AJGA Brings Top Juniors to Sedgefield Country Club‏ in Jim Modlin’s backyard

FootJoy Invitational
Sedgefield Country Club
Greensboro, North Carolina
June 8-12, 2009


Quick Facts
• The FootJoy Invitational is a 72-hole stroke play AJGA Invitational. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties following Thursday’s third round.

• The FootJoy Invitational is one of 86 tournaments the AJGA will host in 2009, and one of 12 Invitationals.

• Twenty-five states, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Hong Kong, Peru and England are represented in the FootJoy Invitational.

• Twenty-five Rolex All Americans will compete (4 first-team, 6 second-team, and 15 honorable mention)
Schedule of Events
Monday, June 8
8 a.m. shotgun     Practice Round

1:30 p.m. shotgun     Junior-Am
Fundraising Tournament

6:30 p.m.     Junior-Am Reception

Tuesday, June 9
7 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.     First Round off
No. 1 tee

Wednesday, June 10
7 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.     Second Round off
No. 1 tee

4:30 p.m.     Care for the Course

5 – 7 p.m.     Tournament Cookout

Thursday, June 11
7 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.     Third Round off
 No. 1 tee

Field will be cut to top-60 and ties
following play

Friday, June 12
7 – 11 a.m.     Final Round off No. 1 tee

4 p.m.     Awards Ceremony

All events will be held at
Sedgefield Country Club
Local Storylines
PGA TOUR Exemption on the line…
For the second consecutive year, the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship will give the FootJoy Invitational Champion an exemption to its August event. In 2008, Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash., won the FootJoy Invitational en route to Rolex Junior Player of the Year honors, and competed in the Wyndham Championship as an amateur, missing the cut after carding rounds of 71-71 — 142.

Future Spartans set to compete…
A pair of UNC-Greensboro men’s golf signees are set to compete near their future campus. Justin Clement of Lexington, N.C., and Robert Hoadley of Southern Pines, N.C., are in their last junior golf season before teeing it up for Coach Terrance Stewart this fall. In all, 29 players in the field have signed National Letters of Intent.

Top Players in the Field

Jordan Speith (Dallas, Texas) • Class of 2011    Polo Golf Ranking: 3
A first-team Rolex Junior All-American, Spieth has three career AJGA victories, including a win at the 2008 PING Invitational. Over the span of the last two seasons, Spieth has 10 consecutive top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments. Most recently, he finished T7 at the Thunderbird International Junior.

Patrick Winther (Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.) • Class of 2010    Polo Golf Ranking: 4
Winther has burst onto the junior golf scene in the past year, recording three victories in his last seven AJGA starts. Wins at the 2008 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2009 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods have made him an early Rolex Junior Player of the Year

Andrew Yun (Chandler, Ariz.) • Class of 2009    Polo Golf Ranking: 6
Yun’s storied AJGA career includes 22 top-10 finishes and a win at the 2006 FootJoy Invitational (held at Forest Oaks Country Club). A four-time Rolex Junior All-American, Yun most recently finished T5 at the Thunderbird International Junior and will continue his golf career at Stanford this fall.

James Back (Cerritos, Calif.) • Class of 2010    Polo Golf Ranking: 7
Back claimed his second career AJGA crown this April at the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club. Last season, Back recorded a T10 finish at the FootJoy Invitational en route to second-team Rolex Junior All-America honors.

