CHUDACOFF EARNS MEDALIST HONORS WITH 4-UNDER-PAR 68 IN MIDWEST JUNIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER
Lippitz, Potee earn Medalist Honors in Girls Division
MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Michael Chudacoff, 18, of Glencoe, Ill., took medalist honors in the Boys Division of the Midwest Junior Players Championship Qualifier at Countryside Golf Club Sunday with a 4-under-par 68. Jordan Lippetz of Bradenton, Fla., and Meghan Potee of Noblesville, Ind., each carded a 4-over-par 76 to earn medalist honors in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Midwest Junior Players Championship Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Countryside Golf Club's Traditional Course. The 100-player field featured players from 18 states and Ontario. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,454 while the Girls Division played at 5,892.
Chudacoff, who will tee off for the University of Rochester next year, carded seven birdies on the day. Highlights of his round included a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 18 followed by a chip-in for birdie on No. 1.
“I had two bogeys on my first three holes, and then birdied my fourth so that got me going,” Chudacoff said. “After that I was able to get a feel of the fairways and greens.”
Also qualifying for the Boys Division of the Midwest Junior Players Championship were Matt Solis of Bettendorff, Iowa, Michael Hermanson of Winnetka, Ill., Travis Smyczynski of Barrington, Ill., Jason Batliner of Barrington, Ill., Nathan Hoefflin of Saint Cloud, Minn., Will Pieper of Omaha, Neb., Matt Gorman of Waunakee, Wis., Ryan Marks of Warrensburg, Mo., and Charlie Marshall of Lake Forest, Ill. Sean Van Aken of Monroe, Mich. qualified via a sudden-death playoff
Qualifying for the event, but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Peter Callas of Moline, Ill., Kyle Wilshire of Georgetown, Ky., David Best of Leawood, Kan., and Sheldon Keyte of Portage, Mich.
Lippetz and Potee were playing partners for the round. With Lippetz one stroke ahead after nine, the two girls were neck and neck down the last nine, and Lippetz birdied the final hole to cement the tie.
“I only had 25 putts today,” Lippetz said. “I left myself with a lot of putts for par, so my short game was pretty good.”
While Lippetz will take a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event, Potee went into the qualifier with a different goal.
“I want to do well and get a tournament exemption in the Championship,” Potee said. “I've never gotten an exemption before, and I want to get two this week.”
Also qualifying for the Midwest Junior Players Championship in the Girls Division was Victoria Bauman who, after earning medalist honors last week at the John Deere Classic Junior Open Qualifier, carded a 5-over-par 77.
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 Midwest Junior Players Championship will run from 7 a.m. — 11:48 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Royal Melbourne Country Club. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Andrew Parr at (770) 503-4303.