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Srixon Qualifier Series
Steelwood Country Club
Loxley, Ala. • June 1, 2008

Marika Liu tops Girls Division to earn medalist honors at Steelwood Country Club

LOXLEY, Ala. — Alabama-native Tyler Busby, of Fairhope, played in his first AJGA event and took medalist honors to earn a spot in the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T after carding an even-par 72 in Sunday's Qualifier. In the Girls Division, Marika Liu, of Bradenton, Fla., posted a 2-over-par 74 to take home medalist honors.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 18-hole stroke-play Qualifier featured 37 boys and 12 girls — ages 12-18 — each trying to "play their way in" to the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T or build their status within the AJGA's Performance Based Entry system. Sunday's Qualifier gave nine boys and two girls the opportunity to play in the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T, which begins Monday, June 2.

Busby felt good about being able to play so close to home for his first AJGA event. Despite a bogey on the first hole, three birdies on the front nine provided him with the momentum necessary to finish strong.

“I wasn't nervous at all really,” Busby said. “It was a well-run event, pace of play was good, and I was just ready to play.”

In addition to Busby, the following players earned spots in the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T: Bradley Kushner of Mendham, N.J., Chase Koepka of Wellington, Fla., Han Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., Yinchi Liu of Bradenton, Fla., Frank McGough of Pike Road, Ala., Kyle Huett of Bulverde, Texas, Vincent Hung of Bradenton, and William Catanzaro of Gadsen, Ala. Other players who qualified but opted to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this week were: Trey Neck of Baton Rouge, La., Taylor Stevenson of Port Orange, Fla., Jarrett Smith of McKinney, Texas, Sam Love of Trussville, Ala., and Seiji Liu of Bradenton.

In the Girls Division, Marika Liu overcame two bogeys on the front nine and said her solid play contributed to her medalist honors.

“I had good irons and good putting,” she said. “I only had one birdie, but everything was consistent.”

Meagan Roberts of Ocean Springs, Miss., shot a 4-over-par 75 to earn the second spot in the tournament field.

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 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 opening round of the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T will be Tuesday, June 3 with tee times running off Nos. 1 and 10 tees at 8:30 a.m. at Steelwood Country Club. For more information about the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (770) 617-3050.