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Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club

Prairie Village, Kansas

August 8, 2004



Rah takes home Girls Division honors at the Lockton Kansas City Junior Qualifier


PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. —  Bryant Lach knew he was doing something right when he made the turn with a 4-under-par 31 on Sunday at the Lockton Kansas City Junior Qualifier. He finished the round with a 2-under-par 69 and grabbed medalist honors, giving him a spot in Tuesday’s tournament.  Jane Rah picked up medalist honors in the Girls Division with a 3-over-par 74 and also gained entry into the tournament field.


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lockton Kansas City Junior Qualifier was held at the Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club and featured 84 players from 16 states including 19 Kansas natives. Thirteen boys and three girls gained entry into the tournament, which will begin Tuesday.


The “Sunflower State” was kind to Lach, 16, of The Woodlands, Texas, who carded four birdies on Nos. 3, 5, 7 and 8.


“After No. 8, I got to 4-under-par,” Lach said. “Turning at 31 put me in a really good position for the back nine.”


Lach faced a slight obstacle when he made the turn however.  He said he was only able to play nine holes prior to the qualifier round, so he didn’t feel fully prepared when he chose which clubs to hit.  As a result, he shot a 2-over-par 38, but still finished with a 2-under-par 69.


“I’m hitting the ball really well,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for a strong finish, and I came out here looking to do just that. Hopefully I can repeat another 69.”


Also qualifying for Tuesday’s tournament are Trevor James of Oak Park, Calif., Jack Ehlers of Ballwin, Mo., Trent Whitekiller of Sallisaw, Okla., Mike Greene of Overland Park, Kan., Jeffrey Dennis of Parkland, Fla., Bradley Atkinson of Rantoul, Ill., Spencer Alefs of Wichita, Kan., Jack Newman of Des Moines, Iowa,  Michael McKinley, II of Dallas, Texas, Michael Lee of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jacob Meyerrose of Carmel, Ind., and Michael McDonnell of Leawood, Kan.


Rah, 13, of Torrance, Calif., immediately went to the putting green after leaving the scoring tent Sunday afternoon with a 3-over-par 74.  She said the weakest part of her game was her putting.


“My shots were good, but my short game was horrible,” Rah said. “I just had no follow-through.”


Rah began her round a little tired from the 22-hour drive from California on Saturday. She carded one birdie during her entire round on the par-5 No. 3, but was still able to hold it together until the end.


“I hit up in two and almost made an eagle on No. 3,” she said. “It just went past the edge because of my putting. I need to work on putting those 10-footers.”


Qualifying for the Lockton Kansas City Junior with Rah are Henna Cho of Buena Park, Calif., and Chelsa Dooley of Murdock, Minn.


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 U.S.A., a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an 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 Lockton Kansas City Junior will begin on Tuesday with tee-times from 7:00 a.m. – 11:48 a.m.  For more information on the Lockton Kansas City Junior, contact tournament headquarters at (678) 617-2424.