ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS/LAWRENCE HALL ABILENE JUNIOR

Fairway Oaks Country Club

Abilene, Texas

July 19-22, 2004

 

QUALIFIER WHITEKILLER TAKES CHARGE AFTER FIRST ROUND IN ABILENE

Tomerlin leads the Girls Division at Fairway Oaks Country Club

 

ABILENE, TEXAS – After gaining entry into the Abilene Reporter-News/Lawrence Hall Abilene Junior via the tournament qualifier on Sunday, Trent Whitekiller of Sallisaw, Okla., leads the Boys Division after firing a 4-under-par 68 in the first round. Brittany Tomerlin of San Angelo, Texas, garnered a 3-over-par 75 to place herself atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division.

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Abilene Reporter-News/Lawrence Hall Abilene Junior is being held at Fairway Oaks Country Club. One hundred and nineteen junior golfers from 12 states and Mexico (ages 12-18) are competing in this 54-hole event.  Ninety-six players from the Lone Star state are entered in the field.

 

After placing second and carding his first career hole-in-one in the tournament qualifier on Sunday, Whitekiller came into Tuesday’s round with confidence.

 

“My practice round felt really good, which really set the tone for me coming into today’s round,” the Sallisaw High School senior-to-be said. “I have been playing pretty well and I am looking forward to a good tournament.”

 

Whitekiller, who is playing in his second career AJGA event, is definitely playing well after he carded five birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 9, 12 and 14 and had only one bogey for the day.

           

“Before I birdied No. 4, I told (fellow competitor Austin Bowman) that I was going to chip it in,” the 17-year-old said. “And I did it.”

           

Trailing behind Whitekiller by only two strokes are Texas natives Jay Calvo of Baird and Brandon Lakatta of Mansfield.

           

Rounding out the Boys Division top five at 71 is a quintet of Texans including Matteson Hamilton of Houston, Jonathan Shelley of Canyon, Colton Williams of Jacksboro and Cole Moreland of Austin.

           

Tomerlin’s round (36-39—75) was steady and strong for sixteen holes until she double-bogeyed the 374-yard par-4 17th hole. 

           

“I played very well until No. 17,” the 16-year-old said. “My long game was a lot better than it has been. Today I just wanted to play well and have fun and I achieved both of my goals.”

           

Texans Meredith McMahan of San Antonio and Tracy Stanford of Midland round out the top three in the Girls Division at 76 and 77, respectively.

 

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.             

           

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

           

Second-round tee times will begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. and conclude at 12:51 p.m. at Fairway Oaks Country Club. For more information on the Abilene Reporter-News/Lawrence Hall Abilene Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (325) 698-4971, ext. 218.

 
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1. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
2. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
3. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
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1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
3. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.