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2019 Rolex Junior All-America Teams: First Team

Twenty-four Rolex Junior All-Americans received top distinction in 2019.
First Team 2019 Rolex Junior All-America First Team

Boys First Team

Canon Claycomb of Bowling Green, Kentucky (2020)
· Alabama verbal commit
· No. 4 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Four-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Earned a trio of runner-up finishes: 2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions, AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods (playoff) and Boys Junior PGA Championship
· One career national junior golf win
· Three-time Wyndham Cup team member, two-time selection to Junior Presidents Cup
· Started the Mason Cup to honor family friend Mason Goodnight, who passed away suddenly in April 2017, and benefits the Mason Goodnight Foundation which supports youth sports in Bowling Green and surrounding communities
· Through the Mason Cup, Claycomb has raised more than $240,000 with friends using a Ryder Cup-style format since 2018
· Collected seven top-nine national junior golf finishes
· Finished fourth in the 2019 Jones Cup Junior Invitational

Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Virginia (2019)
· Current freshman on men’s golf team at Georgia
· Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Played in four AJGA Invitationals and finished fourth at Thunderbird International Junior
· 3-1-0 as a member of the victorious Wyndham Cup East Team

Jack Heath of Charlotte, N.C. (2020)
· San Diego State verbal commit
· No. 7 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· First-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Won the Boys Junior PGA Championship
· Finished runner-up at the Scott Robertson Memorial
· Five top-10 national junior golf finishes in 2019 including his best AJGA finish of T7 at the Callaway Golf / Ollie Schniederjans Junior Classic presented by UHY LLP CPA’s
· Selected to 2019 United States Junior Presidents Cup Team

Bo Jin of (China) Encinitas, California (2020)
· Oklahoma State verbal commit
· No. 10 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Back-to-back runner-up at The Junior PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass
· Runner-up, U.S. Junior Amateur Championship
· Wyndham Cup West Team member
· Eighth, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and seventh at the Junior Americas Cup
· Selected to the 2019 International Junior Presidents Cup Team to be played in Australia in December

Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio (2020)
· Ohio State verbal commit
· 2019 Rolex Junior Player of the Year
· First-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Won Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National in the event’s return to match play
· Three-time AJGA career champion
· Undefeated in Wyndham Cup East Team matches (4-0-0) en route to a team victory
· Finished runner-up at the Memorial Junior hosted by Sung Hyun Park and Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club
· T4, The Junior PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass
· Collected six top-10 national junior golf finishes in 2019
· Played in the U.S. Amateur and won the Ohio Amateur Championship
· Selected to 2019 United States Junior Presidents Cup Team

Joseph Pagdin of (United Kingdom) Orlando, Florida (2020)
· Florida verbal commit
· Current No. 1 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings (No. 4 at the time of selection)
· First-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Quarterfinalist, U.S. Junior Amateur
· Three top-four national junior golf finishes: 2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions, 2019 AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club
· Undefeated in 2019 Wyndham Cup East Team matches (4-0-0)
· Believed to be the youngest men’s golf commit to Florida in the team’s history
· Represented the England Boys Team in 2017 and the Great Britain and Ireland Boys Team in 2018
· Finished ninth in the 2019 R&A Boys Amateur Championship

Bo Peng of (China) Lake Mary, Florida (2019)
· College freshman at University of Washington men’s golf team
· First-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Four top-four AJGA finishes in 2019 including runner-up finishes at the Foley Performance Academy @ EaglesDream Junior Championship and Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Championship
· Semifinalist, Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National
· Member of the victorious Wyndham Cup East Team

Brett Roberts of Coral Springs, Florida (2020)
· Florida State verbal commit
· No. 6 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· First-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Won the 2019 Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T – a PGA TOUR venue in Sedgefield Country Club with a long history of success from AJGA players to PGA TOUR pros
· Earned five top-seven national junior golf finishes including a T7 at The Junior PLAYERS Championship held at TPC Sawgrass with a setup parallel to the professional event
· Competed in his first Wyndham Cup, East Team (2-2-0)
· Selected to 2019 United States Junior Presidents Cup Team

