KAYLOR SHOOTS 4-UNDER-PAR TO MEDAL AT QUALIFIER IN PINEHURST
13 Boys, three girls qualify for this week's Golf Pride Junior Classic
PINEHURST, N.C. — William Kaylor, 17, of Raleigh, N.C., fired a 4-under-par 68 on the Country Club of North Carolina's Dogwood Course to medal in Sunday's qualifier for this week's Golf Pride Junior Classic. Rachel Uremovich, 14, of Hilton Head, S.C., medaled in the Girls Division with a 4-over-par 76.
The 18-hole event, part of the Srixon Qualifier Series, was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Country Club of North Carolina and featured 93 players representing 20 states, including 51 players from North Carolina.
Playing in his first AJGA event, Kaylor carded a birdie, eagle, birdie on hole Nos. 4, 5 and 6, respectively. Kaylor would also card two birdies on the back, for a total of four on the round.
“I didn't miss many greens,” Kaylor said. “And made some putts.”
Taking the Boys Division by two strokes, Kaylor said he will start the tournament Tuesday with a feeling of satisfaction.
“I'm a member [here], so it feels pretty good,” Kaylor said.
Two strokes behind Kaylor, and also participating in this week's event, is Adam Gardner of Morrisville, N.C., with a score of 2-under-par 70. Abraham Lee, of La Canada, Calif., Ward Minton, of Raleigh, N.C., and Brett Emmers of Wilson, N.C., will also be participating after qualifying with scores of 1-under-par 71.
Michael Gulledge of Greensboro, N.C., earned entry into the event at even-par and at 1-over-par are Ricky Stout of Pollocksville, N.C., and Mark Garrison of Arden, N.C. At 2-over on the round, Aaron Fitzpatrick of Windermere, Fla., and Rob Barrow of Cary, N.C., will also be playing in the tournament.
Earning entry after a sudden-death play off are Casey High, of Raleigh, N.C., Will Almand of Cary, N.C., and Travis Peitz of. Fenton, Mich., after shooting 3-over-par 75 during the qualifying round.
Sam Beach of Glen Allen, Va., Hunter Howell of Raeford, N.C., and Chris Hamm of Spotsylvania, Va., each qualified with scores of 71, 72 and 73, respectively but declined an invitation to this week's event in lieu of adding another AJGA tournament exemption to their status.
Uremovich shot the winning score of 76 despite carding bogeys on her final three holes of the day.
“I feel like I have to shoot 74 or lower every day to have a good finish in the tournament this week,” she said.
Uremovich, who finished sixth earlier this season at the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic, said if she continues to putt well she can contend this week.
“My goal is to finish in the top five,” she said.
In the Girls Division, Eugene Ahn, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Jamie Kuhn of Miami, Fla., each qualified for the Golf Pride Junior Classic after posting scores of 9-over-par 81 during Sunday's qualifier.
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The Golf Pride Junior Classic will begin Tuesday off the first tee of the Country Club of North Carolina's Dogwood Course at 7:00 a.m. For more information on the Golf Pride Junior Classic, please call tournament headquarters (910) 692-2176.