GEORGIANS TAKE MEDALIST HONORS AT BURGETT H. MOONEY, JR. ROME CLASSIC K12 QUALIFIER
Price is right in Girls Division at Stonebridge Golf Club
ROME, Ga. — Ricky Moore of Dacula, Ga., and Ryan Trocchio of Norcross, Ga., each carded a round of 4-under-par 68 and shared medalist honors Sunday in the Boys Division of the K12 Qualifier for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic. Kaitlyn Price of Jacksonville, Fla., took medalist honors in the Girls Division after shooting a 1-under-par 71.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Stonebridge Golf Club in Rome, Ga. The field featured 81 boys and 14 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states. The Boys Division played the par-72 Stonebridge Golf Club course at 6,843 yards, and the Girls Division played at 6,080 yards. K12 Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or earn a Tournament Exemption or Performance Star for a future event. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Moore, who previously played in two other K12 Qualifiers, credited his low score to the return of the best part of his game.
“I was just hitting my irons like I usually do,” Moore, who opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this week's event, said. “I'd been struggling with my irons recently, and today they came back to me.”
Trocchio, meanwhile, managed to stay away from the dangerous areas of the layout at Stonebridge Golf Club en route to his 68. His round included 6 birdies and just 27 putts.
“I was just making every putt,” Trocchio said. “I put myself in good positions in the fairways, hit greens, and made some long putts.”
Like Moore, Trocchio opted to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption.
Qualifying in the Boys Division for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic were Won Kyoung Yoon of Boynton Beach, Fla., Matthew Mierzejewski of Cumming, Ga., Elliot Shin of Franklin, Tenn., Nick Willenborg of Knoxville, Tenn., Bobby Rohrlack of Orlando, Fla., Joe Maziar of Atlanta, Wilson Orr of Memphis, Tenn., Matt Cote of Palm Harbor, Fla., Brian Clifford of Villa Park, Calif., C.J. Pellerano of Miami Lakes, Fla., Christopher Sherry, also of Franklin, and Layton Truax of Savannah, Ga. Truax qualified via sudden-death playoff.
Other boys opting to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were William Sellers of Montgomery, Ala., Carson Jacobs of Hendersonville, Tenn., Cody Shafer of Evans, Ga., Andrew McCracken of Virginia Beach, Va., Grant Daugherty of Alcoa, Tenn., Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., Brant Patton, also of Evans, Tripp H'Doubler of Atlanta,, Michael Motz of Milton, Ga., and Joseph Lewis, also of Savannah.
In the Girls Division, Price started her day with a birdie on the par-4, 366-yard No. 11. She played the final 17 holes at even-par, mixing four birdies and four bogeys with nine pars.
“I was just getting the shots close and making the putts,” Price said. “The greens were real receptive and I was able to fire at the pins.”
Emily Kurey of Alpharetta, Ga. joined Price in qualifying for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic.
The lone girl opting to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this week's event was Janie Jackson of Huntsville, Ala.
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First-round tee times for the Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will run from 7:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. at Coosa Country Club. For more information, please call Tournament Headquarters at (706) 234-7131.