FIRST-TIME WINNERS TAKE CHARGE AT MINDMATTERS QUALIFIER
Formeck medals in Girls Divison, Stough and Waesche III medal in Boys Division
BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. Samantha Formeck of Northern Cambria, Pa., carded a 2-over-par 74 to capture medalist honors in the MindMatters Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier by one shot in her AJGA debut. In the Boys Division, Kyle Stough of Laurel, Md., and Roger Waesche III of Timonium, Md., fired 2-under-par rounds of 70 to share medalist honors.
The MindMatters Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 81 boys and 11 girls ages 12 to 18 competing for a total of 18 spots in this week's championship field. Tom's Run at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center hosted the event and also will host the championship.
Formeck showed no fear on her opening hole, tallying a birdie on the par-5 No. 18. The 15-year-old rookie attributed her first win to her father, who doubles as her swing coach.
This win is special to me because my dad has coached me, Formeck said. It's great to win, and I'm confident heading into the tournament.
Three other players in the Girls Division qualified for this week's MindMatters Junior Championship. Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa., shot an 81, while Stephanie Kim of Bayside, N.Y., and Kalynd Carson of The Woodlands, Texas, registered rounds of 83 to qualify for the championship field.
In addition, three players accepted a tournament exemption in place of a qualifying position. Katie Rogner of Fowler, Ohio, finished second at 75, Julia Thead of Poway, Calif., finished third with a 76, while Christina Thomas of Rocky River, Ohio finished fourth at 80.
In the Boys Division, Stough also broke through and medaled in his first AJGA Srixon qualifier. With four birdies and an eagle, the 17-year-old said he entered the tournament with modest expectations.
I was just hoping to make the field, Stough said. If I expected to shoot 66, I'd only get mad at myself when I hit a bad shot. I just kept a nothing-to-lose attitude.
Waesche III earned medalist honors in a similar fashion, carding six birdies on the day en route to his 2-under-par 70. After bogeying his first hole of the day, Waesche rebounded with birdies on three of his next five holes, propelling him to the top of the leaderboard.
Qualifiers filled 14 positions in the Boys Division championship field, with three players shooting scores of par or better: Dennis Kwon of Rockville, Md., and Brendan Borst of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished in third at 71, while Jeffrey Hinds of Pittsburgh, Pa., shot even-par 72. Other Boys Division qualifiers include: Andrew Gagarin of Bethesda, Md., Zachary Metcalfe of Greensburg, Pa., John Jenson of Newark, Del., Hyun Seok Lim of Fullerton, Calif., Stephen Derminio of Center Valley, Pa., James McGrath of Connellsville, Pa., Christopher Valle of Victor, N.Y., Stephen Dressel of Malvern, Pa., Brixton Albert, Lititz, Pa., and Andrew Rickard of New Castle, Pa.
In addition to the 14 qualifiers, eight players accepted tournament exemptions instead of a position in this week's championship field, including co-medalist Waesche III. Robert Shogry of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished third at 71; John Burns of Loveland, Ohio, Bobby Urso of Beverly Hills, Mich., and Kurt Voss of Rochester, N.Y., shot 72; Matt Barnes of Erie, Pa., Christopher Mathews of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Matthew Kennerknecht of Vienna, Va., and Kyle Bates of Avon Lake, Ohio, shot 73 to qualify also.
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BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. Srixon Qualifier results from the MindMatters Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at
Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center - Tom's Run. Par: Boys: 36-3672; Girls: 36-3672. Yardage: Boys: 6,680; Girls: 5,984.
T1 Kyle Stough, Laurel, Md. (2006) 36-3470
T1 # Roger Waesche III, Timonium, Md. (2007) 34-3670
T3 Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md. (2005) 36-3571
T3 # Robert Shogry, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 37-3471
T3 Brendan Borst, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 35-3671
T6 # Bobby Urso, Beverly Hills, Mich. (2007) 36-3672
T6 # John Burns, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 36-3672
T6 # Kurt Voss, Rochester, N.Y. (2008) 34-3872
T6 Jeffrey Hinds, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2006) 37-3572
T10 # Matthew Kennerknecht, Vienna, Va. (2007) 37-3673
T10 Hyun Seok Lim, Fullerton, Calif. (2008) 37-3673
T10 # Kyle Bates, Avon Lake, Ohio (2007) 35-3873
T10 Stephen Derminio, Center Valley, Pa. (2007) 34-3973
T10 # Matt Barnes, Erie, Pa. (2007) 37-3673
