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Texarkana Golf Ranch
Texarkana, Texas • April 25 - 27

Markiewicz trails by two shots at the Medicus Preseason Junior at Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas — William Dusenbury of League City, Texas and Johannes Veerman of Sugar Land, Texas lead by two strokes with even-par 72s after the first-round of the Medicus Preseason Junior at Texarkana. Mike Markiewicz of Knoxville, Tenn., is in third heading into Sunday’s final-round.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Texarkana is a 36-hole stroke play event at Texarkana Golf Ranch. The tournament field consists of 78 boys, ages 12-18, from 16 states. The par-72 course is being played at 6,545 yards.

Veerman jumped ahead of the pack early in the morning recording all three of his birdies on the front nine, including two on the par-4 Nos.1 and 7. The 15-year-old pared an additional 13 holes, finishing with a first round total of 34-38–72.

“I decided to not use my driver unless absolutely necessary,” Veerman said. “I was playing well with my 3-wood and 3-iron and decided to stick with what worked. Tomorrow I’m going to stick with my game plan and continue to hit the fairways.”

Dusenbury also recorded three birdies, two of which were recorded on the par-5 Nos. 8 and 12. The 16-year-old hit 12 fairways and 13 greens for the day. After finishing tied for 28th at the qualifier for the AJGA Championship at Traditions, Dusenbury worked on his swing and alignment to rebound into the leader position going into tomorrow’s final round.

“I pared my first two holes, then birdied No. 15,” Dusenbury said. “I hope to continue to hit the fairways and greens, two-putt every hole and continue to play consistently tomorrow.”

Trailing Veerman and Dusenbury by two strokes is Mike Markiewicz of Knoxville, Tenn., at 2-over-par 74. In fourth, with a 3-over-par 75, is Hunter Smith of Baton Rouge, La. Tied for fifth at 4-over-par 76 are Seth Sullivant of Mountain Home, Ark., Ryan Howard of The Woodlands, Texas, Matthew Mabrey of Little Rock, Ark., Connor Ligon of Richardson, Texas, and Paul McClure of Mobile, Ala.

Medicus Golf and The Medicus Golf Institute are dedicated to enabling all golfers to “Live Their Vision” in reaching their potential. By expanding its corporate vision, mission, products and services, Medicus Golf will enable golfers to learn and grow — both as a person and as a player — in a series of new and exciting developmental formats.

Medicus Golf enters its third year of sponsorship of the AJGA by supporting the Medicus Preseason Series. The Medicus Learning System, a comprehensive series of golf training aids, is dedicated to assisting golfers of all ages.

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 49 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 AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

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.

The final-round of the Medicus Preseason Junior at Texarkana will be an 8 a.m. shotgun at Texarkana Golf Ranch. For more information on the Medicus Preseason Junior at Texarkana, please call Tournament Headquarters at (770) 298-4411.