AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes

Buffalo Dunes Golf Course
Garden City, Kan. June 25 - 28, 2018

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Buffalo Dunes Golf Course
The AJGA returns to Buffalo Dunes for the sixth-consecutive year. Designed by Frank Hummel, the course opened in 1976 and has since become one of the host courses to the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am every August.
Returning Champion
Elle Nachmann returns to Buffalo Dunes Golf Course looking to defend her 2017 tournament title. In 2017, the Boca Raton, Florida, native topped the Girls Division by shooting an even-par 72 on the tournament's final day to take the championship. The win was the third of Nachmann's career and her first in 2017.
College bound: 21 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Sion Audrain 2019 University of Kansas
Jack Baker 2019 Kansas State University
Brock Barnhart 2020 Iowa State University
Brian Boles 2020 Texas Tech University
Jayce Hargrove 2020 Texas Tech University
Samuel Kim 2019 U.S. Military Academy (Army)
Tucker Knaak 2018 Creighton University
Gaven Lane 2023 Oklahoma State University
Michael Sarro 2019 California Baptist University
Matthew Schaefer 2018 Northeast Community College
Cooper Steiner 2019 California State University, Monterey Bay
 
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Rose Baral 2019 University of Alabama at Birmingham
Camille Boyd 2020 University of Washington
Dana Choi 2019 Georgetown University
Bentley Cotton 2020 Baylor University
Hanna Hawks 2020 The University of Kansas
Mylan Hirata 2019 University of California, Riverside
Madelyn Jones 2019 University of Notre Dame
Taylor Mieras 2019 New Mexico State University
Janine Surge 2019 Washington State University
Haley Vargas 2019 Kansas State University
 
 
Local flavor: 31 players from Kansas will compete.
Boys Division (Citizenship) Hometown Grad
Sion Audrain Garden City 2019
Jack Baker Wichita 2019
Landon Berquist Lawrence 2019
Grant Brenneman Hesston 2019
Davis Cooper Overland Park 2020
Wesley Costello Mission Hills 2020
Calvin Dillon Louisburg 2020
Jack Dwyer Leawood 2019
John Gardner Overland Park 2020
Daniel Gutgesell Overland Park 2020
Will Harding Prairie Village 2020
Tate Herrenbruck Salina 2020
Garin Ihrig Goodland 2019
Adam Kasitz Wichita 2020
Caleb Kimmel Olathe 2020
Sam Majors Wichita 2019
Maddux Mills Liberal 2020
Blake Mullen Overland Park 2019
Easton Reynolds Yates Center 2021
Jarett Richmeier Garden City 2020
Cameron Rosenberg Overland Park 2019
Andy Scholz Fairway 2019
Cooper Schultz Wichita 2020
Kameron Shaw Salina 2021
Cooper Steiner Wichita 2019
Peyton Wilson Andover 2019
Justin Wingerter Olathe 2020
Michael Winslow Overland Park 2021
 
Girls Division (Citizenship) Hometown Grad
Rylie Cook Syracuse 2020
Hanna Hawks Wellington 2020
Alyssa McMillen Garden City 2020

Schedule of Events

Monday, June 25
1 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Tuesday, June 26
7:20 – 9:00 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
11:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
 
Wednesday, June 27
7:20 – 9:00 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (1st wave)
11:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees (2nd wave)
 
Thursday, June 28
7:20 – 9:00 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
1:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Sion Audrain, Garden City, Kan. (2019)
This year will mark the fourth time the Garden City native will compete in the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes with his best finish coming in 2017 where he placed eighth. The University of Kansas commit has four top-10 finishes in AJGA events, including a T5 this year at the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior.
Gaven Lane, Argyle, Texas (2023)
The Argyle, Texas, native has competed in national junior golf since 2017, and he has already earned three top-20 finishes in AJGA events. Lane's most recent top-20 finish came in 2018 at the Tathata Golf Junior All-Star Championship. The 14-year-old is also verbally committed to Oklahoma State University.
Tucker Knaak, Plainview, Neb. (2018)
In 2018, Knaack already has a top-10 finish under his belt, as he placed seventh at the AJGA Las Vegas Junior at Reflection Bay presented by Live View Golf. The Nebraskan native has three other top-20 finishes in his career, including a T18 in the 2016 AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes.
Brian Boles, Lubbock, Texas (2020)
In three years of AJGA competition, the Lubbock, Texas, native has earned three top-10 finishes in AJGA events. His most recent one came in 2017 at the AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes when he finished in third place. The Texas Tech University commit is the highest returning finisher from 2017.
Camille Boyd, Shanghai, China (2020)
Boyd is currently ranked No. 109 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings and has four career top-10 finishes. The Shanghai native's best finish came in 2017 at the Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship presented by Pilot Flying J where she finished T3.
Nao Ohbayashi, Himeji, Japan (2018)
Ohbayashi is the highest ranked player in the 2018 Girls Division, as she enters the tournament at No. 83 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. In three AJGA events, the 18-year-old already earned one tournament title at the 2017 Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Sugarloaf, and she also has another top-20 finish to her name.
Madelyn Jones, Austin, Texas (2019)
In three years of national junior golf, the 17-year-old has nine top-20 finishes. Jones also notched one tournament title in her career at the 2017 WinCraft / McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends. The Austin, Texas, native was also named to the 2017 Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll, and she is verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Kansas Junior at Buffalo Dunes 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

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, 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 12-19) of more than 6,900 members from 50 states and 60 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.

TaylorMade and adidas are the AJGA’s National Sponsors, supporting the AJGA for more than 25 years. TaylorMade has served as the Official Ball of the AJGA since 2016. adidas has been the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA since 2017. Rolex, in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.

