NeSmith, Jutanugarn named AJGA Players of Year
- By Golf Channel Digital
- Oct 22, 2012 4:00 PM ET
Matthew NeSmith and Ariya Jutanugarn have been named the 2012 AJGA Rolex Players of the Year.
NeSmith, of North Augusta, S.C., won four of the five junior tournaments he played in this season and spent the final nine weeks of his junior career ranked No. 1 in the country. The 19-year-old is currently a freshman at the University of South Carolina.
Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, became only the fifth girl to win consecutive Player of the Year awards. The 16-year-old won three times in seven junior starts this season. She is expected to turn pro later this year.
“It is the biggest honor I have ever earned in my life,” Jutanugarn said in a statement, “and it is such an honor to have my name appear two times since the AJGA is a very large and well-known institution.”
The players will be recognized Nov. 18 during the Rolex Junior All-American Awards Banquet at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The rest of the teams:
Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.
Brad Dalke, McKinney, Texas
Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Tae Wan Lee, (South Korea) Orlando, Fla.
Thomas Lim, Moorpark, Calif.
Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y.
Lee McCoy, Clarkesville, Ga.
Matthew NeSmith, North Augusta, S.C.
Andy Shim, (South Korea) Duluth, Ga.
Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind.
James Yoon, Bradenton, Fla.
Connor Black, Houston, Texas
Derek Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Branson Davis, McKinney, Texas
Zecheng Dou, Beijing, China
Max Greyserman, Short Hills, N.J.
Jacob Joiner, Albany, Ga.
Peter Kim, Metuchen, N.J.
Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.
Brandon Pierce, Covington, La.
Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas
Davis Womble, High Point, N.C.
Philip Barbaree, Shreveport, La.
Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.
James Clark, III, Columbus, Ga.
Sean Crocker, Westlake Village, Calif.
Daniel De La Garza, (Mexico) Austin, Texas
Parker Derby, Columbus, Ga.
Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.
Rigel Fernandes, (India) Bradenton, Fla.
Nicolo Galletti, Pleasanton, Calif.
Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas
Franklin Huang, Poway, Calif.
Brendon Jelley, Tulsa, Okla.
Joo-Young Lee, Hilliard, Ohio
Clayton Madey, West Linn, Ore.
Cole Madey, West Linn, Ore.
Luis Medina, Zapopan, Mexico
Chad Merzbacher, Dublin, Ohio
Fred Allen Meyer, Nicholasville, Ky.
Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Ga.
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jacob Solomon, Dublin, Calif.
Jimmy Stanger, Tampa, Fla.
Danny Walker, Bradenton, Fla.
Hayden Wood, Edmond, Okla.
Shannon Aubert, (France) Reunion, Fla.
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J.
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Wis.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Bangkok, Thailand
Alison Lee, Valencia, Calif.
Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Esther Lee, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y.
Ashlan Ramsey, Milledgeville, Ga.
Sierra Sims, Austin, Texas
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla.
Lindsey Weaver, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Karen Arimoto, (Japan) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Erin Choi, Torrance, Calif.
Simin Feng, (China) Orlando, Fla.
Cheyenne Knight, The Woodlands, Texas
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif.
Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Marijosse Navarro, (Mexico) San Antonio, Texas
Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.
Summar Roachell, Conway, Ark.
Maria Torres, San Juan, P.R.
Jessica Vasilic, (Sweden) Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Elisabeth Bernabe, Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla.
Sarah Cho, San Diego, Calif.
Hee Wook Choi, (South Korea) San Diego, Calif.
Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii
Rachel Dai, Milton, Ga.
Dree Fausnaugh, Maitland, Fla.
Anne Freman, Las Vegas, Nev.
Cindy Ha, Demarest, N.J.
Alexandra Harkins, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Alexandra Kaui, Las Vegas, Nev.
Danielle Lee, La Mirada, Calif.
Paige Lee, Folsom, Calif.
Christine Lin, Austin, Texas
Yu Liu, (China) Aventura, Fla.
Brooke McDougald, The Woodlands, Texas
Anna Newell, Tampa, Fla.
Hannah O'Sullivan, Phoenix, Ariz.
Jessica Porvasnik, Hinckley, Ohio
Sophia Schubert, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Laura Sojo, (Colombia) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C.
Kuriko Tsukiyama, West New York, N.J.
Angel Yin, Arcadia, Calif.
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