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The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center – Panther Trail Course

The Woodlands, Texas

April 4, 2004



25 boys and girls qualify for TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior


THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Hometown boy Matt Eschenburg of The Woodlands fired an even-par 72 Sunday to take medalist honors in the Boys Division of the morning qualifier for the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at The Woodlands.  Also capturing medalist honors were Kathryn Oliver of Waco, Texas, in the Girls Division and Sumin Yu of Pasadena, Texas, in the afternoon qualifier. 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at The Woodlands Qualifier was played at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center’s Panther Trail Course. The qualifiers consisted of two 18-hole shotgun starts beginning at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The qualifier fields were comprised of 138 boys and 27 girls from nine states and Canada, including 151 participants from the host state of Texas.  The juniors were competing for 25 spots (19 boys and 6 girls) in next weekend’s 36-hole tournament which will also be held on the Panther Trail Course. 

Yu, who posted the low round of the day, fired a 35 on the front nine and a 36 on the back nine for a 1-under-par total of 71.

“I hit some great iron shots today,” the 15-year-old said. “The greens were pretty hard and tough to hold, but I was able roll it up to the flagstick and get it pretty close on several holes.”

Finishing behind Yu and capturing the remaining qualifier spots for the afternoon group were Casey Edmondson of Humble, Texas, Timothy Byrd of Laplace, La., Anthony Broussard of Beaumont, Texas, Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, Bryce Benson of Arlington, Texas, David Holguin of San Antonio, Texas, Cory Atkins of Washington, Texas, Carson Gibson II of San Antonio, Texas, Jon-Charles Carpenter of San Antonio, Texas, and Austin Quinten of Sand Springs, Okla.      

Eschenburg shot 37 on the front side and 35 on the back side for his total of 72. The 16-year-old Eschenburg is no stranger to the host course.

“I play the Panther Trail Course at least once a week,” he said.  “That helped me out several times in my round today.”

Also qualifying from the Boys Division of the morning qualifier were Preston Akromis of San Antonio, Texas, Mark Odenthal of Beaumont, Texas, Jeremy Jeansonne of Keithville, La., Clayton Carnley of Georgetown, Texas, Josh Irving of Mansfield, Texas, Jack Johnson of Kingwood, Texas, and Tyler Russell of Cypress, Texas.

Oliver fired 36 on the first nine holes and 40 on the second nine for a 4-over-par total of 76, which was good enough for a one-stroke victory in the Girls Division. 

“This was a really comfortable course for me and I had a fun group too,” said the visibly excited 14-year-old.  “I play my best golf when I am having fun and that is what happened today.”

Finishing behind Oliver and earning the five remaining tournament spots were Caitlin Bliss of Katy, Texas, Melissa Fahey of League City, Texas, Jennifer Sells of Beaumont, Texas, Lisa McCloskey of Montgomery, Texas, and Ginny Brown of Austin, Texas.

Also earning a tournament exemption to add to their Performance Based Entry status were Erik Peterson of Southlake, Texas, William Loweth of Houston, Johnathon Dickerson of Richardson, Texas, and Lindsay Cullen of Allen, Texas.

The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at The Woodlands will feature 156 junior golfers from 17 states and two Canadian provinces. First-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, off the first and tenth tees of the Panther Trail Course. 

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 has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries. 

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

For more information about the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at The Woodlands please contact tournament headquarters at (281) 364-6755.