IJGA Junior Open

Chechessee Creek Club
Okatie, S.C. • June 16 - 19, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Tim Jackman • (678) 425-1788 • tjackman@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 33 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Dwight Cauthen 2016 North Carolina State University
Bret Howey 2014 Millersville University
Benjamin Huskey 2014 Tennessee Technological University
Ritwik Jain 2015 University of Charleston
Geuntae Kim 2015 East Tennessee State University
Philip Loeb 2015 Elon University
Will Miles 2015 University of South Carolina
JD Moore 2015 Saint Peter's University
Bryson Nimmer 2015 Clemson University
Matthew Plunkett 2015 United States Military Academy
Keshav Sharma 2015 Erskine College
Austen Swentzel 2014 University of Texas-Arlington
Masato Yoshitsugu 2015 Hawaii Pacific University
Zachary Zwitter 2015 Armstrong State University
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Emma Albrecht 2015 University of Notre Dame
Maggie Ashmore 2014 GRU Augusta
Kasidy Beckel 2015 Radford University
Carly Burkhardt 2016 Furman University
Rachel Corry 2015 University of Virginia
Isabella DiLisio 2015 University of Notre Dame
Nicolette Donovan 2015 Virginia Tech
Miranda Holt 2015 University of Southern Mississippi
Anne Taylor Hough 2015 Virginia Tech
Samantha Huang 2015 University of North Texas
Ashley Kimbrough 2014 Florida Gulf Coast
Megan Martin 2015 University of South Carolina Beaufort
Emilia Migliaccio 2017 Wake Forest University
Page Morehead 2015 Wofford College
Chomchana Phuchanbanchob 2015 California State University, Northridge
Clementina Rodriguez 2015 University of Washington
Radi Sauro 2014 Dartmouth College
Phyllis Tang 2014 Boston University
Jaelyn Tindal 2015 Mercer University
 
 
Local flavor: 27 players from South Carolina will compete.
Boys Division Hometown Grad
Walker Campbell Hilton Head Island 2016
Dwight Cauthen Columbia 2016
Ritwik Jain Bluffton 2015
Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin Hilton Head Island 2015
Matt Lehman Bluffton 2016
Xue Wen Luo Hilton Head Island 2015
Will Miles Hilton Head Island 2015
Sawyer Mills Easley 2015
Bryson Nimmer Bluffton 2015
Daiki Okada Hilton Head Island 2015
Taisuke Ono Hilton Head Island 2017
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island 2017
Keshav Sharma Bluffton 2015
Alec Weary Bluffton 2016
Masato Yoshitsugu Bluffton 2015
 
Girls Division Hometown Grad
Kasidy Beckel Okatie 2015
Carly Burkhardt Greenville 2016
Anna Eddy Hilton Head Island 2017
Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg 2015
Samantha Huang Hilton Head Island 2015
Page Morehead Spartanburg 2015
Yuki Nakayama Hilton Head Island 2016
Chomchana Phuchanbanchob Bluffton 2015
Clementina Rodriguez Hilton Head Island 2015
Phyllis Tang Bluffton 2014
Jaelyn Tindal Rock Hill 2015
Yunjie Zhang Hilton Head Island 2016
Back for more
Andrew Orischak of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, will return to defend his title in 2014. The South Carolina native shot 70-70-69--209 to claim the victory by two strokes.
Following in the victors' footsteps
IJGA Junior Open past champions have found success in their future endeavors. PGA TOUR player Kyle Stanley won the 2004 tournament and was a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. Before Stanley turned professional, he earned All-America and All-Conference accolades while playing for Clemson. Current LPGA players victorious at the event include the 1994 inaugural event champion Cristie Kerr. Beth Bauer (1995, 1997), Virada Nirapathpongporn (1998) and Julieta Granada (2003) also won the tournament before continuing their golf careers at the highest level.
Chechessee Creek Club
The natural marshland that borders the course gives it a classic southern feel. The many natural hazards of the course provide a challenge to beginners and veterans alike, while the natural beauty of the course is second to none.

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 16
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, June 17
8 – 10 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees
 
Wednesday, June 18
8 – 10 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 Tees
 
Thursday, June 19
8 – 10 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 Tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017)
At No. 68 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Orischak is the highest ranked boy in the field. He started playing AJGA events in 2013. He has already put together a T4 finish at the Jones Cup and an AJGA victory at the 2013 IJGA Junior Open. The 2017 graduate will look to defend his title after shooting a 70-70-69--209 to claim victory one year ago.
Isabella DiLisio, Hatfield, Pa. (2015)
At No. 55 in the Polo Golf Rankings, DiLisio is the highest ranked player in the field. Since 2011 she has amassed nine top-10 finishes, including the 2012 Junior All-Star at Penn State. The verbal commit to Notre Dame is coming off a top-10 finish at the 2014 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair.
Radi Sauro, Lake Worth, Fla. (2014)
Currently No. 94 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Sauro started playing AJGA events in 2011. She has put together six top-10 finishes in AJGA events, including a runner-up finish at the 2013 Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf. She has committed to play golf at Dartmouth College.
 

