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2020 Rolex Junior All-America Teams: First Team

Twenty-four Rolex Junior All-Americans received top distinction in 2020
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Players of the Year | Second Team | Honorable Mention

Boys First Team

Jonas Appel of Encinitas, California (2022)
Verbal commitment to Baylor
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 11
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, Under Armour® / Jordan Spieth Championship thanks to seven birdies during the final round
  • T5, PING Heather Farr Classic
  • T6, The PING Invitational
  • Named one of the top 25 male golfers in the San Diego section by SBLive Sports with high school teammate and fellow first team Rolex Junior All-American Luke Potter
  • Third, 2019 California Interscholastic Federation State Championship

Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Virginia (2021)
Verbal commitment to Duke University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 1
2020 highlights:

  • Rolex Junior Player of the Year and second selection to Rolex Junior All-America team
  • Started and ended the 2020 season with two wins: 2019 Rolex Tournament of Champions 2020 The PING Invitational
  • T2, The Junior PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass
  • Pair of sixth-place finishes at the AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield and Junior Invitational at Sage Valley
  • Won, Middle Atlantic Amateur Championship by four strokes
  • Won, Virginia State Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship – shattered tournament record of 202 at 194
  • Runner-up, Jones Cup Junior Invitational
  • Fundraising for Folds of Honor through Leadership Links

David Ford of Peachtree Corners, Georgia (2021)
Verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 2
2020 Highlights:

  • Second-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won pair of AJGA Invitationals with PGA TOUR ties (AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield [Wyndham Championship venue] and The Junior PLAYERS Championship [The PLAYERS Championship venue])
  • T3, The PING Invitational
  • Did not finish outside the top nine in seven Rolex AJGA Ranked events

Maxwell Ford of Peachtree Corners, Georgia (2021)
Verbal commitment to the University of Georgia
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 10
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Two top-15 finishes in AJGA boys Invitationals: AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods (February) and AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield (June)
  • Won, Jones Cup Junior Invitational
  • Third, Georgia Amateur Championship (July) and Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship (February)

Benjamin James of Milford, Connecticut (2022)
Verbal commitment to the University of Virginia
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 7
2020 highlights:

  • Second-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Three top-10 finishes at top AJGA Invitationals: T3, Rolex Tournament of Champions, T8, AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods; 10th, The PING Invitational
  • 2019 United States Junior Presidents Cup team
  • Fifth, Connecticut Amateur Championship

Thomas Morrison of Dallas, Texas (2023)
Verbal commitment to the University of Texas
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 8
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, Southern Junior Championship
  • T2, The Junior PLAYERS Championship
  • Top amateur finishes; won, Southern Junior Championship for a four-shot victory; third, Texas Amateur Championship
  • Leadership Links fundraiser Dallas Cup

Luke Potter of Encinitas, California (2022)
Verbal commitment to Arizona State University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 3
2020 highlights:

  • Three-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and set the event’s tournament scoring record (20-under-par 196 with a course record 62 in the final round)
  • Runner-up, Junior Invitational at Sage Valley
  • Two other top-eight national junior golf finishes
  • Amateur golf: Won, Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship as the youngest champion (age 16) in history
  • Named one of the top 25 male golfers in the San Diego section by SBLive Sports with high school teammate and fellow first team Rolex Junior All-American Jonas Appel
  • ACE Grant recipient

Gordon Sargent of Birmingham, Alabama (2021)
Verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 4
2020 highlights:

  • Three-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Runner-up, The PING Invitational
  • T6, AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods
  • T7, AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield
  • Won, 2020 Alabama Men’s State Amateur Championship
  • Through Leadership Links, organized the Alabama Cup to raise more than $110,000 since 2018
  • Has personally raised more than $20,000 for various charities with Leadership Links

Preston Summerhays of Scottsdale, Arizona (2021)
Verbal commitment to Arizona State University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 9
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • T4, AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield
  • Second-round leader, finished sixth at The Junior PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass
  • Ninth, The PING Invitational
  • Youngest winner of the 2020 Sunnehanna Amateur (18 years, 2 days)
  • 2018 and 2019 Utah Amateur champion
  • Competed in the 2020 U.S. Open thanks to his 2&1 victory over Bo Jin in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship
  • 2019 United States Junior Presidents Cup team

Jackson Van Paris of Pinehurst, North Carolina (2021)
Verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 5
2020 highlights:

  • Four-time Rolex Junior All-American, second year on the first team
  • Won, Junior Invitational at Sage Valley
  • T10, AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield
  • Personally fundraised more than $30,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation as a founding member of the Carolina Cup since 2015 – organized the 2020 event with Jackson Bode
  • 2020 Player Representative to the AJGA Board of Directors
  • 2019 United States Junior Presidents Cup team

Karl Vilips of Perth, Australia (2020)
College freshman at Stanford University
Final Rolex AJGA Ranking: 3
2020 highlights:

  • Five-time Rolex Junior All-American, fourth-consecutive year on the first team
  • Seven national junior golf career wins
  • Runner-up, The Junior PLAYERS Championship and Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Won, Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational
  • Leadership Links fundraiser for the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant
  • 2019 International Junior Presidents Cup team

