MYERS CAPTURES BOYS DIVISION MEDALIST HONORS IN SRIXON QUALIFIER
Lavin takes Girls Division medalist honors at Countryside Golf Club — Traditional Course
MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Collin Myers of Ottawa, Ill., fired a 6-under-par 66 Sunday to bring home medalist honors in the Midwest Junior Players Championship Srixon Qualifier at the Countryside Golf Club — Traditional Course. Jamie Lavin of Deerfield, Ill., recorded a 3-over-par 75 to earn Girls Division medalist honors.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Midwest Junior Players Championship Srixon Qualifier was an 18-hole shotgun held at the Countryside Golf Club — Traditional Course. The tournament field consisted of 97 players, 77 boys and 20 girls, from 16 states. The Boys Division played the course at 6,489 yards and the Girls Division played at 5,894 yards.
Myers played solid golf throughout his round, including chipping in from the right side of the green on the par-5 third hole for an eagle. Myers carried that momentum to the 180-yard, par-3 fourth hole, where he missed an ace by mere inches and tapped in for birdie. Myers said his putting was his biggest strength of the day, making several one-putts, including back-to-back 20-footers on Nos. 8 and 9. The round is his lowest of his competitive career and Myers said he was just hoping he could remain mistake free.
“I just didn't want to hit a bad shot,” Myers said. “Once I got to two or three under, I started to shake on some of my shots. After I birdied No. 4, I was at 4-under and I felt pretty good.”
Michael Sorenson of Hartland, Wis., finished second with a 5-under-par 67. Daniel Schaller of St. Louis, finished third at 4-under-par 68. Stephen Powers of Naperville, Ill., and Adam Dolezal of Lake Forest, Ill., tied for fourth after carding 3-under-par 69s.
Other qualifiers in the Boys Division were Eric Schuh of Kaukauna, Wis., Brenten Blakeman of Burr Ridge, Ill., Joseph Carlson of Inverness, Ill., Matt Gorman of Waunakee, Wis., Sean Marquardt of Lemont, Ill., Jackson Van Meter of Noblesville, Ind., Theodore Lederhausen of Hinsdale, Ill., Kyle McCartan of Plano, Texas, Bryce Lindsay of Cincinnati, Ohio and Zachary Bates of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Myers, Schaller, Schuh, Blakeman, and Van Meter all opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
In the Girls Division, Lavin felt she missed a lot of birdie opportunities, but was happy to still be able to shoot an even-par 37 on the front nine. She feels confident heading into the Midwest Junior Players Championship and is looking forward to the challenge.
“After starting with three pars, I got comfortable,” Lavin said. “I wasn't able to make a lot of birdies, but I was always able to save par. My course management was good today; hopefully I can carry that over for the tournament.”
Tori Stock of Woodstock, Ill., and Claire Costello of Wilmette, Ill., both shot 6-over-par 78s to tie for second in the Girls Division.
Stock opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
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 countries.
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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.
First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday off the No. 1 tee at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. For more information about the Midwest Junior Players Championship, please contact tournament headquarters at (847) 949-5100, extension, 267.