THE MEMORIAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER
presented by Wendy’s and Discover Card
Cooks Creek Golf Club
August 2, 2004
ASHVILLE, Ohio – David Cape of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Michael Ruffing of Hudson, Ohio, shot matching 68s to earn Boys Division medalist honors at the Memorial Junior Championship Qualifier presented by Wendy’s and Discover Card. Michelle Morgan of Muncie, Ind., carded a 4-over-par 76 to earn top honors in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Memorial Junior Championship Qualifier presented by Wendy’s and Discover Card was held at the Cooks Creek Golf Club. Ninety-seven junior golfers from 16 states and Canada, including 56 from Ohio, competed in the 18-hole qualifier. Nine boys and two girls qualified for this week’s 54-hole tournament at The Ohio State University Golf Course – Scarlet Course, which will feature 99 juniors, ages 12-18.
Both Cape and Ruffing took advantage of hot streaks to run together strings of birdies during their rounds.
Cape totaled seven birdies on the day, including Nos. 10, 11, 13 and 14. He finished with nine-hole scores of 35 on the front and 33 on the back. Cape credited his low round on his ability to make putts.
“I was hitting it close and that was giving me good birdie opportunities,” Cape said. “I was able to put a run together and making putts was what kept me in it. I hope to have fun this week and continue to play well.”
Ruffing’s hot streak occurred on the same holes as Cape. Ruffing birdied five out of six holes on the back side, including Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15. He credited his wedge play and his hot putter for providing him multiple birdie chances on the second nine. He finished with 36 on the front and 32 on the back nine.
“My wedge play from within 120 yards was very solid and my putting got hot today,” Ruffing said. “I played very well and finished especially strong,” he added.
Ruffing’s finishing hole was the 408-yard par-4 No. 4, on which he made birdie. He sank a 60-foot birdie putt to conclude his round and hopes to carry the momentum into this week.
“I’ve played the Scarlet Course a few times and I am really feeling confident going into the tournament,” Ruffing said. “This really feels great right now.”
Also qualifying for the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy’s and Discover Card were Mark Martin of Amherstburg, Ontario, Donald Marshall of Elida, Ohio, Michael Beausejour of Cincinnati, Ohio, Todd Brown of Norwalk, Ohio, and Corey Welch of Floyds Knobs, Ind. Also qualifying via a sudden-death playoff were Brian Sidone of Johnstown, Pa., and Matthew Stauch of Dublin, Ohio.
In the Girls Division, Morgan took honors after carding 38 on both the front and the back. Although she failed to make any birdies, she played well enough to hold off the competition. She noted her play off the tee for her solid round.
“I played well today and I hit it straight off the tee,” Morgan said. “I didn’t make any mistakes and avoided having any three-putts. I could have putted better, but I am happy with my round,” she added.
In lieu of playing this week’s event, Morgan will add one Tournament Exemption to her Performance Based Entry status.
Also qualifying for the Girls Division were Brittany Stillwagon of Bloomingdale, Ohio, who finished at 7-over-par 79 and Katie Rogner of Fowler, Ohio. Fowler qualified for the tournament via a sudden-death playoff.
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.