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2023 USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award Recipients

Zachary Munno and Lucy Wang named recipients of the 2023 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award
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Zachary Munno of Stamford, Conn., and Lucy Wang of Concord, Mass., were named the 2023 recipients of the USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award, the USGA and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announced.

Zachary and Lucy are two extraordinary leaders. Their dedication to the service of others inspires a bright future for the game of golf. They embody the essence of this esteemed award, and we are honored to name them as this year’s recipients of the USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award.
President, AJGA Board of Directors Jim Nugent

The USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award was created to recognize one male and one female 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.

Zachary and Lucy demonstrate there is so much more to the game of golf than competing – it teaches you life skills, provides leadership opportunities and is a vehicle for greater good within our communities. Their ability to use golf as a platform to help others and the investment of their voice and time will continue to serve them well in their professional careers. We are inspired by their actions and look forward to witnessing their many successes in years to come.
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About Zachary Munno

One guiding principle Munno learned at an early age is that it is essential to be a contributing member of his local and global community. This principle inspired Munno to find a way to utilize the sport he loved to give back to others. Combined with his love for golf and eagerness to help others, Munno started his first Cobra PUMA Golf ® State Cup event with the AJGA. This event, named the Metro Cup, was founded in 2020 by Munno and raises money for The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich (BGCG), The Bridge Foundation, Metropolitan PGA Junior Foundation and the AJGA's Liberty National ACE Grant Program. Today, the Metro Cup has grown to host two events. From 2020 to 2022 these events, Metro Cup – Bridge and Metro Cup – Stanwich , have raised a total of $240,000 with plans to host again in 2023. The senior at King School has helped the Metro Cup grow over the past four years and hopes to pass down these opportunities in an effort to continue building upon the relationships that have formed through the event.

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As an active member of his community, Munno volunteers his time outside of these events as well. He spearheads charitable efforts for his school’s soccer team and mentors younger members of his golf team on and off the golf course.

It means a lot to me and really proves to myself, my family and friends how much my work has done for other people in the past four years. It shows that the hard work that I have put in, on and off of the course, is affecting other people.
Zachary Munno

The diligent work done by Munno impacts the future of golf by supporting various organizations, expanding access to golf and supporting the educational and social resources for other kids in his area. He has learned from working alongside The Bridge Foundation and BGCG that the difficult work never stops and knows that there will always be a need in the community. Munno’s dedication to the persistent work needed to support the community around him encourages and inspires others to do the same.

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About Lucy Wang

When Wang was just seven years old, she lost her father suddenly. Having to overcome much adversity at such a young age left her searching to find meaning in life. Seeing how she could make an impact through golf gave her the motivation to use her skills to help others. These charitable efforts she began to take part in, provided Wang with a deeper purpose in life.

After learning about donating to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on the AJGA’s website, Wang decided to join the AJGA’s Leadership Links program. Through this program, she has helped raise over $10,000 since 2022 for the Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Liberty National ACE Grant. Wang also serves as a youth volunteer and coach for the Greens for Dream organization, which is a golf charity organization supporting Boston Children’s Hospital.

2023 USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award - Lucy Wang

Wang is a leader on and off the golf course, as well as at Middlesex School. She inspires the community around her and goes out of her way to ensure others feel loved and accepted. For Teacher Appreciation Week this year, she gave each teacher a small gift and a handwritten thank-you note, which included over 100 faculty members.

I feel very honored and grateful to get this award. I have worked [with the AJGA] for two years now and it means a lot as an encouragement to my work.
Lucy Wang

Wang is also very proud of her heritage and has a strong passion to build community among others through this connection. She organized and hosted an event for Asian Affinity Groups during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month for two consecutive years, with over 400 students, to help the community better understand the culture.

Wang has found a new meaning in life through others. From family members, friends and even strangers, Wang strives to bring blessings and be a light to people around her.

Seeing the hard work and level of commitment they have each put into the Leadership Links program is remarkable. Zachary and Lucy share a willingness to put others before themselves and strive to be an inspiration to those around them.
Beth Dockter, AJGA Director of Youth Development

USGA-AJGA Presidents' Leadership Award – Past Recipients

Matthew Lin (Orinda, Calif.)
Madeline Bante (Englewood, Colo.)

Tommy Frist (Nashville, Tenn.)
Andie Smith (Hobe Sound, Fla.)

Ashley Yen (Houston, Texas)
Charlie Creamean (Winnetka, Ill.)
William Mirams (Stroudsburg, Pa.)
Lauryn Nguyen (Seattle, Wash.)

Gerry Jones Jr. (Suffolk, Va.)
Grace Chen (Sunnyvale, Calif.)

Grant Fairbairn (Orinda, Fla.)
Haley Bookholdt (Columbus, N.J.)

Daniel Berlin (Chagrin Falls, Ohio)
Angelica Harris (Harvey, La.)

Nick Leibold (Littleton, Colo.)
Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

John Hayden (Birmingham, Ala.)
Dree Fausnaugh (Maitland, Fla.)

Patrick Cover (Huntersville, N.C.)
Divya Manthena (Camarillo, Calif.)

Brandon Pierce (Covington, La.)
Cassie Wang (Lenexa, Kan.)

John Farese (Sayville, N.Y.)
Natalie Turk (Franklin, Tenn.)

Drew Johnson (Oak Ridge, N.C.)
Jacqueline Calamaro (Newtown Square, Pa.)

Zach Herr (New Hope, Pa.)
Emily Gimpel (Lafayette Hill, Pa.)

Smylie Kaufman (Birmingham, Ala.)
Kelsey Conway (Ventura, Calif.)

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 more than 2,000 charities and the Liberty National 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 Liberty National ACE Grant. Visit for more.

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 9,000 members from 50 states and 51 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Liberty National 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 1,000 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Rose Zhang.

About the USGA

The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit