VAN DRESSER FIRES 6-UNDER-PAR TO MEDAL AT LANDMARK GOLF CLUB AT AVALON
Adams tops Girls Division to claim medalist honors at AJGA Qualifier
LENOIR CITY, Tenn. — Max Van Dresser of Alpharetta, Ga., shot a 6-under-par 66 to earn medalist honors at the AJGA Qualifier for the AJGA Knoxville Junior Open. The Girls Division medal was won by Lindsay Adams of Lawrenceville, Ga., who shot a 10-over-par 82 at Landmark Golf Club at Avalon.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Qualifier for the AJGA Knoxville Junior Open was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Landmark Golf Club at Avalon. The tournament field consisted of 74 boys and eight girls, ages 12-18, from 13 states and Italy. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,743 yards, while the Girls Division was played at 6,065 yards.
Van Dresser's round featured one eagle, five birdies and only one bogey. He missed only one green on the day.
“My iron shots were really good today,” Van Dresser said. “I holed out on No. 13 from 130 yards to make eagle, which was exciting.”
Qualifying for the tournament were Eric Park of Chapel Hill, N.C., Patrick Leisure of Charlottesville, Va., Chris House of Raleigh, N.C., Kory Webb of Knoxville, Tenn., Daniel Pizetoski of Davidson, N.C., Jordan Jennings of Jefferson City, Tenn., Andrew Garner of Peachtree City, Ga., Adam Castro of White House, Tenn., Paul Ganske of Lakeville, Minn., Aron Zemmer of Siusi, Italy, Nick York of Kingsport, Tenn., Thomas Payne of Mills River, N.C., Matt Harman of Roanoke, Va., and Austin Kramer of Knoxville, Tenn.
Also qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption were Max Van Dresser of Alpharetta, Ga., Zachary Estep of Lawrenceville, Ga., Will Evans of McDonough, Ga., Brandon Squier of Advance, N.C., Chandler Machemehl of Duluth, Ga., Michael Wallace of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Alex Cox of Old Hickory, Tenn., and Todd McDaniel of Manchester, Ky.
Adams said a key to her round was consistent and accurate driving.
“My best shot of the day though was a wedge shot on No. 15,” Adams said. “I hit it from about 90 yards to within two feet for birdie.”
Qualifying for the tournament were Caroline Prebul of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Teleri Hughes of Knoxville, Tenn., and Alexa Payne of Dandridge, Tenn.
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.
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 Knoxville Junior Open will run from 8 a.m. — 1:20 p.m. Tuesday off No. 1 tee at Tennessee National Golf Club. For more information, please call AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-9917.