HOOBERY MEDALS IN TEE UP JUNIOR CHALLENGE SRIXON QUALIFIER
Koyano, Glassford tie in Girls Division to medal at El Prado Golf Course
CHINO, Calif. — Macgregor Hoobery of Santa Maria, Calif., shot a 4-under-par 68 Monday to medal in the TEE UP Junior Challenge Srixon Qualifier at El Prado Golf Course. Tiffany Koyano of Rowland Heights, Calif., and Bethany Glassford of Henderson, Nev., each shot 3-over-par 75 to medal in the Girls Division.
The TEE UP Junior Challenge Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 80 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-18, with 94 players from California. The event was staged on the par-72 Chino Creek Course at the El Prado Golf Course with boys tees set at 6,742 yards and girls tees at 5,946 yards.
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Hoobery recently won the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch and has been invited to play in the Junior All-Star Championship for players ages 12-15. He said he was not planning on playing in the TEE UP Junior Challenge until he won the Qualifier Monday.
“It was a lot of fun today,” Hoobery said. “All I was shooting for was a spot in the top nine, and it wasn't until I was 3-under-par on my last hole that I realized I had a shot. I've never played at Industry Hills and I'm really looking forward to it.”
Also qualifying to play in the TEE UP Junior Challenge were JP Park of La Habra, Calif., Julian Ramirez of Brea, Calif., Robert Nicanor of San Diego, Chris Capo of Woodland Hills, Calif., Wayne Yoon of Carson, Calif., Eugene Lee of Temecula, Calif., David Caplinger of Indio, Calif., and Trevor Guthrie of Fresno, Calif.
Joshua Crowder of Murrieta, Calif., and Bou-An Fujieki of Honolulu also qualified for the TEE UP Junior Challenge, but chose to accept one Tournament Exemption to be used towards other events in lieu of playing in the TEE UP Junior Challenge.
In the Girls Division, there were two spots available for qualifiers in the championship tournament field, and Koyano and Glassford topped the competition by only one stroke to earn those spots. Koyano's two birdies and Glassford's five gave the two medalists what they needed to qualify for the TEE UP Junior Challenge.
“I've tried qualifying a number of times now, but still have never played in an AJGA championship event,” Koyano said. “I've never played against such tough competition, and I'm really looking forward to it.”
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth an 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.
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.
The TEE UP Junior Challenge will begin Wednesday with tee times from 7 to 11:03 a.m. off the No. 1 tee on the Zaharias Course at the Industry Hills Golf Club. Spectators are welcome.
For more information about the TEE Up Junior Challege, please contact tournament headquarters at (626) 854-2300.