MATTSON AND EMMERS EARN MEDALIST HONORS AT RICHMOND QUALIFIER
Swanson and Paolini take home medalist honors in Girls Division
GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Bradley Mattson of Bay Village, Ohio, and Brett Emmers of Wilson, N.C., shared medalist honors in the Boys Division with matching rounds of 1-under-par 71 at Sunday's AJGA Richmond Junior Srixon Qualifier. The Girls Division also named a pair of medalists, as Meredith Swanson of Roanoke, Va., and Brielle Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., fired rounds of 79 to take home medalist honors.
The AJGA Richmond Junior Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 75 boys and 9 girls — ages 12 to 18 — competing for a total of 25 spots in this week's championship field. The Crossings Golf Club hosted the event, while the 54-hole championship will be held at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.
Mattson used four birdies to offset three bogeys, and said avoiding mistakes was a key to earning medalist honors in his first AJGA tournament.
“I hit a lot of fairways today, so it was easy to attack the pins,” Mattson said. “I need to control where my misses go and stay steady.”
Emmers earned medalist honors in a different way, as he attacked the golf course and used strings of birdies to propel his round.
“I had seven birdies on the day, and birdied my last two holes even though I triple-bogeyed No. 10,” Emmers said.
Joining Emmers in the AJGA Richmond Junior tournament field will be Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., and Myles Vlachos of Monrovia, Md., who finished tied for third with rounds of even-par 72.
Boys Division qualifiers filled 20 open positions in the championship field. Other qualifiers include: Garrison Fowler (Williamsburg, Va.) shot 73; Brian Newman (Orange Park, Fla.), Brian Mulvin (Lake Mary, Fla.), and Christian Brand (Charleston, W. Va.) shot 74; Bradley Martin (Charlotte, N.C.), Henry Armistead (Statesville, N.C.), Ryan Peters (Destrehan, La.), Matt Bush (Richmond, Va.), and Benjamin Wallace (Fayetteville, N.Y.) shot 75; William Nemesi (Cary, N.C.), Bobby Day (Lexington, Ky.), Allan Autry (Fayetteville, N.C.), Dustin Mullens (Emporium, Pa.), and Ricky Stout (Pollocksville, N.C.) shot 76; while three players shot 77 and qualified for the tournament via a playoff — Chris Ray (Charlottesville, Va.), Andrew Salzberg (Sarasota, Fla.), and Sam Beach (Glen Allen, Va.).
As an added option, Mattson and seven other top-20 players accepted a tournament exemption in lieu of a birth into the championship field: Will Almand (Cary, N.C.) shot 73 for fifth place; Joshua Jenkins (Ellicott City, Md.), Chad Day (Raleigh, N.C.), Rob Kirkland (Durham, N.C.) and Mark Garrison (Arden, N.C.) shot 74; and Warren Straub (Apex, N.C.), Rob Barrow (Cary, N.C.) and Nic Neinken (Marietta, Ga.) shot 75.
In the Girls Division, Brielle earned medalist honors in spite of two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey in her round. She said that bad holes have never phased her, and she uses them to motivate her through her round.
“I saw the highlights, so I knew the bright moments were still out there,” Paolini said. “I pretend it's match play and treat each hole as the same.”
Swanson avoided the big numbers in her round of 79, and said she played smart golf en route to medalist honors.
“My driver set me up with short approach shots,” Swanson said, who is unable to accept her bid into this week's tournament.
In addition to Paolini, four other Girls Division players qualified for the championship: Lauren Milosh (Southboro, Mass.) shot 82, Kristine Rohrbaugh (Midlothian, Va.) shot 83, and Jessica Unger (Bethesda, Md.) and Caroline Sweet (Bowie, Md.) shot 85.
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GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Srixon Qualifier results from the AJGA Richmond Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Crossings Golf Club. Par: Boys: 36-36—72; Girls: 36-36—72. Yardage: Boys: 6,526; Girls: 5,840.
