PHILLIPS TAKES HOME TOP HONORS AT GLYNNS CREEK GOLF COURSE
Lippetz, Martine share medalist honors in Girls Division
LONG GROVE, Iowa — Charlie Phillips, 17, of Mount Vernon, Ohio shot his way to medalist honors by one stroke Sunday at the Ką˛ Qualifier for the John Deere Classic Junior Open. Jordan Lippetz, 14, of Bradenton, Fla. and Meghan Martine, 17, of Madison, Wis. took home top honors in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier John Deere Classic Junior Open was an 18-hole stroke play qualifying event held at Glynns Creek Golf Course. The tournament field consisted of 62 Boys and 18 Girls, ages 12-18, from 13 states. The par-72 course was played at 7,005 yards for the Boys division, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,148 yards. Ką˛ Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open Tournaments or earn a Tournament Exemption or Performance Star for a future event. The Ką˛ Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open Events.
Phillips, who chose to take a Tournament Exemption due to final exams during tournament play, carded a 3-under-par 69. Phillips was able to overcome an early bogey and carded birdies on Nos. 12, 13, and 17.
“My putter was rolling well today,” Phillips said. “I was hitting long drives which helped me make my putts.”
Thirteen other players qualified for the tournament: Mitchell Homb of Dixon, Ill., David Smith of Plymouth, Minn., Zi Ting Wang of Kissimmee, Fla., Devin Leland of Huxley, Iowa, Taylor White of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Chris Lovell of Clear Lake, Iowa, Taylor Eichinger of Ankeny, Iowa, Carson Baugher of Edwardsville, Ill., Jarrett Smith of McKinney, Texas, Sam Sullivan of Omaha, Neb., Jacob Burkholder of Sedalia, Mo., Spencer Lane of St. Louis, and Al Jennings III of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Also qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's tournament were Michael Fischer and Chase Hanna of Leawood, Kan., Jack Cantele of Wichita, Kan., Benjamin Nelson of Lisle, Ill., Tyler Yaple of Dublin, Ohio, Scott Mann of Highland Park, Ill., and Jimmy Jaskoske of Addison, Ill.
Lippetz finished with the day with a 5-over-par 77. Lippetz was able to play consistent throughout her round by carrying her confidence from hole to hole. Lippetz played a solid round and was able to stay focused on her game.
“My driving and irons were consistent for me and helped make birdie opportunities,” Lippetz said. “I stayed focused and didn't let past shots get to me.”
Martine earned top honors for the first time in her career. Carding pars on thirteen of eighteen holes, Martine played consistent throughout the round relying on her short game.
“I didn't have any birdies, but I was able to be consistent in hitting the fairways” Martine said.
Both Lippetz and Martine opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's tournament.
Rounding out the top three for the tournament was Kara Brinkmann of Liberty Township, Ohio who also chose to take a tournament exemption.
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First-round tee times for the John Deere Classic Junior Open will run from 7-8:39 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-1:09 p.m., off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Tuesday, June 2 at Glynns Creek Golf Course. For more information about the John Deere Classic Junior Open, please contact Tournament Director Rachel Graves at (770) 861-0519.