T10 Zachary Metcalfe, Greensburg, Pa. (2007) 37-3673
T10 Andrew Gagarin, Bethesda, Md. (2006) 40-3373
T10 # Christopher Mathews, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 37-3673
T10 John Jenson, Newark, Del. (2006) 39-3473
T19 Stephen Dressel, Malvern, Pa. (2007) 36-3874
T19 Brixton Albert, Lititz, Pa. (2006) 36-3874
T19 Christopher Valle, Victor, N.Y. (2008) 36-3874
T19 ^William Peel, Potomac, Md. (2007) 36-3874
T19 ^Finley Ewing, Dallas, Texas (2008) 36-3874
T19 ^Nicholas Szem, Wall, N.J. (2006) 37-3774
T19 James McGrath, Connellsville, Pa. (2006) 36-3874
T26 * Andrew Rickard, New Castle, Pa. (2006) 39-3675
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T26 Peter Lansinger, Rosemont, Pa. (2006) 40-3575
T26 Kane Volsky, Cleveland, Ohio (2007) 37-3875
T26 Ian Bangor, Moon Township, Pa. (2010) 37-3875
T26 Kurt Valley, Bay City, Mich. (2006) 38-3775
T31 Kevin Lee, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) 37-3976
T31 Mitch Mercer, Wexford, Pa. (2006) 39-3776
T31 Ryan Cahill, Hilliard, Ohio (2006) 40-3676
T31 Jonathan Skonezny, Greensburg, Pa. (2006) 39-3776
T31 Keith Remizowski, Pittsford, N.Y. (2006) 38-3876
T31 Matthew Ouimet, Coto De Caza, Calif. (2007) 36-4076
T31 Dominic Bozzelli, Pittsford, N.Y. (2009) 39-3776
T31 Tommy Hanna III, Bozman, Md. (2006) 39-3776
T39 Joshua Jenkins, Ellicott City, Md. (2006) 40-3777
T39 Rikiya Kitagawa, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) 38-3977
T39 Chad Walker, St. Thomas, Ontario (2006) 36-4177
T39 Stefan Brewer, Charlotte, N.C. (2009) 39-3877
T39 Paul Miller, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 40-3777
T39 Anthony Alessi, Findlay, Ohio (2007) 38-3977
T39 Mark Weinzierl, Johnstown, Pa. (2006) 39-3877
T46 Matt Campbell, Rome, N.Y. (2007) 41-3778
T46 Bryan Kay, Dallas, Texas (2007) 41-3778
T46 Gregory Merz, Rochester, N.Y. (2006) 41-3778
T46 Tyson Marostica, Lewisburg, Pa. (2006) 41-3778
T46 Chris Barlament, Vienna, W.Va. (2006) 39-3978
T46 Evan Hartman, Garrett, Pa. (2007) 41-3778
T46 Jeffrey Moschgat, Ebensburg, Pa. (2006) 37-4178
T46 Jesse Chiero, Westerville, Ohio (2005) 36-4278
T46 Dustin Mullens, Emporium, Pa. (2006) 39-3978
BOYS DIVISION CONTINUED
T55 Kevin Day, Zelienople, Pa. (2006) 40-3979
T55 Pieter Lamley, Phoenixville, Pa. (2006) 40-3979
T55 Leon Choi, Cerritos, Calif. (2006) 40-3979
T55 Josh Webb, McGregor, Texas (2007) 43-3679
T59 Scott Vasko, Westerville, Ohio (2006) 40-4080
T59 Brendan Gaughan, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 42-3880
T59 Douglas Mehall, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 38-4280
T59 Ross Sumner, Callao, Va. (2008) 43-3780
T63 Michael Turner, Baden, Pa. (2007) 39-4281
T63 Zak Frognowski, Brunswick, Ohio (2006) 41-4081
T63 Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (2007) 40-4181
T66 David Hutchinson, Beaver, Pa. (2009) 43-3982
T66 David Brellenthin, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 47-3582
T66 Adam Greitzer, Haverford, Pa. (2006) 43-3982
T66 Patrick Kirby, Paris, Ontario (2006) 40-4282
T66 Daniel Drazen, Voorhees, N.J. (2007) 40-4282
T71 Matthew Porter, Cortland, N.Y. (2009) 44-3983
T71 Ryan Vince, Charlotte, N.C. (2009) 42-4183
73 Taylor Mohylsky, Allentown, Pa. (2006) 42-4385
T74 Gus Frederick, Coopersburg, Pa. (2007) 43-4386
T74 Chris Speaker Jr., Owings, Md. (2007) 44-4286
T74 Austin Warren, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 45-4186
T74 Brandon Pompeani, Aliquippa, Pa. (2009) 44-4286
78 Brock Pompeani, Aliquippa, Pa. (2009) 44-4387
79 Craig Pentrack, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2009) 44-4488
80 Thomas Castellano, Massapequa, N.Y. (2007) 47-4390
81 Jason Crow, Leipsic, Ohio (2007) 49-4392
JJ Carbonell, Alexandria, Va. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Eduardo Chavez, Hillsborough, Calif. (2009) DQ (Rule 6-3a) Frank Rogers, Grand Blanc, Mich. WD
Justin Rusk, Washington Crossing, Pa. (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Josh Sadler, Elizabethtown, Pa. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
1 Samantha Formeck, Northern Cambria, Pa. (2008) 38-3674
2 # Katie Rogner, Fowler, Ohio (2007) 36-3975
3 # Julia Thead, Poway, Calif. (2009) 37-3976
4 # Christina Thomas, Rocky River, Ohio (2006) 38-4280
5 Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa. (2009) 40-4181
T6 Kalynd Carson, The Woodlands, Texas (2008) 41-4283
T6 Stephanie Kim, Bayside, N.Y. (2009) 44-3983
FAILED TO QUALIFY
8 Danielle Gibbins, Elmhurst, Ill. (2006) 40-4484
9 Kimberly Eaton, Shepherdstown, W.Va. (2007) 42-4486
10 Bridget Carr, Snyder, N.Y. (2006) 48-4290
11 Kerri Dice, Allison Park, Pa. (2007) 43-4992
Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio (2007) WD
* - Qualified via sudden-death playoff
# - Player opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
^ - Player could not participate in this week's tournament.