BUSCH, HERMANSON CO-MEDAL AT EVEN-PAR 72
Postillion takes medalist honors at the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora Qualifier
AURORA, Ill. Michael Hermanson of Winnetka, Ill., and Scott Busch of West Lafayette, Ind., shot even-par 72 Sunday to co-medal at the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora Qualifier. In the Girls Division, Samantha Postillion of Scottsdale, Ariz., sealed the top spot at 5-over-par 77.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Old Second Bank Championship at Aurora Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Aurora Country Club. The qualifier field consisted of 100 players from 14 states. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,664 yards and the Girls Division at 6,079 yards.
Co-medalist Busch had an up and down day with four birdies, two bogeys, 11 pars and one double bogey. Busch credits his win to his solid work on the greens.
My putting helped me more than anything, Busch said. On No. 10 I made some bad shots, but sunk a 20-footer to make par.
Hermanson was able to finish atop the leaderboard for the first time in his career due to his consistent play.
I hit the ball well, Hermanson said. I hit 13 greens and made six birdies inside 4-feet. I owe it all to my irons.
Hermanson chose to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora.
Also qualifying in the Boys Division are Matthew Felsenfeld of West Bloomfield, Mich., Jack Watson of Lincolnshire, Ill., and Carson Baugher of Edwardsville, Ill., at 1-over-par 73, Travis Ralph of Redington Beach, Fla., at 2-over-par 74, Clayton Jones of Merton, Wis., Alex Stinson of Anderson, Ind., Devlin Keenoy of Glen Carbon, Ill., Benjamin Nelson of Lisle, Ill., and Steven Barbour of East Grand Rapids, Mich., at 3-over-par 75. Zi Ting Wang of Kissimmee, Fla., and Jeff Smart of Winnetka, Ill., qualified through a sudden-death playoff at 4-over-par 76.
David Mills of Evansville, Ind., at 1-over-par 73, and Shani Patel of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., at 3-over-par 75 both fell within the cut line, but chose to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora.
In the Girls Division, Postillion also earned her first AJGA medal. Though Postillion started her round with three bogeys, she was able to turn her game around when she made the turn.
I played better on the back nine, Postillion said. I was more consistent since I was able to get control of my chipping and putting; that really got me going.
Postillion chose to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's tournament.
Qualifying in the Girls Division are Natalie Mitchell of Germantown, Tenn., at 9-over-par 81 and Taylor Quinn of Barrington Hills, Ill., at 14-over-par 86.
Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Ill., and Lindsey Eisenreich of Fenton, Mo., each at 6-over-par 78 both fell within the cut line, but chose to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora.
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.
First-round tee times for the Old Second Bank Junior Championship at Aurora will run from 7 a.m. 12:20 p.m. Tuesday off the No. 1 tee at Aurora Country Club. For more information on the event, contact Tournament Headquarters at 630-892-3785 and ask for the AJGA.