FCWT Junior Golfers from across the U.S.

Who Plays the FCWT? FCWT junior golfers come from across the United States as well as several other countries. Their backgrounds are varied, but they all enjoy junior golf tournaments. Get to know 9 of these junior golfers who played the FCWT during the 2016-2017 season.

FCWT Junior Golfers from the Midwest

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FCWT junior golfers from the Midwest are like Jack Ebner. Jack just graduated from Edina High School in Edina, MN. He has played golf since he was 5 years old. Ebner played the FCWT for 4 years at venues such as Kansas, Wigwam and Orange County National. Jack said he really likes Wigwam Resort because all the junior golfers are right there and he also really likes that golf course. His favorite club is his driver because it is his most consistent. When he is not playing golf, Jack enjoys basketball, going to the lake and being with friends. Like some other junior golfers, all of Jack’s family play golf to some extent. Jack will be taking a gap year and then attending Miami University in Ohio and playing golf. One interesting fact about Jack is that he is left-handed, but plays golf right-handed. Jack wants to thank his coach John Means for his development as a junior golfer.

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FCWT junior golfers from the Midwest are also like Connor Glynn. Connor is a rising junior (2019) at Waconia High School in MN. Glynn has been playing golf for 5 years and has played the FCWT for 2 years. Like Jack, Connor really liked the FCWT Wigwam tournament – so much so that he won at that venue! His favorite club is his putter. He too enjoys time at the lake with his friends. Both Connor’s brother and his dad play golf as well. Connor would like to play collegiate golf. He thanks his parents for allowing him to play in FCWT junior golf tournaments.

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Other FCWT junior golfers from the Midwest are like Piercen Hunt. Piercen is a rising sophomore at Arrowhead High School in Wisconsin. This was his first season playing FCWT junior golf tournaments, but he has been playing golf for 12 years. His favorite FCWT tournament venue was the Purdue Kampen Course where he won in a three-way playoff. Hunt likes his driver because he “enjoys being able to swing free and fast.” In addition to golf, Hunt enjoys other sports and being on the lake during the summer. Piercen also enjoys playing the piano and playing hockey, which he has done for 6 years. While Piercen is the only one in his family who plays golf, he thanks his parents “for traveling with me and for providing me with the opportunities to play such great events all across the country.”

FCWT Junior Golfers from the Northeast

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FCWT Junior Golfers from the Northeast like Emily Nash face other challenges, like weather. Emily is a rising junior (2019) at Lunenburg High School in MA. She began playing golf around the age of 10, but didn’t start playing competitively until age 11. Emily played in her first FCWT tournament last fall (2016) at Newport National CC in Rhode Island. Emily also played the spring FCWT New England tournament at Red Tail in Devens, MA. There she won her first FCWT tournament. Miss Nash said “The FCWT staff did an amazing job hosting the tournament and making all the junior golfers feel special.”

Like Connor, Emily’s favorite club is her putter, because “whenever she scores low, it’s usually because she is putting great!” Outside of golf Emily enjoys working out, playing basketball with her brother and watching movies. Mr. Nash, Emily’s dad, also plays golf. He is the one that introduced Emily to the sport.

College Golf

Emily would like to play collegiate golf. She said “I have been communicating with colleges since my freshman year. I looked at schools in the Northeast and I plan on looking at more schools down south this summer. I love the North Carolina area and could see myself going to college there.” A fun fact about Emily is that after a junior golf tournament she and her dad get coffee milkshakes. Coffee is Emily’s favorite flavor of ice cream, especially with rainbow sprinkles. She also said “I would like to thank my parents and my brother for always supporting me and my golf game. Golf requires a huge amount of time and money. Without these sacrifices by my family, I would not be in the position to follow my dreams with golf like I am in today.”

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Justin Paik is another FCWT Junior Golfer from the Northeast. Paik attends the Wheeler School in Providence, RI. He has been playing golf for 9 years and playing FCWT tournaments for 4 years. Paik’s favorite FCWT tournament venue is Newport National because it encourages creativity and imagination. Of all the clubs in his bag, Justin’s favorite is his 60 degree wedge because “it is the most versatile club.” Paik is involved in many things in addition to golf including the Model UN, ice hockey and Envirothon. His sister Allison and his dad both play golf as well. Paik, who was named to the All-FCWT Academic Team is looking for a “university experience that offers a great education.” The highlight of Justin’s golf so far was when he holed out from 188 yards for par. He wants to thank “Mr. Steve Feinstein and the FCWT staff for great golf experiences.”

