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Castilleja golfer named to scholastic All-American junior team

Nelsen one of 12 young women nationwide to receive the honor

Castilleja senior golfer Brenna Nelsen has been named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American, the American Junior Golf Association and Hewlett Packard announced Thursday.

Sponsored since 1988 by HP, the 2010 team consists of 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.

At Castilleja, Nelsen served as her junior class president and currently is secretary/treasurer this year. She also is a section editor of the student newspaper and acts as a peer adviser to incoming freshmen throughout their first year.

Nelsen has two top-five AJGA finishes on her resume, including a fourth-place finish at the Aspen Golf Classic presented by Jim McLean last June. She also advanced to the second round of match play at this year's U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. Nelsen also had led the Castilleja golf team to a 4-0 start in the West Bay Athletic League this season.

To be eligible for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open or Invitational, while girls needed a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, SAT/ACT scores, leadership skills, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.

These outstanding individuals will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 21, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, each player is also eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, which will take place on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion and Haig Courses, Nov. 20-26.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 400 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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