SCOTT SHOOTS LOW AND MEDALS K12 QUALIFIER FOR RANDY WISE JUNIOR OPEN
Wright takes Girls Division by six strokes at Flint Elks Lodge 222 Golf Club
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Nicholas Scott of Union, Ohio, battled windy conditions at the Flint Elks Lodge 222 Golf Club to medal in the Boys Division by three strokes at the K12 Qualifier for the Randy Wise Junior Open. Emily Wright of Mason, Ohio shot a 2-over-par 74 to take home medalist honors in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Randy Wise Junior Open K12 Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Flint Elks Lodge 222 Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 84 Boys and 13 Girls, ages 12-18, from nine states and Canada. The par-72 course was played at 6,932 yards for the Boys Division and 6,115 yards for the Girls Division. Typically held the day prior to AJGA Open tournaments, 18-hole K12 Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to each coinciding AJGA tournament or build their AJGA Performance Based Entry status. In all, 13 boys and 4 girls advanced from the K12 Qualifier and have the opportunity to play in the Randy Wise Junior Open, which begins Wednesday, August 5. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Scott started his round right with birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 6 to stand at 4-under-par through his first six holes en route to a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine.
“I putted really well, making every putt,” Scott said. “I had to make a downhill right to left 10 foot putt on No. 18 to shoot a 69.”
To overcome the wind, Scott was teeing the ball lower and was hitting many choke-down irons and finished even-par 36 on the back nine to card a 3-under-par 69 and medal by three strokes.
The 13 players filling Wednesday's tournament field will be Joey Garber of Petoskey, Mich., Trevor Rosekrans of Haslett, Mich., Nick Blackburn of Westlake, Ohio, Jordan Jackson of Toronto, Ontario, Andrew Jared of Davison, Mich., Han Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., Trent Davison of Rockford, Mich., Alex Willnow of Adrian, Mich., Jack Rider of Vicksburg, Mich., Ryan Jahn of Jupiter, Fla., Andrew Rickerman of Canton, Mich., Lance Semich of McKees Rocks, Pa., and Nick Dennis of Waterford, Mich.
Joining Scott and opting to take a Tournament Exemption instead of playing in the tournament is Matthew Gerard of Rocky River, Ohio who posted a 1-over-par 73.
In the Girls Division, Wright hit her irons very well and made a lot of long putts to beat the competition by six strokes.
“On the par-3 No.12, I hit to the left side of the green and sank a 60 foot putt for birdie,” Wright said. “It was really windy today, so I had to take wind into account on every shot, even putting.”
Wright's toughest hole of the day came on the 485 yard par-5 No. 15. After hitting her first two shots well she hit a her next shot over the green, but got up and down to save par.
Kimberly Dinh of Midland, Mich., and Ankita Tiwana of Wesley Chapel, Fla., will join Wright in the tournament field. Taking a Tournament Exemption instead of playing in the Randy Wise Junior Open are Laura Mary DeMarco of Lasalle, Ontario, Jacqueline Setas of East Lansing, Mich., and Lauren McKinzie of Medina, Ohio.
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First-round tee times for the Randy Wise Junior Open will run from 7 a.m.-12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee Wednesday, August 5 at Flint Elks Lodge 222 Golf Club. For more information about the Randy Wise Junior Open, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (810)743-9440.