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The Legend at Bergamont
Oregon, Wis. • July 13, 2009
Schmett medals in Girls Division

— Michael Moorhead of Newport Beach, Calif., signed for the only sub-par round in the Boys Division for medalist honors at The Legend at Bergamont. In the Girls Division, Natalie Schmett of Evansville, Ind., fired a 3-over-par 75 to medal in the K12 Qualifier for the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K¹² Qualifier for the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends was an 18-hole stroke play event held at The Legend at Bergamont. The qualifier field featured 66 boys and eight girls, ages 13-18, from 14 states, Canada, Thailand and Indonesia. The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 7,028 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,052 yards.

Typically held the day prior to AJGA Open tournaments, 18-hole K12 Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to each coinciding AJGA tournament or build their AJGA Performance Based Entry status. In all, 13 boys and five girls advanced from the K12 Qualifier and have the opportunity to play in the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends, in which first-round play begins Wednesday, July 15. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.

opened with a double bogey at his first hole, the par-5 fifth, before recording five birdies over his next eight holes en route to a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine. He continued his steady play on his final four holes on the front nine and carded a 2-under-par 70 to surpass the field by two shots.

“I didn’t play too well last week in my last AJGA event,” Moorhead said. “Now I have some confidence going in knowing the course. Hopefully I’ll play well.”

Carding a 75 or lower to qualify, but opting to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week’s event, were Steven Petchenik of Glenview, Ill., Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis., Luke Waggoner of Crystal Lake, Ill., Austin Rendell of Winnetka, Ill., and Nate Strigenz of Fond du Lac, Wis.

Joining Moorhead in the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends are Carter Marsh of Cadillac, Mich., John Pechan of Seattle, Matthew Haller of Winnetka, Ill., Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, Calif., Matthew Ross of Hartland, Wis., William Wright of Winnetka, Ill., Jack McKinney of Big Bend, Wis., Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., Matt Garrison of Reedsburg, Wis., Praditya Wirjawan of Jakarta, Indonesia, Elliot Horst of Rockford, Ill., and Wes Bowman of Fishers, Ind.

Schmett recorded two birdies in her round, including one at the par-4 second to erase a bogey at her first hole. She attributed her solid play to hitting her irons well.

“I just wanted to play kind of conservative,” Schmett said. “I didn’t want to do anything too crazy out there. The greens were fast so you had to stay below the hole.”

Also qualifying in the Girls Division are Aaren Ziegler of Canby, Ore., Kaela Klune of Itasca, Ill., Katie Purcell of Ames, Iowa, and Lauren Dawson of Flossmoor, Ill.

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