JUNG EARNS MEDALIST HONORS AT THE RESERVE AT SPANOS PARK
Bickell takes home top honors in Girls Division at the K12 Qualifier for the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic
STOCKTON, Calif., — Brian Jung of Coquitlam, British Columbia, shot a 1-under-par 71 Monday to claim medalist honors at the K12 Qualifier for the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic. Taylor Bickell of Napa, Calif., took home medalist honors in the Girls Division after she shot an even-par 72.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic was an 18-hole stroke play event held at The Reserve at Spanos Park. The tournament field featured 69 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from three states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course from 7,039 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,246 yards.
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, 14 boys and 4 girls advanced from the K12 Qualifier and will play in the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic, which begins Tuesday, August 25. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events
Jung played steady all day, hitting 13 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. He recorded birdies on four holes including two in a row at Nos. 12 and 13. Despite his putter being a bit off, he was still able to earn medalist honors winning by two shots and was the only boy to shoot under par.
“The course was playing pretty tough with the breeze blowing all day,” Jung said. “I put together a decent round because I was able to chip it close enough to save par when I needed to.”
Joining Jung in the field at the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic are Jake Hutton of Long Beach, Calif., Charlie Benell of Pacific Palisades, Calif., Robin Jang and Jason Semthiti of Los Angeles, Fredrik Palmer of Modesto, Calif., Bradley Harrelson of Snoqualmie, Wash., Brandon Hortt of San Diego, Joseph Zakaria of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Jeff McNeil of Nipomo, Calif., Kevin Kim of Torrance, Calif., Lawrence Ree of Redondo Beach, Calif., JT Harper of Pebble Beach, Calif., and Jeff Moeser of Santa Ana, Calif.
Opting to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were John Louie of Salinas, Calif., Will Scarlett of Woodland, Calif., Nicolo Galletti of Clayton, Calif., Eric Peng of San Diego, Jason Kuo of Milpitas, Calif., and Johnny Castles of Cupertino, Calif..
In the Girls Division, Bickell had a back and forth day as she recorded four birdies against three bogeys. After every bogey she recorded she would come back with a birdie to end the day with an even-par 72. Although it was a back and forth day, she was happy with taking home medalist honors.
“My game today was all about recovering,” said Bickell who opted out taking an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event. “Every time I would make a bogey I would come back and make a birdie. Despite having an up and down round I am pleased with winning.”
Joining this week's field are Blair Lewis of La Mesa, Calif., Minjia Luo of San Diego, Aliea Clark of Carlsbad, Calif., and Cassidy Stelzmiller of Placerville, Calif.
Opting to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Kendall Dusenberry of Newhall, Calif., and Kimberly Santiago of Lynnwood, Wash.
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First-round tee times for the Stockton Sports Commission Junior Classic will run from 7:30 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. off the No. 1 tee, Tuesday at The Reserve at Spanos Park. For more information please contact Tournament Director Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana at (678) 617-2424.