HOLLADAY SHOOTS EVEN PAR TO BECOME BOYS MEDALIST AT RICHMOND QUALIFIER
Shimel earns top spot in Girls Division by three strokes
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Kempe Holladay of Arlington, Va., overcame the wet conditions left from days of rain and fired an even-par 72 to take home medalist honors in the Boys Division of the AJGA Richmond Junior Qualifier. Christine Shimel of Kennett Square, Pa., claimed the top spot in the Girls Division with a 5-over-par 77.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Richmond Junior Qualifier was an 18-hole shotgun stroke play event held at the 6,992-yard, par-72 Salisbury Country Club. Juniors were competing for 15 spots (12 boys and 3 girls) for the upcoming AJGA Richmond Junior.
Starting on No. 13, Holladay came out hot as he birdied two of his first four holes. After sitting at 3-over-par through 16 holes of play, Holliday’s rollercoaster round continued as he birdied his final three holes of the day to secure his one-shot victory over Adam Klein of Bethesda, Md.
“I played real well today,” Holladay said. “I had a lot of good shots and hit a lot of greens.”
In lieu of playing in this weeks event, Holladay chose to opt out and add an AJGA Tournament Exemption to his Performance-Based Entry status for future AJGA events.
“I had already committed to a high school tournament before this, so I just wanted to come out here and get some great experience.” Holladay said.
Also qualifying with Holladay and Klein were Alexander Retsch-Bogart of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Jason Cohan of Wayne, Pa.; Christopher Wirt of Roanoke, Va.; Myles Vlachos of Monrovia, Md.; Tony Jaffa of Owings Mills, Md.; Michael O’Keefe of Medford, N.J.; Chris Covelli of Amherst, N.Y.; Fielding Brewbaker of Salem, Va.; Brian Sidone of Johnstown, Pa.; Cory Amory of Crozet, Va.; Matt Price of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Landon Boger of Skillman, N.J.; Dennis Kwon of Rockville, Md.; Rob Hellauer of Lebanon, N.J.; and Beau Allen of Atlanta. John Jenson of Newark, Del. survived a 4-hole sudden-death playoff with 11others to claim the final spot.
Klein, Jaffa, Brewbaker, Amory, and Hellauer also decided to opt out of this week’s AJGA Richmond Junior and added one AJGA Tournament Exemption to their Performance-Based Entry Status.
In the Girls Division, Shimel carded seven consecutive pars to start her round and finished her first nine at 1-over-par. While five bogies on her back-nine slowed her pace, Shimel birdied her final hole, No. 17, to finish her medalist achieving round.
“I’m very honored to win this with such a good girls field,” said the 13-year-old Shimel. “I didn’t expect this at all.
“It’s really nice to end (the summer this way).”
Megan Trachok of Pittsburgh, Brielle Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jessica Unger of Bethesda, Md., all tied for second three strokes back with an 8-over-par 80.
With Shimel, Trachok, and Paolini all opting out to use their exemption at later a time, Meredith Swanson of Roanoke, Pa., and Julia Nouss of Saint Louis, also qualified to make this week’s field.
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 AJGA has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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The AJGA Richmond Junior will begin Tuesday at off the No. 1 tee at Salisbury Country Club. For more information about the AJGA Richmond Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (804) 320-8255.
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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.