SPRINGER AND BLIWAS SHARE MEDALIST HONORS AT MEMORIAL JUNIOR
Michelle Park medals in Girls Division
DELAWARE, Ohio Alex Springer of Anthem, Ariz., and Adam Bliwas of Upper Arlington, Ohio, fired 2-under-par rounds of 69 to share medalist honors in the Boys Division at the Srixon Qualifier of the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card. Michelle Park of Los Angeles, tallied a 76 to medal in the Girls Division.
The Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 boys and 15 girls ages 12 to 18 competing for a total of 19 spots in this week's championship field. Dornoch Golf Club hosted the event and also will host the championship for the first time.
Bliwas rallied from a double-bogey on his second hole with birdies on four of his next five holes, propelling him to the top spot in the Boys Division.
This is my last junior tournament, so I would have taken just qualifying, said Bliwas, who will be attending the University of Colorado in the fall. It means a lot to me to get my first tournament win in my last event.
In addition to Bliwas, 14 players will join him and complete the championship field, including seven top-10 finishers: Ben Black of Frankenmuth, Mich., shot 70, one of three sub-par rounds; Michael Cress of Dublin, Ohio, at 71; Ryan Hocker of Prospect, Ky., at 72; Bryan Sheridan of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Corey Welch of Floyds Knobs, Ind., at 73; and Andrew Rickard of New Castle, Pa., and Robert Gleixner of Greenwood, Ind., at 74. Samuel Johnson of Goshen, Ky., Brian Sparks of Shelby Twp., Mich., Alex Zeoli of Rochester Hills, Mich., Nathan Wine of Fort Wayne, Ind., Kevin Reeves of Columbus, Ohio, Robert Harman of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Reed Black of Frankenmuth, Mich., complete the list of Boys Division qualifiers.
Co-medalist Springer relied on consistency in his round of 69. With five birdies on the day, the first-time Srixon Qualifier medalist said the event built his confidence.
It gives me some hope, Springer said. Playing well here means I have what it takes to play well in AJGA events.
Springer and four other players in the top 15 opted out of this week's event, accepting a tournament exemption in place of a qualifying position: Chase Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Scott Hockemeyer of Indianapolis, Ind., Payne Gniewek of Trenton, Mich., and Max Do of Lakewood, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Park used pars to advance to the championship and earn Srixon Qualifier medalist honors for the second time.
I learned where I need to hit the ball, Park said. I'm confident because I think I can do well and I know how to avoid trouble.
Park leads the four qualifiers earning spots in the Girls Division championship field. Meghna Bal of Wesley Chapel, Fla., shot a 77 and finished second, while Megan Curran of Dublin, Ohio, and Kelly Butler of Centerburg, Ohio, complete the qualifier list in the Girls Division.
Christina Thomas of Rocky River, Ohio, was the only top-four finisher who chose to accept a tournament exemption in place of qualifying for this week's event.
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The 54-hole championship begins on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with tee-times running from 7:00-11:57 a.m. For more information on the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card, please contact Tournament Director Randi Reed at (770) 601-5196.
DELAWARE, Ohio Srixon Qualifier results from the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card conducted by
the American Junior Golf Association at Dornoch Golf Club. Par: Boys: 35-3671; Girls: 35-3671. Yardage: Boys: 6,685; Girls: 5,904.
T1 Adam Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2005) 35-3469
T1 # Alex Springer, Anthem, Ariz. (2007) 35-3469
3 Ben Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2005) 35-3570
T4 Michael Cress, Dublin, Ohio (2007) 38-3371
T4 # Chase Williams, Columbus, Ohio (2008) 35-3671
6 Ryan Hocker, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 35-3772
T7 # Scott Hockemeyer, Indianapolis, Ind. (2006) 39-3473
T7 Corey Welch, Floyds Knobs, Ind. (2006) 38-3573
T7 Bryan Sheridan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2007) 39-3473
T10 Robert Gleixner, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 37-3774
T10 Andrew Rickard, New Castle, Pa. (2006) 37-3774
T12 Samuel Johnson, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 36-3975
T12 Brian Sparks, Shelby Twp., Mich. (2006) 37-3875
T12 # Payne Gniewek, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 39-3675
T12 Alex Zeoli, Rochester Hills, Mich. (2006) 37-3875
T12 Nathan Wine, Fort Wayne, Ind. (2006) 36-3975
T12 Kevin Reeves, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 38-3775
T12 # Max Do, Lakewood, Calif. (2009) 41-3475
