Srixon Qualifier Series
ASU Karsten Golf Course
Tempe, Ariz. • August 18, 2005

Seventeen boys and girls earn entry into PING Phoenix Junior

TEMPE, Ariz. — Sam Chien of San Diego, Calif., fired a 3-under-par 68 en route to taking home Boys Division medalist honors during Thursday's Srixon Qualifier for the PING Phoenix Junior. In the Girls Division, Katherine Suarez of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., carded a 1-over-par 72 to earn medalist honors.

The 18-hole event, part of the Srixon Qualifier Series, was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at ASU Karsten Golf Club and featured 95 players from 15 states and Canada.

Starting the day on No. 8, 15-year-old Chien birdied his first two holes, carding five total in the round to finish at 3-under-par 68.

“I hit a lot of greens that gave me birdie opportunities,” Chien said. “Overall, I had a pretty good day and made a lot of putts.”

Also qualifying in the Boys Division are Bennett Klaus of Edmond, Okla.; Dylan Raines of Cave Creek, Ariz.; Andrew Cortez of Murrieta, Calif.; Nick Mehigan of Milwaukee, Wis.; Tyler Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif.; Ryan Hoskins of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Ian Dahl of Longview, Wash. Dillon Brown of Norman, Okla., Sean Collopy of Lake Oswego, Ore., Chase Hite of Tucson, Ariz., Justin Yoder of Versailles, Mo., and Levi Garcia of Paso Robles, Calif., all qualified via a sudden death playoff.

Jacob Golembiewski of Chandler, Ariz., and Adam Rodriguez of Lake Forest, Calif., both opted to take tournament exemptions in lieu of playing in the PING Phoenix Junior.

In the Girls Division, Suarez, 17, used a simple golf equation en route to her first qualifier medalist honor.

“Today I went out and hit fairways, greens and two-putted,” Suarez said. “I was very confident and made good shots to the green.”

Suarez, who carded both her birdies on par-3s, had a couple of additional opportunities on the back nine.

“I had great shots onto the green on Nos. 13 and 15, but I missed two birdie opportunities within two feet,” Suarez said.

Also qualifying in the Girls Division are Sarah Freeman of Goodyear, Ariz., Sun Gyoung Park of Cerritos, Calif., and Kimberly Punyasavatsut of Anaheim, Calif.

Reina Rogers of Oxnard, Calif., opted to take a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in the PING Phoenix Junior.

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First-round tee times begin Friday at 6:30 off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at ASU Karsten Golf Course. For more information about the PING Phoenix Junior, contact tournament headquarters at 480-921-8070.

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