Kentwood High golfer Catherina Li was named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association this week. Here’s the press release:
BRASELTON, Ga. – Catherina Li of Kent, Wash., has been named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing herself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.
Li, a sophomore at Kentwood High School, earned Rolex Junior All-America honors for the first time in her career behind her first AJGA victory at the AJGA Junior at Centennial. Ranked No. 43 in the Polo Golf Rankings, she notched runner-up finishes at the AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open and the W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at Rush Creek.
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize players who have proven to be the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 83 national events, 70 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 18.
The teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-19, from 24 states and eight foreign countries (Argentina, Colombia, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago). These standouts will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 20, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Of the top 10 players in the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker and Chez Reavie each earned Rolex Junior All-America honors during their junior golf careers, while Mahan was Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1999.
On the LPGA Tour, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Cristie Kerr were named Rolex Junior All-Americans as junior golfers before working their way to the top of the pay-for-play ranks. Other notable AJGA alumni who help make up the list of past Rolex Junior All-Americans include Phil Mickelson, Trevor Immelman, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Morgan Pressel, In-Bee Park, Brittany Lang, Alexis Thompson and Vicky Hurst.