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St. James Plantation - The Founders Club
Southport, N.C. • March 27 - 29

Tsui earns medalist honors in the Girls Division at St. James Plantation

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Michael Mullmann of Wilmington, N.C., finished with a 2-over-par 146 to earn top honors at the Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation. Vivian Tsui of Markham, Ontario, finished with a 14-over-par 158 to earn the top spot in the Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation was a 36-hole stroke play event held at St. James Plantation — The Members Club Course. The tournament field consisted of 96 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 20 states, China and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,752 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,054 yards.

The Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation was one of eight events held as part of the Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series Event. The Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to or participated in an AJGA event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.

Mullmann, playing in his first AJGA event, began the final round three strokes behind the lead and tied for third. Mullmann set the tone for his day when he got off to a good start on the first hole.

“I birdied No. 1,” said Mullmann. “I had four birdies on the front nine, that really kick started my round.”

Mullman held steady ending his round with five pars on the back nine and finishing two strokes ahead of competition.

Rounding out the Boys Division, Christopher Bushey of Smithsburg, Md., finished second with a 4-over-par 148. Tied for third were Trey Mullinax of Mount Olive, Ala., and Richard Fountain of Raleigh, N.C., with scores of 5-over-par 149s. Finishing in fifth was Matthew Conley of Raleigh, N.C., with a 7-over-par 151.

In the Girls Division, Tsui fought her way back from a fifth-place tie after the first round, to capture the win in her first AJGA event. The 15-year-old finished the day with a 5-over-par 77 and felt she struggled a bit on her first nine holes but turned it around on the back nine.

“I putted a lot better on the back nine,” said Tsui. “I saved myself with a lot of up and downs.”

Tying for second with 18-over-par 162s were Victoria DeGroodt of Walden, N.Y., Kelly Miller of Hilton Head, S.C., Taelor Rubin of Raleigh, N.C., and Julie Lechner of Powell, Ohio.

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.

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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.

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For more information about the Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation please contact AJGA National headquarters at 770-868-4200.