T19 *Rob Caldwell, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 39-3776
T19 Robert Harman, Perrysburg, Ohio (2006) 36-4076
T19 *Sam LaMantia, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 36-4076
T22 *Joseph Barr, Versailles, Ky. (2008) 38-3977
T22 *Kyle Bates, Avon Lake, Ohio (2007) 40-3777
T24 Reed Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2007) 39-3978
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T24 David Brellenthin, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 37-4178
T24 Andrew Phelps, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 41-3778
T24 Jake Daly, Cincinnati, Ohio (2007) 37-4178
T24 Paul VanDeventer, Celina, Ohio (2008) 40-3878
T24 Cory Bradburn, Gahanna, Ohio (2005) 43-3578
T24 Cody Johnson, Aurora, Ind. (2006) 38-4078
T24 Kellen Erdman, Rocky River, Ohio (2007) 40-3878
T24 Blair Webb, Avon, Ind. (2007) 42-3678
T24 Scott Vasko, Westerville, Ohio (2006) 39-3978
T34 John Burns, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 39-4079
T34 Zachary Glassman, Highland Heights, Ohio (2007) 39-4079
T34 Mark McLaughlin, Monroe, Mich. (2006) 38-4179
T34 Brad Cieslinski, Natrona Heights, Pa. (2007) 42-3779
T34 Joe Pelland, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 36-4379
T34 Aaron Ebert, Huron, Ohio (2008) 38-4179
T34 Zak Frognowski, Brunswick, Ohio (2006) 41-3879
T34 Christopher Mathews, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 42-3779
T34 J.D. Pascany, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 39-4079
43 Kane Volsky, Cleveland, Ohio (2007) 43-3780
44 Jarryd Lentz, Monroe, Ohio (2007) 40-4181
T45 Tom Wimsatt II, Union, Ky. (2006) 42-4082
T45 Jason Crow, Leipsic, Ohio (2007) 41-4182
T45 Scott Schuitema, Muskegon, Mich. (2007) 43-3982
T45 Micky Cicchinelli, Chicago, Ill. (2006) 45-3782
T45 Michael Murray, White Lake, Mich. (2008) 42-4082
T45 Paul Miller, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 44-3882
T45 James Teskey, Carmel, Ind. (2007) 45-3782
T52 Nicholas Sutter, Cincinnati, Ohio (2006) 42-4183
T52 Derek Lancaster, Vandalia, Ohio (2006) 41-4283
T52 Jason Glass, Whitehouse, Ohio (2006) 41-4283
T52 Jay Dalgarn, III, Pataskala, Ohio (2006) 39-4483
T52 Scott Blackburn, Westlake, Ohio (2006) 42-4183
T52 Kevin Dunn, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 44-3983
T52 Tyler Bice, Elida, Ohio (2007) 42-4183
T52 Adam Hillsamer, Lafayette, Ind. (2007) 41-4283
T60 Kevin Heitz, Louisville, Ky. (2006) 40-4484
T60 Louis Lapos, Sheffield Vlg., Ohio (2007) 42-4284
T62 Brent Porter, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 43-4285
T62 John Tara, Lake Bluff, Ill. (2007) 45-4085
64 Brendan Gaughan, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 42-4486
T65 Eric Fritz, Brecksville, Ohio (2007) 47-4087
T65 Daniel Hurwitz, Chevy Chase, Md. (2006) 45-4287
T65 Eric Carnacchi, Dearborn, Mich. (2007) 46-4187
T68 Alex Praeger, Hawthorn Woods, Ill. (2007) 44-4488
T68 Anthony Alessi, Findlay, Ohio (2007) 47-4188
T68 Erik Hoops, Perrysburg, Ohio (2008) 45-4388
T68 Brooks Price, Worthington, Ohio (2007) 44-4488
T72 Zach Damron, Austin, Texas (2007) 44-4589
T72 Patrick Duran, Westlake, Ohio (2008) 47-4289
T72 Bobby Urso, Beverly Hills, Mich. (2007) 46-4389
T72 Doug Underwood, Stow, Ohio (2007) 43-4689
T72 Josh Lewis, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 48-4189
77 John Krause, Hamburg, Mich. (2005) 49-4190
78 Gregory Gerycz Jr., Twinsburg, Ohio (2006) 47-4491
79 Marc Danneberger, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 47-5097
Kevin Pikus, Strongsville, Ohio (2007) WD (Illness)
Anthony Bloomquist, Lima, Ohio (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Rennan Joo, Las Vegas, Nev. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Derek Adams, Lexington, Ky. (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Adam Kiminas, Worthington, Ohio (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
1 Michelle Park, Los Angeles, Calif. (2009) 39-3776
2 Meghna Bal, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2006) 37-4077
3 #Christina Thomas, Rocky River, Ohio (2006) 37-4380
4 Megan Curran, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 40-4181
5 *Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio (2007) 40-4282
6 Kelly Butler, Centerburg, Ohio (2006) 45-3984
FAILED TO QUALIFY
7 Colleen Lienesch, Centerville, Ohio (2006) 40-4585
8 Allyson Burak, Willoughby, Ohio (2006) 42-4486
9 Jackie Seem, Los Angeles, Calif. (2006) 47-4188
10 Lauren Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 44-4589
11 Kerri Dice, Allison Park, Pa. (2007) 43-4790
12 Lauren Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2007) 48-4391
13 Nicole Hess, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2006) 48-4795
14 Megan Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 53-4497
Kimberly Ericson, Cincinatti, Ohio (2005) WD (Illness)
# - 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 event.