JOHNSON GOES GREEN TO MEDAL IN BOYS DIVISION OF Ką˛ QUALIFIER
Liu drives to medalist honors in Girls Division at Clary Fields Golf Club
SAPULPA, Okla. — Jett Johnson of Norman, Okla., carded a deadly-accurate 3-under-par 68 to claim Boys Division medalist honors at the Ką˛ Qualifier for the Scissortail Junior Championship. Stephanie Liu of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., finished atop the Girls Division after signing for a 1-over-par 72.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier for the Scissortail Junior Championship was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Clary Fields Golf Club in Sapulpa, Okla. The field featured 54 boys and 17 girls, ages 12-18, from 9 states. The Boys Division played the par-71 Clary Fields Golf Club course at 6,643 yards, and the Girls Division played the course at 5,741 yards. Ką˛ 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 Ką˛ Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Johnson's aim was precise Sunday, as he landed his ball on the green in regulation on all 18 holes, something he was quick to point out afterwards.
“I usually hit fifteen [greens in regulation], but I hit my driver better today,” Johnson said. “I think I hit 10 out of 12 fairways.”
Other boys qualifying to play in the Scissortail Junior Championship were Austen Fuller of Edmond, Okla., Kyle Pilgrim of Hurst, Texas, Zachary Novosad of Lahoma, Okla., Joe Atkisson of Springfield, Mo., Eric Coatney of Tulsa, Okla., Nathan Weant of Hallsville, Texas, Matthew Isler of Southlake, Texas, Sam Stevens of Wichita, Kan., Adam Sterling of Springfield, Mo., Jack Fiscus of Tulsa, Okla., and William Byrne of Overland Park, Kan.
Five players in the Boys Division opted to take one tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event: Connor Ligon of Richardson, Texas, Jacob Fair of Monett, Mo., RayVaun Christenson of Ozark, Mo., Matt Krutz of Norman, Okla., and Brandon Liu of St. Albans, Mo.
In the Girls Division, Stephanie Liu closed strong after playing her second nine, the traditional front nine, at 1-under-par. That run included a birdie on No.7 which brought her to even-par for the day.
“My driver was going well and kept me in the fairway most of time,” Liu said. “I had easy approach shots in and that's what helped.”
Patricia Lee of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Avery Kyle of Frisco, Texas, also qualified to play in the Girls Division of the Scissortail Junior Championship.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA tours and have compiled more than 350 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.
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First-round tee times for the Scissortail Junior Championship will run from 7:30 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. off the No. 1 tee Tuesday, August 4, at the Golf Club of Oklahoma. For more information, please call Tournament Headquarters at (770) 861-0519.