TEE UP JUNIOR CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT CUP
K12 Qualifier Series Oak Valley Golf Club
Beaumont, Calif. •
August 2, 2009
CHIAN TAKES HOME K12 MEDALIST HONORS IN BOYS DIVISION AT OAK VALLEY GOLF CLUB
Pak qualifies for TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup
BEAUMONT, Calif. — Daniel Chian of Covina, Calif., earned medalist honors at the K12 Qualifier for the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup after he shot a 3-under-par 69. Euna Pak of Irvine, Calif., shot 3-over-par 75 to earn medalist honors in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup was an 18-hole stroke play event held Oak Valley Golf Club. The tournament field featured 79 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-18, from five states. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,952 yards, while the Girls Division played the layout at 6,024 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, 14 boys and four girls advanced from the K12 Qualifier and will play in the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup, which begins Tuesday, August 4. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Chian played an impressive round of golf, hitting all but one green and 12 of the 14 fairways. After the round, spectators commented on Chian’s spectacular iron play, saying that he was “on fire.” Chian felt his most impressive hole came on the par-4 450-yard 18th. On his second shot, Chian was 165 yards away from the green. Aiming to make par on the hole, Chian stuck it 3 feet from the pin and made birdie on the hole.
“I was hitting it pretty well today,” Chian said. “My irons were really the best part of my game.”
Joining Chian in the tournament will be James Hurst of Palmdale, Calif., Jacob Gralitzer of Agoura Hills, Calif., Jonathan Sanders of Chatsworth, Calif., Jin Park of Burbank, Calif., Joseph Zakaria of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Kevin Lee of Cerritos, Calif., Jordan Malinoff of Calabasas, Calif., Matthew Wilson of Orange, Calif., Jeff McNeil of Nipomo, Calif., Jason Semthiti of Los Angeles, Andre Vu and Mitchel Char, both of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Andrew Levitt of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
The following players opted to take Tournament Exemptions in lieu of playing in the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup this week: Andrew Morgan of Long Beach, Calif., Robert Ricci III of Carlsbad, Calif., Michael Brockington of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Michael Haeri of Huntington Beach, Calif., Lawrence Fu of Piedmont, Calif., Michael Yi of Goleta, Calif., Robin Kang of Gardena, Calif., Bobby Holden of Simi Valley, Calif., and Macgregor Hoobery of Santa Maria, Calif.
Pak played a solid round of golf which she attributed to her great iron play. Despite being injured on No. 12, Pak still managed to play a consistent round and earn medalist honors.
“I flipped my ankle,” Pak said. “But I just thought about it and made a plan to get through it and I was able to finish out the rest of the round.”
Joining Pak in the tournament will be Rui Li of Kent, Wash., Carolina Garza and Anna DePalma, both of San Clemente, Calif.
Rochelle Chan of Carson, Calif., opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup this week.
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 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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.
First-round tee times for the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup will run from 7 – 8:39 a.m. and - off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees, Tuesday at Oak Valley Golf Club. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana at (678) 617-2424.
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.