AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods

The Club at Carlton Woods - Fazio Championship Course
The Woodlands, Texas Feb. 15 - 18, 2019

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Hailey Hernandez • (219) 613-8333 • hhernandez@ajga.org

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Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Strong Field
This tournament is annually ranked among the best for boy junior golfers. The 2018 tournament was ranked the #4 overall junior strength-of-field event in the world (#2 in boys-only events) by Golfweek, ahead of the U.S. Junior Championship and the Junior PGA Championship.
Past Champions
This tournament has seen many champions go on to successful golf careers. Some of the most successful past champions include: Jim Furyk (1987), David Duval (1989), Tiger Woods (1992), Rickie Fowler (2006) and Jordan Spieth (2011)
The Club at Carlton Woods
The Club at Carlton Woods will host the event for the 11th time in 2019. The Invitational previously won the 2009-2015 Junior-Am Award, 2004, 2014 and 2017 Hospitality Award, 2013 Golf Professional of the Year, 2009 and 2011 Invitational of the Year and The Club at Carlton Woods Superintendent Tim Huber won Superintendent of the Year in 2017. The Tom Fazio Championship Course at Carlton Woods was recognized as the "Best New Private Course in Texas" and the "No. 3 Best New Private Course in the U.S." by Golf Digest.
Military Connection
One of the unique aspects of the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods is the tribute given to the military. Over Presidents' Day weekend, each player in the field receives two dog tags with their name on it with one to put in a donated PING patriotic golf bag given to Folds of Honor and Heroes at Home. The awards ceremony includes a color guard and bi-plane flyover during the national anthem. The final round has two high-ranking military officers as guest starters and uniformed military tending an American flag on No. 18 green.
College bound: 55 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
  Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Simms Abney 2019 University of Alabama
Gavin Aurilia 2021 University of Southern California
Carson Bacha 2020 Auburn University
Trey Bosco 2020 Baylor University
Hunter Bott 2019 University of Texas at San Antonio
Stephen Campbell Jr. 2020 University of Oklahoma
Kuangyu Chen 2021 Cal Berkeley
Phillip Choi 2019 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Canon Claycomb 2020 University of Alabama
Connor Creasy 2019 University of Georgia
Juan Delgado 2019 University of Central Florida
George Duangmanee 2020 University of Virginia
John DuBois 2019 University of Florida
Peter Fountain 2020 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Austin Greaser 2019 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Matthew Griggs 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Frankie Harris 2021 Auburn University
Tyler Isenhart 2019 Baylor University
Bo Jin 2020 Oklahoma State University
John Keefer 2019 Baylor University
Aidan Kramer 2020 Georgia Institute of Technology
Jonah Leach 2020 University of Florida
Jun Min(Jimmy) Lee 2019 Texas A & M University
Tyler Lipscomb 2019 University of Alabama
Brian Ma 2019 Harvard University
Dylan Menante 2019 Pepperdine University
Drew Miller 2020 University of Mississippi
William Moll 2019 Vanderbilt University
Yuki Moriyama 2020 University of Oregon
Hazen Newman 2019 Oklahoma State University
Gavin Noble 2019 Coastal Carolina University
Mason Nome 2019 University of Texas at Austin
Joseph Pagdin 2020 University of Florida
Alrik Pan 2019 University of San Diego
Jeewon Park 2020 Arizona State University
Bo Peng 2019 University of Washington
Cole Ponich 2019 Brigham Young University (BYU)
Luke Potter 2022 Arizona State University
Austyn Reily 2019 University of Houston
Matthew Riedel 2019 Vanderbilt University
Andrew Rodriguez 2019 Texas State University
Gordon Sargent 2021 Vanderbilt University
Ian Siebers 2020 Duke University
Chase Sienkiewicz 2019 University of Arizona
Stewart Slayden 2020 University of Notre Dame
Brian Stark 2019 Oklahoma State University
Dillon Stewart 2019 Oklahoma State University
Hiroshi Tai 2020 Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael Thorbjornsen 2020 Stanford University
Jackson Van Paris 2021 Vanderbilt University
Travis Vick 2019 University of Texas at Austin
Karl Vilips 2020 Stanford University
Kento Yamawaki 2019 University of California, Berkeley
Christopher Zhang 2019 Norhwestern
Sampson-Yunhe Zheng 2020 California berkley
Local flavor: 15 players from Texas will compete.
  (Citizenship) Hometown Grad
Trey Bosco Austin 2020
Hunter Bott Montgomery 2019
Stephen Campbell Jr. Richmond 2020
Phillip Choi Corinth 2019
Matthew Griggs Carrollton 2021
J. Holland Humphries Austin 2021
John Keefer San Antonio 2019
Jun Min(Jimmy) Lee Mission 2019
William Moll Houston 2019
Mason Nome Houston 2019
Austyn Reily Pottsboro 2019
Matthew Riedel Houston 2019
Andrew Rodriguez The Woodlands 2019
Vishnu Sadagopan Pearland 2020
Travis Vick Houston 2019

