MITCHELL SHOOTS 3-UNDER-PAR 69 TO TAKE MEDALIST HONORS
Martinez takes first in Girls Division
SAN ANTONIO — Thomas Mitchell of The Woodlands, Texas, carded a 3-under-par 69 Sunday to win medalist honors by four strokes at the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout Srixon Qualifier. Paloma Martinez of Monclova, Mexico, shot a 3-over-par 75 to take the top spot in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the AJGA, the Srixon Qualifier for the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout was an 18-hole stroke play, shotgun start event held at Northern Hills Golf Club in San Antonio. The 96-player field featured players from 9 states, Indonesia, and Mexico. The Girls Division played the event at 5,759 yards, while the Boys Division played at 6,523 yards.
Mitchell, who started on No. 8 and played a bogey-free round, was able to birdie Nos. 16, 17 and 18 en route to a back nine total of 33. Before his round even began, Mitchell was given some words of wisdom that guided him throughout his round.
“My friend's dad said to ‘Play every shot for what it is, not for what it's worth,'” Mitchell said. “That really changed my outlook. I wasn't conservative because I was 3-under-par, or aggressive because I was playing a par 5, I just played the right shots.”
Cal Clyde and Jeffrey Juillerat of Tyler, Texas, Michael Young of Dallas, Hudson Hansard of Austin, Texas, Mark Slater of Missouri City, Texas, Randall Rodgers of Castroville, Texas, Brandon Burke and Matthew Seligmann of Houston, Kay Jang of College Station, Texas, and Cameron Scitern of Rockdale, Texas all qualified and will play in this week's event.
Gabriel Antony and Wayne Frank, both of Rockwall, Texas, Jesse Droemer of Sealy, Texas, Chris Contreras and Chase Anderson, both of San Antonio, and Philip Colwell of The Woodlands, Texas, all qualified but opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout.
Martinez was able to shoot the top score of the afternoon in the Girls Division and credited her ability to concentrate throughout the round as the reason for her success.
“I need to focus on all 18 holes,” she said. “Today, I did that.”
Elizabeth Wendt of Houston, and Hannah Arnold of Lufkin, Texas, both qualified and will be playing at this week's event.
Jiye Chun of Dallas also qualified, but opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the tournament.
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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 25 foreign countries.
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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.
First-round tee times for the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout will run from 7 a.m. - 12:51 p.m. Tuesday, July 10th off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout, please contact tournament headquarters at (210) 804-4260.