SPRINGER AND BLIWAS SHARE MEDALIST HONORS AT MEMORIAL JUNIOR
Michelle Park medals in Girls Division
DELAWARE, Ohio โ 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 โ ages 12 to 18 โ 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.
โThis is my last junior tournament, so I would have taken just qualifying,โ said Bliwas, who will be attending the University of Colorado in the fall. โIt means a lot to me to get my first tournament win in my last event.โ
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.
โIt gives me some hope,โ Springer said. โPlaying well here means I have what it takes to play well in AJGA events.โ
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.
โI learned where I need to hit the ball,โ Park said. โI'm confident because I think I can do well and I know how to avoid trouble.โ
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 โ 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: 35-36โ71; Girls: 35-36โ71. Yardage: Boys: 6,685; Girls: 5,904.
T1 Adam Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2005) 35-34โ69
T1 # Alex Springer, Anthem, Ariz. (2007) 35-34โ69
3 Ben Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2005) 35-35โ70
T4 Michael Cress, Dublin, Ohio (2007) 38-33โ71
T4 # Chase Williams, Columbus, Ohio (2008) 35-36โ71
6 Ryan Hocker, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 35-37โ72
T7 # Scott Hockemeyer, Indianapolis, Ind. (2006) 39-34โ73
T7 Corey Welch, Floyds Knobs, Ind. (2006) 38-35โ73
T7 Bryan Sheridan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2007) 39-34โ73
T10 Robert Gleixner, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 37-37โ74
T10 Andrew Rickard, New Castle, Pa. (2006) 37-37โ74
T12 Samuel Johnson, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 36-39โ75
T12 Brian Sparks, Shelby Twp., Mich. (2006) 37-38โ75
T12 # Payne Gniewek, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 39-36โ75
T12 Alex Zeoli, Rochester Hills, Mich. (2006) 37-38โ75
T12 Nathan Wine, Fort Wayne, Ind. (2006) 36-39โ75
T12 Kevin Reeves, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 38-37โ75
T12 # Max Do, Lakewood, Calif. (2009) 41-34โ75
T19 *Rob Caldwell, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 39-37โ76
T19 Robert Harman, Perrysburg, Ohio (2006) 36-40โ76
T19 *Sam LaMantia, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 36-40โ76
T22 *Joseph Barr, Versailles, Ky. (2008) 38-39โ77
T22 *Kyle Bates, Avon Lake, Ohio (2007) 40-37โ77
T24 Reed Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2007) 39-39โ78
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T24 David Brellenthin, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 37-41โ78
T24 Andrew Phelps, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 41-37โ78
T24 Jake Daly, Cincinnati, Ohio (2007) 37-41โ78
T24 Paul VanDeventer, Celina, Ohio (2008) 40-38โ78
T24 Cory Bradburn, Gahanna, Ohio (2005) 43-35โ78
T24 Cody Johnson, Aurora, Ind. (2006) 38-40โ78
T24 Kellen Erdman, Rocky River, Ohio (2007) 40-38โ78
T24 Blair Webb, Avon, Ind. (2007) 42-36โ78
T24 Scott Vasko, Westerville, Ohio (2006) 39-39โ78
T34 John Burns, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 39-40โ79
T34 Zachary Glassman, Highland Heights, Ohio (2007) 39-40โ79
T34 Mark McLaughlin, Monroe, Mich. (2006) 38-41โ79
T34 Brad Cieslinski, Natrona Heights, Pa. (2007) 42-37โ79
T34 Joe Pelland, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 36-43โ79
T34 Aaron Ebert, Huron, Ohio (2008) 38-41โ79
T34 Zak Frognowski, Brunswick, Ohio (2006) 41-38โ79
T34 Christopher Mathews, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 42-37โ79
T34 J.D. Pascany, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 39-40โ79
43 Kane Volsky, Cleveland, Ohio (2007) 43-37โ80
44 Jarryd Lentz, Monroe, Ohio (2007) 40-41โ81
T45 Tom Wimsatt II, Union, Ky. (2006) 42-40โ82
T45 Jason Crow, Leipsic, Ohio (2007) 41-41โ82
T45 Scott Schuitema, Muskegon, Mich. (2007) 43-39โ82
T45 Micky Cicchinelli, Chicago, Ill. (2006) 45-37โ82
T45 Michael Murray, White Lake, Mich. (2008) 42-40โ82
T45 Paul Miller, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 44-38โ82
T45 James Teskey, Carmel, Ind. (2007) 45-37โ82
T52 Nicholas Sutter, Cincinnati, Ohio (2006) 42-41โ83
T52 Derek Lancaster, Vandalia, Ohio (2006) 41-42โ83
T52 Jason Glass, Whitehouse, Ohio (2006) 41-42โ83
T52 Jay Dalgarn, III, Pataskala, Ohio (2006) 39-44โ83
T52 Scott Blackburn, Westlake, Ohio (2006) 42-41โ83
T52 Kevin Dunn, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 44-39โ83
T52 Tyler Bice, Elida, Ohio (2007) 42-41โ83
T52 Adam Hillsamer, Lafayette, Ind. (2007) 41-42โ83
T60 Kevin Heitz, Louisville, Ky. (2006) 40-44โ84
T60 Louis Lapos, Sheffield Vlg., Ohio (2007) 42-42โ84
T62 Brent Porter, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 43-42โ85
T62 John Tara, Lake Bluff, Ill. (2007) 45-40โ85
64 Brendan Gaughan, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 42-44โ86
T65 Eric Fritz, Brecksville, Ohio (2007) 47-40โ87
T65 Daniel Hurwitz, Chevy Chase, Md. (2006) 45-42โ87
T65 Eric Carnacchi, Dearborn, Mich. (2007) 46-41โ87
T68 Alex Praeger, Hawthorn Woods, Ill. (2007) 44-44โ88
T68 Anthony Alessi, Findlay, Ohio (2007) 47-41โ88
T68 Erik Hoops, Perrysburg, Ohio (2008) 45-43โ88
T68 Brooks Price, Worthington, Ohio (2007) 44-44โ88
T72 Zach Damron, Austin, Texas (2007) 44-45โ89
T72 Patrick Duran, Westlake, Ohio (2008) 47-42โ89
T72 Bobby Urso, Beverly Hills, Mich. (2007) 46-43โ89
T72 Doug Underwood, Stow, Ohio (2007) 43-46โ89
T72 Josh Lewis, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 48-41โ89
77 John Krause, Hamburg, Mich. (2005) 49-41โ90
78 Gregory Gerycz Jr., Twinsburg, Ohio (2006) 47-44โ91
79 Marc Danneberger, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 47-50โ97
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) 39-37โ76
2 Meghna Bal, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2006) 37-40โ77
3 #Christina Thomas, Rocky River, Ohio (2006) 37-43โ80
4 Megan Curran, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 40-41โ81
5 *Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio (2007) 40-42โ82
6 Kelly Butler, Centerburg, Ohio (2006) 45-39โ84
FAILED TO QUALIFY
7 Colleen Lienesch, Centerville, Ohio (2006) 40-45โ85
8 Allyson Burak, Willoughby, Ohio (2006) 42-44โ86
9 Jackie Seem, Los Angeles, Calif. (2006) 47-41โ88
10 Lauren Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 44-45โ89
11 Kerri Dice, Allison Park, Pa. (2007) 43-47โ90
12 Lauren Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2007) 48-43โ91
13 Nicole Hess, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2006) 48-47โ95
14 Megan Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 53-44โ97
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.