BRASELTON, Ga. – Jens Verhey of Reno, Nev., has been named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American, the American Junior Golf Association and HP announced.
Since 1988, the team has recognized 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.
A senior at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Verhey opened the 2013 season with his first AJGA victory at the PING Phoenix Junior at ASU Karsten. He went on to finish fourth at the AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open. Academically, Verhey scored a 2140 on the SAT and carries a weighted GPA of 4.18, which is fourth in his class of 146. At No. 80 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Verhey has verbally committed to Notre Dame. He is the founder and president of Manogue Minors, a volunteer music ensemble group that visits hospitals and retirement homes, and is a top-30 fundraiser with the AJGA’s Leadership Links program, supporting children’s cancer research.
To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open or Invitational, while girls needed a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, SAT/ACT/PLAN/PSAT scores, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.
“HP has sponsored the AJGA for 18 years and is once again proud to recognize outstanding academic, athletic, and community service achievements with the naming of the 2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team,” said John Dayan, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard. “The AJGA, working closely with parents and players, strives to prepare these young adults for life in college and beyond, by instilling honor, integrity, perseverance, and sportsmanship.”
The HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 24, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, each player is also eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, which will take place on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion and Fazio Courses, Nov. 23-29.
Former HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans have gone on to successful amateur, collegiate and professional golf careers, including Casey Martin (1989), Wendy Ward (1990), Kellee Booth (1992), Matt Kuchar (1994), Scott Langley (2005) and Patrick Rodgers (2009, 2010).