Optimist Junior Golf recently announced
the junior golfers who will make up the 2009 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic
Team. The team recognizes junior golfers who excel on the golf course and
also in the classroom.
Optimist Junior Golf bestowed the All-Scholastic Team honor on four exceptional
student athletes: Nicole Agnello of Longwood, Florida; David Catt of Shawnee,
Kansas; Kaitlyn Hutcherson of Greeneville, Tennessee; and Brandon Jobe of
Fayetteville, North Carolina. In addition, Patrick Cansfield of Port Huron,
Michigan, was honored with the “Bringing Out the Best in Kids”
Community Service Award.
The four members of the 2009 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team and the recipient
of the “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” Community Service Award
will receive automatic exemptions into the 2009 Optimist International Junior
Golf Championships July 28 through August 2 at PGA National Resort and Spa
in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition, the members of the scholastic
team will have their registration fee for the tournament waived. All of
this year’s honorees will also be recognized for their accomplishments
at the tournament’s opening ceremonies on July 29.
“The selection committee was truly impressed with the many applicants
who not only excel in junior golf but also use that same discipline to succeed
in the classroom and in so many other activities,” said Steve Feinstein,
chairman of the Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team Committee. “The
quality of this year’s applicants was outstanding, and the selection
process was a difficult one.”
Applicants were required to be 16 to 18 years old and past participants
of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, Optimist International
Tournament of Champions or Optimist District qualifiers. Those making the
team exemplified an impressive balance between golf and academics.
Nicole Agnello is finishing her senior year at Lake Mary High School in
Lake Mary, Florida, where she is ranked fifth in a class of 573 students.
She has a 4.48 GPA and has performed well on the ACT and SAT, with exceptionally
high scores in math. Outside of class Agnello is active in golf, piano,
weight training and community service work. Agnello has served more than
230 hours as a volunteer junior golf coach. On the competitive side of the
sport, she was a member of the HP Scholastic Junior All-American Golf Team
in 2008 and has competed in a number of AJGA, USGA and FJT events. She also
finished in sixth place at the 2008 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.
Agnello will play golf for the University of Virginia when she enters the
university this fall.
David Catt is a junior at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee,
Kansas, who maintains a 4.71 GPA and is ranked second in his class of 403
students. He recently received high scores on the SAT and was particularly
strong in math and critical reading. Catt is involved in a number of student
organizations, plays varsity golf and will be co-editor-in-chief of his
school’s newspaper in the fall. Catt has competed in Optimist junior
golf tournaments for several years, taking first place in the Kansas District
qualifier in 2005 and 2007, placing third at the District level in 2008
and competing in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in
2005 and 2007.
Kaitlyn Hutcherson is completing her senior year at Greeneville High School
in Greeneville, Tennessee, where she is tied for first in a class of 200
students. Hutcherson excelled on the SAT and the ACT, with high scores on
the English and reading sections of the ACT. Hutcherson has maintained a
perfect 4.0 GPA throughout high school. She has dedicated much time to volunteering,
particularly through Boys and Girls Club and as a golf camp instructor.
Hutcherson has served as her high school’s golf team captain for three
years, performs in an audition-only choral group, takes part in a number
of musicals and plays and has served on her student council for four years.
In addition to a number of tournaments in Tennessee, Hutcherson competed
in the 2004, 2005 and 2007 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.
Hutcherson will play golf for the College of William and Mary when she begins
there in the fall.
Brandon Jobe is completing his senior year at Jack Britt High School in
Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he maintains a 4.72 GPA. With impressive
results on the SAT and ACT and a challenging course load, Jobe is ranked
10th out of his class of 421 students. Jobe has been named a North Carolina
Academic Scholar and has received a number of other academic honors. He
has participated in leadership conferences and has volunteered time with
the AJGA Care 4 the Course, a golf course beautification project. Jobe is
on his school’s varsity golf team, has been in Key Club International
for three years and is a member of a number of other student groups and
organizations. Jobe has competed in a number of AJGA tournaments as well
as the 2006 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. He will be
attending the University of North Carolina in the fall.
Receiving the “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” Community Service
Award is Patrick Cansfield of Port Huron, Michigan. Cansfield, a junior
at Port Huron Northern High School, has shown a strong dedication to community
service in addition to his high academic performance and extracurricular
activities. Cansfield has served on a Youth Advisory Council for several
years, taken on youth leadership roles through his church, spent several
years as a fun fitness advisor for his school district, dedicated time as
an advisor for the Port Huron Youth Tennis League and volunteered at a local
soup kitchen and at the Port Huron Museum. Cansfield placed first in the
Michigan District qualifier in 2008, competed in the 2007 and 2008 Optimist
International Junior Golf Championships and tied for 10th in the 2007 Optimist
International Tournament of Champions.
The All-Scholastic Team is named for Hugh Cranford, who served as Executive
Director of Optimist International from 1967 to 1986. He was instrumental
in starting the Optimist Junior Golf program and in 1978 led the efforts
to co-sponsor the Optimist Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego,
the forerunner to today’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.
In recent years, Cranford has served as chairman and member of the committee
that oversees the Optimist Junior Golf program. He is currently an emeritus
member of the committee.
About the Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team
To learn more about the All-Scholastic Team, click here.
Past All-Scholastic Teams
2008 -- Adam Carpenter (Little Rock, Arkansas); Katherine Jean (Rantoul,
Illinois); Patrick Rodgers (Avon, Indiana); and Mark Wehner (Cincinnati,
Ohio). To read more about the 2008 Optimist International All-Scholastic
2007 -- Daniel Maurer (Longmont, Colorado); Chris Olson (Midlothian, Virginia);
Alyssa Roland (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania); and James Rowland (Bolivar,