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The University of Texas Golf Club
Austin, Texas • August 6, 2007

Benites medals at The University of Texas Golf Club

AUSTIN, Texas — Steffan Schmieding of Austin, Texas earned medalist honors at the Fidelity Investments Stars of Texas Junior Srixon Qualifier Monday after carding a 1-under-par 70 at The University of Texas Golf Club. Jacy Benites of Austin, Texas brought home medalist honors for the Girls Division at 5-over-par 76. Schmieding and Benites both earned their first Srixon Qualifier medalist honors.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Fidelity Investments Stars of Texas Junior Srixon Qualifier was an 18-hole shotgun event held at The University of Texas Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 99 players, 80 boys and 19 girls, from six states and one foreign country. The Boys Division played the course at 6,873 yards and the Girls Division played at 6,018 yards.

Schmieding had a slow start out of the gate, but with a hole-out from the bunker on No. 13 for eagle, he was back in the game. He also holed-out for birdie on No. 17 from the back of the green. On the front nine, he tallied two consecutive birdies on Nos. 7 and 8. Relying on his short game, Schmieding was able to play target golf.

“I just kept to my routine and tried not worry about making any large numbers,” Schmieding said. “I just let my game happen.”

Qualifying for the tournament in the Boys Division were Texas natives Miles Hindsman of Austin, Thomas Birdsey of The Woodlands, Kyle Robbins of Southlake, Austin Phillips of Fort Worth, John Duke Hudson of Sonora, Brandon Pederson of Austin, Garrett Velarde of Houston, Andrew Rollins of Round Rock, Mitchell Griffin of Driftwood, and Sarosh Adi of Frisco.

Edward DeVane III of San Antonio, Chris Contreras of San Antonio, Brian Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas, Taylor Mihok of Aledo, Texas, Zachary Collings of Fort Worth, Texas and Marcos Martinez of The Woodlands, Texas all qualified for the tournament, but choose to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.

In the Girls Division, Benites says she is happy to have finally earned medalist honors. After having a shaky start, with three consecutive bogeys on Nos. 16-18, Benites was relieved to bounce back with a birdie on No. 1. Benites said her short game saved her, being able to chip well and get up and down multiple times to save par.

“The key to the game is to keep it in the fairway and below the hole,” said Benites. “Every time I came from the rough it was harder to get in, so I knew I had to aim for the fairways.”

Also qualifying was Katelyn Sepmoree of Tyler, Texas, Casey Grice of College Station, Texas, Elizabeth Wendt of Houston, Jessica Borth of San Antonio, and Alex Rossi of Austin, Texas.

Grice choose to take one AJGA 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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 countries.

SRIXON Sports USA, Inc., based in Lawrenceville, Ga., has been distributing premium golf balls and equipment in the U.S. since 1997 and is a subsidiary of SRI Sports Limited. SRI Sports Limited is the number one golf club manufacturer in the world's second largest market, Japan, and is one of the world's leading patent holders in golf ball technology. SRIXON golf balls earned 26 tournament victories on multiple professional tours around the world in 2006.

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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

First-round tee times will begin at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday off the No. 1 tee at The University of Texas Golf Club. For more information about the Fidelity Investments Stars of Texas Junior please contact tournament headquarters at (512) 266-0053.