PING INDIANAPOLIS JUNIOR QUALIFIER
The Bridgewater Club
June 6, 2004
CARMEL, Ind. – Steven Drake, 17, of Findlay, Ohio, shot a 74 to share medalist honors with Michael Slovitt of Winnetka, Ill., in the qualifier for the PING Indianapolis Junior at The Bridgewater Club. The Girls Division was led by Michelle Morgan, 17, of Muncie, Ind., and Sarah Thead of Poway, Calif.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Indianapolis Junior Qualifier was held at The Bridgewater Club. One hundred juniors were competing for 14 spots (12 boys and two girls) in this week’s 54-hole tournament.
In his first AJGA event, Drake carded a 37-37—74, including two birdies on the front-9. The rising high school senior, credited his score to his short game.
“My short game saved me today and I was up-and-down from everywhere,” said Drake.
Also earning spots into the PING Indianaplis Junior were Brad Benjamin of Rockford, Ill., James Byrd of Windermere, Fla., Thomas Dunlap of East Liverpool, Ohio, Pete Tomkie of DeWitt, Mich., Ben Bastel of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Patrick Kelly of Lexington, Ky., Scott Schleiffarth of Ballwin, Mo., Matthew Stauch of Dublin, Ohio, Wyatt Worthington II of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Jeff Olisar of Naperville, Ill. and Matthew Davis of Phoenix.
Earning a tournament exemption to add to their Performance Based Entry status in lieu of playing in this week’s event were Nelson Mandrell of Chicago, Nick Catton of Carmel, Ind., Cashel Rosier of Grand Ledge, Mich. and Joseph Barr of Versailles, Ky.
Sarah Thead, who played in her first AJGA event, found the course very challenging and accredited her score to a steady start, highlighted by pars on her first three holes and sinking in her putts.
“The course was pretty difficult and so were the hole locations. I’m glad that my putting came through today. Putting is usually what I struggle with, but it came through for me today,” Thead stated.
A rare hole-in-one highlighted Sunday’s qualifier. Lexington, Ky. native Patrick Kelly was no less than ecstatic when he sunk a 175-yard hole-in-one on No.15 using a 6-iron.
“I didn’t really see it go in but it was going right at the flag. I thought it would stop short, but I heard my dad and other players yell out and I knew it went in.”
The PING Indianapolis Junior will feature 99 junior golfers from 22 states, including 12 Indiana natives and one foreign country. First-round tee times will begin at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, at The Bridgewater Club.
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 inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information about the PING Indianapolis Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (317) 867-4653.