GLEIXNER AND INDIA BATTLE WEATHER DELAYS TO CAPTURE MEDALIST HONORS
20 qualify for Fidelity Investments Junior Shootout at Rich Harvest
Winfield, Ill. — After waiting through a four-and-a-half hour weather delay, Robert Gleixner of Greenwood, Ind., and Vincent India of Deerfield, Ill., shot 2-under-par 70s to tie for first place in the Boys Division at the Srixon Qualifier for the Fidelity Investments Junior Shootout at Rich Harvest. Louisa Shu of West Bloomfield, Mich., carded an 8-over-par 80 to claim the top spot in the Girls Division.
The 18-hole event, part of the Srixon Qualifier Series, was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Klein Creek Golf Club and featured 90 players from 15 states.
Gleixner's score consisted of a 34 on the front side and a 36 on the back nine and included three birdies and 14 pars. Although Gleixner felt he did not putt that well, he credited his low score to his consistent drives off the tee.
“The course was short and tight so my steady drives off the tee helped my score out a lot,” Gleixner said. “I'm hitting the ball really well so I think I should do pretty good in my first AJGA event.”
India's score featured 35s on both the front and back sides. India hit a 7-iron within two feet of the flagstick on hole No. 8 and made the putt for birdie, which he believed was the key hole that got his score to a 2-under-par 70.
“My round was pretty consistent today and I struck the ball fairly well,” India said. “I put the ball in fairways and kept the ball in play so I didn't have to work for pars.”
Also qualifying in the Boys Division were Bryan Kay of Dallas; Jeffrey Kellen of Rockford, Ill.; Ravi Patel of Naperville, Ill.; Graham O'Connor-Brooks of Homewood, Ill.; Kevin Emmerich of Cary, Ill.; Michael De Runtz of Western Springs, Ill.; Justin Jang of Lawton, Okla.; JD Seymour of Naperville, Ill., Bryan Bohme of Ballwin, Mo.; and Chris Frame of Woodstock, Ill. Pat O'Connell of Northbrook, Ill.; Michael Cermak of Chicago, Ill.; and Peter Haupers, III of South Barrington, Ill. qualified via a sudden death playoff. Brandon Marick of Northbrook, Ill., also qualified but opted to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
Shu's round featured a 42 on the front side and a 38 on the back nine. Shu bogeyed the last three holes of her round but played consistently throughout the day.
“I felt my drives and short game were really solid today, and I ended up doing okay,” Shu said. “I really thought the round was going to be cancelled because of the storms, but I stuck around anyways and the weather ended up being pretty nice.”
Also qualifying in the Girls Division were Julia Heath of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; Kelly Fuchik of Tulsa, Okla.; Deanna Miles of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Kelley VanDenburg of Brockport, N.Y.
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First-round pairings will begin off the No. 1 Gold tee at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
For more information about the Fidelity Investments Junior Shootout at Rich Harvest, contact tournament headquarters at (630) 466-7610 and ask for the AJGA.