UHY LLP CPA's Junior Championship

The Legends Country Club
Eureka, Mo. July 16 - 19, 2018

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Tim Jackman • (803) 417-6274 • tjackman@ajga.org

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

The Legends history
The Legends Country Club hosts the UHY LLP CPA's Junior Championship for the fourth year in a row. The Legends has also hosted multiple championship qualifiers including the 2015 USGA U.S. Senior Open Qualifier and the 2017 USGA U.S. Open Qualifier. The course is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design featuring uniquely large bent grass greens with Bermuda grass fairways.
UHY LLP will partner with the AJGA for the first time in 2018
UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities.
College Commitments
Fourteen players in the field have committed to play college golf, seven of which will begin school this fall. Columbia, Missouri, native Ross Steelman is committed to playing golf with the University of Missouri in 2019. Fifteen players from Missouri will also be playing for college scholarships, including Saint Louis natives Alex Garza, Peter Weaver and Parker Perry.
AJGA Champions
Five past AJGA champions are featured in this week's field. Thirteen-year-old Sophie Linder of Carthage, Tennessee, recently won the 2018 Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation Junior All-Star, and Jiewu Rao of Guangzhou, China, took home his first AJGA victory at the 2018 AJGA Preview at Château Élan. Local player Ross Steelman of Columbia, Missouri, won the 2016 Lockton Kansas City Junior.
College bound: 23 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
Boys Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Brock Barnhart 2020 Iowa State University
Jay Brooks 2023 University of Florida
Denver Davis 2019 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Tate Dickerson 2019 Austin Peay State University
Dylan Fritz 2019 University of New Mexico
Ian Johnston 2019 University of South Dakota
Dallas Koth 2018 University of Evansville
William Marshall 2019 University of Nebraska
Ethan Miller 2019 Kansas State University
Nick Pittman 2019 Drake University
Zach Place 2019 Northern Illinois University
James Roller 2020 Texas Tech University
Ross Steelman 2019 University of Missouri
Girls Division Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Samantha Bruce 2018 San Jose State University
Ariana Castro 2019 SCAD Savannah
Katelyn Dunstan 2018 Belmont University
Auston Kim 2018 Vanderbilt University
Haeri Lee 2018 Drake University
Julia McLaughlin 2019 Wake Forest University
Baili Park 2018 Georgetown University
Hanna Tanaka 2019 Indiana University
Lilly Thomas 2019 University of Tulsa
Daphney Tilton 2019 Henderson State University
Local flavor: 18 players from Missouri will compete.
Boys Division (Citizenship) Hometown Grad
Tony Mike Bonadonna Kansas City 2019
Jack Cronin Chesterfield 2020
Daniel Duffin Kansas City 2020
Cole Elling Kansas City 2019
Alex Garza Saint Louis 2020
Thomas Henson Hermann 2019
Clayton Kaiser Monett 2019
Ethan Kline Lake Ozark 2020
Max Kreikemeier Chesterfield 2019
Tyler Linenbroker Chesterfield 2021
Louie Perotti Wildwood 2018
Ross Steelman Columbia 2019
Zachary Walsh Chesterfield 2019
Ethan Wang Frontenac 2019
Peter Weaver St. Louis 2020
Girls Division (Citizenship) Hometown Grad
Brooke Biermann Wildwood 2021
Claire Pan Creve Coeur 2020
Parker Perry St. Louis 2020

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 16
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
Tuesday, July 17
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
Wednesday, July 18
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
Thursday, July 19
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

James Roller, Jenks, Okla. (2020)
Roller has four top-20 AJGA finishes in his repertoire, including a victory at the 2017 Cameron McCormick Junior All-Star. This past year, the rising junior led his high school golf team to win the OSSAA Class 2A State Golf championship. The 16-year-old most recently finished T17 at the Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship.
Ross Steelman, Columbia, Mo. (2019)
Steelman is a University of Missouri commit looking to earn his second AJGA victory. In 2016, Steelman won the Lockton Kansas City Junior by four strokes. Overall, the rising senior has three top-10 finishes in the AJGA. This past May, Steelman claimed his first individual state title with an 8-under-par 136.
Winston Margaritis, Collierville, Tenn. (2018)
Margaritis has played in over 25 AJGA events since 2013, earning a victory at the 2014 Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship. The 2018 graduate has seven top-10 finishes in AJGA events and recently competed in the Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands.
Kynadie Adams, Gallatin, Tenn. (2022)
Currently T104 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Adams was named to the 2017 ACDS Junior All-Star Team. Adams most recently finished fifth at the 2018 AJGA Las Vegas Junior at Reflection Bay presented by Live View Golf. In 2017, the 14-year-old won the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour - College Prep Series at Vanderbilt and the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour - Nashville Junior Shootout.
Auston Kim, St Augustine, Fla. (2018)
A Vanderbilt University commit, Kim is looking to earn her first AJGA victory after finishing fourth at the Daniel Berger Junior Championship in June 2018. Kim has played in the AJGA since 2013 and has a total of 19 top-20 finishes and ten top-10 finishes. Kim is a Rolex Junior All-American and has been name twice to the Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll.
Sophie Linder, Carthage, Tenn. (2023)
Thirteen-year-old Linder has competed in eight AJGA events since her career started in 2017. Of those, Linder has recorded seven top-20 finishes and a victory at the 2018 Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation Junior All-Star, finishing with a 7-under-par 209.