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 15
1:30 p.m. shotgun Practice Round
Saturday, February 16
8:30 – 10:20 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Sunday, February 17
8:30 – 10:20 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
Monday, February 18
8:30 – 10:20 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees
3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, Mass. (2020)
Thorbjornsen is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. A verbal commit to Stanford, he was a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2018 after winning The PING Invitational and U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Thorbjornsen finished T7 at AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods last year.
Dylan Menante, Carlsbad, Calif. (2019)
After a win last month at the AJGA Vista Valley Junior presented by Genesis, Menante jumped to No. 20 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. In 2018, he was a Rolex Junior All-American with four top-13 finishes in AJGA Invitationals. He is also a verbal commit to Pepperdine University.
Karl Vilips, (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2020)
Vilips leads the field with five AJGA wins since 2015. His most recent was the 2018 Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T. At No. 3 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Vilips is verbally committed to Stanford.
Travis Vick, Houston, Texas (2019)
Vick is verbally committed to the University of Texas at Austin and he is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. He had one win in 2018 at The Junior PLAYERS Championship and is ranked No. 5 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. Vick will be playing in the Invitational at Carlton Woods for the fourth-straight year.
Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Ky. (2020)
At No. 7 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings, Claycomb is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American, two-time Junior All-Star and Scholastic All-American. He is a verbal commit to the University of Alabama and he has one Invitational win at the 2017 The PING Invitational.

Media Accommodations

The AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods 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 12-19) 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 Texas native
Simms Abney Madison, Miss.
Gavin Aurilia Phoenix, Ariz.
Carson Bacha York, Pa.
Trey Bosco Austin, Texas
Hunter Bott Montgomery, Texas
Stephen Campbell Jr. Richmond, Texas
Kuangyu Chen (Australia) Shenzhen, China
Phillip Choi Corinth, Texas
Luke Clanton Miami Lakes, Fla.
Canon Claycomb Bowling Green, Ky.
Connor Creasy Abingdon, Va.
Juan Delgado Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
George Duangmanee Fairfax, Va.
John DuBois Windermere, Fla.
Nicholas Dunlap Greer, S.C.
Maxwell Ford Peachtree Corners, Ga.
Peter Fountain Raleigh, N.C.
Austin Greaser Vandalia, Ohio
Matthew Griggs Carrollton, Texas
Jonathan Griz Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Frankie Harris Boca Raton, Fla.
J. Holland Humphries Austin, Texas
Tyler Isenhart Geneva, Ill.
Bo Jin (China) Encinitas, Calif.
John Keefer San Antonio, Texas
Aidan Kramer Oviedo, Fla.
Jonah Leach Windermere, Fla.
Jun Min(Jimmy) Lee (South Korea) Mission, Texas
Kelvin Lim (Canada) Lake Mary, Fla.
Tyler Lipscomb Carrollton, Ga.
Brian Ma Milpitas, Calif.
Ian Maspat San Diego, Calif.
Dylan Menante Carlsbad, Calif.
Clay Merchent Noblesville, Ind.
Drew Miller Memphis, Tenn.
Narayan Mohan Charlotte, N.C.
William Moll Houston, Texas
Omar Morales Puebla, Mexico
Yuki Moriyama (Japan) Las Vegas, Nev.
Alejandro Nava Monterrey, Mexico
Hazen Newman Las Vegas, Nev.
Gavin Noble Ringgold, Ga.
Mason Nome Houston, Texas
Joseph Pagdin (United Kingdom) Orlando, Fla.
Alrik Pan West Covina, Calif.
Jeewon Park (South Korea) Lake Mary, Fla.
Bo Peng (China) Lake Mary, Fla.
Cole Ponich Farmington, Utah
Luke Potter Encinitas, Calif.
Austyn Reily Pottsboro, Texas
Matthew Riedel Houston, Texas
Andrew Rodriguez The Woodlands, Texas
Vishnu Sadagopan Pearland, Texas
Gordon Sargent Birmingham, Ala.
Ian Siebers Bellevue, Wash.
Chase Sienkiewicz Carmichael, Calif.
Jeevan Sihota (Canada) Victoria, British Columbia
Stewart Slayden Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Brian Stark Kingsburg, Calif.
Nicklas Staub Boynton Beach, Fla.
Dillon Stewart Ft Collins, Colo.
Hiroshi Tai Singapore, Singapore
Michael Thorbjornsen Wellesley, Mass.
Jackson Van Paris Pinehurst, N.C.
Travis Vick Houston, Texas
Karl Vilips (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Kento Yamawaki (Japan) Encinitas, Calif.
Alexander Yang Carlsbad, Calif.
Christopher Zhang Blacksburg, Va.
Sampson-Yunhe Zheng (China) Orlando, Fla.