Monroe Township, NJ (May 13, 2015) – Rock Ridge sophomore, Brandon Yoon shot an even-par 142 to the American Junior Golf Assoication’s (AJGA’s) Junior All-Star tournament on May 3rd at Forsgate Country Club.
Yoon, a Rock Ridge High School sophomore, shot 1-under-par 70 in the final round. Yoon parred No. 18 in a playoff with Joe Parrini of York, Pennsylvania, to claim his first AJGA victory.
“Right from the start I was able to play my game and I was really enjoying myself out there,” said Yoon, “I think that is the most important thing about playing tournaments.”
The Junior All-Star at Forsgate is one of 15 events in the AJGA Junior All-Star Series. Specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15, the AJGA Junior All-Star Series presents opportunities for younger players to develop their skills and build Performance Based Entry status to earn entry into AJGA Open tournaments. The Series also provides opportunities to earn entry during the summer to the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star (entry based on the Polo Golf Rankings) and Columbus Day weekend to the Junior All-Star Invitational sponsored by NIKEGOLF (entry based on the Polo Golf Rankings and top finishes in Series play).
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, Polo 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.
(Cover photo / courtesy photo – includes Brandon Yoon and Lauren Peter of Carmel, N.Y., who place 1st in the girls division)