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Oct. 25, 2005

BRASELTON, Ga. — Jessica Hauser of Hartland, Wis., was named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association Tuesday, thus joining an esteemed collection of current and former top-level junior golfers from around the world.

Hauser, now a freshman at Ohio State University, was named a Rolex Junior All-American for the first time on the strength of winning the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek, which took place July 12-15 in Grand Blanc, Mich. Hauser posted a 71-71-75–217 tournament total, one stroke clear of fellow Rolex Junior All-American Jennifer Hong. Hauser finished the 2005 season with three more top-10 AJGA finishes, ending her junior career with seven top 10s in 10 events.

Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams annually recognize those players who have established themselves as the world’s premier junior golfers. This year’s selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 70 national events, 54 of which where conducted by the AJGA.

The teams are comprised of 135 junior golfers, ages 13-19, from 29 states and three foreign countries. These standouts will be recognized Nov. 20, during the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Jekyll Island, Ga.

Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. Of the PGA TOUR’s current top-10 money leaders, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Toms, Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia were all Rolex Junior All-Americans. On the LPGA Tour, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Hee-Won Han and Candie Kung were named Rolex Junior All-Americans as junior golfers before working their way to the top of the pay-for-play ranks. Other AJGA alumni who help make up the list of past Rolex Junior All-Americans include Justin Leonard, Sean O’Hair, Scott Verplank, Billy Mayfair, Marisa Baena, Heather Bowie and Jennifer Rosales. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. The distinguished timepiece maker is the proprietor of the Rolex Junior Players of the Year, Rolex Junior All-America Teams and the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet. Rolex also sponsors the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Rolex Girls Junior Championship, two of the AJGA’s most competitive major championships. As a Premier Partner, Rolex is the Founding Partner to the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program and an Official Partner of the biennial PING Junior Solheim Cup.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

For more information, please contact Steve Ethun in the AJGA Communications Department at (770) 868-4200, sethun@ajga.org or visit the AJGA’s Web site at ajga.org.