AJGA CLUBCORP JUNIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Homestead Resort, Lower Cascades Course
Hot Springs, Virginia
July 28-31, 2003
WASHBURN DRIVES HIS WAY TO MEDALIST HONORS
Hunt, Tomimbang share medalist honors in Girls Division
HOT SPRINGS, VA.-Mark Washburn of Reston, Va., notched
a 1-over-par 73 for top honors in the Boys Division of the
AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship Qualifier. In the
Girls Division on Monday, Carly Hunt of Easton, Pa., and Mayule
Tomimbang of Kissimmee, Fla., each carded an 83 to share medalist
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the ClubCorp
Junior Players Championship Qualifier gave 58 players, 51
boys and 7 girls ages 13-18, the opportunity to play for 18
spots in the Boys Division and 3 spots in the Girls Division
for Tuesday's first round.
Washburn used his drives to distance himself from the field,
including a 357-yard drive over the 11th green.
"When you can go at the flags aggressively, it gives
you confidence," said the 16-year-old. "I feel I
have an advantage over the [tournament] field after playing
today. I just want to make sure I stay away from big numbers
during the tournament."
Rounding out the qualifiers for the Boys Division were Bethesda,
Md., natives Matthew Grobstein and Jordan Litt, William Shriver
IV of Silver Spring, Md., and Michael Beausejour of Cincinnati,
Ohio at 2-over-par 74. At 76 was Christopher Gold of Haddonfield,
N.J., and Bryce Mueller of Chapel Hill, N.C.
In at 77 were Tyler Zara of New Canaan, Conn., Bradley Blinn
of Cincinnati, Ohio, Christopher Murphy of Vienna, Va., and
Justin Kim of Clifton, Va. At 78 was Brian DePaul of Bridgeville,
Pa., and Warren West of Chestertown, Md.
The final five qualifiers at 79 were Davey Fields of Fort
Gay, W.Va., Bill McCrossan of Newtown Square, Pa., Kyle Hynden
of Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael Mulieri of Silver Spring, Md.,
and David Christie of New Canaan, Conn.
Hunt qualified for her third AJGA event this year, finishing
tied for ninth in the AJGA Steel City Junior Classic and 11th
in the AJGA Boyne Highlands Junior.
"I definitely wanted to be here and I like the course,"
said the 16-year-old Hunt. "I just want to do the best
I can and stay in the moment."
Tomimbang also played in the AJGA Steel City Junior Classic
and finished third in the event.
"I am happy I made the field," said the 16-year-old
Tomimbang. "I am looking for a good score for tomorrow's
The final qualifier in the Girls Division was Courtney Richardson
of Acton, Mass., at 85.
The 10th AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship features
123 players, 99 boys and 24 girls, from 21 states, including
30 players from the state of Virginia. The field also includes
defending Boys Division champion Jared Jones of Kenova, W.
Va., 2001 Girls Division champion Whitney Myers and AJGA Polo
Golf Junior All-American Julieta Granada of Bradenton, Fla.
The first round of the tournament will begin Tuesday, July
29 at 7:30 a.m., off the No. 1 tee at The Homestead Resort,
Lower Cascades Course. For more information on the AJGA ClubCorp
Junior Players Championship, please contact tournament headquarters
at (540) 839-7708.