MATTSON AND EMMERS EARN MEDALIST HONORS AT RICHMOND QUALIFIER
Swanson and Paolini take home medalist honors in Girls Division
GLEN ALLEN, Va. â Bradley Mattson of Bay Village, Ohio, and Brett Emmers of Wilson, N.C., shared medalist honors in the Boys Division with matching rounds of 1-under-par 71 at Sunday's AJGA Richmond Junior Srixon Qualifier. The Girls Division also named a pair of medalists, as Meredith Swanson of Roanoke, Va., and Brielle Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., fired rounds of 79 to take home medalist honors.
The AJGA Richmond Junior Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 75 boys and 9 girls â ages 12 to 18 â competing for a total of 25 spots in this week's championship field. The Crossings Golf Club hosted the event, while the 54-hole championship will be held at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.
Mattson used four birdies to offset three bogeys, and said avoiding mistakes was a key to earning medalist honors in his first AJGA tournament.
âI hit a lot of fairways today, so it was easy to attack the pins,â Mattson said. âI need to control where my misses go and stay steady.â
Emmers earned medalist honors in a different way, as he attacked the golf course and used strings of birdies to propel his round.
âI had seven birdies on the day, and birdied my last two holes even though I triple-bogeyed No. 10,â Emmers said.
Joining Emmers in the AJGA Richmond Junior tournament field will be Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., and Myles Vlachos of Monrovia, Md., who finished tied for third with rounds of even-par 72.
Boys Division qualifiers filled 20 open positions in the championship field. Other qualifiers include: Garrison Fowler (Williamsburg, Va.) shot 73; Brian Newman (Orange Park, Fla.), Brian Mulvin (Lake Mary, Fla.), and Christian Brand (Charleston, W. Va.) shot 74; Bradley Martin (Charlotte, N.C.), Henry Armistead (Statesville, N.C.), Ryan Peters (Destrehan, La.), Matt Bush (Richmond, Va.), and Benjamin Wallace (Fayetteville, N.Y.) shot 75; William Nemesi (Cary, N.C.), Bobby Day (Lexington, Ky.), Allan Autry (Fayetteville, N.C.), Dustin Mullens (Emporium, Pa.), and Ricky Stout (Pollocksville, N.C.) shot 76; while three players shot 77 and qualified for the tournament via a playoff â Chris Ray (Charlottesville, Va.), Andrew Salzberg (Sarasota, Fla.), and Sam Beach (Glen Allen, Va.).
As an added option, Mattson and seven other top-20 players accepted a tournament exemption in lieu of a birth into the championship field: Will Almand (Cary, N.C.) shot 73 for fifth place; Joshua Jenkins (Ellicott City, Md.), Chad Day (Raleigh, N.C.), Rob Kirkland (Durham, N.C.) and Mark Garrison (Arden, N.C.) shot 74; and Warren Straub (Apex, N.C.), Rob Barrow (Cary, N.C.) and Nic Neinken (Marietta, Ga.) shot 75.
In the Girls Division, Brielle earned medalist honors in spite of two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey in her round. She said that bad holes have never phased her, and she uses them to motivate her through her round.
âI saw the highlights, so I knew the bright moments were still out there,â Paolini said. âI pretend it's match play and treat each hole as the same.â
Swanson avoided the big numbers in her round of 79, and said she played smart golf en route to medalist honors.
âMy driver set me up with short approach shots,â Swanson said, who is unable to accept her bid into this week's tournament.
In addition to Paolini, four other Girls Division players qualified for the championship: Lauren Milosh (Southboro, Mass.) shot 82, Kristine Rohrbaugh (Midlothian, Va.) shot 83, and Jessica Unger (Bethesda, Md.) and Caroline Sweet (Bowie, Md.) shot 85.
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GLEN ALLEN, Va. â Srixon Qualifier results from the AJGA Richmond Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Crossings Golf Club. Par: Boys: 36-36â72; Girls: 36-36â72. Yardage: Boys: 6,526; Girls: 5,840.
