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Srixon Qualifier Series
The University of Texas Golf Club
Austin, Texas • July 4, 2005


10 boys, six girls qualify for the Stars of Texas Junior


AUSTIN, Texas – Chris Causey, 16, of The Woodlands, Texas, celebrated the Fourth of July by firing a 5-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors at the Srixon Qualifier for the Stars of Texas Junior. Rosalyn Kim, 17, of Belton, Texas, and Ashley Watkins, 17, of Sealy, Texas, tied for the top spot in the Girls Division with scores of 3-over-par 75.

        The 18-hole event, part of the Srixon Qualifier Series, was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Jimmy Clay Golf Course and featured 100 players representing six states, Canada and Mexico.

The Stars of Texas Junior Championship begins Wednesday, and will be held at The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. The 54-hole event features 99 players from 10 states, including 77 players from Texas.

Causey’s day got off to a rocky start with a bogey on his second hole, but after that his card was mistake-free, as he scattered four birdies and an eagle on his remaining holes. 

        “I absolutely tore up the par fives today,” said Causey, who played Jimmy Clay’s five-pars in 4-under.

        The 67 was a career tournament-low for Causey, and he said it couldn’t have come at a better time.

        “I really wanted to play in this week’s event because I’m a huge UT fan,” Causey said.

          Nine other boys qualified for the event, led by Zach Rezentes of Mansfield, Texas, with a 3-under-par 69. Brooks Bankhead of McKinney, Texas, Austin Traweek of Cypress, Texas, and Zach Wilson of Austin, Texas, gained entry in the field with matching scores of 1-under-par 71. Christopher Walker of The Woodlands, Texas, was the final player to avoid of six-way playoff after shooting an even-par 72. Surviving the playoff for the final spots in Boys Division, after shooting 1-over-par 73 on the round, were Ben Bench of Oklahoma City, Kevin Jack of Arlington, Texas, Bryan Kay of Dallas, and Miles Whitten of Austin, Texas.  

        Michael Whitehead of Sugar Land, Texas, fired a 3-under-par 69, and will forgo this week’s tournament in favor of using his exemption at  a future AJGA event of his choice. Also choosing to opt out of this tournament and use this exemption at a later tournament were Beck Miller of Houston, Texas, who shot a 1-under 71, Benjamin Thorseth of Richmond, Texas, with a 72 and Michael Lee of Corinth, Texas, with a 73.  

        Like Causey in the Boys Division, Kim struggled early before fighting her way back to the top of the leader board. When she was 6-over through six holes she drew on previous experience to play her final 12 holes in 3-under-par.

        “It happened to me before at a tournament and I finished poorly,” Kim said. “And I told myself I would never finish like that again.” 

        Continuing the theme of her fellow medalists, Ashley Watkins was 4-over after four holes before making back-to-back birdies on her fifth and sixth holes of the day to get back on track. Watkins took advantage of the par-fives, playing them in 3-under on the day.

        Filling the remaining spots in the Girls Division were Paige Martin of Ardmore, Okla., with a 5-over-par 77. Mei Liu of Austin, Texas, qualified with a 78, as did Jacqueline Struck of Coto de Caza, Calif., with a 79 and Sarah Beth Davis of Victoria, Texas, with an 80.

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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, the largest Association of its kind, 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, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

The first round of the Stars of Texas Junior will begin Wednesday at The University of Texas Golf Club at 7:30 a.m. For more information about the Stars of Texas Junior call tournament headquarters at (512) 266-6166.