TAYLORMADE-ADIDAS GOLF JUNIOR AT CHATEAU ELAN QUALIFIER
Chateau Elan Golf Club - Chateau Course
Braselton, Georgia
April 13, 2003

JUNIORS VIE FOR REMAINING SPOTS AT TAYLORMADE-adidas GOLF JUNIOR AT CHATEAU ELAN

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Sungwon Jeon took advantage of picture-perfect conditions during Sunday morning's qualifying tournament, shooting a 67 to lead all qualifiers vying for entry into the American Junior Golf Association's 10th annual TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan, set for April 18-20 at Chateau Elan Resort.

More than 170 juniors battled for 18 Boys Division spots and five Girls Division spots on the Chateau Course at Chateau Elan Resort. The 23 juniors join a field that includes 31 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans, including Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year In-Bee Park.

Jeon's 4-under-par 67 came in the first of two qualifiers held Sunday. A native of South Korea who has resided in Florida the last two years, Jeon said landing his approach shots close to the hole led to his five birdies.

In addition to Jeon, seven other boys survived the morning qualifier. Mac Michals of Concord, N.C., shot a 72, while knotted at 73 were Seth Brandon of Dalton, Ga., Michael Saari of Lilburn, Ga., Tal Everett of Sea Island, Ga., Adam Lambright of Easley, S.C., Robert Womble of Raleigh, N.C., and Andrew Freeman of Jensen Beach, Fla.

Abigale Schepperle of Hoover, Ala., qualified by firing a round of 5-over-par 76 to grab the top spot in the Girls Division.

Schepperle was joined by her younger sister Candace, whose 79 tied for second with Cindy Phillips of Johnson City, Tenn. Emily Simpson of Rutherfordton, N.C., put together an 80 to stand alone in fourth, while Sarasota, Fla., native Valerie Tan outlasted Laura Goodwin of Birmingham, Ala., and Kelly White of Moore, S.C., in a sudden-death playoff to grab the fifth spot.

"I hit a bunch of fairways, and my driver and irons off the tee probably were the best part of my game today," the elder Schepperle said.

The afternoon qualifier saw a three-way tie for first with even-par performances from Chase MacFarland of Savannah, Ga., Chris Smith of Alpharetta, Ga., and John Turnipseed of Rainbow City, Ala. The three co-leaders were joined by Joshua Chong of Alpharetta, Ga., and Patrick Gordon of Vincent, Ala., who both fired 2-over 73.

Deadlocked at 74 were eight players who broke the tie with a sudden-death playoff. The five top finishers of the playoff were Robbie Leonard of Moon Township, Pa., Kyle Lindgren of Marietta, Ga., Brian Miller of Rock Face, Ga., Jon Birdsong of Atlanta and Anthony Richey of Anderson, S.C.

The TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan is a 36-hole stroke play tournament being played on the Woodlands and Chateau courses at Chateau Elan Resort next weekend.

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Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
134
2
Norman Xiong
139
3
Garrett Barber
140
Girls
Total
1
Yu Sang Hou
141
2
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
142
3
Gina Kim
143
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
*Robin Williams
206
2
Cooper Parks
206
3
Canon Claycomb
210
Girls
Total
1
Kanyanat Saithip
217
2
Kristin Engle
221
3
Yang Liu
225
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
*Cade Kiser
221
2
Pone Pyae Han
221
3
Kritchayapol Sinchai
222
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Levi
218
2
Beryl Wang
220
T
3
Brooke Tyree
222
T
3
Julia Johnson
222
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Gavin Noble
206
2
Benjamin James
209
T
3
Jackson Rivera
212
T
3
Nathan Han
212
T
3
Christopher Vandette
212
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
225
2
Jin Yu Wu
226
T
3
Emma Zhao
229
T
3
Brianna Park
229
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
210
T
2
Kristopher Stiles
216
T
2
Aditya Kumar
218
Girls
Total
2
Yu Wen Lu
210
1
Natasha Andrea Oon
212
T
3
Therese Warner
212
T
3
Alexa Melton
218
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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