SCOTT MEDALS WITH A 2-UNDER-PAR 70 AT AJGA JUNIOR AT NEW CASTLE K12 QUALIFIER
FitzGerald medals in Girls Division at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course
HERMITAGE, Pa. — Nicholas Scott of Union, Ohio, carded a round of 2-under-par 70 with a score of 3-under-par 33 on his back nine to help him win the K12 Qualifier at the AJGA Junior at New Castle. In the Girls Division, Brynn FitzGerald of Pepper Pike, Ohio, carded an 8-over-par 80 to give her the victory. In lieu of playing in the AJGA Junior of New Castle, both medalists chose to take one tournament exemption.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for the AJGA Junior at New Castle was an 18-hole stroke play event held at the Tam O'Shanter Golf Course in Hermitage, Pa. The field featured 89 boys and 8 girls, ages 12-18, from 10 states, South Korea and Canada. The par-72 course was played at 6,388 yards in the Boys Division and 5,878 yards in the Girls Division. Ką˛ Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or earn a Tournament Exemption or Performance Star for a future event. The Ką˛ Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
During Sunday's qualifier Scott hit a total of 10 greens in regulation and 14 fairways leaving him with five birdies on the day.
“I hit a lot of good wedge shots and I also putted pretty well today,” Scott said. “I had a lot of confidence in my swing coming into today. I was pulling my irons a little bit, but luckily I putted very well.”
Also qualifying in the Boys Division were Connor Walters of Salem, Va., who shot a 1-under-par 71 and qualifying at even-par 72 was Alex Andrews of Kirtland, Ohio. Connor Tendall of North Potomac, Md., AJ Cohen of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ryan Prokay of Grove City, Pa., qualified at 1-over-par 73; Shane Eichenlaub of New Castle, Pa., James Rim of Ajax, Ontario, Michael Ashcraft of Allentown, Pa., and John Krpan of Burlington, Ontario, qualified at 2-over-par 74; Chris Bowen of Bethel Park, Pa., Brett Rinker of Slippery Rock, Pa., Kurtis Straw of Johnstown, Pa., and David Wetterich of Cincinnati, Ohio, qualified with scores of 3-over-par 75; Mark Sanchez of Mississauga, Ontario, Jon Halpern of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Brian Jurkiewicz of Hamburg, N.Y., also qualified at 4-over-par 76.
Boys opting to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this week's event were Jack Maerki of Brightwaters, N.Y., Joshua Feinberg of Hudson, Mass., Jay Pinkos of Clifton, Va., Mark Folkwein of New Albany, Ohio, Alec Tahy of Dayton, Ohio, William Betts of Leechburg, Pa., Samuel Brourman of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ben Cooley of Rydal, Pa.
Winning the K12 Qualifier by two strokes, FitzGerald claimed it was her putting that helped get her the victory.
“My putts were all going in or staying just short and a lot of times I had to get up and down to save par,” FitzGerald said. “My drives were going straight so I was pretty happy about that but I really need to work on my approach shots from 100 yards and in to the greens.”
Also qualifying in the Girls Division were Esther Park of Closter, N.J., and Keerstin Ramsey of Cincinnati, Ohio, who carded scores of 82 and 89, respectively.
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