CORNELLA, DUAN SHARE CO-MEDALIST HONORS AT LONGBOW GOLF CLUB WITH 1-OVER-PAR 72
Wu, Yoshitake post 75s to medal in Girls Division
MESA, Ariz. — Andrew Cornella of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Chenxiao Duan of Bradenton, Fla., posted 1-over-par 72s at Longbow Golf Club Wednesday to medal in the Boys Division and qualify for the 11th annual Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club. In the Girls Division, Han Wu of Norwalk, Calif., and Taylor Yoshitake of Playa del Rey, Calif., each carded 4-over-par 75 to tie for medalist honors.
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Cornella, a veteran to Longbow Golf Club, had a solid round of golf, carding three birdies and four bogeys. Starting the day on hole No. 18, Cornella was able to hold onto a steady front-side finish and head into the back nine at 1-under-par.
"I hit my 8-iron from about 160 out to stick it within two feet on No. 9," said Cornella, who played in three AJGA events in 2008. "Making that putt to save par really set the tone for a backside finish.”
Duan had a rocky start to the day with a bogey on his first hole, but regained composure with back-to-back birdies on Nos.15 and 16. Duan, who finished tied for fifth in last week's Golf World Preseason Junior at Mission Inn, headed to the front side at 1-over-par but held onto the lead with seven pars, a birdie and a bogey to end the day tied for medalist honors.
Joining Duan in the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club Boys Division field are eight fellow qualifiers: Joshua Park of Diamond Bar, Calif., Henry Cunningham and Zachary Wright, both of Phoenix, and Austin Quick of Scottsdale, Ariz., at 74; Randy Ross of Phoenix, Jeffrey Wells of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Cameron Palmer of Gilbert, Ariz., at 75; Trevor Simsby of La Costa, Calif., qualified through a sudden-death playoff at 76.
Joining Cornella, Michael Clapp of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Jonathan Rego of San Dimas, Calif., and Kevin Allen of San Clemente, Calif., all fell within the cut line at 74 and 78 but chose to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club.
In the Girls Division, Wu's 37-38 — 75 included two front-nine birdies. A solid short game kept Wu in contention for the lead. Starting the day on hole No. 3, with a chip in for birdie, Wu would go on to chip in for birdie twice more.
“I was struggling with my irons today, but my short game saved me,” said Wu. “My putting was really great and my chipping as well. Chipping in is what saved the day.”
Yoshitake started the day on a good note with a first-hole par and a birdie on No. 4. She would make the turn at 2-over-par, but back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 saved her back side and helped propel her to medalist honors.
“I hit a lot of long putts today,” said Yoshitake. “The fairway bunkers got me in trouble but I did well with the tough greens and was able to hold on.”
Wu, Raychelle Santos of La Quinta, Calif., and Elisabeth Bernabe of Anaheim Hills, Calif., all decided to bank an AJGA Tournament Exemption rather than competing in the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club. Sunshine Baraquiel of Chatsworth, Calif., Rachel Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Dana Finkelstein of Chandler, Ariz., all round out the Girls Division tournament field.
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