COHEN FINISHES AT 71, MEDALS IN SRIXON QUALIFIER SERIES
Pentrack clinches spot in Girls Division of the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior
ELVERSON, Pa. — With a par-71, Andrew Cohen of Mamaroneck, N.Y., captured the Boys Division medal in the Srixon Qualifier Series of the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior. Margaret Pentrack of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned her first qualifier medal by carding a 4-over-par 74.
The Srixon Qualifier Series, an 18-hole event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was held at the French Creek Golf Club. Ninety-four junior golfers — 76 boys and 18 girls — from 15 states, including 34 from Pennsylvania, competed in the event.
Because of a shotgun start, Cohen began on No. 14. After a practice round on Saturday, he said he was confident he could do well on the back nine, but said the front nine was more difficult.
“The second hole and third hole are very tough, but I knew if I could keep the ball in play in the fairway, it wouldn't be too difficult,” he said. “I'm going to take the day off tomorrow. My mom is bringing two drivers and I'll be at the range trying them out. As long as I hit balls, I'll be fine.”
A quadruple bogey on No. 4 was Cohen's only glitch on the round as he also carded two birdies. He said strong putting helped keep his score low, including a 40-foot eagle putt on No. 16.
The top-15 players from the Srixon Qualifier Series advanced to the tournament. Donnie Shin of Columbia, Md., was second with a 72. Kempe Holladay of Arlington, Va., and Chris Olson of Midlothian, Va., tied for third at 2-over-par 73. Finishing fifth with a 74 was Patrick Hinch of Aberdeen, Md., while John Duthie of Lansing, N.Y., Andrew Goyzueta of Florida, N.Y., and Michael Gross of Clarks Green, Pa., finished in a three-way tie for sixth at 4-over-par 75. Tied for ninth were Brad Cieslinski of Natrona Heights, Pa., and Justin More of Lititz, Pa., with a pair of 76s. Aaron Hwang of Port Washington, N.Y., Kevin Lee of Bradenton, Fla., Paul Park of Wayne, N.J., Ricky Stout of Pollocksville, N.C., Warren Straub, of Apex, N.C., and Richard Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., tied for 11th at 77.
However, because Cieslinski, Holladay, More, Olson, Park, Straub and Werenski chose to opt out of the tournament in lieu of accepting a tournament exemption for their Performance Based Entry Status, David Gilberg of Scarsdale, N.Y., Adam Klein of Bethesda, Md., Jason Ochroch of Ambler, Pa. and Christopher O'Neill of Potomac, Md., advanced to the tournament. Jason Bernstein of Paoli, Pa., and Michael Kania of Haverford, Pa., also qualified to compete in the tournament via a sudden-death playoff.
Taking home a medal in the Girls Division of the Srixon Qualifier Series was not on Pentrack's mind, who began the round on No. 17; she said just wanted to qualify.
“I was even the entire round until I had an eight on No. 14,” she said. “I usually fall apart, but I just wanted to stay strong — just think more on qualifying than winning.”
Pentrack also carded three birdies and three bogeys and said her short game will be challenged on the course this week.
“It is a challenging putting course. There are no flat spots on the greens,” she said. “Even on three-footers, I was playing a break.”
Abby Cotter of Noblesville, Ind., also shot a 74 to earn co-medalist honors. Lois Kim of Bayside, N.Y., was third with a 6-over-par 76, followed by Robyn English of Warwick, R.I. one stroke back with a 77. Stephanie Kim of Bayside, N.Y., was fifth with a 79.
Cotter, English and Stephanie Kim chose to opt out of the tournament in lieu of accepting a tournament exemption for their Performance Based Entry status, so Megan Leineweber of Salisbury, Md., Kristine Rohrbaugh of Midlothian, Va., and Samantha Tejada of Ashland, Mass., will compete in the tournament.
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