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American Junior Golf Association names Rolex Junior All-Americans

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Thirty-two of the 40 players from the 2013 Wyndham Cup were among junior golf's best on Sunday, Nov. 24 when the American Junior Golf Association named this year's class of Rolex Junior All-Americans. The honorees, including both Rolex Junior Players of the Year Scott Scheffler of Dallas, Texas, and Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., distinguished themselves through outstanding play in 114 national tournaments, 100 conducted by the AJGA, and the awards were determined exclusively by the Polo Golf Rankings.

The Wyndham Cup, celebrating its 25th year in 2014, annually brings together the nation's top 40 juniors in an East versus West (divided by the Mississippi River) team match play tournament. Each squad consists of 20 players—10 boys and 10 girls—who are selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings. The West Team leads the all-time competition with a 13-9-2 record.

Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams this season were comprised of 97 junior golfers, ages 13-18, from 24 states, Puerto Rico and seven foreign countries (Bolivia, China, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and Zimbabwe).

From the Wyndham Cup West squad, the seven honorees included Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas, Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., Matt Gilchrest of Southlake, Texas, Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., Scheffler, Jacob Solomon of Dublin, Calif., and Peter Thorseth of Richmond, Texas.

Nine of the 10 girls from the West squad were honored including Alexandra Kaui of Las Vegas, Alison Lee, Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Hannah O'Sullivan of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Krystal Quihuis of Tucson, Ariz., Kathleen Scavo of Benicia, Calif., Lilia Vu of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif.

In the Boys Division on the East team, the eight of 10 honorees were Zachary Bauchou of Forest, Va., Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill, N.C., Theo Humphrey of Greenwich, Conn., William Register of Burlington, N.C., Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, Fla., Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., Carl Yuan of Lake Mary, Fla., and Jorge Garcia of Miami.

Seven of the 10 girls from the East were named to postseason honors including Sierra Brooks of Sorrento, Fla., Abbey Carlson of Lake Mary, Fla., Rachel Dai of Milton, Ga., Mai Dechathipat of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., Bailey Tardy of Norcross, Ga., and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla.

Of the total 32 players, 25 also played in the Polo Golf Junior Classic which annually follows the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet. From a field of 156 players including Dalke, Connelly, Scheffler, Yuan, Griffin, Wood, the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic champion, and Garcia, who finished runner-up in the 2013 edition of the event. Five of the 16 girls advanced to match play including Andrea Lee, Vu, Wu, Brooks and 2011 Polo Golf Junior Classic champion Morales.

Alumni in professional golf
Former Rolex Junior All-Americans who also have represented the Wyndham Cup alumni include the top players on the PGA and LPGA Tours. The top 10 of the PGA TOUR's final FedEx Cup rankings boast two former Rolex Junior Players of the Year who share this distinction (Tiger Woods, four-time West Team member, and Jordan Spieth, also of the West) as well as Rolex Junior All-American Matt Kuchar (East).

On the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team, nine of the 12 players competed in AJGA tournaments as teenagers, and six of eight Rolex Junior All-Americans competed for Wyndham Cup titles during their careers: Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Lexi Thompson.

Other notable AJGA alumni who shared years of Rolex Junior All-America and Wyndham Cup selections include Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Inbee Park.

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
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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 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 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 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 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

2013 Rolex Junior All-America Teams (2013 Wyndham Cup alumni bold)

First Team - Boys
Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va.
Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas
George Cunningham, Tucson, Ariz.
Brad Dalke, Hobart, Okla.
Jorge Garcia, Miami, Fla.
Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas
Benjamin Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Boys)
Austen Truslow, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind.x
Andy Zhang, Reunion, Fla.

Second Team - Boys
Dawson Armstrong, Brentwood, Tenn.
Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.
Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Justin Kim, Fullerton, Calif.
Peter Kim, Metuchen, N.J.
KK Limbhasut, Loma Linda, Calif.
Dylan Meyer, Evansville, Ind.
Christopher Petefish, Danville, Calif.
William Register, Burlington, N.C.
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif.
Yechun (Carl) Yuan, Lake Mary, Fla.
Honorable Mention - Boys
Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas
John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky.
Connor Black, Humble, Texas
Kristian Caparros, Hollywood, Fla.
Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.
Sean Crocker, Westlake Village, Calif.
Ben Dietrich, Bluffton, S.C.
William Gordon, Davidson, N.C.
Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C.
Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.
Theo Humphrey, Greenwich, Conn.
Cheng Jin, Singapore, Singapore
Samuel Kim, Irvine, Calif.
David Mackey, Bogart, Ga.
Patrick Martin, Birmingham, Ala.
Jose Montano, Bradenton, Fla.
Taisei Negishi, San Diego, Calif.
Alvaro Ortiz, Zapopan, Mexico
Matthew Perrine, Austin, Texas
Corey Shaun, Encinitas, Calif.
Jimmy Stanger, Tampa, Fla.
Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico
Braden Thornberry, Olive Branch, Miss.
Peter Thorseth, Richmond, Texas
Youxin (Robin) Wang, Lake Mary, Fla.

First Team - Girls
Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla.
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J.
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis.
Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla.
Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.
Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif. (Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Girls)
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif.
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y.
Gabriella Then, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Lilia Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif.

Second Team - Girls
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas
Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii
Kristen Gillman, Austin, Texas
Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nelly Korda, Bradenton, Fla.
Hannah O'Sullivan, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas
Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif.
Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla.
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif.
Honorable Mention - Girls
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla.
Emily Campbell, Carrollton, Texas
Alice Chen, Princeton, N.J.
Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii
Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga.
Mai Dechathipat, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Alexandra Farnsworth, Nashville, Tenn.
Muni He, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Kayla Jones, Milton, Ga.
Jiayu Kong, Arcadia, Calif.
Marianne Li, Bellevue, Wash.
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Amy Matsuoka, Newport Beach, Calif.
Rinko Mitsunaga, Roswell, Ga.
Krystal Quihuis, Tucson, Ariz.
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C.
Maddie Szeryk, Allen, Texas
Bailey Tardy, Norcross, Ga.
Taylor Tomlinson, Gainesville, Fla.
Maria Torres, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, Calif.
Anna Zhou, Palo Alto, Calif.