FIRST-TIME WINNERS TAKE CHARGE AT MINDMATTERS QUALIFIER
Formeck medals in Girls Divison, Stough and Waesche III medal in Boys Division
BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. โ Samantha Formeck of Northern Cambria, Pa., carded a 2-over-par 74 to capture medalist honors in the MindMatters Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier by one shot in her AJGA debut. In the Boys Division, Kyle Stough of Laurel, Md., and Roger Waesche III of Timonium, Md., fired 2-under-par rounds of 70 to share medalist honors.
The MindMatters Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 81 boys and 11 girls โ ages 12 to 18 โ competing for a total of 18 spots in this week's championship field. Tom's Run at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center hosted the event and also will host the championship.
Formeck showed no fear on her opening hole, tallying a birdie on the par-5 No. 18. The 15-year-old rookie attributed her first win to her father, who doubles as her swing coach.
โThis win is special to me because my dad has coached me,โ Formeck said. โIt's great to win, and I'm confident heading into the tournament.โ
Three other players in the Girls Division qualified for this week's MindMatters Junior Championship. Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa., shot an 81, while Stephanie Kim of Bayside, N.Y., and Kalynd Carson of The Woodlands, Texas, registered rounds of 83 to qualify for the championship field.
In addition, three players accepted a tournament exemption in place of a qualifying position. Katie Rogner of Fowler, Ohio, finished second at 75, Julia Thead of Poway, Calif., finished third with a 76, while Christina Thomas of Rocky River, Ohio finished fourth at 80.
In the Boys Division, Stough also broke through and medaled in his first AJGA Srixon qualifier. With four birdies and an eagle, the 17-year-old said he entered the tournament with modest expectations.
โI was just hoping to make the field,โ Stough said. โIf I expected to shoot 66, I'd only get mad at myself when I hit a bad shot. I just kept a nothing-to-lose attitude.โ
Waesche III earned medalist honors in a similar fashion, carding six birdies on the day en route to his 2-under-par 70. After bogeying his first hole of the day, Waesche rebounded with birdies on three of his next five holes, propelling him to the top of the leaderboard.
Qualifiers filled 14 positions in the Boys Division championship field, with three players shooting scores of par or better: Dennis Kwon of Rockville, Md., and Brendan Borst of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished in third at 71, while Jeffrey Hinds of Pittsburgh, Pa., shot even-par 72. Other Boys Division qualifiers include: Andrew Gagarin of Bethesda, Md., Zachary Metcalfe of Greensburg, Pa., John Jenson of Newark, Del., Hyun Seok Lim of Fullerton, Calif., Stephen Derminio of Center Valley, Pa., James McGrath of Connellsville, Pa., Christopher Valle of Victor, N.Y., Stephen Dressel of Malvern, Pa., Brixton Albert, Lititz, Pa., and Andrew Rickard of New Castle, Pa.
In addition to the 14 qualifiers, eight players accepted tournament exemptions instead of a position in this week's championship field, including co-medalist Waesche III. Robert Shogry of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished third at 71; John Burns of Loveland, Ohio, Bobby Urso of Beverly Hills, Mich., and Kurt Voss of Rochester, N.Y., shot 72; Matt Barnes of Erie, Pa., Christopher Mathews of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Matthew Kennerknecht of Vienna, Va., and Kyle Bates of Avon Lake, Ohio, shot 73 to qualify also.
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BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. โ Srixon Qualifier results from the MindMatters Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at
Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center - Tom's Run. Par: Boys: 36-36โ72; Girls: 36-36โ72. Yardage: Boys: 6,680; Girls: 5,984.
T1 Kyle Stough, Laurel, Md. (2006) 36-34โ70
T1 # Roger Waesche III, Timonium, Md. (2007) 34-36โ70
T3 Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md. (2005) 36-35โ71
T3 # Robert Shogry, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 37-34โ71
T3 Brendan Borst, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 35-36โ71
T6 # Bobby Urso, Beverly Hills, Mich. (2007) 36-36โ72
T6 # John Burns, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 36-36โ72
T6 # Kurt Voss, Rochester, N.Y. (2008) 34-38โ72
T6 Jeffrey Hinds, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2006) 37-35โ72
T10 # Matthew Kennerknecht, Vienna, Va. (2007) 37-36โ73
T10 Hyun Seok Lim, Fullerton, Calif. (2008) 37-36โ73
T10 # Kyle Bates, Avon Lake, Ohio (2007) 35-38โ73
T10 Stephen Derminio, Center Valley, Pa. (2007) 34-39โ73
T10 # Matt Barnes, Erie, Pa. (2007) 37-36โ73
T10 Zachary Metcalfe, Greensburg, Pa. (2007) 37-36โ73
T10 Andrew Gagarin, Bethesda, Md. (2006) 40-33โ73
T10 # Christopher Mathews, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 37-36โ73
T10 John Jenson, Newark, Del. (2006) 39-34โ73
T19 Stephen Dressel, Malvern, Pa. (2007) 36-38โ74
T19 Brixton Albert, Lititz, Pa. (2006) 36-38โ74
T19 Christopher Valle, Victor, N.Y. (2008) 36-38โ74
T19 ^William Peel, Potomac, Md. (2007) 36-38โ74
T19 ^Finley Ewing, Dallas, Texas (2008) 36-38โ74
T19 ^Nicholas Szem, Wall, N.J. (2006) 37-37โ74
T19 James McGrath, Connellsville, Pa. (2006) 36-38โ74
T26 * Andrew Rickard, New Castle, Pa. (2006) 39-36โ75
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T26 Peter Lansinger, Rosemont, Pa. (2006) 40-35โ75
T26 Kane Volsky, Cleveland, Ohio (2007) 37-38โ75
T26 Ian Bangor, Moon Township, Pa. (2010) 37-38โ75
T26 Kurt Valley, Bay City, Mich. (2006) 38-37โ75
T31 Kevin Lee, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) 37-39โ76
T31 Mitch Mercer, Wexford, Pa. (2006) 39-37โ76
T31 Ryan Cahill, Hilliard, Ohio (2006) 40-36โ76
T31 Jonathan Skonezny, Greensburg, Pa. (2006) 39-37โ76
T31 Keith Remizowski, Pittsford, N.Y. (2006) 38-38โ76
T31 Matthew Ouimet, Coto De Caza, Calif. (2007) 36-40โ76
T31 Dominic Bozzelli, Pittsford, N.Y. (2009) 39-37โ76
T31 Tommy Hanna III, Bozman, Md. (2006) 39-37โ76
T39 Joshua Jenkins, Ellicott City, Md. (2006) 40-37โ77
T39 Rikiya Kitagawa, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) 38-39โ77
T39 Chad Walker, St. Thomas, Ontario (2006) 36-41โ77
T39 Stefan Brewer, Charlotte, N.C. (2009) 39-38โ77
T39 Paul Miller, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 40-37โ77
T39 Anthony Alessi, Findlay, Ohio (2007) 38-39โ77
T39 Mark Weinzierl, Johnstown, Pa. (2006) 39-38โ77
T46 Matt Campbell, Rome, N.Y. (2007) 41-37โ78
T46 Bryan Kay, Dallas, Texas (2007) 41-37โ78
T46 Gregory Merz, Rochester, N.Y. (2006) 41-37โ78
T46 Tyson Marostica, Lewisburg, Pa. (2006) 41-37โ78
T46 Chris Barlament, Vienna, W.Va. (2006) 39-39โ78
T46 Evan Hartman, Garrett, Pa. (2007) 41-37โ78
T46 Jeffrey Moschgat, Ebensburg, Pa. (2006) 37-41โ78
T46 Jesse Chiero, Westerville, Ohio (2005) 36-42โ78
T46 Dustin Mullens, Emporium, Pa. (2006) 39-39โ78
BOYS DIVISION CONTINUED
T55 Kevin Day, Zelienople, Pa. (2006) 40-39โ79
T55 Pieter Lamley, Phoenixville, Pa. (2006) 40-39โ79
T55 Leon Choi, Cerritos, Calif. (2006) 40-39โ79
T55 Josh Webb, McGregor, Texas (2007) 43-36โ79
T59 Scott Vasko, Westerville, Ohio (2006) 40-40โ80
T59 Brendan Gaughan, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 42-38โ80
T59 Douglas Mehall, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 38-42โ80
T59 Ross Sumner, Callao, Va. (2008) 43-37โ80
T63 Michael Turner, Baden, Pa. (2007) 39-42โ81
T63 Zak Frognowski, Brunswick, Ohio (2006) 41-40โ81
T63 Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (2007) 40-41โ81
T66 David Hutchinson, Beaver, Pa. (2009) 43-39โ82
T66 David Brellenthin, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 47-35โ82
T66 Adam Greitzer, Haverford, Pa. (2006) 43-39โ82
T66 Patrick Kirby, Paris, Ontario (2006) 40-42โ82
T66 Daniel Drazen, Voorhees, N.J. (2007) 40-42โ82
T71 Matthew Porter, Cortland, N.Y. (2009) 44-39โ83
T71 Ryan Vince, Charlotte, N.C. (2009) 42-41โ83
73 Taylor Mohylsky, Allentown, Pa. (2006) 42-43โ85
T74 Gus Frederick, Coopersburg, Pa. (2007) 43-43โ86
T74 Chris Speaker Jr., Owings, Md. (2007) 44-42โ86
T74 Austin Warren, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 45-41โ86
T74 Brandon Pompeani, Aliquippa, Pa. (2009) 44-42โ86
78 Brock Pompeani, Aliquippa, Pa. (2009) 44-43โ87
79 Craig Pentrack, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2009) 44-44โ88
80 Thomas Castellano, Massapequa, N.Y. (2007) 47-43โ90
81 Jason Crow, Leipsic, Ohio (2007) 49-43โ92
JJ Carbonell, Alexandria, Va. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Eduardo Chavez, Hillsborough, Calif. (2009) DQ (Rule 6-3a) Frank Rogers, Grand Blanc, Mich. WD
Justin Rusk, Washington Crossing, Pa. (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Josh Sadler, Elizabethtown, Pa. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
1 Samantha Formeck, Northern Cambria, Pa. (2008) 38-36โ74
2 # Katie Rogner, Fowler, Ohio (2007) 36-39โ75
3 # Julia Thead, Poway, Calif. (2009) 37-39โ76
4 # Christina Thomas, Rocky River, Ohio (2006) 38-42โ80
5 Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa. (2009) 40-41โ81
T6 Kalynd Carson, The Woodlands, Texas (2008) 41-42โ83
T6 Stephanie Kim, Bayside, N.Y. (2009) 44-39โ83
FAILED TO QUALIFY
8 Danielle Gibbins, Elmhurst, Ill. (2006) 40-44โ84
9 Kimberly Eaton, Shepherdstown, W.Va. (2007) 42-44โ86
10 Bridget Carr, Snyder, N.Y. (2006) 48-42โ90
11 Kerri Dice, Allison Park, Pa. (2007) 43-49โ92
Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio (2007) WD
* - Qualified via sudden-death playoff
# - Player opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
^ - Player could not participate in this week's tournament.