YANG SHOOTS 2-UNDER-PAR FOR WIN AT SRIXON QUALIFIER
Troyanovich takes medalist honors in Girls Division
TAMPA, Fla. — Yao-Chun Yang of Bradenton, Fla., carded a 2-under-par 70 to take medalist honors in the Boys Division of the Srixon Qualifier at the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club Sunday. In the Girls Division, Samantha Troyanovich of Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., shot a 1-over-par 73 to earn a spot atop the leaderboard in her first AJGA win.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Srixon Qualifier for the First American Title Junior Classic was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club. The 49-player field featured players from 8 states and Canada. The Boys Division played Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club at 6,790 yards, while the Girls Division played it at 5,806 yards.
Yang, who had five birdies on the day, fired 35 on both the front and back nines to earn the win.
“I'm full of energy right now,” Yang said. “My irons were working really well, I almost hit a hole-in-one and my birdies were all within three feet so [my round] was pretty nice.”
Justin Dorward of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Matt Kocolowski of Apopka, Fla., shot 2-over-par 74s to tie for fifth and qualify for the tournament. Finishing tied for sixth was Sterling Searcy, Jr. of Vero Beach, Fla., who carded a 3-over-par 75. Charles Silverfield of Tampa, Fla., and Hunter Stone of South Deerfield, Mass., finished tied for seventh with 5-over-par 77s, while Brian Langley of Blacksburg, Va., Andrew Schiano of Orlando, Fla., Nathan Pitters of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Zi Ting Wang of Bradenton, Fla., all shot 7-over-par 79s to tie for eighth.
Tory Henderson of Little River, S.C., David Ostrowski of Bradenton, Fla., Taylor Szyndlar of Jupiter, Fla., and Shang Zhi of Bradenton, Fla., all qualified but opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
Claiming medalist honors for the Girls Division was Troyanovich, who ended the day five strokes ahead of the rest of the field.
Despite her solid performance she said she was disappointed in her play and did not feel confident in her clubs for the majority of the day.
“I tried to just keep it simple, nothing fancy, just boring golf,” Troyanovich said. “It's not what I'm used to but I did what I had to do.”
Also qualifying for this week's event were Caroline Park of Oviedo, Fla., and Nicole Quinn of Windermere, Fla., who shot 6-over-par 78s and Kyleen Carpenter of Tampa, Fla., who shot 8-over-par 80.
Troyanovich decided to opt out of playing in the tournament, instead taking a Tournament Exemption.
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 49 states and 25 foreign 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 for the First American Title Junior Classic run from 7:30 — 9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Tuesday at Avila Golf & Country Club. For more information on the tournament call Tournament Headquarters at (813) 968-5285.