chase Ibbotson 2016 Florida Southern
Ritwik Jain 2015 University of Charleston
Geuntae Kim 2015 East Tennessee State University
Jacob Kline 2015 University of North Florida
Jalen Ledger 2015 University of Kentucky
Linus Lo 2015 Western Kentucky University
Payton Massey 2015 University of North Alabama
Charlie Miller 2017 University of Mississippi
Maxwell Miller 2015 Texas A&M University
Adam Morris 2015 Dalton State College
Matthew Mourin 2015 Rutgers University
Anthony Perrino 2015 Georgetown University
Ashton Radvansky 2015 Bucknell University
Robert Rickard 2016 Texas Tech University
Alex Rios 2014 Coker College
Jason Rogers 2014 Gardner-Webb University
Thomas Ruli, Jr 2014 Spring Hill College
Jackson Seawell 2015 Samford University
Keshav Sharma 2015 Erskine College
Benjamin Shipp 2016 North Carolina State University
Blake Smith 2015 Western Kentucky University
Kyler Tate 2015 University of Florida
Logan Watkins 2014 Arkansas Tech
Hunter Wolcott 2016 University of Tennessee
Zachary Zediker 2015 Kennesaw State University
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Taylor Coleman 2015 Arizona State University
Jordan Daniel 2015 University of South Alabama
Miranda Holt 2015 University of Southern Mississippi
Samantha Huang 2015 University of North Texas
Mary Janiga 2015 Mercer University
Kaeli Jones 2014 University of South Alabama
Ashton Maddaloni 2015 University of Louisiana at Monroe
Anna Newell 2014 University of Tennessee
Madison Pacheco 2015 University of Florida
Chomchana Phuchanbanchob 2015 California State University, Northridge
Clementina Rodriguez 2015 University of Washington
Kaitlyn Saum 2014 Northern Arizona University
Micheala Williams 2016 University of Tennessee
Local flavor: 15 players from Alabama will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Michael Brown Birmingham 2015
William Buhl Fairhope 2016
Crawford Flach Birmingham 2015
Reagan Harrell Guntersville 2016
Matthew Lorenz Gulf Shores 2016
Payton Massey Theodore 2015
John Racciatti Jr Fairhope 2017
Jackson Seawell Tuscaloosa 2015
Padraic Sim Spanish Fort 2018
Wilson Simmons Birmingham 2015
Harlan Winn Birmingham 2016
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Virginia Green Fairhope 2017
Ashton Maddaloni Eclectic 2015
Jordan Susce Birmingham 2017
Micheala Williams Athens 2016
Coming back for more
The 2013 Girls Division champion, Taylor Coleman of San Antonio, Texas, returns in 2014 to defend her title. She finished the 2013 event with a tournament-total 6-under-par 210. This was the lowest Girls Division tournament total in the events seven-year history.
Local players to compete
Thirteen players from the state of Alabama will compete in the event. Florida has the most players in the field with 26.
Steelwood country club
Rated by Golf Digest as "One of the best golf courses in Alabama," Steelwood Country Club brings the elements of nature with an upscale feel. Tall pines and rolling hills combine with several bodies of water to provide picturesque views and challenges around the course.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 2
10 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, June 3
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. First Round off No. 1 tee
Wednesday, June 4
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Second Round off No. 1 tee
Thursday, June 5
7 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Final Round off No. 1 tee
5 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

At No. 15 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Riley is the highest-ranked boy in the field. The honorable-mention Rolex Junior All-American returns to Steelwood Country Club after a runner-up finish in 2012 and 2013. Throughout his junior golf career, he has posted 10 top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments. Riley is a 2012 and 2013 Rolex Junior All-American and has verbally committed to Alabama.
Jack Comstock, Jacksonville, Fla. (2015)
Currently ranked No. 65 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Comstock comes off two top-10 finishes in AJGA events this year. The first came at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair where he finished T6 and the Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno where he put in a T8 finish. He has put together 11 top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments and has made a verbal commitment to the University of North Florida.
Anna Newell, Tampa, Fla. (2014)
Newell will compete in Loxley, Alabama, after a runner-up finish in 2013. The two-time Rolex Junior All-American has six top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments, including a victory at the 2014 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair. The senior has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Tennessee.
Taylor Coleman, San Antonio, Texas (2015)
Coleman is returning to Loxley, Alabama, to defend her title. She claimed the victory in 2013 with a tournament-total 6-under-par 210. Coleman is currently ranked No. 142 in the Polo Golf Rankings and looks to continue the success she had in 2013. She has amassed eight top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments including four victories. The Rolex Junior All-American has verbally committed to Arizona State University.

