NEMACOLIN JUNIOR CLASSIC
K12 Qualifier Series
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Farmington, Pa. • June 29, 2009
SHOREMAN AND WIRJAWAN SHARE CO-MEDALIST HONORS AT NEMACOLIN JUNIOR CLASSIC K¹² QUALIFIER
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, K¹² Qualifier for the Nemacolin Junior Classic was a 18-hole stroke play event held at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — Links Course on Monday. The tournament field consisted of 82 boys and 13 girls, ages 12-18, from 14 states, Indonesia, Colombia and Canada. The par-70 course was played at 6,531 yards for the Boys Division and 6,011 yards for the Girls Division. Typically held the day prior to AJGA Open tournaments, 18-hole K¹² Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to each coinciding AJGA tournament or build their AJGA Performance Based Entry status. In all, 11 boys and 2 girls advanced from the K¹² Qualifier and have the opportunity to play in the Nemacolin Junior Classic, which begins Wednesday, July 1. The K¹² Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Shoreman relied on the fast greens to shoot low. Shoreman started off slow, but managed to pick up his game on the back nine making birdie on No. 11 and par on the rest of the back nine. Shoreman chose to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this weeks tournament.
“On No. 11 I hit my ball right beside the green with my 3-wood,” Shoreman said. “I just started rolling with the momentum.”
Wirjawan, who started on the 13th hole, was able to overcome a double bogey on No. 10 to make birdie on his last two holes, Nos. 11 and 12, adding to his birdies on Nos. 8 and 18.
“I started the day with a par,” Wirjawan said. “It gave me confidence for the rest of the day that I was going to play well.”
Joining Wirjawan this week in the Nemacolin Junior Classic are Christopher Bushey of Smithsburg, Md., Brent Bigler of Washington, Pa., Darren Simons of St. Marys, Pa., Dennis Reiner of Kingwood, Texas, Dan Joseph of Jefferson Hills, Pa., Brian Anania of Hurricane, W.Va., Chris Hornat of Glastonbury, Conn., Spencer Mellon of Oakmont, Pa., and Chris DiMaio of Morristown, N.J.
Also choosing to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption were Shane Eichenlaub of New Castle, Pa., Lance Semich of McKees Rocks, Pa., Joey Manzinger of Marshall Township, Pa., Eric Urda of Sewickley, Pa., Connor Tendall of North Potomac, Md., Garrett Browning of Pittsburgh, Stanhope Johnson Jr. of Greensboro, N.C and Patrick Pahey of Buffalo, N.Y.
Bohmer who felt No. 6 was the most challenging on the course, was able to make birdie from three feet, and also later added a birdie on No. 8. Bohmer chose to take an AJGA tournament exemption.
“On No. 10, I thought I hit a bad tee shot,” Bohmer said. “But it started going toward the hole and I recovered my game from there.”
Sitompul was able to play consistent on her back nine making par on six of the holes to steer her way to a spot in the tournament.
Joining Sitompul will be Catherine Gonzalez of California, Md.
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First round tee times for the Nemacolin Junior Classic will run from 7-8:39 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-1:09 p.m., off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Wednesday, July 1 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — Mystic Rock Course. For more information about the Nemacolin Junior Classic, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (724) 329-6792.