Daniel Lee (Valencia, Calif.) • Class of 2011    Polo Golf Ranking: 11
An honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American in 2008, Lee rewrote the record books at the 2009 Thunderbird International Junior, setting new scoring records for 18-, 36- and 54-hole totals. His winning score of 18-under-par 198 tied the third-lowest 54-hole total in AJGA history, and broke the tournament scoring record by four shots.
2009 Tournament Field
Byeong-hun An       Bradenton, Fla. 
Bo Andrews      Raleigh, N.C.
Anton Arboleda      La Canada, Calif.
James Back      Cerritos, Calif.
Zachary Balit      Bradenton, Fla.
Tye Beall      El Paso, Texas
Blake Biddle      St. Charles, Ill.
Lucas Bjerregaard      Frederikshavn, Denmark
Jay Burlison      Salinas, Calif.
Adam Carson      Bristol, United Kingdom
Franco Castro      Alpharetta, Ga.
Matthew Ceravolo      Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Rak Cho      Brea, Calif.
Phillip Choi      Orlando, Fla.
Mario Clemens      Beverly Hills, Calif.
Justin Clement      Lexington, N.C.
Austin Cook      Jonesboro, Ark.
Michael Cromie      Cary, N.C.
Richard Dearinger      Chapel Hill, N.C.
Michael Decker      Pebble Beach, Calif.
Jesse Droemer      Sealy, Texas
Jacob Everts      Ooltewah, Tenn.
Zhong Yang Fu      Bradenton, Fla.
Robert Galbreath Jr.      Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Joey Garber      Petoskey, Mich.
Santiago Gavino      San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Mike Genovese      Pensacola, Fla.
Kevin  Gillick      Lincoln, Neb.
Talor Gooch      Midwest City, Okla.
Emiliano Grillo      Bradenton, Fla.
Patrick Grimes      Palo Alto, Calif.
Stewart Hagestad      Newport Beach, Calif.
Gavin Hall      Pittsford, N.Y.
Nelson Hargrove      Haverford, Pa.
Logan Harrell      Huntersville, N.C.
Michael Hebert      Orlando, Fla.
Juan Pablo Hernandez      Mexico City, Mexico
Kramer Hickok      Plano, Texas
Robert Hoadley      Southern Pines, N.C.
Ben Itterman      Carlsbad, Calif.
Trey Kaahanui      Tempe, Ariz.
Smylie Kaufman      Birmingham, Ala.
Billy Kennerly      Alpharetta, Ga.
Cody Kent      Castle Rock, Colo.
John Young Kim      Los Alamitos, Calif.
Kyle Kmiecik      Avon, Ohio
Brian Langley      Blacksburg, Va.
Shane Lebow      Santa Barbara, Calif.
Daniel Lee      Valencia, Calif.
Davis Lee      Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Jim Liu      Smithtown, N.Y.
Joaquin Lolas      Lima, Peru
Tom Lovelady      Birmingham, Ala.
Landon Lyons      Baton Rouge, La.
M.J. Maguire      St.Petersburg, Fla.
Ernesto Marin      Miami, Fla.
Chase Marinell      Cape Coral, Fla.
Maxwell Marsico      Las Vegas, Nev.
Ian McConnell      Riverview, Fla.
Tyler McCumber      Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Brent McKenzie      Cambridge, Ontario
Keith Mitchell      Chattanooga, Tenn.
Blake Morris      Waterbury, Conn.
Clark Palmer      Augusta, Ga.
Anthony Paolucci      Dallas, Texas
Will Pearson      Memphis, Tenn.
David Persons      El Paso, Texas
Kevin Phelan      St. Augustine, Fla.
Andrew Presley      Fort Worth, Texas
Brenden Redfern      Austin, Texas
Curtis Reed      Castroville, Texas
Crawford Reeves      Greenville, S.C.
Seth Reeves      Duluth, Ga.
Robert Register      Burlington, N.C.
Brandon Rodgers      Knoxville, Tenn.
Ramsey Sahyoun      Reseda, Calif.
Alberto Sanchez      Nogales, Ariz.
Johnathan Schnitzer      Houston, Texas
Jordan Shuey      Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Jordan Spieth      Dallas, Texas
Colton Staggs      Tulsa, Okla.
Lam Steven      Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Justin Thomas      Goshen, Ky.
Curtis Thompson      Coral Springs, Fla.
Jay Vandeventer      Bristol, Tenn.
Daniel Walker      Earlysville, Va.
Jack Walsh      Lawrenceville, Ga.
Richard Werenski      South Hadley, Mass.
Patrick Winther      Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Chris Worrell      Enid, Okla.
Bobby Wyatt      Mobile, Ala.
Yao-Chun Yang      Troy, Mich.
Shawn Yim      Buford, Ga.
Michael Yiu      Laguna Hills, Calif.
Andrew Yun      Chandler, Ariz.
Ryan Zech      Kearney, Mo.

*Field as of June 3, 2009
Tournament History
Past Champions
2002    Seung Su Han, Chino Hills, Calif.    76-65-68-66––275
2003    Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga.    69-71-67-68—275
2004    Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga    68-70-74-70––282
2005    Daniel Woltman, Beaver Dam, Wis.    70-68-68-72––278
2006    Andrew Yun, Tacoma, Wash.    68-73-70-66––277
2007    Peter Uihlein, Bradenton, Fla.    73-66-70-70––279
2008    Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash.     66-71-68-66––271

Low Round: (64), Roberto Galletti, Jr. 2005
Low 54-hole Total: (271), Cameron Peck 2008
2008 Final Leaderboard
1      Cameron Peck, Olympia, Wash.     66-71-68-66–271
T2     William Sjaichudin, Bradenton, Fla.     70-70-69-68–277
T2     Rak Cho, Brea, Calif.     67-68-71-71–277
T4     Cory Whitsett, Houston, Texas     69-71-70-68–278
T4     Phillip Choi, Orlando, Fla.     68-77-67-66–278
T6     Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas     71-67-70-71–279
T6     T.J. Vogel, Cooper City, Fla.     68-67-74-70–279
T6     Chan Kim, Chandler, Ariz.     66-73-70-70–279
T6     Brinson Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va.     72-68-72-67–279
T10     James Back, Cerritos, Calif.     72-71-70-67–280
T10     Anthony Paolucci, Dallas, Texas     71-71-69-69–280
Media Accommodations
The AJGA is prepared to make covering the FootJoy Invitational an enjoyable experience. Whether it be on-site professional communications staff or timely results, the AJGA is ready to honor all media requests. At the event, the AJGA will provide:

    • Information about the tournament and its participants leading up to the event
    • Assistance with player interviews before, during and after the tournament
    • A golf cart to make covering the tournament as easy as possible
    • Assistance locating players on the course
    • A recap with results after each tournament round in a timely manner

During the week of the tournament, the AJGA will have three communications representatives on hand to assist the media. These media officials will write an AP style recap and produce agate results each tournament day. These will then be faxed and/or e-mailed to all media outlets. Interviews with AJGA Tournament Directors, Tournament Chairmen and juniors can be conducted before/after every round.

The AJGA Web site, ajga.org, is a tremendous media resource. The tournament Web site, which is linked from the AJGA homepage, includes recaps, results, list of participants, tee times, live scoring, scorecards and sponsor information.


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