Macdonald, Marcus and Hernandez earn medalist honors at TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier
15 boys and 3 girls advance to play in TaylorMade-adidas Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - A morning and afternoon TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier were held for the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair. Stuart Macdonald of Vancouver, British Columbia, Ethan Marcus of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jose Hernandez of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., all claimed medalist honors in their respective qualifiers with 2-under-par 68 Wednesday at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier. In the Girls Division, Maria Andreina Merchan of Weston, Fla., medaled in the morning qualifier firing a 1-over-par 71. Minta Yin of Lake Mary, Fla., was the afternoon medalist carding a 2-over-par 72.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the two TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifiers for the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair were separate 18-hole stroke play competitions held at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club's North Course. The morning qualifier field presented 83 boys and 16 girls, ages 12-18, from 13 states and 15 countries. The afternoon qualifier field featured 80 boys and 20 girls, also ages 12-18, from 16 states and 12 countries. The Boys Division played the par-70 course at 6,060 yards. The Girls Division played the par-70 course at 5,590 yards. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments and earn Performance Stars for future events. The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
In addition to the Boys Division medalists, Pureun Kim of Gainesville, Fla., Diego Schiffino of Bradenton, Fla., Sarun Arjparu of Bradenton, Fla., Ryan Orr of Belleair, Fla., Jimmy Jones of Tampa, Fla., Nuthipong Bunmark of Bradenton, Fla., Won Jun Lee of Zephyrhills, Fla., Kelly Sun of Bradenton, Fla., Andy Zhang of Reunion, Fla., Connor Lynch of Bradenton, Fla., Meechai Padungsiriseth of Bradenton, Fla., and Nick Celestino of Sarasota, Fla., also qualified for the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair.
In the Girls Division qualifying for the event was Lauren Coe of Tarpon Springs, Fla., with an 8-over-par 78.
The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O'Hair will begin Friday with first- and second-round tee times for the Boys Division off Nos. 1 and 10 tees on the Copperhead Course from 8 â€” 9:40 a.m. (first wave) and 12:30 â€” 2:10 p.m. (second wave). On the North Course, the Girls Division first and second-round tee times run from 8 â€” 9:39 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10. For more information, please contact tournament headquarters at (770) 601-8922, or visit ajga.org.
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About the AJGA
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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.