2013 Results

IJGA Junior Open
Chechessee Creek Club (June 17 - 20, 2013)
 
Boys Division
1 Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, S.C. 70–70–69—209
T2 Logan Lanier Saint Augustine, Fla. 71–72–68—211
T2 Davis Morrison Charlotte, N.C. 70–69–72—211
4 Kobdech Rodrat Bangkok, Thailand 72–73–67—212
5 Ryan Dornes Lancaster, Pa. 74–67–72—213
 
Girls Division
1 Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C. 66–71–69—206
2 Aliea Clark Carlsbad, Calif. 69–71–69—209
3 Clementina Rodriguez (Venezuela) Hilton Head Island, S.C. 74–71–70—215
4 Ji Eun Baik (South Korea) Newnan, Ga. 77–68–71—216
5 Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg, S.C. 68–78–72—218
 

Media Accommodations

The IJGA Junior Open 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 South Carolina native
Boys Division
Burke Barsamian Barrington Hills, Ill.
Matthew Bastian Media, Pa.
Phillip Beard Hoschton, Ga.
Thomas Burnett Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Walker Campbell (Bermuda) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Christian Casingal Charleston, W.Va.
Dwight Cauthen Columbia, S.C.
Viraj Garewal Raleigh, N.C.
Ryan Gerard Raleigh, N.C.
Aman Gupta Concord, N.C.
Matt Holloway Knoxville, Tenn.
Bret Howey Nazareth, Pa.
Benjamin Huskey Sevierville, Tenn.
Ritwik Jain (India) Bluffton, S.C.
Geuntae Kim Daegu, South Korea
Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin (Thailand) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Matt Lehman Bluffton, S.C.
Yuan Li Haikou, China
Philip Loeb Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Xue Wen Luo (China) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Will Miles Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Sawyer Mills Easley, S.C.
JD Moore Columbus, N.J.
Adam Morris Acworth, Ga.
Bryson Nimmer Bluffton, S.C.
Daiki Okada (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Henrik Olsson Austin, Texas
Taisuke Ono (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Kaden Page Murrieta, Calif.
Matthew Plunkett Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Kobdech Rodrat Bangkok, Thailand
Jairaj Singh Sandhu Patiala, India
Piyush Sangwan Gurgaon, India
Riley Schank Anthem, Ariz.
Stanton Schorr Columbus, Ga.
Keshav Sharma (India) Bluffton, S.C.
Henry Shimp Charlotte, N.C.
Spenser Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Austen Swentzel Nicholasville, Ky.
Nic Vandeventer Bristol, Tenn.
Sam Warkentin Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Alec Weary Bluffton, S.C.
Steven Weingroff Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Walker Wise Montgomery, Ala.
James Wohler Savannah, Ga.
Steven Wysocki Hoschton, Ga.
Masato Yoshitsugu (Japan) Bluffton, S.C.
Zachary Zwitter Roswell, Ga.
 
Girls Division
Emma Albrecht Ormond Beach, Fla.
Maggie Ashmore Kingston, Ga.
Kasidy Beckel Okatie, S.C.
Carly Burkhardt Greenville, S.C.
Rachel Corry Ridgefield, Conn.
Isabella DiLisio Hatfield, Pa.
Nicolette Donovan Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Anna Eddy Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Hannah Ghelfi East Falmouth, Mass.
Valerie Hernandez Bogota, Colombia
Miranda Holt Pensacola, Fla.
Anne Taylor Hough Spartanburg, S.C.
Samantha Huang (China) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Fai Khamborn (Thailand) Cincinnati, Ohio
Ashley Kimbrough Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Megan Martin Chesapeake, Va.
Grace Massengill Hickory, N.C.
Megan McLean Lebanon, N.J.
Emilia Migliaccio Cary, N.C.
Page Morehead Spartanburg, S.C.
Yuki Nakayama (Japan) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Chomchana Phuchanbanchob (Thailand) Bluffton, S.C.
Clementina Rodriguez (Venezuela) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Radi Sauro Lake Worth, Fla.
Phyllis Tang (Singapore) Bluffton, S.C.
Jaelyn Tindal Rock Hill, S.C.
Yunjie Zhang (China) Hilton Head Island, S.C.