T1 # Bradley Mattson, Bay Village, Ohio (2006) 35-36â71
T1 Brett Emmers, Wilson, N.C. (2006) 33-38â71
T3 Myles Vlachos, Monrovia, Md. (2005) 35-37â72
T3 Brinson Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) 36-36â72
T5 # Will Almand, Cary, N.C. (2008) 38-35â73
T5 Garrison Fowler, Williamsburg, Va. (2006) 38-35â73
T7 # Chad Day, Raleigh, N.C. (2007) 36-38â74
T7 # Joshua Jenkins, Ellicott City, Md. (2006) 38-36â74
T7 Brian Newman, Orange Park, Fla. (2007) 38-36â74
T7 Brian Mulvin, Lake Mary, Fla. (2006) 40-34â74
T7 Christian Brand, Charleston, W.Va. (2006) 35-39â74
T7 # Rob Kirkland, Durham, N.C. (2007) 37-37â74
T7 # Mark Garrison, Arden, N.C. (2006) 38-36â74
T14 Bradley Martin, Charlotte, N.C. (2005) 37-38â75
T14 Ryan Peters, Destrehan, La. (2006) 37-38â75
T14 # Warren Straub, Apex, N.C. (2007) 35-40â75
T14 # Rob Barrow, Cary, N.C. (2006) 36-39â75
T14 Benjamin Wallace, Fayetteville, N.Y. (2006) 38-37â75
T14 Henry Armistead, Statesville, N.C. (2006) 36-39â75
T14 # Nic Neinken, Marietta, Ga. (2006) 34-41â75
T14 Matt Bush, Richmond, Va. (2008) 38-37â75
T22 ^Eric Schultz, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 40-36â76
T22 ^John Welden, Pilot Mtn., N.C. (2008) 39-37â76
T22 Bobby Day, Lexington, Ky. (2005) 39-37â76
T22 ^Joshua Hale, Roanoke, Va. (2007) 42-34â76
T22 Ricky Stout, Pollocksville, N.C. (2006) 35-41â76
T22 Allan Autry, Fayetteville, N.C. (2005) 37-39â76
T22 Dustin Mullens, Emporium, Pa. (2006) 36-40â76
T22 ^JJ Carbonell, Alexandria, Va. (2007) 40-36â76
T22 William Nemesi, Cary, N.C. (2007) 37-39â76
T31 * Chris Ray, Charlottesville, Va. (2005) 39-38â77
T31 * Sam Beach, Glen Allen, Va. (2007) 37-40â77
T31 * Andrew Salzberg, Sarasota, Fla. (2006) 38-39â77
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T31 Brad Stone, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 40-37â77
T31 Evan Beck, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) 38-39â77
T31 Anthony Trace, Whitehall, Ohio (2007) 38-39â77
T31 Jacob Wiesehan, Charlotte, N.C. (2007) 37-40â77
T31 David McAndrew, Barrington, R.I. (2006) 38-39â77
T31 Matt Lawson, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 36-41â77
T31 Zach Frick, Midlothian, Va. (2007) 38-39â77
T41 Joe Pelland, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 40-38â78
T41 Doug Gordon, Winter Park, Fla. (2006) 40-38â78
T41 Preston Moore, Cary, N.C. (2007) 42-36â78
T41 Joseph Knowles, Fayetteville, N.C. (2008) 40-38â78
T41 Taylor Cowie, South Burlington, Vt. (2006) 40-38â78
T41 Martin Pop, Cary, N.C. (2007) 37-41â78
T47 Chris Ceconi, Vienna, Va. (2009) 41-38â79
T47 Conner Sock, Hickory, N.C. (2008) 41-38â79
T49 Andrew Deitrick, Richmond, Va. (2007) 40-40â80
T49 Scott Juhl, Cary, N.C. (2006) 41-39â80
T49 Kevin Pikus, Strongsville, Ohio (2007) 39-41â80
T49 Scott Brantingson, Bethlahem, Pa. (2006) 41-39â80
T49 Michael Hartman, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2006) 40-40â80
T54 Eric Fritz, Brecksville, Ohio (2007) 39-42â81
T54 Zachary Garrison, Arden, N.C. (2008) 42-39â81
T54 Spencer Percy, Statesville, N.C. (2006) 40-41â81
T57 Nicholas Swenson, Yorktown, Va. (2008) 41-41â82
T57 Stewart Dula, Salisbury, N.C. (2007) 40-42â82
T57 Ross Sumner, Callao, Va. (2008) 43-39â82
T57 Spencer Lawson, Raleigh, N.C. (2010) 41-41â82
T61 Brian Moeljadi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2006) 40-43â83
T61 Bradley Mowry, Leesburg, Va. (2006) 45-38â83
T61 Ryan Anderson, Richmond, Va. (2007) 44-39â83
T61 Gate Jones, Durham, N.C. (2009) 42-41â83
T61 Andrew Price, Clayton, N.C. (2006) 40-43â83
T66 William Ely, Sparta, N.J. (2006) 45-39â84
T66 Justin Scott, Burlington, N.C. (2006) 42-42â84
T66 Rob Hellauer, Lebanon, N.J. (2006) 45-39â84
T66 Joseph Suarez, Richmond, Va. (2008) 43-41â84
T70 Andrew Northcott, Williamsburg, Va. (2005) 43-43â86
T70 Aaron Ebert, Huron, Ohio (2008) 46-40â86
72 James Soltesz, Potomac, Md. (2006) 44-43â87
73 Kevin Mininni, Lexington, N.C. (2006) 47-45â92
74 Evan Hartman, Garrett, Pa. (2007) 48-45â93
75 Jason Gossett, Fredericksburg, Va. (2006) 51-57â108
Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md. (2005) DQ (6-3a)
Timothy Dickson, Richmond, Va. (2006) WD
T1 ^Meredith Swanson, Roanoke, Va. (2009) 43-36â79
T1 Brielle Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va. (2006) 41-38â79
3 ^Marisa Kamelgarn, Mahopac, N.Y. (2009) 40-41â81
4 Lauren Milosh, Southboro, Mass. (2006) 41-41â82
5 Kristine Rohrbaugh, Midlothian, Va. (2008) 42-41â83
T6 Jessica Unger, Bethesda, Md. (2006) 42-43â85
T6 Caroline Sweet, Bowie, Md. (2008) 46-39â85
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T8 Carolyn Levy, Knoxville, Tenn. (2006) 46-41â87
T8 Kelly Fitzgerald, Kensington, Md. (2006) 41-46â87
* - Qualified via sudden-death playoff
# - Player opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
^ - Player could not participate in this week's tournament.