BUICK JUNIOR OPEN PRESENTED BY GOLFWEEK
Spring Meadows Country Club
June 15, 2003
SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF DETERMINES FINAL
SPOTS IN GIRLS AND BOYS QUALIFIER
Four boys and three girls advance to championship in Linden
LINDEN, Mich.-Pete Tomkie of DeWitt, Mich., Jimmy
Burns of Plymouth, Mich., Clark Klaasen of Grand Rapids, Mich.,
and Richard Chinonis of Grand Blanc, Mich., all qualified
Sunday to earn a spot in the Buick Junior Open Presented by
Golfweek at Spring Meadows Country Club. Dolores White of
Lakeland, Fla., Vanessa Hanba of Flushing, Mich., and Jenny
Calkins of Greenville, Mich., also advanced to the championship.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the tournament
qualifier allowed seven juniors to earn a spot into the 54-hole
championship event, which runs Tuesday through Thursday in
The event will feature 99 players representing 21 states and
Canada. The event was held in Flint, Mich., five years ago
but this is the first time it is being hosted by Spring Meadows
Tomkie carded a 3-over-par 75 to take top honors in the Boys
Division. He started the front nine making one birdie and
"My goal for today was to qualify and then do well in
the tournament," the 15-year-old said. "Hopefully
this tournament will help me get into others."
Burns and Klaasen carded 4-over-par 76s to tie for second
place. Both players recorded two birdies on the day to qualify
them for the championship.
Five players tied at 77 to force a sudden-death playoff to
determine the final spot in the Boys Division. In his first
AJGA tournament appearance, 17-year-old Chinonis qualified
after playing only one hole in the playoff. He birdied the
412-yard, par-4 first hole to take the final spot for Tuesday's
"I bogeyed the first couple holes and I wasn't feeling
it," Chinonis said. "I did better on the back nine
when I didn't think about the scores and just played golf."
White scored a 79 to clinch the top spot of the Girls Division.
Making an eagle on the 432-yard, par-5 11th hole set the tone
for the back nine.
"I started putting really well on the back nine,"
the 15-year-old said. "I chipped in for an eagle on the
11th hole. It hit the stick and just went in."
Hanba clinched the second place spot, followed close behind
by Calkins. A sudden-death playoff in the Girls Division between
Calkins and Stephanie Koske of Swartz Creek, Mich., determined
the final spot.
First-round tee times will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday off
the No. 1 tee at Spring Meadows Country Club.
For more information on the Buick Junior Open presented by
Golfweek, contact tournament headquarters at (810) 735-4363.