SCHAFER TAKES HOME HONORS AT LONE TREE GOLF & EVENT CENTER
Lewis posts even-par 72 to medal in Girls Division
ANTIOCH, Calif. — Nicholas Schafer of Rocklin, Calif., earned a spot in the Trader Joe's Junior Championship after firing 3-under-par 69 during the AJGA Qualifier at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center. In the Girls Division, Blair Lewis of La Mesa, Calif., shot even-par 72 to take home medalist honors.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Trader Joe's Junior Championship AJGA Qualifier was an 18-hole shotgun held at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center. The qualifier field consisted of 99 players, 66 boys and 33 girls, from 10 states, Mexico and Indonesia. The Boys Division was played at 6,466 yards and the Girls Division at 5,809 yards.
Schafer's double-bogey start did not hinder his ability to hold a strong finish. Making the turn at 1-over-par 38, Schafer had high hopes for the remainder of his round. Schafer carded birdies on the first three holes of the back nine. Going into the tournament as the medalist, Schafer knows what is expected of him to succeed.
“Castlewood fits me well,” Schafer said. “It is a fairways and greens course. If you hit it in the wrong spot it will hurt you. I plan on playing my own game, I know if I do that the score will make itself.”
Joining Schafer in the Trader Joe's Junior Championship Boys Division field are nine fellow qualifiers: Dalan Refioglu of Foster City, Calif., at 70, Andrew Roberts of Carmichael, Calif., Kevin Santos of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Praditya Wirjawan of Jakarta, Indonesia at 72. Matthew Ogden of Salinas, Calif., Blake Peterson of Sandy, Utah, Jordan Sedlock of Danville, Calif., James Hurst of Palmdale, Calif., qualified through a sudden-death playoff at 73.
Mark Wyllie of San Jose, Calif., at 71, Justin Pagila of Dublin, Calif., Matthew Seramin of San Geronimo, Calif., and Jason Chen of Brea, Calif., all at 72, all fell within the cut line, but chose to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the Trader Joe's Junior Championship.
Unlike Schafer, in the Girls Division, Lewis started her round strong. Her strong start and steady play is what gave her the medal.
“On the front nine I made three birdies,” Lewis said. “I was sticking my irons and playing strong overall.”
Lewis chose to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's Trader Joe's Junior Championship.
Also qualifying in the Girls Division were, Mariko Tumangan of San Jose, Calif., at 75, Tiffany Lim of San Jose, Calif., at 76, Tina Soyon Kwon of Irvine, Calif., and Katie Park of La Crescenta, Calif., both at 77, and Olivia Chang of San Lorenzo Calif., at 78.
Qualifying, but opting to take a Tournament Exemption were, Makayla Mier of Santa Maria, Calif., at 74, and Jenny Coleman of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and Joyce Kim of Carlsbad, Calif., both at 76.
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The opening round of the Trader Joe's Junior Championship will be Tuesday, July 8 with tee times running off the No. 1 tee from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. at Castlewood Country Club — Hill Course. For more information about the AJGA Trader Joe's Junior Championship, please contact Tournament Headquarters at 770-298-4411 or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.
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