RIDGWAY EARNS MEDAL AT FIRST AJGA EVENT
Nam wins second Srixon Qualifier medal of 2006 at Lessing's AJGA Classic
EAST MEADOW, N.Y.— James Ridgway of Cape May, N.J., claimed the Boys Division medal at the Lessing's AJGA Classic Srixon Qualifier with a 4-under-par 68. Ana Nam of Bayside, N.Y., took home her second Srixon Qualifier medal by two strokes after firing a 74.
The Lessing's AJGA Classic Srixon Qualifier was an 18-hole round conducted by the American Junior Golf Association on the Eisenhower Park Golf Course — White Course. The Boys Division played at 6,868 yards and the Girls Division played at 6,164 yards. The field included 98 players, including 82 boys and 16 girls, ages 12-18, from nine states. The top nine players from the Boys Division and the top four players from the Girls Division qualified to play in the Lessing's AJGA Classic August 14 - 17, 2006.
Ridgway, who had never participated in an AJGA event, focused his attention on making birdies.
“I didn't really know what to expect,” Ridgway said. “I started strong right out of the gate and made a 15-foot putt for birdie on my first hole.”
Ridgway attributed his success to his consistent putting and strong iron play.
“I hit the ball really well with my low irons, especially on the par-3s,” Ridgway said. “I made a lot of clutch putts and made a few 25-foot birdie putts.”
Other qualifiers in the Boys Division included Jay Mulieri of Silver Spring, Md., Andrew Marler of Delmar, N.Y., Michael Gunderson of Duxbury, Mass., Conor Casey of Madison, N.J., Donald Kim of Upper Saddle River, N.J., Donald DeNyse III of Albany, N.Y., Doug Kleeschulte of Kingston, N.Y., and Chuckie Hyde of Richmond, Ind.
Tyler Yearley of Newtown, Pa., Peter Kratsios of Manhasset, N.Y., Alexander Andruskevich of New York, N.Y., Richard Campiola of Windham, N.H., and Richard Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., chose to take a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
In the Girls Division, Nam, who attributed her success to her wedge and 7-iron, saw her game pick up speed after a birdie on her twelfth hole, No. 9.
“My front nine was weak, but on No. 9 I hit my 7-iron close enough to tap in for birdie,” Nam said. “That put me at even and after that I carded pars on my last four holes.”
Nam, who finished sixth at the Fidelity Investments Junior Classic in July, plans to rest up in preparation for the Lessing's AJGA Classic.
Other qualifiers in the Girls Division included Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., Sara Jackson of Sound Beach, N.Y., and Alex Bell of Richmond, Ind.
Diane Amanti of Lynnfield, Mass., chose to take a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
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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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The first round of the Lessing's AJGA Classic will be Tuesday, August 15, 2006, on the Eisenhower Park Golf Course-White Course with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the Lessing's AJGA Classic please contact Tournament Director Greg Smith at (678) 315-3446.