Players of year Akshay Bhatia, Yealimi Noh lead AJGA Rolex Junior All-Americans

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Players of year Akshay Bhatia, Yealimi Noh lead AJGA Rolex Junior All-Americans

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Players of year Akshay Bhatia, Yealimi Noh lead AJGA Rolex Junior All-Americans

Akshay Bhatia and Yealimi Noh, two players who combined to win seven national tournaments this year, were named AJGA Rolex Junior Players of the Year on Monday, headlining the list of Rolex Junior All-Americans.

The players of the year and All-America teams were determined exclusively through the Rolex AJGA Rankings as of Oct. 15. Bhatia and Noh are ranked No. 1 in those rankings.

Bhatia, a 16-year-old from Wake Forest, N.C., had a strong year in which he won the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic and Boys Junior PGA Championship, and was second at the U.S. Junior Amateur, AJGA Junior Players and Scott Robertson Memorial Junior. He also represented the U.S. in the Junior Ryder Cup and Youth Olympics, where he won two silver medals.

“I’m so humbled and honored to win such a prestigious award,” Bhatia said. “I’m in the history of the AJGA forever and it’s awesome to see my name alongside Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and other top alumni. To see what they’ve done in their careers, it shows I am on the right track to chase my dreams.”

Yealimi Noh (AJGA)

Noh, a 17-year-old from Concord, Calif., won four times this year, capturing the Hana Financial Group Se Ri Pak Championship, Girls Junior PGA Championship, U.S. Girls’ Junior and Canadian Women’s Amateur. She also was second at the Buick Shanshan Feng Girls Invitational and AJGA Thunderbird International Junior, and represented the U.S. in the Junior Ryder Cup.

She is a Rolex Junior All-American for the fourth straight year.

“I’m so honored to be receiving this incredible award,” Noh said. “It truly is one of my biggest accomplishments. It comes as a bit of a surprise because in the beginning of the year, I didn’t think I would get enough points to win Rolex Junior Player of the Year, or even, that I would win three tournaments. This really means a lot to me.”

This year’s AJGA Rolex Junior All-America teams feature 96 junior golfers ages 14-19, from 21 states and eight countries. Fifty-eight junior golfers are being honored for the first time. Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, Calif., leads all recipients by being honored for a fifth time as an All-American.

They will be honored Nov. 18 at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Here is a look at the complete All-America teams:

BOYS

FIRST TEAM

  • Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, N.C.
  • Ricky Castillo of Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Canon Claycomb of Bowling Green, Ky.
  • Ryan Hall of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • William Moll of Houston, Texas
  • Leo Oyo of San Diego
  • Cameron Sisk of El Cajon, Calif.
  • James Song of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
  • Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Mass.
  • Travis Vick of Houston
  • Karl Vilips of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

SECOND TEAM

  • Alexander Yang of Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Va.
  • Eugene Hong of Orlando, Fla.
  • J. Holland Humphries of Austin, Texas
  • Bo Jin of Encinitas, Calif.
  • John Keefer of San Antonio
  • William Mouw of Chino, Calif.
  • Jeewon Park of Lake Mary, Fla.
  • Luke Potter of Encinitas, Calif.
  • Gordon Sargent of Birmingham, Ala.
  • Ian Siebers of Bellevue, Wash.
  • Jackson Van Paris of Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Jonathan Yaun of Minneola, Fla.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Trey Bosco of Austin, Texas
  • Nicolas Cassidy of Johns Creek, Ga.
  • Kuangyu Chen of Shenzhen, China
  • Aaron Chen of Fremont, Calif.
  • George Duangmanee of Fairfax, Va.
  • Chris Fosdick of Middlefield, Conn.
  • Peter Fountain of Raleigh, N.C.
  • Austin Greaser of Vandalia, Ohio
  • Frankie Harris of Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Jimmy Lee of Mission, Texas
  • Tyler Lipscomb of Carrollton, Ga.
  • Dylan Menante of Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Hazen Newman of Las Vegas
  • Jay Nimmo of Benton, Ky.
  • Cole Ponich of Farmington, Utah
  • Austyn Reily of Pottsboro, Texas
  • Jackson Rivera of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
  • Jeevan Sihota of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Brian Stark of Kingsburg, Calif.
  • Nicklas Staub of Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Will Thomson of Naples, Fla.
  • Brendan Valdes of Orlando, Fla.
  • Andi Xu of San Diego
  • Sampson-Yunhe Zheng of Orlando, Fla.

GIRLS

FIRST TEAM

  • Anne Chen of Sugar Land, Texas
  • Sadie Englemann of Austin, Texas
  • Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tenn.
  • Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, Calif.
  • Michaela Morard of Huntsville, Ala.
  • Yealimi Noh of Concord, Calif.
  • Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Fla.
  • Megan Schofill of Monticello, Fla.
  • Erica Shepherd of Greenwood, Ind.
  • Yujeong Son of Norman, Okla.
  • Angelina Ye of Bradenton, Fla.
  • Rose Zhang of Irvine, Calif.

SECOND TEAM

  • Amari Avery of Riverside, Calif.
  • Irene Kim of La Palma, Calif.
  • Cindy Kou of Windermere, Fla.
  • Alexa Melton of Covina, Calif.
  • Katherine Muzi of Walnut, Calif.
  • Bohyun Park of Farmers Branch, Texas
  • Brooke Seay of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
  • Aneka Seumanutafa of Emmitsburg, Md.
  • Erika Smith of Orlando, Fla.
  • Kornkamol Sukaree of Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • Christine Wang of Houston, Texas
  • Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Ty Akabane of Danville, Calif.
  • Zoe Antoinette Campos of Valencia, Calif.
  • Briana Chacon of Whittier, Calif.
  • Ya Chun Chang of Bradenton, Fla.
  • Megan Furtney of South Elgin, Ill.
  • Ashley Gilliam of Manchester, Tenn.
  • Agustina Gomez Cisterna of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Savannah Grewal of Mississauga, Ontario
  • Sophie Guo of Orlando, Fla.
  • Yoon Min Han of Bradenton, Fla.
  • Trinity King of Arlington, Texas
  • Anina Ku of Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, N.C.
  • Yu Wen Lu of Shanghai, China
  • Ashley Menne of Surprise, Ariz.
  • Alyssa Montgomery of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, Calif.
  • Jennie Park of Carrollton, Texas
  • Sarah-Eve Rheaume of Lac-Delage, Quebec
  • Serena Sepersky of Temecula, Calif.
  • Latanna Stone of Riverview, Fla.
  • Alexandra Swayne of Maineville, Ohio
  • Nicole Whiston of San Diego
  • Katie Yoo of Orlando, Fla.

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