OSSO JUNIOR AT OAK TREE
Oak Tree Country Club, West Course
June 23, 2003
QUALIFIER COMPLETES FIELD OF 144 AT OSSO
JUNIOR AT OAK TREE
Llaneza wins qualifier for second straight week, Sparkman
takes Boys Division
EDMOND, Okla. - The pressure of qualifiers doesn't
faze Mexico City's Alejandra Llaneza. One week after winning
the Girls Division of the PING Harvey Penick Junior Qualifier,
Llaneza posted a 1-over-par 71 to earn first place in the
OSSO Junior at Oak Tree Qualifier on Monday. Her 71 was the
low round of the day.
Evan Sparkman of Oklahoma City, Okla., knocked in three birdies
en route to a 2-over-par 72 to take top honors in the Boys
The 18-hole shotgun qualifier, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, was played at Oak Tree Country Club's West
Course. The field consisted of 70 players from eight states,
including 40 players from Oklahoma and two from Mexico. Seventeen
boys qualified for the tournament and four girls were added
to the field.
Llaneza got her round rolling early when she birdied Nos.
2 and 3, her third and fourth holes. She also collected another
on the ninth hole and finished with a 34 on the front nine.
Despite bogeying two holes on the back nine which led to a
2-over-par 37, Llaneza said her round still impressed her.
"I feel pretty excited," Llaneza said. "It's
hard to beat the guys. I'm comfortable with my swing and the
greens are awesome. That helped me to shoot a good score."
Llaneza also said the wind affected her timing, but she plans
to adjust it to compensate.
Pia Ostos finished second to put Mexicans in first and second
on the Girls Division leaderboard. Ostos, also of Mexico City,
shot an 8-over-par 78. Andrea Sellmeyer of McAlester, Okla.,
earned the third qualifier spot, shooting an 81. Lucy Nunn
of Lawton, Okla., claimed the final qualifier spot with a
round of 83.
In the Boys Division, Sparkman fought the gusty wind at Oak
Tree's West Course well enough to record a 2-over-par 72,
two shots better than the field. Sparkman joked about the
reasons for his success.
"The holes just kept getting in the way of my putts.
It just worked out really well," Sparkman said. "The
flat blade was working. As well as I shot today, I think I'll
do pretty well in the tournament."
Sparkman scored back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth
holes en route to a consistent round. He shot 1-over-par 36
on both nines.
Two players from Norman, Okla., Hunter Buwick and Michael
Jones, tied for second at 4-over-par 74. Clay Ferguson of
Edmond, Okla., Clay Parks of Carrollton, Texas, Terence Begnel
of Tulsa, Okla., and Stephen Ensley of Austin, Texas, tied
for fourth after shooting rounds of 75.
Stephen Evans of Tulsa, Okla., Eunho Shin of Coppell, Texas,
Geoffrey Shaw of Edmond, Okla., Cameron Meyers of Edmond,
Okla., and Andrew Grider of Edmond, Okla., tied for eighth
at 6-over-par 76.
Three players, Andrew Woolery of Lee's Summit, Mo., Matt Kueker
of Concordia, Kan., and Dalton Owens of Mt. Vernon, Mo., shot
a 77 and tied for 13th place.
Matt Pilkington of Owasso, Okla., and Johnson King of Oklahoma
City, Okla., gained entry to the tournament in a sudden-death
The first round of the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree on Tuesday
will consist of two waves of tee times from the first and
10th tees. The first starts at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at
9:09 a.m. The second wave will begin at noon and conclude
at 1:39 p.m. For more information on the OSSO Junior at Oak
Tree, call tournament headquarters at (405) 330-9545.