RINGGOLD TELEPHONE JUNIOR CLASSIC QUALIFIER
WindStone Golf Club
YOUTH PREVAILS AT WINDSTONE
14-year-olds English and Kim earn medalist honors
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Qualifier was held at the WindStone Golf Club. The juniors were competing for 15 spots (12 boys and 3 girls) in this week’s 54-hole tournament, which will feature 99 players, including nine Rolex Junior All-Americans.
English broke his round open with birdies at Nos. 6, 7 and 9 to fire a 3-under-par 32 on the front nine, then continued his torrid pace on the back nine shooting a 2-under-par 33 and leaving himself four shots clear of the next-best competitor.
English said his putting played a major role in his success. “I made a lot of putts that I usually don’t,” he said. “the greens were really good. If you just get the ball rolling, they roll true. I just tried to give myself the chance.”
The stellar round won’t put English in the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic field, however, as he elected instead to opt out of the tournament in order to improve his Performance Based Entry status.
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Kim, who put herself in prime position for Girls Division medalist honors with an even-par 35 on the front nine, had to bounce back from bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11 and a double-bogey at No. 12 to get back on track.
“My putting was pretty bad during that stretch,” Kim said. “I just focused more on my putting and just made sure that I made pars.”
Kim made pars on the last six holes to take the top qualifying spot by one stroke.
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First-round tee times begin at Tuesday off the #1 tee. For more information about the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic Qualifier, please contact tournament headquarters at (706) 935-4355.