BRASELTON, Ga. - The field for the Midwest Junior Players Championship, a 54-hole stroke play event to be held July 20-23, at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein has been set and includes two Rolex Junior All-Americans and 11 players who have signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their golf career at the next level. Players from 13 states, Canada and Thailand will be represented, including 39 from Illinois.
Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind., will headline the Boys Division as the highest ranked player in the field. Currently No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Rodgers is a 2009 Rolex Junior All-American. Rodgers finished second at the 2010 Rolex Tournament of Champions and has earned 10 additional top-10 finishes in national junior golf competition.
Local player Theodore Lederhausen of Hinsdale, will also be a strong competitor. Lederhausen was a 2008 HP Scholastic All-American and completed the 2009 season with two third-place finishes in addition to a victory at the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out. He finished third at the 2008 Midwest Junior Players Championship and will play for Harvard in the fall.
Other local players to watch include Patrick Cermak of Chicago, who tied for seventh at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities in June. Kansas State signee Jack Watson of Lincolnshire, returns after a top-20 finish in 2009, along with Blake Biddle of St. Charles who has signed with UNLV and recently tied for third at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities.
In the Girls Division, Kaira Martin of Paradise Valley, Ariz., will return to defend her title. Martin was a 2009 honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American and has earned 10 top-10 finishes in national junior golf competition in addition to three AJGA victories.
Elizabeth Doty of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., will be another strong competitor in the field. Doty has eight top-10 finishes in national junior golf competition, including a tie for third at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T.
Local junior girls competing in the event include Elizabeth Szokol and Isabelle Kane of Winnetka, Stephanie Miller of Wauconda, and Taylor Quinn of Barrington Hills.
The tournament field
Weston Apple St. Charles, Ill.
Blake Biddle St. Charles, Ill.
Brock Bolton Salem, Ill.
Smith Brinker Cincinnati, Ohio
Scott Cahill Carpentersville, Ill.
John Callahan Hinsdale, Ill.
Patrick Cermak Chicago, Ill.
Justin Cho Norcross, Ga.
Greg Conrad Barrington, Ill.
Thomas Dunne Dublin, Ohio
Ben-Marvin Egel Kokomo, Ind.
Tyler Gentilella Parkland, Fla.
Jonathan Gerrard Highland Park, Ill.
Michael Grayson Highland Park, Ill.
Nicholas Grubnich Crown Point , Ind.
Mitchell Homb Dixon , Ill.
Elliot Horst Rockford, Ill.
Jared Howard Dublin, Ohio
Jimmy Jaskoske Addison , Ill.
Perry Johnson Lake Forest, Ill.
Sean Jones Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Tee-k Kelly Wheaton, Ill.
Han Kim Lake Mary, Fla.
Corey Konieczki Rockford, Ill.
Landon Kowalski Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Bennett Lavin Deerfield, Ill.
Theodore Lederhausen Hinsdale, Ill.
Scott Mann Highland Park, Ill.
Sean Marquardt Willowbrook, Ill.
Chad Merzbacher Dublin, Ohio
Thomas O'Bryan Aurora, Ill.
Steven Petchenik Glenview, Ill.
Jay Pinkos Clifton, Va.
Jason Plepel Wheaton, Ill.
Quinlan Quinn Prchal Glenview, Ill.
Nick Robles Crystal Lake, Ill.
Patrick Rodgers Avon, Ind.
Nickolas Schiavi Barrington Hills, Ill.
Logan Stauffer Danvers, Ill.
Jordan Stein Glencoe, Ill.
Jack Watson Lincolnshire, Ill.
Kyle Weldon St. Louis, Mo.
Jordan Wetsch St. Charles, Ill.
McCoy Willey St. George, Utah
Tyler Wingo Fairfax, Va.
Eric Winters Elgin, Ill.
Kevin Workman Burr Ridge, Ill.
Dane Worley Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kari Bellville Granger, Ind.
Jacqueline Chulya Bangkok, Thailand
Jessica Chulya Bangkok, Thailand
Elizabeth Doty Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Lauren English Bloomington, Ill.
Isabelle Kane Winnetka, Ill.
Kaira Martin Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Kaci McCartan Plano, Texas
Stephanie Miller Wauconda, Ill.
April Ohlendorf Wales, Wis.
Heather Proctor Silver Spring, Fla.
Taylor Quinn Barrington Hills, Ill.
Kathy Sterling Mokena, Ill.
Elizabeth Szokol Winnetka, Ill.
Vivian Tsui Markham, OntarioCanada
Mayko Chwen Wang Hacienda Heights, Calif.
Han Wu La Mirada, Calif.