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PING JUNIOR AT MIRASOL QUALIFIER

PGA National Resort & Spa – The Haig Course

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

May 30, 2004

 

O’MAHONEY AND LACROSEE EARN MEDALIST HONORS AT PGA NATIONAL

16 boys and girls qualify for the PING Junior at Mirasol

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Gregory O’Mahony, 17, of Tequesta, Fla., shot a 4-under-par 68, earning medalist honors in the qualifier for the PING Junior at Mirasol. In the Girls Division, Cynthia LaCrosse, 17, of Tampa, Fla., came in first with a personal best of 74.

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Junior at Mirasol Qualifier was held at the PGA National Resort & Spa’s Haig Course.  The juniors were competing for 16 spots (13 boys and three girls) in this week’s 54-hole tournament which will be played on The Country Club at Mirasol’s Sunrise Course, the same venue at the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic. 

 

O’Mahony, who recently signed a letter of intent to play golf next fall at the University of South Florida, credited his short game and uninterrupted concentration for his low score.

 

“I made every putt I looked at – I only missed one putt under 10 feet,” he said.  “And I didn’t make any mental mistakes.”

 

Finishing behind O’Mahony were Mike Stern of Miami, Johnny DelPrete of Palm City, Fla., Nestor Delgado of Miami, Fletcher Coonan of Maitland, Fla., Michael Muscatell of Lake Wylie, S.C., Jason Walker of Ft. Pierce, Fla., David Kim of Lawrenceville, Ga., Joshua Kinsey of Orange Park, Fla., and John Phillips of Jacksonville, Fla. Jackson Beindorf of Vero Beach, Fla., Kyle Henderson of Clermont, Fla., and Casey Schrader of Boynton Beach, Fla., earned the remaining qualifier spots in a sudden-death play-off..

 

Also earning a tournament exemption to add to their Performance Based Entry status in lieu of playing in this week’s event were James Plank of Jacksonville, Fla., Chad Carpenter of Sarasota, Fla., Andrew Douthit of McKinney, Texas, Christopher Barach of Niskayuna, N.Y., Jeremy Alderman of Bukaki, Fla., and Chris Kennedy of Bradenton, Fla.

 

Lacrosse, who was competing in her first AJGA event, said making an eagle on the par-5 No. 1 put her in a “very good mood” for the rest of the round.

 

“It was almost unreal,” said LaCrosse who was taught the game by her dad, a professional golfer. 

 

Also qualifying for the Girls Division were Jade Bollinger of Wellington, Fla., and Elizabeth Alger of Tequesta, Fla., who each finished with a score of 75.

 

The PING Junior at Mirasol will feature 84 junior golfers from 16 states including 55 Floridians and six Rolex Junior All-Americans.  First-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, off the first and tenth tees of the Sunrise Course at The Country Club at Mirasol. 

 

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 PING Junior at Mirasol, please contact tournament headquarters at (561) 776-4949, ext. 116.

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