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Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
Southern Pines, N.C. • August 9, 2009

Sciupider ends day with two birdies to win Girls Division in Southern Pines

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Zachary Martin of nearby Pinehurst, N.C., combined great putting with some local knowledge to win the Boys Division with a 5-under-par 67. Kayla Sciupider of Etowah, N.C., won the Girls Division in decisive fashion with a 3-under-par 69, five strokes ahead of her competition. Both medalists have chosen to play in this week's Golf Pride Junior Classic.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K¹² Qualifier for the Golf Pride Junior Classic was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. The field featured 88 boys and 12 girls, ages 12-18, from 10 states and China. The par-72 course was played at 6,522 yards in the Boys Division and 6,072 yards in the Girls Division. K¹² Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or earn a Tournament Exemption or Performance Star for a future event. The K¹² Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.

Martin had seven birdies on the day and seems to really enjoy all the Donald Ross-designed courses this area has to offer.

“I like Donald Ross courses and apparently I seem to play well on them,” Martin said. “My approach shots were really close and I felt confident on the four to five foot putts. I just want to keep it steady this week and stay in a good position.”

Ten other boys qualified to play in this week's tournament and they include: Daniel Pizetoski of Davidson, N.C. and Larry Han of Raleigh, N.C. at 3-under-par 69, Andrew Decker of Greenville, N.C., Christian Cichan of Charlotte, N.C., Thomas Stewart of St. Augustine, Fla. and Alex Ehlert of Raleigh, N.C., all at 2-under-par 70, Richard Fountain of Raleigh, N.C., Stanhope Johnson Jr., of Greensboro, N.C. and Kyle Arakelian of Raleigh, N.C. at 1-under-par 71, W. Coalter Paxton IV of Wilson, N.C., Dennis Driscoll of Manhasset, N.Y. and John David Sanderson of Suffolk, Va. at even-par 72.

Choosing a tournament exemption in lieu of playing this week's tournament is Harrison Shih of Saddle River, N.J., who carded an even-par 72.

Sciupider relied on her iron game during Sunday's K12 Qualifier and was even par most of the day but had a birdie on No. 14 and then closed with two more birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.

“I finished birdie-birdie and I never really got into trouble,” Sciupider said. “I struggled with my driving but I always knew I would have an easy putt because my irons were so consistent.”

Girls qualifying to play this week are Jacqueline Shelly of Fernandina Beach, Fla., at 2-over-par 74, Sarah Bae of Raleigh, N.C. at 3-over-par 75 and Katie Mitchell of Seymour, Tenn., who carded an 85.

Choosing a tournament exemption in lieu of playing in this week's tournament is Mattie Tobey of Denver, N.C. who posted a 2-over-par 74.

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 25 foreign countries.

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First-round tee times for the Golf Pride Junior Classic will run from 7:30 a.m. — 12:50 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Tuesday, August 11. For more information contact Tournament Headquarters at 678-617-2427.

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