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Srixon Qualifier Series
Independence Golf Club
Midlothian, Va. • July 9, 2006

Champions seal medals by one stroke

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — William Park of Chapel Hill, N.C., took home his first Srixon Qualifier medal Sunday after firing a 3-under-par 69 to win by one stroke. Christina Gray of Tampa, Fla., used her new golf swing to take the Girls Division with an 80.

The Srixon Qualifer was an 18-hole event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Crossings Golf Club. The field included 99 players, including 88 boys and 11 girls, ages 12-18 from 17 states. The top 12 players from the Boys Divison and the top three players from the Girls Division qualified to play in the AJGA Richmond Junior at Independence July 10-13, 2006.

Four birdies and a 35-foot putt on No. 8 helped seal the victory for Park.

“I hit a chunk 8-iron into the wind. My ball was plugged in the bunker and I had to flop it out,” Park said. “It rolled to the back of the green and I made a 35-foot putt for par, which really got my game going.”

Other qualifiers in the Boys Division were Connor Wielgus of Bethesda, Md., Logan Harrell of Huntersville, N.C., William Herring of Lillington, N.C., Alex Kang of Hickory, N.C., Justin Harding of Fredericksburg, Va., Malcolm Jennings of Richmond, Va., Robert Burrow of Charlotte, N.C., Ben Lasso of Falls Church, Va., Chad Mozingo of Culpeper, Va., Paul Hammerschmidt of Westerville, Ohio, and Scott Hopkins of Smithfield, Va.

Michael Cromie of Cary, N.C., Joseph Goldstein of Potomac, Md., Wade Wawner of Virginia Beach, Va., Brooks Beanland of Cary, N.C., and Justin Bryant of St. Louis, Mo., chose to take a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.

In the Girls Division, a new swing helped Gray to her first Srixon Qualifier medal.

“My coach completely rebuilt my golf swing last week,” Gray said. “I insisted on working it into my game.”

Gray, who consistently relied on her driver, said she was nervous about playing an AJGA event after such a large adjustment.

“I didn't know what to expect with the change, but I pared the first two holes so I stuck with it,” Gray said.

Megan Smith of Atlanta, and Samantha Arena of Lansdale, Pa., also qualified for the AJGA Richmond Junior at Independence.

Alex Brown of Potomac, Md., and Emily Endres of Bryn Mawr, Pa., chose to take a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.

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 an annual 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, which is in its third decade of support, 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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.

The first round of the AJGA Richmond Junior at Independence will be July 11, 2006, at the Independence Golf Club with tee times starting at 7:00 a.m. For more information about the AJGA Richmond Junior at Independence please contact tournament headquarters at (804) 897-8641 ext. 130 or call Tournament Director Whitney Ross at (770) 861-0519.