Saddleback Golf Club
Firestone, Colo.
Sunday, June 30, 2002

AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup adds 12 boys, two girls to field

FIRESTONE, Colo. - David Kendall, Irvine, Calif., fired a 3-under-par 69 Sunday to claim medalist honors in the Boys Division of the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup Qualifier. Ashley Deatherage of Bryan, Texas and Regina Rodriguez of Fort Morgan, Colo., both shot 79 at the par-72 Saddleback Golf Club to tie for the top spot in the Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 18-hole qualifier gave 76 juniors from 12 states the opportunity to earn one of 14 spots available in the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup, which runs July 1-4.

Kendall, who was the only player to shoot below 70, carded four birdies during the round en route to grabbing medalist honors. He said he entered the qualifier knowing if he played his game he would have a good chance to score low.

"I came in here with three goals," the 18-year-old said. "I wanted to hit fairways and greens, play one shot at a time and not make any mental mistakes."

Kendall knows he is going to face stiff competition during the tournament, but said the only person he needs to worry about is himself.

"There are a lot of great players here and I just have to concentrate on accomplishing my goals for the next three days," Kendall said. "That is all I can ask of myself. I am playing the golf course-not the other players."

Also qualifying in the Boys Division was Scooter Jefferson of Montgomery, Texas, Lucas Larson of Maryville, Mo., Ed Timmins of Denver, Jared Danford of Greeley, Colo., Nick Sherman of Newport Beach, Calif., Chase Watkins of Fort Collins, Colo., Aaron Weston of Lone Tree, Colo., Matt Rutledge of Fort Collins, Colo., and Troy Sidabras of Fort Collins, Colo.

Chris Huffer of Denver and Cody Hayes of Caldwell, Idaho, survived a four-player, sudden-death playoff to claim the final two qualifying spots.

Deatherage, 17, and Rodriguez, 17, shared top honors with 79s. The two played together in the final group of the day, but carded qualifying scores in different manners. Deatherage had her driver working early and often while Rodriguez qualified with the help of an accurate putter.
"I am very excited to be in," Deatherage said. "I am going to relax and go out there and play my best. That is all I can do."

Rodriguez said she benefited from a new putting technique and grip.

"I changed my grip and technique within the last week and since then I have been putting really well," Rodriguez said. "I made a lot of mistakes out there, but hopefully I can learn from them and play better during the tournament."

The 54-hole Championship will feature 84 players from 18 states, with 37 players hailing from Colorado.

First-round action begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 2 at the Saddleback Golf Club. Tee times continue until 10:03 a.m.

For more information on the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup, contact our tournament headquarters at (303) 833-3515.


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