Yamaguchi, Choi and Zech earn medalist honors at TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier
10 boys, 5 girls advance to play in Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club
MESA, Ariz. — Clayton Yamaguchi of Los Angeles recorded a 66 and claimed medalist honors Wednesday at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier for the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. In the Girls Division, Erin Choi of Torrance, Calif. and Allie Zech of Indian Wells, Calif., medaled after shooting 71 at Longbow Golf Club.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier for the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Longbow Golf Club. The tournament field featured 80 boys and 20 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states. The Boys Division played the par-71 course at 6,914 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,048 yards. TaylorMade-adidas Golf 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 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Yamaguchi earned Boys Division medalist honors by carding a 66, and he hopes to make it to Sunday's final round of the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club.
“It's a huge thing because the Heather Farr is one of the most prestigious events on the schedule,” Yamaguchi said. “I would love to make the cut, but the most important thing is to have fun.”
Also qualifying for the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club were Prescott Mann of Scottsdale, Ariz., Hunter Epson of Long Beach, Calif., Nathan Wunderli of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ryan Bisharat of El Cajon, Calif., Jino Sohn of Chandler, Ariz., Nathan Wong of Chandler, Ariz., Ryan Medhaug of Veblen, S.D., Justin De los Santos of Chatsworth, Calif. and Jefferson Kao of Walnut, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Choi and Zech medaled after shooting 71. Choi also expressed her excitement to play in this particular tournament.
“I'm really happy because I really wanted to play in this tournament,” Choi said.
Also qualifying were Alexia Gariepy of Murrieta, Calif., Carolane Gariepy of Murrieta, Calif. and Helen Kim of Gilbert, Ariz.
The Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club will begin Friday with first-round tee times running from 7:00 a.m to 1:09 p.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Longbow Golf Club. For more information, please contact tournament headquarters at 480-807-5400.
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