SOLUTIONS CONSULTING JUNIOR CLASSIC QUALIFIER
Totteridge Golf Club
July 11, 2004
WASHBURN AND DUNLAP TIE FOR MEDALLIST HONORS
Salsburg claims top spot in Girls Division
GREENSBURG, Pa. – On a hazy and humid day in the hills of Western Pennsylvania, Mark Washburn II of Reston, Va., and Thomas Dunlap of East Liverpool, Ohio, carded matching 1-over-par 73s to capture co-medallist honors at the Solutions Consulting Junior Classic Qualifier. In the Girls Division, Lindsay Salsburg of Navarre, Ohio, shot a 5-over-par 77 to claim the qualifier crown.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Solutions Consulting Junior Classic Qualifier was held at the Totteridge Golf Club. Eighty-eight junior golfers from 11 states, including 32 from Pennsylvania and 24 from Ohio, competed in the 18-hole qualifier. Twelve boys and three girls qualified for this week’s 54-hole tournament, which will feature 99 juniors, ages 12-18.
In the Boys Division, Washburn got off to a slow start, but was able to shoot a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine, earning a spot in this week’s Solutions Consulting Junior Classic.
“After the first three holes, I got my driver under control, which helped a lot because of all of the fescue out there,” Washburn said.
Washburn, who was 4-over-par after three holes before making a run on the front nine, is looking forward to his second AJGA event. However, he feels there are improvements that can be made in order to make a good showing in the tournament.
“Putting is going to be difficult this week and I definitely need to stay away from double bogeys,” he said. “I would love to win but I would be happy with a top 10 finish since this is only my second AJGA event.”
Dunlap credited his short game as the catalyst that earned him a spot in this week’s tournament.
“When I missed a shot, I still gave myself a chance to make a good score,” Dunlap said. “I didn’t miss it in the wrong places and was able to get up and down a lot.”
Also qualifying in the Boys Division were Jason Bernstein of Paoli, Pa., John Giannuzzi of Wellesley Hills, Mass., Stephen Markovitz of Bridgeville, Pa., Brent Deems of Ashland, Ohio, Tony Jaffa of Owings Mills, Md., Michael O’Keefe of Medford, N.J., Daniel Obremski of Irwin, Pa., Grant Doverspike of Bakersfield, Calif., Chad Kokoska of Clarksville, Pa., and Brad Cieslinski of Natrona Heights, Pa.
Three players, R. Scott Pugh of Harrisburg, Pa., Steve Kidron of Horsham, Pa., and Bennett Boyer of Millersburg, Pa., finished in the top 12, but opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week’s event.
In the Girls Division, Salsburg also struggled early, but found her game after some early miscues.
“I got off to a rocky start, but I just started to relax,” Salsburg said. “My driver wasn’t as consistent as normal, but my chipping and putting saved me all day.”
Salsburg is looking forward to the opportunity to compete this week.
“I really just want to hit my driver straighter,” she said. “The course is difficult, but really nice, so I think I can do well.”
Robyn English of Warwick, R.I., and Jessica Hamilton of Rockville, Md., also qualified to round out the Girls field in this week’s tournament.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
First-round tee times will begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. and conclude at 11:57 a.m. at Totteridge Golf Club. For more information on the Solutions Consulting Junior Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (724) 837-6700..