2018 USGA-AJGA Presidents'’ Leadership Award Honorable Mentions

The American Junior Golf Association and the USGA are pleased to announce the 2018 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award candidates in the Honorable Mention category. These juniors have shown selfless effort and commitment to helping those around them through their volunteer work and fundraising efforts. It is with great honor that the AJGA and the USGA recognize their achievements.

The USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award honors one male and one female junior golfer annually 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.

On Thursday, April 26, the finalists will be honored before announcing the 2018 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award recipients on Tuesday, May 1.

The Honorable Mentions for the 2018 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award are:

Honorable Mentions


Davis Billows, Lockport, Illinois, Class of 2021

Chandler Brewer, Tybee Island, Georgia, Class of 2019

Drew Doyle, Louisville, Kentucky, Class of 2020

Grant Drogosch, Windermere, Florida, Class of 2019

Christopher Gaeta, Lincroft, New Jersey, Class of 2018

Dawson Garrett, Fort Payne, Alabama, Class of 2020

Crosby Guercio, Frisco, Texas, Class of 2019

Derek Hitchner, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Class of 2018

Brock Hoover, Woodstock, Georgia, Class of 2020

Jay Kirchdorfer, Louisville, Kentucky, Class of 2018

Connor Murphy, Land O Lakes, Florida, Class of 2019

Lucas Palicki, Cincinnati, Ohio, Class of 2019

Jonathan Parker, Columbus, Georgia, Class of 2019

Thomas Salanito, Palm Harbor, Florida, Class of 2020

Evan Sitts, Oneonta, New York, Class of 2019

Jetty Sivongsay, Fullerton, California, Class of 2019

Zach Zawisny, Staten Island, New York, Class of 2019

Bob Zhu, Palo Alto, California, Class of 2020


Isha Dhruva, Katy, Texas, Class of 2019

Mimi Hoang, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Class of 2023

Tiffany Hu, Cerritos, California, Class of 2018

Chloe Morrissey, Gurnee, Illinois, Class of 2020

Kennedy Noe, Knoxville, Tennessee, Class of 2021

Adrienne Rohwedder, Prospect Heights, Illinois, Class of 2019

Symantha Rohwedder, Prospect Heights, Illinois, Class of 2020

Kaylee Sakoda, Cypress, California, Class of 2019

Kimberly Shen, Johns Creek, Georgia, Class of 2022

Rebecca Skoler, Needham, Massachusetts, Class of 2020

Vanessa Wang, Rowland Heights, California, Class of 2018


About Leadership Links

Since 2009, the Leadership Links program has helped more than 2,500 junior golfers make a difference in their communities by generating more than $2.2 million in charitable contributions to hundreds of charities and the AJGA's Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant.

Leadership Links is a program that allows the AJGA to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable-giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the ACE Grant. Visit for more.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 annual amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf facility management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit