TEE UP JUNIOR CHALLENGE
Srixon Qualifier Series
The Bridges Golf Club
San Ramon, Calif. • August 31, 2006
 

PARK EARNS MEDALIST HONORS IN TEE UP JUNIOR CHALLENGE SRIXON QUALIFIER
Na medals to earn exemption into first AJGA Open Tournament.

SAN RAMON, Calif. β€” Ji Park of Fullerton, Calif., fired a 2-under-par 70 to earn Medalist Honors in the Boys Division at the TEE UP Junior Challenge Srixon Qualifier. Grace Na of Oakland, Calif., was the Girls Division Medalist after she finished with a 5-over-par 77.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TEE UP Junior Challenge Srixon Qualifier was held at The Bridges Golf Club. Seventy-eight boys and 19 girls ages 12-18 each competed for a chance to play in the TEE UP Junior Challenge, which will take place from September 1-4 at The Bridges Golf Club.

Park used pinpoint accuracy and a hot putter to card five birdies on his round. The 17-year-old had only 25 putts after finding 12 greens.

β€œMy short game was good today,” Park said. β€œI had to care about green speed a lot.”

Park, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea just nine months ago, has enjoyed the competition he faces through AJGA tournaments. Playing in this week's TEE UP Junior Challenge, Park brings a lot of confidence heading into this week's TEE UP Junior Challenge.

β€œThere are so many tournaments in one year [for the AJGA], and there are so many good players,” Park said. β€œI feel good.”

In the Boys Division, 13 more juniors qualified and will be playing in this week's event. Joseph Harrison of Boulder City, Nev., shot a 1-under-par 71. Brendan Jin of Castro Valley, Calif., Quinn Gruber of Aptos, Calif., and Kyle Morrison of Redondo Beach, Calif., all shot 3-over-par 75s. Eduardo Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., Bryan Sheridan of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Alexander Choi of Beverly Hills, Calif., John Kim of Cypress, Calif., Michael Kraft of Pacific Grove, Calif., and Andrew DeGuzman of Oakland, Calif., all shot 76. Patrick Bauer of Colfax, Calif., Brian O'Regan of Walnut Creek, Calif., and David Caplinger of Indio, Calif., all qualified via a sudden-death playoff after having shot 77.

Benjamin Bauch of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.

In the Girls Division, Na attributed her round to a relaxed mindset on the course. After an indifferent front nine, Na was displeased with her play but made an effort not to force things.

β€œI started to relax and I played better,” Na said. β€œI just tried to stay positive about my round because I had a lot of holes to go.”

Thirteen-year-old Na drew inspiration from a simple message scrawled on her arm: β€œI can do it.” Na said she will use more of the same inspiration when she plays in the tournament this week.

β€œMy friend had something like that written on her arm so I thought I'd use it for good luck,” Na said. β€œI'll go out there and not try to beat anybody, just play my own game and try to shoot in the low 70s.”

Five more players qualified and are playing in this week's event. Stephanie Arcala of Oceanside, Calif., shot a 78. Janelle Song of Oxnard, Calif., Joy Kim of Pinole, Calif., and Nicole Zhang of Calgary, Alberta, all shot 84. Alexandra Groetsema of Los Altos, Calif., shot 85 and Lauren Oh of Pleasanton, Calif., finished with an 86.

Five players opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event. Alexandra Stewart of Elk Grove, Calif., and Stacy Kim of Yorba Linda, Calif., both shot 79. Chelsea Stelzmiller of Placerville, Calif., shot 81. Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Calif., and Dorothy Schwartz of San Jose, Calif., both shot 83.

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The first round of the TEE UP Junior Challenge will begin Saturday, September 2 with tee times beginning at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information on the TEE UP Junior Challenge, contact tournament headquarters at (925) 735-4253 ext. 116, or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.

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