16 players receive honorable mention from USGA-AJGA


The Presidents' Leadership Award was created to recognize one boy and one girl junior golfer who demonstrate leadership, character and community service through their involvement with the Leadership Links program – a joint initiative founded by the USGA and AJGA in 2005 to further develop junior golfers through volunteerism. The recipients of the USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award will be named on May 31.

Sebastian Crampton, Pacific Grove, California (Class of 2014)
Crampton carries the title "NCGA Junior Mentor," where he assists the Northern California Golf Association's Foundation with clinics and the mentoring of younger golfers.

List of Nominees
Miles Aduddell Ozark, Mo.
Fitz Bowen Kenilworth, Ill.
Park Brady St. Simons Island, Ga.
Jason Chen Brea, Calif.
Patrick Cover Huntersville, N.C.
Sebastian Crampton Pacific Grove, Calif.
Brad Dalke McKinney, Texas
Jordan Daniel Newnan, Ga.
Casey Danielson Osceola, Wis.
Claudia De Antonio Weston, Fla.
Will Dickson Providence, R.I.
Jack Ferguson Mount Prospect, Ill.
Lauren Flynn Milton, Mass.
James Goodman San Antonio, Texas
William Gordon Davidson, N.C.
Kelly Grassel Chesterton, Ind.
Grant Guthery Dublin, Ohio
Sarah Harrison Martinez, Ga.
Rosalee Hearns Hermitage, Pa.
Michael Hickey Glencoe, Ill.
Christopher Hickman Centreville, Md.
Jacob Joiner Albany, Ga.
Mohammand Khan Westerville, Ohio
M. Shabaz Khan Westerville, Ohio
Nabeel Khan Westerville, Ohio
Jessica Kittelberger Raleigh, N.C.
Wyatt Larkin Morganton, Ga.
Ty Macias Phoenix, Ariz.
Divya Manthena Camarillo, Calif.
Will Mason Upper Arlington, Ohio
Anthony Meyers Plano, Texas
Andrew Novara Murphysboro, Ill.
Thad Obecny II Wheeling, W.Va.
Kevin O'Donnell Cape May Court House, N.J.
Joey Pickels Yuma, Ariz.
Brandon Pierce Covington, La.
Michael Pisciotta Alpharetta, Ga.
Ashlan Ramsey Milledgeville, Ga.
Sulman Raza Eugene, Ore.
Calli Ringsby Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
David Sargent Cornelius, N.C.
Scott Scheffler Dallas, Texas
Kelsey Schultz Columbus, Ohio
Andre Scopone Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ryan Smith Snowmass Village, Colo.
Mariah Stackhouse Riverdale, Ga.
Stephen Stallings Louisville, Ky.
Alex Tahy Dayton, Ohio
Gabriella Then Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Breanna Yuette Torralba Oxnard, Calif.
Jonathan Albert Vasquez Bryan, Texas
Jesse R. Vensel West Alexander, Pa.
Thomas Walsh High Point, N.C.
Cassie Wang Lenexa, Kan.
Clayton Yamagachi Los Angeles, Calif.
Athena Yang Winter Haven, Fla.

Grant Guthery, Dublin, Ohio (Class of 2013)
Guthery was the co-chairman of the Putt Down Drive Out Cancer Classic where he had a goal of raising $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. He worked on creating a logo for the event, obtaining corporate sponsorship, soliciting prize donations and marketing the event to the local community.

Michael Hickey, Glencoe, Illinois (Class of 2013)
Hickey serves as class president and student council member at Loyola Academy where he raises money for various local charities and school needs. He is also involved in youth ministry, gives time to the Student Alliance for Homeless Youth and raises funds for the Kids Golf Foundation through Leadership Links.

Christopher Hickman, Centreville, Maryland (Class of 2012)
A member of the National Honor Society and Student Council President, Hickman hosted a Golf-a-Thon at Wild Quail Golf & Country Club. He played 101 holes during the event and raised over $3,500 for the Delaware State Golf Association and AJGA youth development programs.

Wyatt Larkin, Morganton, Georgia (Class of 2014)
Recipient of the 2011 Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award, Larkin participated in the Birdies for Charity program with the benefiting organization being Hope for the Warriors. He attends Hope for the Warriors events where he interacts and plays golf with wounded veterans and helps raise awareness about the program.

Anthony Myers, Cape Coral, Florida (Class of 2013)
Myers participates in the AJGA's Birdies for Charity program, raising money to benefit the Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association.  He also dedicates time as an assistant coach at a nearby middle school and volunteers at a yearly golf camp.

Andrew Novara, Murphysboro, Illinois (Class of 2012)
Novara is a three-sport athlete and honor student, yet he finds time to give back to his community by dedicating service hours to his church or with Key Club. The high school senior also volunteers at youth camps and clinics and devotes time to various fundraising efforts.

Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Georgia (Class of 2014)
Pisciotta is extremely involved in the Children's Tumor Foundation where he uses the Birdies for Charity program to raise money and create awareness for neurofibrosis. He raised $4,000 for the Foundation in 2011 and was able to send Jack, a 7-year-old with neurofibromatosis, and his brother and father to Racing4Research in Daytona, Fla.

Stephen Stallings Jr., Louisville, Kentucky (Class of 2013)
Stallings devotes his time and passion through his philanthropic efforts with the Ronald McDonald House and Playing Fore Their Future. Along with volunteering in the community, Stallings mentors transfer students at his school and promotes the game of golf as an ambassador for Kentucky Junior Golf.

Thomas Walsh, High Point, North Carolina (Class of 2015)
Through two successful fundraising tournaments, Walsh raised more than $34,000 for The First Tee of the Sandhills, the Wounded Warrior Fund and the AJGA ACE Grant. With participation from fellow junior golfers, Walsh's "Dormie Cup" tournaments provided an outlet for players to give back and recognize those who served our country.

Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wisconsin (Class of 2013)
Danielson is a member of the National Honor Society at Osceola High School along with volunteering in leadership groups and fundraising activities. She participates in the AJGA's Birdies for Charity program, raising money to fight hunger in the world to benefit the Empty Bowls Club.

Lauren Barbara Flynn, Milton, Massachusetts (Class of 2012)
Flynn has volunteered for a number of different organizations including at the Milton Animal Shelter and Carney Hospital. She was also tutor for underprivileged at the Julie Family Learning Center where she served as a role model and friend to a number of young girls.

Kelly Grassel, Chesterton, Indiana (Class of 2013)
Grassel is a member of the Student Council and Student Athletic Council at Chesterton High School. She assists the Chesterton Hometown Improvement project, Natural Helpers program, along with helping a junior golf program at her home course. She raises funds for the American Cancer Society through the AJGA's Birdies for Charity program.

Rosalee Hearns, Hermitage, Pennsylvania (Class of 2013)
Hearns serves as a program mentor for The First Tee of Mahoning Valley where she organized a Multi-Chapter Tournament and Golf-a-Thon along with assisting children in learning the game of golf. She also dedicates time as a scorekeeper for Hermitage Girls Softball and volunteers at the Shenago Valley YMCA.

Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, New Jersey (Class of 2013)
For four years Ku has devoted time to photo archiving at the USGA Museum in Far Hill, New Jersey. She catalogs, prepares and files a large donation of photographs that have captured history of the game of golf.

Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Georgia (Class of 2012)
Whether it is speaking at a girls' golf clinic or presenting her golf skills at a demonstration, Stackhouse combines her love for the game with providing community service. She also volunteers in the community as a member of her local youth leadership council and the National Honor Society.  

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