LOMBARDO, ERDMAN, GRAHAM TIE FOR MEDALIST HONORS IN SRIXON QUALIFIER
Lavin shoots 3-over-par for Girls Division medalist honors at Red Tail Golf Club
Avon, Ohio â€” Sean Michael Lombardo of Dublin, Ohio, Ian Erdman of Rocky River, Ohio, and David Graham of Cincinnati, Ohio, tied for medalist honors after carding even-par 72s in the Srixon Qualifier for the SAP Junior Open Sunday in the Boys Division at the Red Tail Golf Club. Jamie Lavin of Deerfield, Ill., shot a 3-over-par 75 in the Girls Division to take home medalist honors.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the SAP Junior Open Srixon Qualifier was an 18-hole shotgun held at Red Tail Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 100 players, 85 boys and 15 girls, from nine states and one foreign country. The Boys Division was played at 6,758 yards and the Girls Division at 5,967 yards.
Lombardo said he had a great short game, hitting the ball well and carding mostly pars and one birdie.
â€śThe course was a lot of fun today,â€ť Lombardo said. â€śThis course has great greens and was in great condition to play on.â€ť
Erdman said he struggled a little with a triple bogey on No. 6, but still played strong recording six birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 9, 10, 12, and 18. Graham had a solid game as well, recording one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars to earn medalist honors.
Also qualifying in the Boys Division were John Beringer of Loveland, Ohio, Brooks Price of Worthington, Ohio, Kurtis Kincade of Toledo, Ohio, Michael Sorenson of Hartland, Wis., Dillon Klein of Delphos, Ohio, Drew Barnard of Greenwood, Ind., Alex Bennett of Rochester, Mich., Jared Dalga of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sean Keating of Cincinnati, Ohio, Scott Blosser of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Ryan Menafee of Bexley, Ohio, Jeffery Steiger of Stow, Ohio, Jordan Higgins of Vandalia, Ohio, and Zachary Bates of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Lombardo, Beringer, Price and Kincade all opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
Lavin said she hit a lot of fairways and greens, but gives credit to her short game. She had four par putts fewer than 10 feet.
â€śI felt comfortable about my game,â€ť Lavin said. â€śI was good at adding the yardages and paying attention to the fairways because the course was like a maze.â€ť
In the Girls Division qualifiers were Shannon Warner of Livonia, Mich., Emily Riddle of St. Marys, Pa., and Samantha Swinehart of Lancaster, Ohio.
Lavin and Warner elected to opt out and take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 countries.
SRIXON Sports USA, Inc., based in Lawrenceville, Ga., has been distributing premium golf balls and equipment in the U.S. since 1997 and is a subsidiary of SRI Sports Limited. SRI Sports Limited is the number one golf club manufacturer in the world's second largest market, Japan, and is one of the world's leading patent holders in golf ball technology. SRIXON golf balls earned 26 tournament victories on multiple professional tours around the world in 2006.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday off the No. 1 tee at Red Tail Golf Club. For more information about the SAP Junior Open, please contact tournament headquarters at (440) 937-6018.