The AJGA and United States Golf Association are pleased to announce the Honorable Mentions for the 2015 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award. These junior golfers have worked hard to give back to their communities and deserve recognition for their efforts.
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.
Leading up to the announcement of the 2015 USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award recipients, the list of award finalists will be published on Wednesday, May 13, and will highlight the work of the final group of juniors who are being considered as recipients of the USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award.
Abhinav Alluri, Northville, Mich., Class of 2018
Robbie Bentley, Milton, Ga., Class of 2017
Daniel Berlin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Class of 2017
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, Okla., Class of 2016
Henry Fisher, Houston, Texas, Class of 2016
Jack Foyle, Fishers Island, N.Y., Class of 2016
Matthew Galluzzo, Plantation, Fla., Class of 2016
Stephen Gretchen, McMechen, W.V., Class of 2015
Will Haller, Gaithersburg, Md., Class of 2016
Derek Hitchner, Minneapolis, Minn., Class of 2018
Albert Im, Sunnyvale, Calif., Class of 2016
Charlie Jarrett, Jefferson, Ga., Class of 2017
Matt Johnson, Hopkinton, Mass., Class of 2016
Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Class of 2017
Tobin Niblett, Austin, Texas, Class of 2016
Patrick Tran, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Class of 2017
Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif., Class of 2017
Allison Appleton, Millersville, Pa., Class of 2017
Madison Barnett, Mableton, Ga., Class of 2016
Felicia Chang, La Habra Heights, Calif., Class of 2016
Sarah Lewis, Chesterfield, Mo., Class of 2018
Tyra Tonkham, Arleta, Calif., Class of 2017
Alexa Tsay, Los Angeles, Calif., Class of 2017
Emma Whitaker, Wichita, Kan., Class of 2017
Maddie White, Fort Worth, Texas, Class of 2017
Jennifer Young, Cerritos, Calif., Class of 2017
About Leadership Links
Since 2009, the Leadership Links program has helped more than 1,000 junior golfers make a difference in their community by generating more than $1 million dollars 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. For more information about Leadership Links, visit www.ajga.org/LL/Index.asp#Programs.
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. 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 working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving 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 www.usga.org.
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 12-18) of more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (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.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.