NOOE MEDALS AT AJGA JUNIOR AT KINGSMILL RESORT & SPA K12 QUALIFIER
Lee takes medalist honors in Girls Division at Kingsmill Resort & Spa - Plantation Course
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Seth Nooe of Williamsburg, Va., shot even-par 70 to take medalist honors in the Boys Division at the K12 Qualifier for the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa. Suzie Lee of East Northport, N.Y., also carded even-par 70 to take home honors in the Girls Division by four strokes.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Kingsmill Resort & Spa — Plantation Course in Williamsburg, Va. The field featured 79 boys and 12 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states, China and Canada. The par-72 course was played at 6,399 yards for the Boys Division and 5,793 yards for the Girls Division. 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. In all, 15 boys and 6 girls advanced from the K12 Qualifier and have the opportunity to play in the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa, which begins Tuesday, August 25. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Nooe, took advantage of his home course Sunday, making birdies on his first two holes, Nos. 12 and 13.
“My best hole today was the long par-4, No. 12,” Nooe said.“I hit my driver 200 yards and then hit my hybrid to 15 feet. I made my putt for birdie which really helped me to start my day.”
Nooe felt the toughest hole on the course was No. 10, the 421-yard par-4. Today Nooe had a lip-out putt for birdie and plans to improve his putting game for the tournament.
Joining Nooe in the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa will be John Flaherty of Glastonbury, Conn., Alex Wunderlich of Ann Arbor, Mich., Charlie Martin of Tampa, Fla., Carter Holmquist of Lakeville, Minn., Yifun Liu of Guangzhou, China, McCormick Clouser of Bluffton, Ind., Bobby Thompson of Westborough, Mass., Greg Jarmas of Wynnewood, Pa., Gregory Bourdon of Fulton, Md., Will DiIanni of Kernersville, N.C., Jay Kim of Surrey, British Columbia, Robert Gibbons of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Ryan Gilbert of Morrisville, N.C., and Trevor Times of Williamsburg.
Those choosing to take an AJGA tournament exemption were Lee Ramsey of Charlotte, N.C., Jonathan DiIanni of Kernersville, Chris O'Neill of Glen Allen, Va., Scott Hamel of Chesterfield, Mo., Brandon Luxenburg of Burke, Va., Christian Dolan of Islip, N.Y., and Peter Scialabba of Oyster Bay, N.Y.
In the Girls Division Lee posted two birdies and two bogeys to card even-par 70. Lee felt the greens were tough, missing a short putt for par on her last hole of the day.
“A best hole does not stand out in my mind,” Lee said. “I just made a lot of pars today (14) and I plan to focus on my putting for the tournament.”
Joining Lee in the tournament will be Lyberty Anderson of Chesterfield, Va., Alice Chen of Princeton, N.J., Alison Eleey of Quincy, Mass., Clare Connolly of Chevy Chase, Md., and Kayleigh Reed of Virginia Beach, Va.
Alexandra White of Haymarket, Va., chose to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa.
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First-round tee times for the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa will run from 7:30 — 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 — 1:30 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Tuesday, August 25, at Kingsmill Resort & Spa — River Course. For more information about the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill Resort & Spa please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 315-3446 or visit ajga.org.