Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Updated: 9:09 AM
The American Junior Golf Association has announced its Rolex Junior All-America Teams, headlined by Rolex Junior Players of the Year Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, and Paphangkorn Tavatanakit of Bangkok, Thailand.
Lyon County's Cullan Brown was named an honorable mention.
On Monday, Brown was presented with a certificate of recognition by the Lyon County Board of Education for recently winning the KHSAA Boys State Golf championship, Region One Champion, Golf House Junior Player of the Year and Rolex All American. Superintendent Russ Tilford said a banner will be hung in Lyon County High School following Brown's graduation.
"It's been a great year, we've been very blessed," Brown said in accepting the certificate. "I've played some great golf and just happened to time it well at the state tournament. I was glad to do that for Lyon County. I appreciate the support, it means a lot to me."
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 Rolex Junior All-America Teams are comprised of 96 junior golfers ages 13-19, from 19 states, the District of Columbia, Chile, China, Mexico, Thailand and the United Kingdom. These young men and women distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 132 national junior golf events, 117 of which were conducted by the AJGA.
The Rolex Junior Player of the Year award recognizes one boy and one girl who had the most outstanding year in junior golf events at the national level. Past recipients have gone on to become some of the most esteemed players on the PGA and LPGA Tours, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Charles Howell III, Hunter Mahan, Brian Harman, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.
Goodwin, Tavatanakit and their fellow Rolex Junior All-Americans will be honored Nov. 20 during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The awards ceremony, dubbed “The Greatest Night in Junior Golf,” will also celebrate the achievements of the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-Americans and Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award recipient.
The 12 boys on the 2016 Rolex Junior All-America First Team hail from six states and Chile. All but two of the boys, Joaquin Niemann and Bryan Teoh Wiang, competed at the 2016 Wyndham Cup. Returning to the First Team are Davis Shore, Eugene Hong and Won Jun Lee. Niemann, Wiang, Ricky Castillo and Ryan Gerard are all first-time Rolex Junior All-Americans. Cooper Dossey is the lone 2016 grad on the team, earning honors for the second time and now competing for Baylor.
The 12 girls on the 2016 Rolex Junior All-America First Team are from seven states and Thailand. Among the girls, Kaitlyn Papp and Alyaa Abdulghany are the only returners to the First Team, while Rolex Junior Player of the Year Tavatanakit and RuQing Guan are making their debuts as Rolex Junior All-Americans. Kristen Gillman is the lone 2016 grad on the team, earning honors for the fourth time and now competing for the University of Texas.
Of the 96 Rolex Junior All-Americans, 23 are California natives. Xin (Cindy) Kou and Rose Zhang are the only 13-year-olds, while eight total honorees began their college golf careers this fall. Thirty boys and 24 girls are being honored as Rolex Junior All-Americans for the first time in their AJGA careers.