Optimist Junior Golf recently announced the junior golfers of the 2021 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team. Those making the team exemplified an impressive balance of academics, golf and community service. After reviewing the qualifications of impressive applicants, the Optimist Junior Golf Committee selected the following exceptional student athletes for the team:
Holden Kittelberger: Katy, Texas
John Thomas "J.T." Timmers: Littleton, Colorado
Elisa Villamizar: Colombia
Community Service Award Winner
Sarah Balding: Brookfield, Wisconsin
Charlie Bundy: Bethesda, Maryland
This team exemplified an impressive balance of academics, golf and community service. 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. Cranford passed away in August 2014.
Holden Kittelberger is finishing his junior year at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. In addition to being a two time All-District selection, Holden was a member of the Houston Area Golf Coaches Association All-Area First Team, and is the MVP of his varsity golf team. Academically, Holden has filled his schedule with a multitude of advanced placement classes and is a third-year German language student. He has maintained a 4.55 GPA and excelled on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. Holden is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Through the AJGA Leadership Links program, Holden has worked to raise funding for junior golfers in need as well as the NRDC whose efforts help safeguard the environment.

John Thomas "J.T." Timmers is a sophomore at Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado. He maintains a 4.21 grade average and has been on the Honor Roll every trimester. Timmers competed in MathCounts in middle school, placing 5th in seventh grade and 1st in eighth grade. Timmers is a solid member of the American computer science league and Ethics Bowl teams, and serves on the Colorado Academy community council. He also performs in the Upper School Chamber Choir and musical theater. In addition, he volunteers at the Food Bank of the Rockies and Open Arms Food Bank, and also provides tutoring to underprivileged youth in Denver. In sports, Timmers is on the Junior Varsity basketball, Varsity baseball and Varsity Ultimate Frisbee teams. In golf, he was named Honorable Mention All-State as a Freshman, First Team All-State as a Sophomore and Team MVP while leading Colorado Academy to the school’s first-ever boys golf state championship in 2020.

Elisa Villamizar will be graduating next year from Colegio Colombo Britanico in Cali, Colombia and has a cumulative grade point average of 4.2 and ranked 3rd out of a class of 94 students. Villamizar has made the honor roll throughout her high school years. She competed in the regional math Olympics making it to the finals. She started her own cooking business called “Delice '' with making of cinnamons and chocolate strawberries. She helps in the community by giving lessons to caddies, collecting recycled plastic to help cancer patients, recycling notebooks to help underprivileged children, helping people who were affected the most by covid, and participating in the building of libraries in places that need it most.

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Sarah Balding Sarah Balding is a junior at Brookfield Central High School. She is on the Honor Roll with a current grade point average of 4.225. Sarah got an almost perfect score on her ACT. In 2020, Balding was the captain of the state championship Brookfield Central Girls Golf Team. She was the president of the symphony orchestra and currently the vice president of the chamber orchestra. The number of volunteer hours performed as a Kiwanis Key Club Member is impressive. While serving as a district representative, she developed and led a Division Wide Donations Project. Sarah also volunteers as a student leader with the Elmbrook Church youth group, has helped with Junior Golf at Oconomowoc Golf Course and is a SEA Literacy Tutor.

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Charlie Bundy will graduate from Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland next year. An Honor Roll student, he carries a 4.07 cumulative grade point average and scored in the top 2% nationally on the SAT. At Landon, he is a Maguire Etthics Scholar, was selected to represent his school at the Maryland Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference, and was elected to be a Prefect for his senior year. He is the co-founder and president of Landon’s Ethics Club, which includes discussions focused on ethics in sports. During his sophomore and junior years, he was the captain of the varsity golf team, and he was on the varsity cross country team and basketball team. Bundy started “Clubs For Kids,� which collects new and used equipment for junior golf programs, and he has volunteered for the First Tee and Maryland Special Olympics. He shares the game of golf with other young people to help build character, improve physical fitness, foster camaraderie, and have fun.