Tournament field

- Bold indicates Kansas native
Boys Division
Dustin Anderson Granbury, Texas
Sion Audrain Garden City, Kan.
Jack Baker Wichita, Kan.
Brock Barnhart Robins, Iowa
Landon Berquist Lawrence, Kan.
Brian Boles Lubbock, Texas
Lucas Borrero Cypress, Texas
Grant Brenneman Hesston, Kan.
Yujun Chen Shenzhen, China
Bryan Chiu Diamond Bar, Calif.
Tanner Collins Kansas City, Mo.
Davis Cooper Overland Park, Kan.
Wesley Costello Mission Hills, Kan.
Liam Coughlin Kansas City, Mo.
Ethan Dawson Edmond, Okla.
Calvin Dillon Louisburg, Kan.
Adamo DiTullio (Canada) Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Jack Dwyer Leawood, Kan.
Henry Fitzhugh San Gabriel, Calif.
Carson Francis Edmond, Okla.
John Gardner Overland Park, Kan.
Jack Glenn Stillwater, Okla.
Daniel Gutgesell Overland Park, Kan.
Sam Hammock Fort Collins, Colo.
Brody Hanley Lantana, Texas
Will Harding Prairie Village, Kan.
Jayce Hargrove Lubbock, Texas
Shane Herlihy Edmond, Okla.
Tate Herrenbruck Salina, Kan.
Zane Heusel Edmond, Okla.
Ryou Hisatsune Okayama, Japan
Perry Hoag Flossmoor, Ill.
Preston Holmes League City, Texas
Bryce Honeck Tomball, Texas
Lucas Howell Colorado Springs, Colo.
Garin Ihrig Goodland, Kan.
Grant Jabenis Omaha, Neb.
Charlie Jackson Norman, Okla.
Timothy Jung Irvine, Calif.
Clayton Kaiser Monett, Mo.
Adam Kasitz Wichita, Kan.
Samuel Kim Frisco, Texas
Caleb Kimmel Olathe, Kan.
Tucker Knaak Plainview, Neb.
Luke Koenig Statham, Ga.
Jason Kolbas Lincoln, Neb.
Christian Labrador Albertville, Minn.
Gaven Lane Argyle, Texas
Jud Langille Ossining, N.Y.
Joshua Lee Lantana, Texas
Shuang Tony Liu (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Grayson Maddox Tampa, Fla.
Sam Majors Wichita, Kan.
Jacob Mason Westminster, Colo.
Hunter McDonough Spicewood, Texas
Maddux Mills Liberal, Kan.
Luke Morgan Guthrie, Okla.
Blake Mullen Overland Park, Kan.
Chance Mulligan Dallas, Texas
Tyler Mulligan Parker, Colo.
Liam OHalloran Colorado Springs, Colo.
Genki Otani Kyoto, Japan
Evan Paquette Grapevine, Texas
Christopher Park Plano, Texas
JunWoo Park (South Korea) Farmers Branch, Texas
Hank Payne Belton, Texas
Matthew Popielec Oklahoma City, Okla.
Henry Poston Los Alamos, N.M.
Said Powers Edmond, Okla.
Brett Reid Spicer, Minn.
Easton Reynolds Yates Center, Kan.
Jarett Richmeier Garden City, Kan.
Cameron Rosenberg Overland Park, Kan.
Craig Sanders Edmond, Okla.
Michael Sarro Henderson, Nev.
Matthew Schaefer Hartington, Neb.
Andy Scholz Fairway, Kan.
Derek Schroer Asheville, N.C.
Cooper Schultz Wichita, Kan.
Rhett Sellers Longview, Texas
Ethan Shaff Plano, Texas
Kameron Shaw Salina, Kan.
River Smalley Farmington, N.M.
Cooper Steiner Wichita, Kan.
Teague Stewart Scribner, Neb.
Jeff Taughinbaugh Austin, Texas
Grant Tribolet Lewisville, Texas
Dominic Wade Scottsdale, Ariz.
Trace Walters Smithville, Mo.
Jack Wehman Austin, Texas
Brayden Weiss Superior, Colo.
Cole Wilczek Las Vegas, Nev.
Cooper Wilguess Oklahoma City, Okla.
Grant Williamson Lee's Summit, Mo.
Peyton Wilson Andover, Kan.
Justin Wingerter Olathe, Kan.
Michael Winslow Overland Park, Kan.
Ray Winter St. Louis, Mo.
Ryan Ziegler Granbury, Texas
 
Girls Division
Jessica Aguirre Grapevine, Texas
Yuliang Bao (China) Houston, Texas
Rose Baral Las Vegas, Nev.
Camille Boyd Shanghai, China
Dana Choi Irvine, Calif.
Rylie Cook Syracuse, Kan.
Bentley Cotton Austin, Texas
Michelle Du Irvine, Calif.
Sydney Eye Golden, Colo.
Montgomery Ferreira University Place, Wash.
Paige Harrison Castaic, Calif.
Hanna Hawks Wellington, Kan.
Maggie He Northridge, Calif.
Mylan Hirata La Habra Heights, Calif.
Madelyn Jones Austin, Texas
Courtney Kang Dallas, Texas
Hannah Kerekes Irvine, Calif.
Molly Lyne Cary, Ill.
Brooke McDonough Spicewood, Texas
Alyssa McMillen Garden City, Kan.
Taylor Mieras Allen, Texas
Tori Mouton Saint Johns, Fla.
Celine Niu Newport Beach, Calif.
Nao Ohbayashi Himeji, Japan
Ashleigh Stoehr Houston, Texas
Janine Surge Seattle, Wash.
Gabriella Tomanka Grapevine, Texas
Haley Vargas Lubbock, Texas
Jue Wen (Canada) Toronto, Ontario
Michelle Zhou Keller, Texas
Tianyi Zhuang (China) Windermere, Fla.