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: 35-36—71; Girls: 35-36—71. Yardage: Boys: 6,685; Girls: 5,904.
T1 Adam Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2005) 35-34—69
T1 # Alex Springer, Anthem, Ariz. (2007) 35-34—69
3 Ben Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2005) 35-35—70
T4 Michael Cress, Dublin, Ohio (2007) 38-33—71
T4 # Chase Williams, Columbus, Ohio (2008) 35-36—71
6 Ryan Hocker, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 35-37—72
T7 # Scott Hockemeyer, Indianapolis, Ind. (2006) 39-34—73
T7 Corey Welch, Floyds Knobs, Ind. (2006) 38-35—73
T7 Bryan Sheridan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2007) 39-34—73
T10 Robert Gleixner, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 37-37—74
T10 Andrew Rickard, New Castle, Pa. (2006) 37-37—74
T12 Samuel Johnson, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 36-39—75
T12 Brian Sparks, Shelby Twp., Mich. (2006) 37-38—75
T12 # Payne Gniewek, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 39-36—75
T12 Alex Zeoli, Rochester Hills, Mich. (2006) 37-38—75
T12 Nathan Wine, Fort Wayne, Ind. (2006) 36-39—75
T12 Kevin Reeves, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 38-37—75
T12 # Max Do, Lakewood, Calif. (2009) 41-34—75
T19 *Rob Caldwell, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 39-37—76
T19 Robert Harman, Perrysburg, Ohio (2006) 36-40—76
T19 *Sam LaMantia, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 36-40—76
T22 *Joseph Barr, Versailles, Ky. (2008) 38-39—77
T22 *Kyle Bates, Avon Lake, Ohio (2007) 40-37—77
T24 Reed Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2007) 39-39—78
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T24 David Brellenthin, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 37-41—78
T24 Andrew Phelps, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 41-37—78
T24 Jake Daly, Cincinnati, Ohio (2007) 37-41—78
T24 Paul VanDeventer, Celina, Ohio (2008) 40-38—78
T24 Cory Bradburn, Gahanna, Ohio (2005) 43-35—78
T24 Cody Johnson, Aurora, Ind. (2006) 38-40—78
T24 Kellen Erdman, Rocky River, Ohio (2007) 40-38—78
T24 Blair Webb, Avon, Ind. (2007) 42-36—78
T24 Scott Vasko, Westerville, Ohio (2006) 39-39—78
T34 John Burns, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 39-40—79
T34 Zachary Glassman, Highland Heights, Ohio (2007) 39-40—79
T34 Mark McLaughlin, Monroe, Mich. (2006) 38-41—79
T34 Brad Cieslinski, Natrona Heights, Pa. (2007) 42-37—79
T34 Joe Pelland, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 36-43—79
T34 Aaron Ebert, Huron, Ohio (2008) 38-41—79
T34 Zak Frognowski, Brunswick, Ohio (2006) 41-38—79
T34 Christopher Mathews, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 42-37—79
T34 J.D. Pascany, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 39-40—79
43 Kane Volsky, Cleveland, Ohio (2007) 43-37—80
44 Jarryd Lentz, Monroe, Ohio (2007) 40-41—81
T45 Tom Wimsatt II, Union, Ky. (2006) 42-40—82
T45 Jason Crow, Leipsic, Ohio (2007) 41-41—82
T45 Scott Schuitema, Muskegon, Mich. (2007) 43-39—82
T45 Micky Cicchinelli, Chicago, Ill. (2006) 45-37—82
T45 Michael Murray, White Lake, Mich. (2008) 42-40—82
T45 Paul Miller, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 44-38—82
T45 James Teskey, Carmel, Ind. (2007) 45-37—82
T52 Nicholas Sutter, Cincinnati, Ohio (2006) 42-41—83
T52 Derek Lancaster, Vandalia, Ohio (2006) 41-42—83
T52 Jason Glass, Whitehouse, Ohio (2006) 41-42—83
T52 Jay Dalgarn, III, Pataskala, Ohio (2006) 39-44—83
T52 Scott Blackburn, Westlake, Ohio (2006) 42-41—83
T52 Kevin Dunn, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 44-39—83
T52 Tyler Bice, Elida, Ohio (2007) 42-41—83
T52 Adam Hillsamer, Lafayette, Ind. (2007) 41-42—83
T60 Kevin Heitz, Louisville, Ky. (2006) 40-44—84
T60 Louis Lapos, Sheffield Vlg., Ohio (2007) 42-42—84
T62 Brent Porter, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 43-42—85
T62 John Tara, Lake Bluff, Ill. (2007) 45-40—85
64 Brendan Gaughan, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 42-44—86
T65 Eric Fritz, Brecksville, Ohio (2007) 47-40—87
T65 Daniel Hurwitz, Chevy Chase, Md. (2006) 45-42—87
T65 Eric Carnacchi, Dearborn, Mich. (2007) 46-41—87
T68 Alex Praeger, Hawthorn Woods, Ill. (2007) 44-44—88
T68 Anthony Alessi, Findlay, Ohio (2007) 47-41—88
T68 Erik Hoops, Perrysburg, Ohio (2008) 45-43—88
T68 Brooks Price, Worthington, Ohio (2007) 44-44—88
T72 Zach Damron, Austin, Texas (2007) 44-45—89
T72 Patrick Duran, Westlake, Ohio (2008) 47-42—89
T72 Bobby Urso, Beverly Hills, Mich. (2007) 46-43—89
T72 Doug Underwood, Stow, Ohio (2007) 43-46—89
T72 Josh Lewis, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 48-41—89
77 John Krause, Hamburg, Mich. (2005) 49-41—90
78 Gregory Gerycz Jr., Twinsburg, Ohio (2006) 47-44—91
79 Marc Danneberger, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 47-50—97
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) 39-37—76
2 Meghna Bal, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2006) 37-40—77
3 #Christina Thomas, Rocky River, Ohio (2006) 37-43—80
4 Megan Curran, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 40-41—81
5 *Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio (2007) 40-42—82
6 Kelly Butler, Centerburg, Ohio (2006) 45-39—84
FAILED TO QUALIFY
7 Colleen Lienesch, Centerville, Ohio (2006) 40-45—85
8 Allyson Burak, Willoughby, Ohio (2006) 42-44—86
9 Jackie Seem, Los Angeles, Calif. (2006) 47-41—88
10 Lauren Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 44-45—89
11 Kerri Dice, Allison Park, Pa. (2007) 43-47—90
12 Lauren Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2007) 48-43—91
13 Nicole Hess, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2006) 48-47—95
14 Megan Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 53-44—97
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.