STAMP CAPTURES MEDALIST HONORS AT SRIXON QUALIFIER
13 qualify for Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding
Evergreen, Colo. â€” Taylor Stamp of Colorado Springs, Colo., fired a 2-over-par 72 Monday to take medalist honors in the Boys Division at the Srixon Qualifier for the Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding. In the Girls Division, Katelyn Stanier, of Newnan, Ga., was medalist with an 83, and received one of three playing opportunities in the girls field.
The 18-hole event, part of the Srixon Qualifier Series, was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Hiwan Golf Club and featured 67 players from 14 states.
Stamp (33-39â€”72), 16, credited his low score to two chip-ins, which helped him make four birdies on the front side and two on the back nine. This qualifier was Stamp's first AJGA event.
â€śI felt pretty good today,â€ť he said. â€śIt definitely was a different course with lots of blind shots, which made it difficult to figure out the distances for those shots. Now I'm looking forward to playing in the actual tournament.â€ť
Other tournament qualifiers in the Boys Division included Riley Pumphrey, of Georgetown, Texas; Eric Finley, of Centennial, Colo.; Tadd Fujikawa, of Honolulu; Karl Stasik, of Broomfield, Colo.; Mark Hubbard, of Denver; Abraham Lee, of La Canada, Calif.; Bryan Olshock, of Lakewood, Colo.; Gunner Wiebe, of Aurora, Colo.; and Brenden Beeg, of Littleton, Colo. Richard Ciombor of Anthem, Ariz. also qualified but opted to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
Stanier (39-44â€”83), 16, played a steady round, which helped her qualify for her second AJGA event.
â€śI started off really well, but the back side was a little bit harder,â€ť she said. â€śI wasn't looking for birdies, I was just taking pars if I could. I just wanted to play solid.â€ť
Other qualifiers in the Girls Division include Sara Jones, of The Colony, Texas, at 84 and Ashley Tait, of Littleton, Colo., at 85.
The 36-hole event begins Wednesday with tees times beginning at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Hiwan Golf Club.
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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. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has a junior 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.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
For more information about the Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding, contact tournament headquarters at (303) 674-3366, ext. 324.