2013 Results

AJGA Junior at Steelwood
Steelwood Country Club (June 3 - 6, 2013)
Boys Division
1 Bennett Baker Tallahassee, Fla. 71–65–66—202
2 Davis Riley Hattiesburg, Miss. 71–68–69—208
3 Matthew Perrine Austin, Texas 71–66–72—209
4 David Mackey Bogart, Ga. 71–69–71—211
T5 Connor Smith Birmingham, Ala. 69–70–73—212
T5 Connor Slane Helena, Ala. 72–68–72—212
Girls Division
1 Taylor Coleman San Antonio, Texas 65–70–75—210
2 Anna Newell Tampa, Fla. 71–71–73—215
3 Rachel Dai Milton, Ga. 74–72–71—217
4 Jayshree Sarathy Palo Alto, Calif. 74–72–75—221
5 Tatum Jackson Mountain Brook, Ala. 69–78–76—223

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Junior at Steelwood 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 Alabama native
Boys Division
Patrick Bridges Atlanta, Ga.
Beau Briggs Covington, La.
Michael Brown Birmingham, Ala.
Nickolaus Budd Woodstock, Ga.
William Buhl (Norway) Fairhope, Ala.
Price Butcher New Orleans, La.
Ryan Celano Naples, Fla.
Jack Comstock Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Dalton Knoxville, Tenn.
Alexander DeRosa Atlanta, Ga.
Dan Erickson Whittier, Calif.
Crawford Flach Birmingham, Ala.
Preston Fleenor Mission Hills, Kan.
Kyle Flexsenhar Lake Mary, Fla.
Tyler Hanson Albany, Ga.
Reagan Harrell Guntersville, Ala.
Eli Hendricks Tallahassee, Fla.
Matthew Hines Woodstock, Ga.
Austin Hitt Longwood, Fla.
Charles Huntzinger Duluth, Ga.
Chase Ibbotson Sanford, Fla.
Ritwik Jain (India) Bluffton, S.C.
Zhijie (Tony) Jiang (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Geuntae Kim Daegu, South Korea
Jacob Kline St Augustine, Fla.
Jalen Ledger Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Alex Lee (South Korea) Winter Garden, Fla.
Yuan Li Haikou, China
Zongfan Li (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Linus Lo (Hong Kong) Heathrow, Fla.
Matthew Lorenz Gulf Shores, Ala.
Payton Massey Theodore, Ala.
William Meyers Baton Rouge, La.
Charlie Miller Jackson, Miss.
Maxwell Miller College Station, Texas
Jay Mobley Waynesboro, Ga.
Adam Morris Acworth, Ga.
Matthew Mourin Weston, Fla.
Jordan Noack Magnolia, Texas
Anthony Perrino Mooresville, N.C.
John Racciatti Jr Fairhope, Ala.
Ashton Radvansky Houston, Texas
Joe Reich Kennesaw, Ga.
Robert Rickard Austin, Texas
Alex Rios Coral Springs, Fla.
Jason Rogers Destin, Fla.
Thomas Ruli, Jr Mandeville, La.
Jairaj Singh Sandhu Patiala, India
Stanton Schorr Columbus, Ga.
Jackson Seawell Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Keshav Sharma (India) Bluffton, S.C.
Bill Sharpe Albany, Ga.
Benjamin Shipp Duluth, Ga.
Padraic Sim Spanish Fort, Ala.
Wesley Simmons Goldsboro, N.C.
Wilson Simmons Birmingham, Ala.
Blake Smith Knoxville, Tenn.
Andy Spencer Prairie Village, Kan.
Jack Story Dickson, Tenn.
Kyler Tate Winter Garden, Fla.
Jake Thomas Cumming, Ga.
Anthony Truong (Vietnam) Winter Garden, Fla.
Logan Watkins Covington, TN
Harlan Winn Birmingham, Ala.
Hunter Wolcott Burns, Tenn.
Han (Harry) Xue (China) Windermere, Fla.
Si Thu Ye Yint Yangon, Myanmar
Zachary Zediker Macon, Ga.
Yidong Zhang (Canada) Orlando, Fla.
Jerry Zhu (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Girls Division
Jasmine Chee (Canada) Bluffton, S.C.
Taylor Coleman San Antonio, Texas
Jordan Daniel Sharpsburg, Ga.
Virginia Green Fairhope, Ala.
Katherine Holmes Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Miranda Holt Pensacola, Fla.
Samantha Huang (China) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Mary Janiga Wellington, Fla.
Kaeli Jones Sumterville, Fla.
Vickie Kwak Tallahassee, Fla.
Beth Lillie Fullerton, Calif.
Chelsea Liu Shanghai, China
Margaret Liu Shanghai, China
Ashton Maddaloni Eclectic, Ala.
Anna Newell Tampa, Fla.
Madison Pacheco Pensacola, Fla.
Chomchana Phuchanbanchob (Thailand) Bluffton, S.C.
Clementina Rodriguez (Venezuela) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Kaitlyn Saum Mesa, Ariz.
Kaitleen Shee Irvine, Calif.
Jordan Susce Birmingham, Ala.
Maddie White Fort Worth, Texas
Micheala Williams Athens, Ala.