Wells Williams of West Point, Mississippi (2022)
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 6
2020 Highlights:

  • Second-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, Callaway Golf Texas Junior Open
  • T2, AJGA Invitational at Sedgefield
  • Fifth, The PING Invitational
  • Finished in the top 15 in two other events during the calendar year

Girls First Team

Brooke Biermann of Wildwood, Missouri (2021)
Verbal commitment to Michigan State University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 9
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, AJGA Stan Utley and Mid-America Youth Golf Foundation Junior Championship
  • Runner-up, AJGA Girls Invitational at Stanford including a career-tournament best 6-under-par 65 Runner-up, Missouri Amateur Championship
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year Fall 2019

Zoe Antoinette Campos of Valencia, California (2021)
Verbal commitment to University of California, Los Angeles
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 6
2020 highlights:

  • Four-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • T2, Under Armour ® / Alison Lee Championship presented by Irvine Technology Corporation
  • T4, Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • T6, AJGA Girls Invitational at Stanford
  • Won, Major Champions Invitational
  • Round of 32, U.S. Women’s Amateur

Leigh Chien of Irvine, California (2024)
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 7
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational (2019 and 2020)
  • T2, PING Heather Farr Classic and Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship
  • Won, California Women’s Championship

Megha Ganne of Holmdel, New Jersey (2022)
Verbal commitment to Stanford University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 8
2020 highlights:

  • Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Three top-five finishes, including T3 at ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex and fifth at Rolex Girls Junior Championship
  • Round of 64, U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Competed in ShopRite LPGA Classic

Xin (Cindy) Kou of (China) Whittier, California (2021)
Verbal commitment to University of Southern California
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 3
2020 highlights:

  • Five-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Two AJGA wins, AJGA Girls Invitational at Stanford and AJGA Longbow Golf Club Open
  • Earned 11th win to move to T5 on the all-time AJGA Girls Division wins list
  • Seventh, The PING Invitational

Lynn Lim of Gallatin, Tennessee (2022)
Verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 10
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, UHY St. Louis Junior presented by Family Golf and Learning Center
  • Four top-five AJGA finishes, including T3 at The PING Invitational
  • Won, Tennessee Girls’ Junior PGA Championship
  • Fourth, Tennessee Girls’ Junior Amateur

Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Florida (2022)
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 4
2020 highlights:

  • Four-time Rolex Junior All-American, three years on first team
  • Competed in three AJGA Invitationals including a T4 finish at Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Won, Kathy Whitworth Invitational
  • Won, Lone D Jones-Doherty Amateur
  • Competed and made the cut in two back-to-back professional events: LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and Symetra Tour’s Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship

Bohyun Park of (South Korea) Farmers Branch, Texas (2021)
Verbal commitment to University of Texas
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 2
2020 highlights:

  • Three-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, KJ Choi Foundation Texas Junior Championship presented by Mediheal
  • T2, Rolex Girls Junior Championship
  • T4, Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Runner-up, Kathy Whitworth Invitational
  • Round of 32, U.S. Women’s Amateur

Catherine Rao of Camarillo, California (2022)
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 11
2020 highlights:

  • First-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Member of AJGA Junior All-Star Team
  • Competed in four AJGA Invitationals, including a fourth-place at Rolex Girls Junior Championship and T3 at The PING Invitational
  • Never finished outside top-20 in seven AJGA events this season

Kelly Xu of Claremont, California (2022)
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 12
2020 highlights:

  • Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Did not finish out the top-10 in six AJGA events
  • Runner-up, AJGA Longbow Golf Club Open
  • T2, PING Heather Farr Classic
  • T10, AJGA Girls Invitational at Stanford

Yunxuan (Michelle) Zhang of (China) Plano, Texas (2022)
Verbal commitment to Southern Methodist University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 5
2020 highlights:

  • Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
  • Won, Under Armour® / Jordan Spieth Championship
  • Competed in five AJGA Invitationals, including runner-up at The PING Invitational
  • Five top-five AJGA finishes, including runner-up at KJ Choi Foundation Texas Junior Championship presented by Mediheal, Callaway Golf Texas Junior Open and Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship

Rose Zhang of Irvine, California (2021)
Verbal commitment to Stanford University
Rolex AJGA Ranking: 1
2020 highlights:

  • Five-time Rolex Junior All-American, four consecutive years on first team
  • Two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year (2019, 2020)
  • Defended her 2018 title at the 2020 PING Invitational (2019 event was canceled due to weather impact)
  • Won, Rolex Girls Junior Championship and set an amateur course record in the first round
  • Won the first event of the 2020 season at the Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • T11 at the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration with the lowest 72-hole total score ever by an amateur
  • Won the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur in a playoff, the second-longest final match in championship history
  • Never finished outside the top three in AJGA tournaments in 2020 – tied for third at the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex
  • Nine career AJGA victories
  • Honored with the Mark H. McCormack Medal as world’s leading female amateur golfer, co-awarded by The R&A and USGA
  • No. 1 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings for more than 88 weeks
  • No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings
  • First Rolex Junior Player of the Year to also be an ACE Grant recipient in 2019
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