LAS VEGAS FOUNDERS JUNIOR QUALIFIER
The Revere at Anthem, Lexington Course
July 15-18, 2002
TWELVE JUNIORS QUALIFY FOR LAS VEGAS FOUNDERS
Kim earns medalist honors
HENDERSON, Nev. - Twelve boys qualified for the Las
Vegas Founders Junior on the Lexington Course at The Revere
at Anthem. Kenny Kim of Cerritos, Calif., took home medalist
honors, finishing in first place with a 4-under-par 68.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Las
Vegas Founders Junior Qualifier allowed 82 boys the opportunity
to play their way into the 54-hole event. The tournament,
being held July 15-18 on the Lexington Course at The Revere,
features 84 juniors from 12 states, including five Nevada
Kim finished the front nine at even-par with one birdie and
one bogey. On the back nine, he had four birdies, including
three consecutive on holes No. 15, 16 and 17. Kim finished
three strokes ahead of the rest of the field.
"Today I tried to think positive," Kim said. "I
am really tired so I had to find a way to motivate myself.
I got off to a good start and was able to stay focused throughout
the round. As for now, I need some sleep."
The 16-year-old is battling exhaustion after qualifying for
last week's AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. Kim placed
second in the qualifier and made the cut after the first two
rounds at Rolex, eventually playing a round of golf seven
days in a row in the Scottsdale, Ariz., heat. He will be a
major contender for the title this week.
"This week I really want to play smart," Kim said.
"I don't want to go for everything. On this course you
need good tee shots so that you can set yourself up for birdies."
Brandon Beck of Oak Park, Calif., finished second with a 71.
He got into trouble on his first hole of the day, but was
able to drain a putt from five feet to save par. Beck eventually
carded four birdies and three bogeys to finish his round at
"My putting went really well for me," Beck said.
"My dad saw something in my putting last week and I've
been trying to keep my putter lower to the ground. I really
worked hard on it the last few days and everything really
clicked during my round. I only missed one putt from less
than 10 feet."
Beck, 17, said he is looking forward to the championship event
on an exciting course.
"I really like this course because it is relatively forgiving,"
Beck said. "If your ball lands in the rough there is
a good chance that it will bounce into the fairway. The course
also makes you think a lot. You have to place your shots in
certain spots to get a good shot into the green. It's a fun
course to play."
Other qualifiers include Hunter Kenihan of Irvine, Calif.,
Christopher Heintz of Brea, Calif., and Derek Sipe of Yorba
Linda, Calif., at 72.
Michael McCaig of Fountain Valley, Calif., Anthony Lin of
Diamond Bar, Calif., Drew Kravis of Calabasas, Calif., and
Daniel Kim of Cerritos, Calif., tied for sixth and qualified
at 73. Kevin Chen of Alamo, Calif., Justin Johnson of Las
Vegas, Nev., and Chris Scott of Valley Springs, Calif., earned
the final spots into the championship field with rounds of
First Round competition begins Tuesday, July 16 at 7 a.m.
off the No. 1 and 10 tees of the Lexington Course at The Revere
For more information on the Las Vegas Founders Junior, or
other AJGA events, please contact AJGA tournament headquarters
at (702) 617-5708.
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