Golf News for Friday, September 28, 2012 | People

2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team members announced

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Twenty-four of the nation's brightest minds and best junior golfers were named to the 2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, the American Junior Golf Association and HP announced Wednesday, Sept. 26. Since 1988, the team has recognized 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.

To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open, Regional Golf Championship or Invitational, while girls needed a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, SAT/ACT/PLAN/PSAT scores, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.

"HP has sponsored the AJGA for 18 years and is once again proud to recognize outstanding academic, athletic, and community service achievements with the naming of the 2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team," said John Dayan, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard. "The AJGA, working closely with parents and players, strives to prepare these young adults for life in college and beyond, by instilling honor, integrity, perseverance, and sportsmanship."

The 12 boys on the HP Scholastic Junior All-America team are Jack Adolfson, Niwot, Colo. (2013), Max Alcorn, Poway, Calif. (2013), Christopher Chu, Fullerton, Calif. (2013), Robert Deng, Irvine, Calif. (2013), Conley Hurst, Little Rock, Ark. (2013), Scott Jaster, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (2013), Matt Kern, Springboro, Ohio (2013), Jeffrey Lang, Lexington, Mass. (2013), Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C. (2013), Davis Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. (2013), Josh Radcliff, Coppell, Texas (2013), and Li Wang, Sammamish, Wash. (2013)

The 12 girls on the HP Scholastic Junior All-America team are Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (2013), Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. (2014), Elizabeth Doty, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (2013), Nina Fairbairn, Orinda, Calif. (2013), Jordan Ferreira, University Place, Wash. (2013), Sara Garmezy, Franklin, Tenn. (2013), Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill. (2014), Alice Jeong, Gardena, Calif. (2013), August Kim, St. Augustine, Fla. (2013), Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. (2013), Jordan Lippetz, Bradenton, Fla. (2013), and Katie Page, Louisville, Ky. (2013).

These outstanding individuals will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 18, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, each player is also eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, which will take place on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion and Fazio Courses, Nov. 17-23.

Former HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans have gone on to successful amateur and professional golf careers, including Casey Martin (1989), Wendy Ward (1990), Kellee Booth (1992), Matt Kuchar (1994), Scott Langley (2005) and Patrick Rodgers (2009, 2010).

For more information, please contact Chris Richards (crichards@ajga.org) in the AJGA Communications Department at (678) 425-1789, or visit ajga.org.

About the American Junior Golf Association
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 approximately 5,500 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

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 third 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 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.

2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans

Boys Division

Jack Adolfson, Niwot, Colo. (2013)
School: Silver Creek
GPA: 4.333
Rank in Class: 6 of 200
ACT: 27
Best 2012 finish: T7, AJGA Junior at Fox Hill

Max Alcorn, Poway, Calif. (2013)
School: Poway High School
GPA: 4.3548
ACT: 32; SAT: 1930
Best 2012 finish: 5th, Aspen Junior Golf Classic

Christopher Chu, Fullerton, Calif. (2013)
School: Sunny Hills High School
GPA: 4.5455
SAT: 2240
Best 2012 finish: T9, Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out

Robert Deng, Irvine, Calif. (2013)
School: St. Margaret's Episcopal School
GPA: 4.39
SAT: 2130
Best 2012 finish: Won Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out

Conley Hurst, Little Rock, Ark. (2013)
School: Episcopal Collegiate School
GPA: 4.35
ACT: 31; SAT: 1970
Best 2012 finish: T9, William Penn Junior Championship

Scott Jaster, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (2013)
School: The Haverford School
GPA: 4.7
SAT: 2240
Best 2012 finish: 3rd, Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out

Matt Kern, Springboro, Ohio (2013)
School: Springboro High School
GPA: 4.198
Rank in Class: 10 of 369
ACT: 32
Best 2012 finish: T7, Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands

Jeffrey Lang, Lexington, Mass. (2013)
School: Lexington High School
GPA: 4.04
SAT: 2350
Best 2012 finish: 3rd, Killington Junior Golf Championship

Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C. (2013)
School: Pinecrest
GPA: 4.9348
Rank in Class: 8 of 433
ACT: 29; SAT: 2000
Best 2012 finish: T8, E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf

Davis Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. (2013)
School: Myers Park
GPA: 5.0833
Rank in Class: 17 of 614
ACT: 34
Best 2012 finish: T7, Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier

Josh Radcliff, Coppell, Texas (2013)
School: Dallas Jesuit
GPA: 97.3
Rank in Class: Top 8 percent
ACT: 30
Best 2012 finish: T5, Goodman Networks Junior at Timarron

Li Wang, Sammamish, Wash. (2013)
School: Eastlake High School
GPA: 4.0
Rank in Class: 1 of 424
SAT: 2220
Best 2012 finish: T8, Genesis Junior Championship

Girls Division

Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (2013)
School: Canyon High School
GPA: 4.8
ACT: 31; SAT: 2040
Best 2012 finish: Two victories

Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. (2014)
School: Academy of Our Lady of Peace
GPA: 4.167
Rank in Class: 10 of 184
ACT: 31; SAT: 1990
Best 2012 finish: Won AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T

Elizabeth Doty, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (2013)
School: Palos Verdes High School
GPA: 4.733
ACT: 31; SAT: 2100
Best 2012 finish: Won David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior

Nina Fairbairn, Orinda, Calif. (2013)
School: The College Preparatory School
GPA: 3.97
SAT: 2240
Best 2012 finish: T5, Randy Wise Junior Open

Jordan Ferreira, University Place, Wash. (2013)
School: Bellarmine Preparatory School
GPA: 3.95
ACT: 32
Best 2012 finish: 2nd, Sunriver Junior Open

Sara Garmezy, Franklin, Tenn. (2013)
School: University School of Nashville
GPA: 3.93
ACT: 29
Best 2012 finish: 4th, AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper

Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill. (2014)
School: Central High School
GPA: 4.534
Rank in Class: 5 of 403
PLAN: 27 (99th percentile)
Best 2012 finish: Won Lockton Kansas City Junior

Alice Jeong, Gardena, Calif. (2013)
School: North Torrance High School
GPA: 4.44
Rank in Class: 11 of 557
SAT: 1820
Best 2012 finish: T4, AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch

August Kim, St. Augustine, Fla. (2013)
School: Nease High School
GPA: 4.549
Rank in Class: 7 of 385
SAT: 2140
Best 2012 finish: Won E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf

Hana Ku, Basking Ridge, N.J. (2013)
School: Ridge High School
GPA: 4.53
ACT: 35; SAT: 2200
Best 2012 finish: 2nd (twice)

Jordan Lippetz, Bradenton, Fla. (2013)
School: Pendleton Academy
GPA: 4.47
Best 2012 finish: T2, Lockton Kansas City Junior

Katie Page, Louisville, Ky. (2013) - Essay Winner
School: Sacred Heart Academy
GPA: 4.0
Best 2012 finish: T3, Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior