MITCHELL PUTTS HIS WAY TO VICTORY AT SRIXON QUALIFIER FOR FIDELITY INVESTMENTS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Teachman birdies three in a row to take Girls Division medalist honors
CYPRESS, Texas — Mitchell Cahill of Houston, carded a 1-under-par 71 Sunday, making him the Boys Division medalist of the Srixon Qualifier for the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship at BlackHorse Golf Club — North Course. Tessa Teachman of Baton Rouge, La., was the medalist of the Girls Division after posting a 4-over-par 76.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Blackhorse Golf Club — North Course. The 100-player field featured players from eight states. The course played at 6,907 yards for the Boys Division and 5,982 yards in the Girls Division.
With three birdies, two bogeys and only 24 putts, Cahill said he felt confident throughout his entire game. He hopes to continue his play in the tournament, which will be played on his home course of Redstone Golf Course.
“I hit the ball alright and made everything I looked at,” Cahill said. “My short game was pretty good.”
Also qualifying for the tournament running June 4-7 in the Boys Division were Ryan O'Rear of Salado, Texas, Ryan Prasad of The Woodlands, Texas, Thomas Tatum of Dallas, Zack Smith of Carthage, Texas, True Graves of Odessa, Texas, and Kirk Edmondson of Dallas. Qualifying via sudden-death playoff were Matthew Seligmann of Houston, Michael Young of Dallas, and Hudson Hansard of Austin, Texas.
Qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this week's event were Blake Wilson of League City, Texas, Ryan Kelley of The Woodlands, Texas, James Han of Carrollton, Texas, Joseph Reynolds of Houston, Patrick Deichert of Dallas, Travis Chrietzberg of Longview, Texas, Brian Swanson of Katy, Texas, Scott Ward of Spring, Texas, James Clingman of San Antonio, Texas, and Miles Hindsman of Austin, Texas.
Although Teachman said she struggled with some of her putts, her game changed after the turn. She said she hopes to continue her strong game Monday in the practice round while learning the course.
“I made three birdies in a row,” Teachman said. “I really enjoyed playing the course.”
Also qualifying for this week's tournament were Kristen Dorsey of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Kayli Quinton of Cypress, Texas.
Qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this week's event were Shannon Jungman of Pflugerville, Texas, and Casey Grice of College Station, Texas.
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 foreign countries.
SRIXON Sports USA, Inc., based in Lawrenceville, Ga., has been distributing premium golf balls and equipment in the U.S. since 1997 and is a subsidiary of SRI Sports Limited. SRI Sports Limited is the number one golf club manufacturer in the world's second largest market, Japan, and is one of the world's leading patent holders in golf ball technology. SRIXON golf balls earned 26 tournament victories on multiple professional tours around the world in 2006.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information about the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship, please contact tournament headquarters at (281) 459-8722.