2009 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team

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.

Nicole Agnello
David Catt
Kaitlyn Hutcherson

Brandon Jobe
Patrick Cansfield

“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 Team, click here.

2007 -- Daniel Maurer (Longmont, Colorado); Chris Olson (Midlothian, Virginia); Alyssa Roland (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania); and James Rowland (Bolivar, Ohio).

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