CONSISTENCY HELPS HEWITT TO MEDAL AT BLESSINGS QUALIFIER
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Alex Hewitt of Little Rock, Ark., used solid iron-play and a consistent driver to help him to a 1-over-par 73 and medalist honors in the AJGA Arkansas Junior at Blessings Qualifier. In the Girls Division, Kaira Martin of Paradise Valley, Ariz., used 11 pars to take home medalist honors at 5-over par 77, which was 12 strokes ahead of her nearest competitor.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Arkansas Junior at Blessings Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke-play round played at Blessings Golf Club. The qualifier field consisted of 58 players, 47 boys and 11 girls from 14 states and South Korea. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,775 yards and the Girls Division at 5,751 yards.
With four birdies on his card, Hewitt was consistent on the greens, carding no three-putts and holing everything inside 10 feet.
“I didn't doubt myself today and I stayed confident,” Hewitt said. “I hit the middle of most greens and was able to score from there.”
Also qualifying in the Boys Division with a score of 82 or better were; Sean Romero of Texarkana, Ark., Zach Tucker of Oklahoma City, Ryan Eibner of The Woodlands, Texas, Luke Carpenter of Little Rock, Ark., Tyler Norton of Texarkana, Texas, Jack Fiscus of Tulsa, Okla., Tyler DuBay of Frisco, Texas, Hunter Mobley of Rogers, Ark., Evan Greenwood of Hot Springs, Ark, and Colby Vollmann of Edmond, Okla.
Qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the AJGA Arkansas Junior at Blessings were; Ben Hogan of Ozark, Mo., Charlie Saxon of Tulsa, Okla., Conner Ribble of Texarkana, Ark., and Mookie DeMoss of Duluth, Ga.
Martin found her way around the course by hitting the appropriate landing areas.
“It's important to find the right spots out here,” Martin said. “I was putting alright and chipping well so that accuracy on the greens helped me as well.”
Martin chose to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event, due to prior commitment.
Qualifying and opting to play in this weeks event are; Elizabeth Stone of Southlake, Texas, Brittany Rogers of Pottsville, Ark., and Beau Bremer of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Amanda Martin of Memphis, Tenn., also qualified but opted for a Tournament Exemption.
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First-round tee times for the AJGA Arkansas Junior at Blessings will run from 7:30 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. off the No. 1 tee Tuesday. For more information about the AJGA Arkansas Junior at Blessings Qualifier please contact tournament headquarters at 770-861-0519.
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