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Albuquerque, N.M. • August 3, 2008

Park claims medalist honors by nine strokes in the Girls Division

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sarosh Adi of Frisco, Texas, took medalist honors in the Boys Division at the AJGA New Mexico Open Qualifier Sunday carding a 3-under-par 69. In the Girls Division, carding the only under-par score for the round, was Sun Gyoung Park of Vail, Ariz., at 2-under-par 70.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA New Mexico Open Qualifier was an 18-hole stroke play event held at The Championship Golf Course at the University of New Mexico. The qualifier field consisted of 67 players, 56 boys and 11 girls, from eight states. The Boys Division was played at 6,931 yards and the Girls Division at 6,041 yards.

Adi's bogey on No. 1 did not obstruct his ability to hold a strong finish. Birdies on Nos. 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 16, helped him attain his 3-under-par 69. Adi, who co-medaled at the Dodge/Bob Estes Abilene Junior Qualifier, came in with the same mindset as he did in Abilene, Texas.

“I shot a 67 in Abilene,” Adi said. “I wanted to play the same, but with more confidence, and I feel like I succeeded.”

Joining Adi in the AJGA New Mexico Open Boys Division field are 10 fellow qualifiers: Devon Purser of Clearfield, Utah, Mickey Mahoney of Carmel Valley, Calif., and Collin Ward of Amarillo, Texas, at 70; Simon Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., and Kyle Dickerson of Anson, Texas, at 72; Charles Laudermilk of Austin, Texas, Gabriel Frank of El Paso, Texas, and Craig Crawford of Stanwood, Wash., at 73; and Tyler Bell of Lubbock, Texas, at 74. Ethan Fine of Albuquerque, N.M., qualified via a sudden-death playoff at 75.

Corey Hayford of Friendswood, Texas and John Ahern of Morrison, Colo., both fell within the cut line, but chose to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's tournament.

Park was off to a rocky start on her first hole, No. 16, where she carded a bogey. She was able to twist that around, following the bogey with a birdie on No. 17. Park achieved her low score from her work on the greens, carding no 3-putts.

“My putting was the best part of my round,” Park said. “On No. 12, I sank a 25-footer for birdie. At first I thought it was short, but it went in.”

Park chose to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's AJGA New Mexico Open.

Also qualifying in the Girls Division were Ariana Patterson of Carmel, Calif., at 79, and Taylar Jaramillo of Belen, N.M., at 84. Beau Bremer of Scottsdale, Ariz., qualified via a sudden-death playoff at 86.

Qualifying at 79, but also opting to take a Tournament Exemption, was Kristina Block of San Clemente, Calif.

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.

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sandia Resort & Casino features a world class golf experience that offers a visually stunning and strategic 18 hole golf course designed by Scott Miller, complete practice facility and a 16,000 square foot "Pueblo" style clubhouse featuring restaurant, golf shop and expansive patio. Sandia opened to rave reviews having been honored with the afore mentioned Golf Magazine accolade and winning the 2005 golf "Development of the Year" award from Golf Inc Magazine. The golf club at Sandia is a key amenity to the Sandia Resort & Casino that is already a popular gaming and entertainment venue. In 2006, Sandia opened a world class resort that features 228 luxurious, oversized guest rooms including over 30 suites. Every guest room and suite are highlighted by awe-inspiring views of the Albuquerque skyline or the rugged wildness of the Sandia Mountains. The resort also includes over 35,000 square feet of "state of the art" entertainment, meeting & convention space that can accommodate groups up to 3000, a 12,000 square foot spa and a multitude of dining options including a 410 seat signature buffet, steakhouse and Bien Shur, the roof top gourmet restaurant with an indoor/outdoor entertainment lounge with the most breath-taking views this side of the Valle Grande.

The golf facility at Sandia Resort & Casino is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 30 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and Mexico. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit www.obsports.com, or call 480.948.1300.

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Sandia Resort & Casino is a business enterprise of the Pueblo of Sandia and is part of a master-planned development on Sandia land just outside of Albuquerque. Located at I-25 and Tramway Road, Sandia Casino employs 1,900 New Mexicans, 1,300 of them employed by the casino.

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 run from 7 — 11:48 a.m. off the No. 1 tee Tuesday. For more information about the AJGA New Mexico Open Qualifier, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters (505) 798-3731.

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