FCWT Junior Golfers from the West

 

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FCWT Junior Golfers from the West can be underclassmen like Justin Hopkins. Justin will be starting at De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, in the fall. Hopkins has played golf for about 11 years and has played FCWT Tournaments for 2 years. His favorite FCWT venue was Half Moon Bay because “I played well and also because the course was in great condition. It was overall a very fun tournament and it was my first FCWT win.”

In The Bag

His favorite club is his putter because “it’s the club that wins tournaments.” Outside of golf, Justin enjoys hanging out with friends, and in the winter he likes to ski and snowboard. Golf is a family affair for the Hopkins, his brother Brandon also plays tournament golf. Justin said “my dad likes to play whenever he can, and my mom likes to watch my brother and me play.” Hopkins would definitely like to play college golf.

Who He Follows

Hopkins’ favorite golfers are Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler, and Smylie Kaufman. Justin added “I would like to give a huge thanks to my parents for taking me to all the tournaments, organizing everything, and for always supporting me. I would also really like to thank my coaches, Steve Watanabe and Kevin Lozares. They have helped me improve for many years. Lastly, I would like to thank FCWT for all the great tournaments they put on. Thanks for such a great season!”

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FCWT Junior Golfers from the West can also be upperclassmen like Jordan Davis. Jordan goes to Alhambra High School in Martinez CA. She has been playing golf for 4 years. This was her first season playing the FCWT. Jordan said “All of the courses that I have played through FCWT are very nice!” Jordan’s  favorite club is her 6 iron. “I really like this club because it is accurate and I can use it in most situations.”

Outside of golf, she enjoys hiking with her dog, playing ping-pong with her brother and dad and spending time with her friends and family. Jordan is almost alone in her golf pursuits in her family, “My uncle is the only other person in my family that plays golf.”

Thinking Ahead

When asked about college, Jordan said “I have thought a lot about college recently because I am approaching my senior year. I do not have any exact plans yet but hopefully my mind will become clearer as the summer comes to an end.”

While Emily’s favorite flavor of ice cream is coffee Jordan prefers mint chocolate chip from Baskin Robins. Miss Davis “would like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me. They are my number one supporters and I am very thankful for them.”

FCWT Junior Golfers from other countries

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Thin Wai Khaing, who is from Myanmar, is one of many FCWT junior golfers from other countries who play the FCWT. Miss Wai Khaing attends Monteverde Academy (FL) for high school. She has been playing golf for 7 years, but this was her first year playing FCWT tournaments. Miss Khaing said “My favorite club is my driver because I can play it consistently.”

In addition to golf she likes to play the piano and swim. Her dad and my brothers also play golf. Thin would like to thank FCWT and all the sponsors. She added “I would like to thank my parents and my golf coach and my golf academy. I would also like to thank all my friends especially my housemates.”

FCWT Junior Golfers from the Southeast

 

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Alexis Sudjianto goes to high school at Charlotte Latin School in NC. She is one of many FCWT junior golfers from the southeast who play FCWT junior golf tournaments. Alexis has been playing golf for about five years, but “this is my first year playing FCWT junior golf tournaments.” She started playing golf when she lived in London, England.
Her favorite FCWT tournament venue wasRed Tail Golf Club in Massachusetts because the style of the golf course and the shots required to give myself good looks at the hole were completely different from North Carolina. Also, the course was in great condition despite the cold temperatures.”
Alexis’ favorite club is her gap wedge “because I have holed out/chipped in with it at least 3 times!” In addition to golf, she enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with her family (including her dog) and her best friends. Miss Sudjianto has traveled to 49 different countries. She took the photo above while visiting Pinehurst No. 2.

A Family Affair

Golf does run in her family as her dad enjoys playing on the weekends and she has a cousin who played college golf for the University of California at Berkeley. She doesn’t have any definite college plans yet, but “would love to attend an academic-rigorous school with a great golf program.”
When it comes to dessert, Alexis likes cookies-n-cream ice cream and her favorite chocolate is peppermint bark by Ghiradelli. Alexis added that she “would like to thank my parents for supporting my golf game and pushing me to excel in the classroom. I would like to thank my swing coach for guiding me through the game I am most passionate about and sticking with me through the highs and lows of golf. I would also like to thank FCWT for honoring me with such an esteemed award and hosting all the wonderful tournaments around the country. Lastly, I would like to thank God because He has given me the gift of golf and has truly allowed me to flourish in the classroom and on the golf course. Thank you!”

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