2017 Results

UHY LLP CPA's Junior Championship
The Legends Country Club (July 10 - 13, 2017)
Boys Division
1 Holden Grigg Myrtle Beach, S.C. 76–71–67—214
T2 Kevin Wahle Wildwood, Mo. 71–72–72—215
T2 Colin Stolze Valley Park, Mo. 70–70–75—215
4 Cullan Brown Eddyville, Ky. 74–74–68—216
5 Alex Zhu San Ramon, Calif. 73–74–71—218
Girls Division
1 Brooke Matthews Rogers, Ark. 69–67–73—209
2 Casey Ott Conway, Ark. 72–72–74—218
3 Lynn Lim Gallatin, Tenn. 75–76–68—219
4 Lauren Chappell Charleston, Ill. 78–74–72—224
5 Annabelle Pancake Zionsville, Ind. 78–74–73—225

Media Accommodations

The UHY LLP CPA's Junior Championship 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 Missouri native
Boys Division
Brock Barnhart Robins, Iowa
Kolten Bauer Alton, Ill.
Tony Mike Bonadonna Kansas City, Mo.
Jay Brooks Boca Raton, Fla.
Joe Carter Chattanooga, Tenn.
Matthew Comegys Plano, Texas
Timmy Crawford Arlington Heights, Ill.
Jack Cronin Chesterfield, Mo.
Jackson Cross Sugar Hill, Ga.
Denver Davis Fayetteville, Ark.
Tate Dickerson Booneville, Miss.
Brandon Dorans Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Daniel Duffin Kansas City, Mo.
Cole Elling Kansas City, Mo.
Dylan Fritz Las Vegas, Nev.
Alex Garza Saint Louis, Mo.
Thomas Henson Hermann, Mo.
Garrison Hoyt Houston, Texas
Ian Johnston Swisher, Iowa
Clayton Kaiser Monett, Mo.
Caleb Kimmel Olathe, Kan.
Ethan Kline Lake Ozark, Mo.
Dallas Koth Bloomington, Ill.
Max Kreikemeier Chesterfield, Mo.
Joshua LaBounty Elmhurst, Ill.
Ryan Lee Overland Park, Kan.
Tyler Linenbroker Chesterfield, Mo.
Jack Lundin Sioux Falls, S.D.
Winston Margaritis Collierville, Tenn.
William Marshall Elburn, Ill.
Alek Mauro (Canada) Windsor, Ontario
Hunter McDonough Spicewood, Texas
Ethan Miller Round Rock, Texas
Connor Neighbors Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Zachary Ong (Singapore) Scarsdale, N.Y.
Louie Perotti Wildwood, Mo.
Nick Pittman Urbandale, Iowa
Zach Place Roselle, Ill.
Henry Poston Los Alamos, N.M.
Jiewu Rao Guangzhou, China
Ethan Ray Collierville, Tenn.
James Roller Jenks, Okla.
Ben Sherman Jonesboro, Ark.
Ross Steelman Columbia, Mo.
Brion Tinsley Louisville, Ky.
Mike Wales Peoria, Ill.
Zachary Walsh Chesterfield, Mo.
Ethan Wang Frontenac, Mo.
Peter Weaver St. Louis, Mo.
Alex White Hillsboro, Ill.
Girls Division
Kynadie Adams Gallatin, Tenn.
Brooke Biermann Wildwood, Mo.
Koranis Boonmadee Nonthaburi, Thailand
Samantha Bruce Makati, Philippines
Jennifer Cai Irvine, Calif.
Ariana Castro Lima, Peru
Steffi Chern Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Bailey Dunstan Little Rock, Ark.
Katelyn Dunstan Little Rock, Ark.
Montgomery Ferreira University Place, Wash.
Millburn Ho Scottsdale, Ariz.
Taylor Kang Pleasanton, Calif.
Auston Kim St Augustine, Fla.
Haeri Lee (South Korea) Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Mackenzie Lee North Little Rock, Ark.
Sophie Linder Carthage, Tenn.
Julia McLaughlin Princeton, N.J.
Haili Moore Prosper, Texas
Emilie Nguyen Orange, Calif.
Claire Pan Creve Coeur, Mo.
Baili Park Collierville , Tenn.
Parker Perry St. Louis, Mo.
Rebecca Skoler Needham, Mass.
Hanna Tanaka Glenview, Ill.
Lilly Thomas Bentonville, Ark.
Daphney Tilton Iowa, La.