T1 # Bradley Mattson, Bay Village, Ohio (2006) 35-36—71
T1 Brett Emmers, Wilson, N.C. (2006) 33-38—71
T3 Myles Vlachos, Monrovia, Md. (2005) 35-37—72
T3 Brinson Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) 36-36—72
T5 # Will Almand, Cary, N.C. (2008) 38-35—73
T5 Garrison Fowler, Williamsburg, Va. (2006) 38-35—73
T7 # Chad Day, Raleigh, N.C. (2007) 36-38—74
T7 # Joshua Jenkins, Ellicott City, Md. (2006) 38-36—74
T7 Brian Newman, Orange Park, Fla. (2007) 38-36—74
T7 Brian Mulvin, Lake Mary, Fla. (2006) 40-34—74
T7 Christian Brand, Charleston, W.Va. (2006) 35-39—74
T7 # Rob Kirkland, Durham, N.C. (2007) 37-37—74
T7 # Mark Garrison, Arden, N.C. (2006) 38-36—74
T14 Bradley Martin, Charlotte, N.C. (2005) 37-38—75
T14 Ryan Peters, Destrehan, La. (2006) 37-38—75
T14 # Warren Straub, Apex, N.C. (2007) 35-40—75
T14 # Rob Barrow, Cary, N.C. (2006) 36-39—75
T14 Benjamin Wallace, Fayetteville, N.Y. (2006) 38-37—75
T14 Henry Armistead, Statesville, N.C. (2006) 36-39—75
T14 # Nic Neinken, Marietta, Ga. (2006) 34-41—75
T14 Matt Bush, Richmond, Va. (2008) 38-37—75
T22 ^Eric Schultz, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 40-36—76
T22 ^John Welden, Pilot Mtn., N.C. (2008) 39-37—76
T22 Bobby Day, Lexington, Ky. (2005) 39-37—76
T22 ^Joshua Hale, Roanoke, Va. (2007) 42-34—76
T22 Ricky Stout, Pollocksville, N.C. (2006) 35-41—76
T22 Allan Autry, Fayetteville, N.C. (2005) 37-39—76
T22 Dustin Mullens, Emporium, Pa. (2006) 36-40—76
T22 ^JJ Carbonell, Alexandria, Va. (2007) 40-36—76
T22 William Nemesi, Cary, N.C. (2007) 37-39—76
T31 * Chris Ray, Charlottesville, Va. (2005) 39-38—77
T31 * Sam Beach, Glen Allen, Va. (2007) 37-40—77
T31 * Andrew Salzberg, Sarasota, Fla. (2006) 38-39—77
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T31 Brad Stone, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 40-37—77
T31 Evan Beck, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) 38-39—77
T31 Anthony Trace, Whitehall, Ohio (2007) 38-39—77
T31 Jacob Wiesehan, Charlotte, N.C. (2007) 37-40—77
T31 David McAndrew, Barrington, R.I. (2006) 38-39—77
T31 Matt Lawson, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 36-41—77
T31 Zach Frick, Midlothian, Va. (2007) 38-39—77
T41 Joe Pelland, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 40-38—78
T41 Doug Gordon, Winter Park, Fla. (2006) 40-38—78
T41 Preston Moore, Cary, N.C. (2007) 42-36—78
T41 Joseph Knowles, Fayetteville, N.C. (2008) 40-38—78
T41 Taylor Cowie, South Burlington, Vt. (2006) 40-38—78
T41 Martin Pop, Cary, N.C. (2007) 37-41—78
T47 Chris Ceconi, Vienna, Va. (2009) 41-38—79
T47 Conner Sock, Hickory, N.C. (2008) 41-38—79
T49 Andrew Deitrick, Richmond, Va. (2007) 40-40—80
T49 Scott Juhl, Cary, N.C. (2006) 41-39—80
T49 Kevin Pikus, Strongsville, Ohio (2007) 39-41—80
T49 Scott Brantingson, Bethlahem, Pa. (2006) 41-39—80
T49 Michael Hartman, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2006) 40-40—80
T54 Eric Fritz, Brecksville, Ohio (2007) 39-42—81
T54 Zachary Garrison, Arden, N.C. (2008) 42-39—81
T54 Spencer Percy, Statesville, N.C. (2006) 40-41—81
T57 Nicholas Swenson, Yorktown, Va. (2008) 41-41—82
T57 Stewart Dula, Salisbury, N.C. (2007) 40-42—82
T57 Ross Sumner, Callao, Va. (2008) 43-39—82
T57 Spencer Lawson, Raleigh, N.C. (2010) 41-41—82
T61 Brian Moeljadi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2006) 40-43—83
T61 Bradley Mowry, Leesburg, Va. (2006) 45-38—83
T61 Ryan Anderson, Richmond, Va. (2007) 44-39—83
T61 Gate Jones, Durham, N.C. (2009) 42-41—83
T61 Andrew Price, Clayton, N.C. (2006) 40-43—83
T66 William Ely, Sparta, N.J. (2006) 45-39—84
T66 Justin Scott, Burlington, N.C. (2006) 42-42—84
T66 Rob Hellauer, Lebanon, N.J. (2006) 45-39—84
T66 Joseph Suarez, Richmond, Va. (2008) 43-41—84
T70 Andrew Northcott, Williamsburg, Va. (2005) 43-43—86
T70 Aaron Ebert, Huron, Ohio (2008) 46-40—86
72 James Soltesz, Potomac, Md. (2006) 44-43—87
73 Kevin Mininni, Lexington, N.C. (2006) 47-45—92
74 Evan Hartman, Garrett, Pa. (2007) 48-45—93
75 Jason Gossett, Fredericksburg, Va. (2006) 51-57—108
Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md. (2005) DQ (6-3a)
Timothy Dickson, Richmond, Va. (2006) WD
T1 ^Meredith Swanson, Roanoke, Va. (2009) 43-36—79
T1 Brielle Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va. (2006) 41-38—79
3 ^Marisa Kamelgarn, Mahopac, N.Y. (2009) 40-41—81
4 Lauren Milosh, Southboro, Mass. (2006) 41-41—82
5 Kristine Rohrbaugh, Midlothian, Va. (2008) 42-41—83
T6 Jessica Unger, Bethesda, Md. (2006) 42-43—85
T6 Caroline Sweet, Bowie, Md. (2008) 46-39—85
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T8 Carolyn Levy, Knoxville, Tenn. (2006) 46-41—87
T8 Kelly Fitzgerald, Kensington, Md. (2006) 41-46—87
* - 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.