Vishnu Sadagopan of Pearland, Texas (2020)
· No. 15 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· First-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Verbal commitment to Texas A&M University
· Won, C.T. Pan Junior Championship
· Competed against C.T. Pan in friendly “playoff” match after both had victories the same week
· Member of the Wyndham Cup West Team
· Selected to the 2019 United States Junior Presidents Cup Team to be played in Australia in December

Taehoon Song of (South Korea) Buena Park, California (2020)
· University of Washington verbal commit
· No. 5 Rolex AJGA Ranking
· First-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Won, AJGA Junior at Yolo Fliers for his first AJGA career victory
· Runner-up, Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National
· T3, C.T. Pan Junior Championship
· Competed in his first Wyndham Cup (2-1-1)
· Won the Los Angeles City Junior Championship and finished second at the Inland Empire Amateur Championship

Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst, North Carolina (2021)
· Vanderbilt verbal commit
· No. 7 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Three-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Won the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods via playoff
· 2-2-0 as a member of the victorious Wyndham Cup East Team
· Became the youngest player since Bobby Jones in 1916 at the age of 14 years, 5 months and 19 days to win a match at the U.S. Amateur
· Selected to the United States Junior Presidents Cup Team to compete in Australia in December
· Fundraised nearly $30,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation as a founding member of the Carolina Cup since 2015.

Karl Vilips of (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Florida (2020)
· Stanford verbal commit
· No. 2 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· No. 34 WAGR
· Four-time Rolex Junior All-American, third-consecutive year on the first team
· Earned a trio of third-place finishes: 2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions, Wyndham Invitational presented by BB&T and The Junior PLAYERS Championship
· Six national junior golf career wins
· Four-time Wyndham Cup team member and two-time selection to Junior Presidents Cup International team (the 2019 iteration is taking place in his home country in December)
· Collected five top-four national junior golf finishes in 2019 and never finished outside the top 10 in AJGA play
· Also competed at the U.S. Amateur Championship, finished ninth at Western Amateur Championship, 10th at Pacific Coast Amateur, sixth at Northeast Amateur Invitational, and 10th at the South Australia Amateur Classic
· Leadership Links fundraiser for the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant

Girls First Team

Ty Akabane of Danville, California (2019)
• Freshman on the UCLA women’s golf team
• Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
• Wins at the AJGA Junior at Yolo Fliers and PING Heather Farr Classic
• Seventh at Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational
• Member of the Wyndham Cup West Team
• Advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur

Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Delaware (2020)
· Duke verbal commit
· No. 8 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Earned three top-five finishes: Justin Thomas Junior Championship (second), Rolex Girls Junior Championship (third) and Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National (T5)
· Three-time AJGA career champion
· Played in U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and Wyndham Cup
· Helped the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup United States team win its sixth-straight championship
· Played in the Mason Cup to support Leadership Links in 2018

Jensen Castle of West Columbia, South Carolina (2019)
· T2, ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex
· 2-1-1 record as a member of the victorious Wyndham Cup East Team
· Second, Girls Junior PGA Championship
· Third, Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship

Briana Chacon of Whittier, California (2019)
· Currently a freshman on the Oregon women’s golf team
· Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Played in four AJGA Invitationals with an eighth-place finish at the ANA Junior Inspiration
· Second, PING Heather Farr Classic
· Helped Team USA win its sixth consecutive PING Junior Solheim Cup in Scotland (3-0-0)
· Wyndham Cup West Team

Xin (Cindy) Kou of (China) La Habra, California
· USC verbal commit
· Rolex AJGA Rankings: 6
· Four-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Moved to T12 on the all-time AJGA wins list with her ninth AJGA tournament victory at the ANA Junior Inspiration and earned an opportunity to compete in the LPGA’s first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration
· T2, Se Ri Pak Junior Championship
· Scored 65 (an AJGA career low) in the final round of the Junior All-Star Invitational at Reynolds Lake Oconee which she won to close out the 2018 season

Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, California (2020)
· No. 7 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Three-time first team Rolex Junior All-American
· Won the Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National for fifth career national junior golf victory
· 9-2-1 record in three years at Wyndham Cup (2017, 2018, 2019) – one of the top points-earners since the event began in 1990
· Helped the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup United States team win its sixth-straight championship
· Advanced to quarterfinals at U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
· No. 5 WAGR
· T5, Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship

Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, California (2020)
· USC verbal commit
· No. 5 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Three-time Rolex Junior All-American
· Won, Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational for her second career AJGA victory
· Earned three other top-10 finishes in 2019, including a semifinal finish at the Polo Golf Junior Classic at Liberty National
· Helped the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup United States team win its sixth-straight championship
· Won the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship
· Played on a Symetra Tour exemption (IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa)
· Wyndham Cup West Team (2-1-1)

Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida (2022)
· No. 4 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Three-time Rolex Junior All-American, second-consecutive year on the first team
· Won the 2019 Rolex Girls Junior Championship and Scott Robertson Memorial
· Won the 2019 Rolex Girls Junior Championship and Scott Robertson Memorial
· Three-time national junior golf champion
· Three-time Wyndham Cup East team and 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team member
· Earned two other top-four finishes in 2019 including at the Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational
· Competed on two Symetra Tour exemptions (IOA Golf Classic and FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship) and LPGA Tour exemption (Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic)
· Finished ninth at the U.S Women’s Amateur Championship and tenth at Ladies National Golf Association Amateur
· Competed in the U.S. Women’s Open and Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship
· Won the Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship, Ione D Jones-Doherty Amateur, Dixie Amateur, and finished second at The Sally

Amanda Sambach of Davidson, North Carolina (2021)
· Virginia verbal commit
· No. 3 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Won three events in the 2019 season: 2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions, 2019 AJGA Girls Championship and 2019 Callaway Golf / Ollie Schniederjans Junior Classic presented by UHY LLP CPA’s
· Competed on a Symetra Tour exemption (River Run Classic)
· Helped the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup United States team win its sixth-straight team championship
· Five-time AJGA career champion
· Competed on the Wyndham Cup East Team
· No. 41 WAGR

Yuka Saso of Manila, Philippines (2020)
· Georgia verbal commit
· No. 2 Rolex AJGA Rankings
· Won the Girls Junior PGA Championship
· Runner-up at the 2018 Rolex Tournament of Champions
· Semifinalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior
· 11th, LPGA’s Hana Financial Group Championship in Korea on a sponsor’s exemption
· Played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and U.S. Women’s Open
· Finished second at the 2019 ICTSI Manila Golf Ladies Masters, and third at the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship
· Won the Philippine Ladies Open
· T4, ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex
· Runner-up, ANNIKA Invitational Australasia in New Zealand
· One of the top amateurs in the world (No. 21 World Amateur Golf Ranking)

Erica Shepherd of Greenwood, Indiana (2019)
· College freshman on Duke women’s golf team
· Five-time Rolex Junior All-American – one of four girls to achieve this honor in 2019
· Finished runner-up twice in 2019: Buick Shanshan Feng AJGA Girls Invitational and Kathy Whitworth Invitational
· Ended her AJGA stroke play career with a fourth-place finish at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship
· Three national junior golf victories in her six-year AJGA career
· Three-time Wyndham Cup East Team member
· Won the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with Megan Furtney for her second USGA championship victory
· Competed in two LPGA Tour events by amateur exemption: Indy Women in Tech Championship Driven by Group 1001 and Marathon Classic presented by Dana

Rose Zhang of Irvine, California (2021)
· Verbal commitment to Stanford University
· Rolex AJGA Rankings: 1 – 2019 Rolex Junior Player of the Year
· Four-time Rolex Junior All-American, three consecutive years on the first team
· Defended her title at the 2019 Swinging Skirts AJGA Invitational and will play on the coinciding LPGA exemption in October
· Never finished outside the top three in AJGA tournaments in 2019 – tied for runner-up at the Thunderbird International Junior at third at the ANA Junior Inspiration
· Seven career national junior golf victories
· Quarterfinalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
· Helped the PING Junior Solheim Cup United States team win its fifth and sixth straight team championships – in 2019, in Scotland
· Finished eighth in the Pan American Games in Peru
· Won, Toyota Junior World Cup
· No. 23 WAGR
· Competed in the U.S. Women’s Open and Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship