NEGRI TAKES HOME TOP HONORS AT ANGEL PARK GOLF CLUB
Albrecht shoots low round to take medalist honors in Girls Division
LAS VEGAS — Matthew Negri of El Cajon, Calif., took home medalist honors in the qualifier for the AJGA Las Vegas Junior Sunday, carding a 4-under-par 67. Ashleigh Albrecht of Murrieta Valley, Calif., sealed the top spot in the Girls Division after finishing with an even-par 71.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Las Vegas Junior Qualifier was held at Angel Park Golf Club — Mountain Course. The tournament field consisted of 76 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 10 states, New Zealand and Taiwan, all vying for the chance to play in the AJGA Las Vegas Junior to be held June 16-19. The Girls Division played the par-71 course at 6,031 yards, while the Boys Division played it at 6,680 yards.
Negri's round went from solid to spectacular in quick fashion from Nos. 12-16 when he birdied all five holes—including a 15-yard chip-in on No. 16.
“On No. 12, I got hot. I made five birdies in a row,” Negri said. “I was just putting really good right there. I read the greens well.”
Negri's back nine string of birdies aside, his favorite shot of the day came on No. 2 when a great approach shot put him in prime eagle position.
“On No. 2, I had a hybrid out, and I hit it to like 10 feet and eagled the hole,” Negri said.
Also qualifying for the Boys Division in the tournament were Alfred Castro of La Quinta, Calif., Chase Patten of Simi Valley, Calif., Joshua Park of Diamond Bar, Calif., Ryan Tetrault of Orange, Calif., Andrew Cho of La Crescenta, Calif., Charlie Von Arentschildt of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jonathan Rego of San Dimas, Calif., Mac McClung of Fremont, Calif., and Gregory Fehrman of Rothschild, Wisc.
Joseph Stewart of Palm Desert, Calif., Ryan Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Sam Bell of Park City, Utah, all qualified but opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
In the Girls Division, Albrecht hovered around even-par on both nines, shooting a 36 on the front nine and a 35 on the back nine. She managed to finish all of the par-3s bogey-free despite taking an aggressive approach for the day.
“I went pin-hunting,” Albrecht said. “I was going for the green, and it was consistent.”
Also qualifying for the Girls Division were Hana Lee of Hacienda Heights, Calif., Rachel Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Li-Ting Weng of Hacienda Heights, Calif.
Grace Kummerfeld of Riverside, Calif., and Jane Yoo of Cerritos, Calif., both qualified but opted to take a Tournament Exemption instead of playing this week.
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.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 AJGA Las Vegas Junior will run from 7 — 8:48 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Angel Park Golf Club — Mountain Course. For more information on the AJGA Las Vegas Junior please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2424.