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Junior golf's rising stars honored

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Twenty players from 10 states have been named to the 13th Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team

Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series events present opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The team was selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings, and a player had to have competed in at least one Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series event in 2014 in order to be eligible. The team of 10 boys and 10 girls will be honored Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF in North Plains, Oregon.

Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana, returns to the team for a fourth consecutive year. Barbaree posted four top-10 finishes in national competition, including a runner-up performance at the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship and a T9 showing at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star. He is currently No. 32 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Also on the boys team is Cooper Dossey of Austin, Texas, who made his first Wyndham Cup appearance as a member of the West Team. Dossey’s AJGA season started at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star and included three top-10 finishes. He captured his first victory at the Goodman Networks Junior at Traditions and placed eighth at the Thunderbird International Junior en route to the No. 17 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, earned his spot on the team after posting four top-five performances in consecutive 2014 AJGA tournaments. Goodwin recorded his first AJGA win at the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star in June and finished in the top five at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship and the Genesis Shootout presented by the Valero Texas Open. He is currently No. 54 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

The seven other boys on the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team are: Brent Ito (Ardsley, New York), Eddy Lai (San Jose, California), Kaiwen Liu (San Diego), Harrison Ott (Brookfield, Wisconsin), Trent Phillips (Inman, South Carolina), Davis Shore (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Norman Xiong (Canyon Lake, California).

Binny Lee of Frisco, Texas, and Madeline Chou of Santa Ana, California, highlight the girls team. At No. 29 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Lee earned four top-five finishes in national competition in 2014 including three consecutive runner-up showings at the Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Watters Creek and the Aaron’s / Bob Estes Abilene Junior.

Chou has moved to No. 30 in the Polo Golf Rankings after collecting victories at the Junior All-Star at Hot Springs Village, the Killington Junior Golf Championship and the Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship.

After tying for third at the 2013 Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF, Allyson Geer of Brighton, Michigan, earned her spot on the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team with a victory at the 2014 Junior All-Star at Château Élan and four top-10 finishes.

The seven other girls on the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team are: Alyaa Abdulghany (Newport Beach, California), Alison Chang (Walnut, California), Youngin Chun (Austin, Texas), Gina Kim (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Yujeong Son (Norman, Oklahoma), Natalie Srinivasan (Spartanburg, South Carolina) and Katherine Zhu (San Jose, California).

Former members of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team include college and professional standouts such as Rickie Fowler (2004), Morgan Hoffmann (2004), Peter Uihlein (2004), Bud Cauley (2005), Brianna Do (2004), Vicky Hurst (2005), Cheyenne Woods (2005) and Jordan Spieth (2007).

ABOUT GGGA

The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, located near Orlando, Florida in Howey-in-the-Hills, is the world’s premier junior golf academy. In addition to the junior golf program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults.

The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through exclusive relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association.

Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, has been recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2013-2014 and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. Gilchrist teaches many of the game's top juniors and pros at the Academy, including Morgan Hoffmann, Shanshan Feng, Fabrizio Zanotti and many more.

2014 Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team

Boys Division
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La.
Cooper Dossey, Austin, Texas
Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas
Brent Ito, Ardsley, N.Y.
Eddy Lai, San Jose, Calif.
Kaiwen Liu, San Diego
Harrison Ott, Brookfield, Wis.
Trent Phillips, Inman, S.C.
Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn.
Norman Xiong, Canyon Lake, Calif.                     

Girls Division
Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif.
Alison Chang, Walnut, Calif.
Madeline Chou, Santa Ana, Calif.
Youngin Chun, Austin, Texas
Allyson Geer, Brighton, Mich.
Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Binny Lee, Frisco, Texas
Yujeong Son, Norman, Okla.
Natalie Srinivasan, Spartanburg, S.C.
Katherine Zhu, San Jose, Calif.