KIM TAKES HOME TOP HONOR AT LONGBOW GOLF CLUB
Zhang fires low round to take medalist honors in Girls Division
MESA, Ariz. — Chun-Ji Kim of Chandler, Ariz., took home top honors in the Srixon Qualifier for the ReBath Heather Farr Classic Wednesday when he fired a personal best 4-under-par 67. Nicole Zhang of Calgary, Alberta, sealed the top spot in the Girls Division after finishing with a 1-under-par 70.
The ReBath Heather Farr Classic Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 80 boys and 20 girls — ages 12-18 — wishing to “play their way in” to the ReBath Heather Farr Classic. The event was staged on the par-71, 6,866-yard Longbow Golf Club (Girls Division played at 5,966 yards).
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Kim, a veteran of Longbow Golf Club, was all smiles after shaving three strokes off his personal best score. Kim carded six birdies on the par-71 course. Kim said his putting was one key to his solid play.
“My condition was good today,” Kim said. “The greens were fast, but I putted well and will be relying on my putting for good tournament play.”
Also qualifying for the tournament running April 6-8 were: Brendan Doyle of Beverly Hills, Calif., Richie Kernagis of Mesa, Ariz., Alexander Choi of Beverly Hills, Calif., Niall Platt of Santa Barbara, Calif., Kevin Lim of Las Vegas, Dillon Hakes of Coronado, Calif., and Ryan Sheffer of Tucson, Ariz.
Matt Paterini of Saline, Mich., and Fletcher Sams of La Canada, Calif., both qualified but opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
Zhang, who is a first-time visitor to Longbow Golf Club, carded three birdies on her round and also said her putting was what set her up for success.
“The course is beautiful, the greens are fast and I putted well,” Zhang said.
Zhang knows to play well in the tournament she must keep focused and know the course.
“For this course you must have distance control and know where you are going to go,” Zhang said.
Rounding out the top three of the Girls Division and qualifying for the tournament were Cheyenne Hickle of Gilbert, Ariz., and Bethany Glassford of Henderson, Nev., both finishing with 1-over-par 72s.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
For more information about the ReBath Heather Farr Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (480) 807-5400.