PLATT, LIM MEDAL AT EL PRADO GOLF COURSE
Both take AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing at Tijeras Creek event
CHINO, Calif. — Niall Platt of Santa Barbara, Calif., earned Boys Division medalist honors at the qualifier for the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank after carding a 4-under-par 68 at El Prado Golf Course — Chino Creek Course. Tiffany Lim of San Jose, Calif., shot an even-par 72 to earn top honors for the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Qualifier for the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank was held at the El Prado Golf Course's Chino Creek Course. The tournament field consisted of 76 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-18, from 7 states, China and Taiwan. Eighty -eight hailed from the home state of California. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 6,751 yards, while the Girls Division is played at 5,930 yards.
Although never seeing the course before, Platt used his short game to his advantage, tallying four birdies on the day.
“It wasn't my best ball striking day but I only had 28 putts the entire 18 holes,” said Platt. “I just went out there and did my best.”
The 12 qualifiers that filled the Boys Division were Alex Bungert of Orange, Calif., Jae Kang of Irvine, Calif., Caleb Fuller of Charlotte, N.C., Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., Robbie Mamo of Apple Valley, Calif., Jake Stonich of Irvine, Colt Knedler of Beverly Hills, Calif., Anthony Kim of Cerritos, Calif., Michael Moorhead of Newport Beach, Calif., Andong Pan of Shanghai, China, Joshua Park of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Jeff Moeser of Santa Ana, Calif., who qualified via sudden-death playoff.
Also qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption lieu of playing in this week's event were Seiji Liu of Bradenton, Fla., Jake Katz of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Marco Fortades of Glendale, Calif., Preston Valder of Yorba Linda, Calif., Gregory Petchakan of Encino, Calif., Richard Sunghee Jeong of Arcadia, Calif., and Jonathan Rego of San Dimas, Calif.
For the Girls Division, Lim medaled but opted not to play in this week's event in order to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption. She carded two birdies, including one on the par-3 No. 16.
“I played simple golf, trying to hit greens and fairways,” Lim said. “I just wanted to play my own game, nothing fancy.”
The three qualifiers that filled the Girls Division were Amelia Ek of Cypress, Calif., Monica Villarreal of Yorba Linda, and Apisara Chulya of Bangkok, Thailand.
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 30 foreign countries.
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Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, just minutes from Orange County's John Wayne Airport, The Ted Robinson-designed Tijeras Creek Golf Club is the tale of two nines. The distinctive course layout at Tijeras Creek opens with a demanding front nine that is highlighted with shimmering water features that come into play in four out of the first nine holes. The back nine holes are legendary for the breathtaking scenery, and awe-inspiring elevation changes that wind through old growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral. In fact, hole number sixteen was voted one of Orange County's Best 18 Holes. A popular venue for many prestigious outings and events Tijeras Creek has played host to the Women's Pac-10 Championships, along with the Men's and Women's Big West Championships. In addition, Tijeras Creek Golf Club is one of only four daily fee facilities in the state to have hosted the Southern California Amateur Open.
Tijeras Creek Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 29 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and Mexico. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information on OB Sports, visit www.obsports.com or call (480) 948-1300.
For tee times and more information about Tijeras Creek visit www.tijerascreek.com, or call (949) 589-9793.
First-round tee times for the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank will run from 7 — 8:48 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club. For more information please contact Tournament Director Rob Ockenfuss at (678) 425-4976.