5 AREA JUNIORS NAMED TO ROLEX TEAM

Five Tampa-area junior golfers have been named Rolex Junior All-Americans by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing themselves among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.

There’s a long history of success by Rolex Junior All-Americans at the college and professional levels. Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Inbee Park,

 

First Team

Karl Vilips, (Australia) Wesley Chapel, Florida (2020)

Verbal commitment to Stanford University

After winning the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship at the end of 2016, Vilips earned his second AJGA Invitational victory at the 2017 Polo Golf Junior Classic. The four-time AJGA champion is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and a member of the 2015 ACDS Junior All-Star Team. Vilips is a two-time Wyndham Cup East Team member and member of the 2017 Junior Presidents Cup International Team.

Second Team

Won Jun Lee, (South Korea) Wesley Chapel, Florida (2017)

Finished T4 at the Thunderbird International Junior
Three-time Rolex Junior All-American
Three-time Wyndham Cup East Team member
Rino Sasaki, (Japan) Bradenton, Florida (2017)

Never finished outside the top-20 in 2017, including T9 at the Thunderbird International Junior
Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
Playing college golf at University of Washington
Lei (Angelina) Ye, (China) Bradenton, Florida (2019)

Two-time Rolex Junior All-American
Finished inside the top-10 in three AJGA Invitationals in 2017
Finished T6 at Rolex Girls Junior Championship
Honorable Mention

Alyssa Lamoureux, Seminole, Florida (2018)

Finished inside the top-three in three of five AJGA events in 2017
First-time Rolex Junior All-American
Verbal commitment to University of Central Florida
About the Rolex Junior All-America Teams

Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s Rolex Junior All-America Teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers ages 13-19, from 20 states and 13 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand. These young men and women distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 132 national junior golf events, 120 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The teams were determined exclusively through the Rolex AJGA Rankings as of October 12.

 

More recently, the 2010 Rolex Junior All-America First Team has several players who are among the top players in the game. Five of these players have won NCAA titles, as Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Stephanie Meadow and Shannon Aubert were on title-winning teams, while Doris Chen won an individual championship. Patrick Rodgers, Ollie Schniederjans, Emiliano Grillo, Alison Lee, Ariya Jutanugarn and Jessica Korda were also first-team Rolex Junior All-Americans eight years ago.

The 2017 Rolex Junior All-America Teams will be honored Sunday, November 19 during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The awards ceremony, dubbed “The Greatest Night in Junior Golf,” will also celebrate the achievements of the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-Americans and Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award recipient as a focal point of the Rolex Tournament of Champions week.

 

 

 

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.

2017 Rolex Junior All-Americans

Boys – First Team

Garrett Barber, Stuart, Fla.

Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.

Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, N.Y.

Canon Claycomb, Bowling Green, Ky.

Noah Goodwin, Corinth, Texas

Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash.

Kaiwen Liu, San Diego, Calif.

William, Mouw, Chino, Calif.

Trent Phillips, Inman, S.C.

Karl Vilips, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Shuai Ming Wong, The Woodlands, TX

Wocheng (Aden) Ye, Lake Mary, Fla.

Boys – Second Team

Jake Beber-Frankel, Miami, Fla.

Jacob Bridgeman, Inman, S.C.

Ryan Burnett, Lafayette, Calif.

Reid Davenport, Austin, Texas

Ryan Grider, Lewisville, Texas

Eugene Hong, Orlando, Fla.

Won Jun Lee, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Sean Maruyama, Encino, Calif.

Logan McAllister, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Cole Ponich, Farmington, Utah

Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C.

Travis Vick, Houston, Texas

Boys – Honorable Mention

Fred Biondi, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif.

Sam Choi, Anaheim, Calif.

Parker Coody, Plano, Texas

Kyle Cox, Carrollton, Texas

Ryan Gerard, Raleigh, N.C.

Noah Gillard, Greenwood, Ind.

Aman Gupta, Concord, N.C.

Ryan Hall, Knoxville, Tenn.

Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas

Derek Hitchner, Minneapolis, Minn.

Turner Hosch, Dallas, Texas

McClure Meissner, San Antonio, Texas

William Moll, Houston, Texas

Charles Osborne, Reno, Nev.

John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J.

Julian Perico, Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.

Jackson Rivera, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Cameron Sisk, El Cajon, Calif.

Bryan Wiyang Teoh, Jupiter, Fla.

Daulet Tuleubayev, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst, N.C.

Alexander Vogelsong, Palm City, Fla.

Sampson-Yunhe Zheng, Orlando, Fla.

Girls – First Team

Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, Calif.

Jennifer Chang, Cary, N.C.

Youngin Chun, Gainesville, Fla.

Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn.

Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif.

Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, N.C.

Brooke Seay, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind.

Yujeong Son, Norman, Okla.

Paphangkorn Tavatanakit, Van Nuys, Calif.

Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif.

Girls – Second Team

Amari Avery, Riverside, Calif.

Caroline Curtis, Richmond, Va.

Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas

Aubree Jones, Covington, Tenn.

Hailey Jones, Dallas, Texas

Michaela Morard, Huntsville, Ala.

Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif.

Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas

Calista Reyes, San Diego, Calif.

Rino Sasaki, Bradenton, Fla.

Nicole Whiston, San Diego, Calif.

Lei (Angelina) Ye, Bradenton, Fla.

Girls – Honorable Mention

Hailey Borja, Lake Forest, Calif.

Phoebe Brinker, Wilmington, Del.

Zoe Antoinette Campos, Valencia, Calif.

Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas

Macy Fox, Austin, Texas

Virginia Green, Fairhope, Ala.

Sophie Guo, Orlando, Fla.

Jiarui (Joyce) Jin, Encinitas, Calif.

Gurleen Kaur, Houston, Texas

Jenny Kim, Heathrow, Fla.

Xin (Cindy) Kou, Windermere, Fla.

Rachel Kuehn, Asheville, N.C.

Alyssa Lamoureux, Seminole, Fla.

Cory Lopez, Monterrey, Mexico

Ashley Menne, Surprise, Ariz.

Elizabeth Moon, Forrest City, Ark.

Brianna Navarrosa, San Diego, Calif.

Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla.

Calynne Rosholt, Cedar Park, Texas

Karah Sanford, Escondido, Calif.

Kelly Sim, Edgewater, N.J.

Kailie Vongsaga, Diamond Bar, Calif.

Susan Xiao, Surrey, British Columbia

Zixuan (Jennifer) Zhou, Longwood, Fla.

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