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OSSO JUNIOR AT OAK TREE QUALIFIER

Oak Tree Country Club – West Course

Edmond, Oklahoma

June 28, 2004

 

JOHNSON AND LEWIS TIE FOR MEDALIST HONONRS IN OSSO QUALIFIER

Dye holds off Carter to win medalist honors in the Girls Division

  

EDMOND, Okla. Tulsa, Okla., natives Mark Johnson and Cade Lewis tied for the top spot in the Boys Division at the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree Qualifier with 3-over-par 73s.

           

Kendall Dye of Edmond, Okla., made her first qualifying appearance successful as she held off Christy Carter of Tulsa, Okla., by two strokes to claim the title with a 10-over-par 80 in the Girls Division.

 

The 18-hole shotgun qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was played at Oak Tree Country Club's West Course. The field consisted of 70 players from eight states, including 32 players from Oklahoma. Fifteen boys qualified for the tournament and four girls were added to the field.              

 

Starting on hole No. 13, Johnson started off well with a birdie and made the turn at even par.  With another birdie on the 333-yard par-4 fourth, Johnson put himself in prime position to move on to the championship tournament.

               

 “I felt pretty good coming into the tournament that I would qualify,” Johnson said.  “I hit my driver well.  The rough was high and I only missed about three fairways and hit a lot of greens.”

               

Lewis started his morning on No. 3 in similar fashion, finding himself 1-under-par after his first four holes.  With a birdie on the 150 yard par 3 sixth, Lewis finished his round playing consistent golf by playing 10 of his final 14 holes at par or better.

               

Dye relied on her shot making abilities to thrust herself into the championship field. 

               

“I mad some crucial putts out there,” Dye said.  “I was a little nervous. It feels good and I’m glad it’s over with.”

               

Boys who qualified for the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree were Johnson, Lewis, Albert Suarez IV of Grapevine, Texas, Joseph Vahlberg of Norman, Okla., Nathan Chambers of Purcell, Okla., Michael Lee of Oklahoma City, Okla., Thomas Alstadt of Little Rock, Ark., Preston Wilkins of Tulsa, Okla., Shaun O’Meara of Windermere, Fla., J.T. Hoffman of Alpharetta, Ga., Geoffrey Shaw of Edmond, Okla., Patrick Deichert of Dallas, Texas, Drew Knight of Edmond, Okla., Clark Mitzner of McKinney, Texas, Andrew Hopkins V of Maumelle, Ark., Jeff Campbell of Conway, Ark., and Matt Charlson of Ninnekah, Okla. Alstadt and Deichert chose to take an exemption which will be added to their performance based entry status.

               

Girls who qualified for the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree were Dye, Carter, Whitney Osborne of Amarillo, Texas, and Morgan Chambers of Purcell, Okla.

 

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 largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior 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.

               

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

                 

The first round of the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree on Tuesday will consist of two waves of tee times from the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. The first wave begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9:09 a.m. The second wave will begin at noon and conclude at 1:39 p.m. For more information on the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree, contact tournament headquarters at (405) 340-1010 and ask for AJGA headquarters.