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ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS/LAWRENCE HALL ABILENE JUNIOR

Fairway Oaks Country Club

Abilene, Texas

July 19-22, 2004

 

QUALIFIER WHITEKILLER TAKES CHARGE AFTER FIRST ROUND IN ABILENE

Tomerlin leads the Girls Division at Fairway Oaks Country Club

 

ABILENE, TEXAS – After gaining entry into the Abilene Reporter-News/Lawrence Hall Abilene Junior via the tournament qualifier on Sunday, Trent Whitekiller of Sallisaw, Okla., leads the Boys Division after firing a 4-under-par 68 in the first round. Brittany Tomerlin of San Angelo, Texas, garnered a 3-over-par 75 to place herself atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division.

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Abilene Reporter-News/Lawrence Hall Abilene Junior is being held at Fairway Oaks Country Club. One hundred and nineteen junior golfers from 12 states and Mexico (ages 12-18) are competing in this 54-hole event.  Ninety-six players from the Lone Star state are entered in the field.

 

After placing second and carding his first career hole-in-one in the tournament qualifier on Sunday, Whitekiller came into Tuesday’s round with confidence.

 

“My practice round felt really good, which really set the tone for me coming into today’s round,” the Sallisaw High School senior-to-be said. “I have been playing pretty well and I am looking forward to a good tournament.”

 

Whitekiller, who is playing in his second career AJGA event, is definitely playing well after he carded five birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 9, 12 and 14 and had only one bogey for the day.

           

“Before I birdied No. 4, I told (fellow competitor Austin Bowman) that I was going to chip it in,” the 17-year-old said. “And I did it.”

           

Trailing behind Whitekiller by only two strokes are Texas natives Jay Calvo of Baird and Brandon Lakatta of Mansfield.

           

Rounding out the Boys Division top five at 71 is a quintet of Texans including Matteson Hamilton of Houston, Jonathan Shelley of Canyon, Colton Williams of Jacksboro and Cole Moreland of Austin.

           

Tomerlin’s round (36-39—75) was steady and strong for sixteen holes until she double-bogeyed the 374-yard par-4 17th hole. 

           

“I played very well until No. 17,” the 16-year-old said. “My long game was a lot better than it has been. Today I just wanted to play well and have fun and I achieved both of my goals.”

           

Texans Meredith McMahan of San Antonio and Tracy Stanford of Midland round out the top three in the Girls Division at 76 and 77, respectively.

 

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.

           

Second-round tee times will begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. and conclude at 12:51 p.m. at Fairway Oaks Country Club. For more information on the Abilene Reporter-News/Lawrence Hall Abilene Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (325) 698-4971, ext. 218.