By Chris Richards (@AJGARichards), AJGA Communications
The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star at Château Élan was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-71 Château Course at Château Élan. The event featured 102 boys and 36 girls, ages 12-15, from 28 states and six countries. The Boys Division played the course at 6,601 yards and the Girls Division played the course at 5,604 yards.
The junior Junior All-Stars…
Both the youngest boy and youngest girl in the 138-player field made the cut in their AJGA debuts. Tyler Lipscomb of Carrolton, Ga., (12 years, 23 days) and Isabella Fierro of Mexico (12 years, 3 months, 5 days) were among the 56 boys and 19 girls to qualify for Sunday’s final round.
…the senior Junior All-Star…
By contrast, 15-year-old Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, S.C., competed in her fourth AJGA tournament at Château Élan. Her track record at the Château Course remains stellar, as she added a win to a resume that includes co-medalist honors at the 2011 Preseason Junior at Château Élan and a third-place finish at this event in 2012.
…and the AJGA All-Stars.
The extended AJGA family came together at Château Élan this weekend, as the volunteers were largely made up of former staff, future staff, current players and staff families.
Among the guest rules officials were recently departed tournament directors, including Annie Giangrosso (@Annie_jo_g), who is a rules official on the Symetra Tour. Two members of the AJGA Intern Class of 2013 got their first taste of AJGA competition by serving as timing station volunteers alongside 2011 Rolex Junior All-American Rinko Mitsunaga (@RinkoMitsunaga), who traveled 38 miles from her home in Roswell, Ga., to volunteer Easter Sunday.
Spouses of current employees drove shuttles, while the parents of Tournament Director Katie Tahara (@KatieJoTahara) managed FJ Live Scoring and monitored their daughter at work.
The roots of the AJGA Family Tree are deep, and they were on full display during one of the AJGA’s busiest weekends.