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Four Texas boys made their fathers proud this Fatherís Day at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course. Benjamin Baxter of Flower Mound, James Thompson of Dallas, Shen Yoon of The Woodlands, and Michael Valletti of Plano all shot 1-over-par 73 to claim medalist honors in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Madeline Davis of Houston and Adrianna Morilla of Southlake, Texas, took the girls division after carding 3-over-par 75.
The TaylorMade-adidas Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Woodlands Country Club in the Woodlands, Texas. The tournament field consisted of 80 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-18, from three countries and four states, including 92 participants from Texas. The Boys Division played the par-72 Tournament course at 6,962 yards and the Girls Division played it at 6,179 yards. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or earn Performance Stars for a future event. The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
In addition to Thompson, Yoon, and Valletti , five other Texas boys gained entry into the championship. Matt Digoy of Sugarland shot a 3-over-par 75, while Ryan Peterson of Houston, Logan Hess of Spring, Chad Hutchins of The Woodlands and Jacob Veerman of Sugarland, all secured their position in the Open after shooting 4-over-par 76 and participating in a one-hole playoff. Baxter opted out of playing in this week's tournament.
In the Girls Division, Davis and Morillo declined the championship invitation, giving room for Angela No of College Station, Texas, and Annika Clark of Highlands, Texas, to gain entry.
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 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 more than 40 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.
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For more information about the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier series, please contact the AJGA Headquarters at (770) 868-4200 or visit ajga.org.