AJGA JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER
Glynn's Creek Golf Course
Long Grove, Iowa
August 12, 2002
FIELD SET FOR SECOND ANNUAL
JOHN DEERE CLASSIC JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
12 boys, four girls qualify for event in Iowa
LONG GROVE, Iowa
- Mike Musgjerd of Wilmette, Ill., and Adam Collins of Des
Moines, Iowa, fired low rounds of 3-under-par 69 Monday to
garner medalist honors at the AJGA John Deere Classic Junior
Championship Qualifier, held at the par-72 Glynn's Creek Golf
Course. Jacquelyn Nemcik of College Station, Texas, carded
even-par 72 to take the Girls Division.
The 18-hole qualifying event, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, gave 85 boys and girls, ages 13-18, the
opportunity to earn a spot into the 54-hole Championship event,
which begins Wednesday.
Musgjerd, an 18-year-old senior-to-be, bagged five birdies
and two bogeys en route to a round of 33-36-69. One of the
highlights in Musgjerd's round came on the par-4, 400-yard
fifth when Musgjerd holed out for birdie from 50 yards.
"I was putting myself in position for birdies today,"
Musgjerd said. "My round went well because I was hitting
greens and had 16 putts for birdie. Now I just need to concentrate
on staying focused and not let this round get to my head."
Collins, who will play golf for Indian Hills Community College
in the fall, made birdie on the par-4, 426-yard 18th by sinking
a 55-foot putt from the back of the green. Three other birdies
and one bogey completed his round of 34-35-69.
"I played conservatively today and hit 16 greens,"
said the 18-year-old. "The wind affected my club decision
a little, but I hit the ball well, so it really didn't matter.
For the rest of the week, I need to work on hitting wedges
out of the rough."
Other qualifiers for this week's event include J Hlavacek
of Aurora, Ill., Chris Bouchard of Zion, Ill., Andrew Denenberg
of Highland Park, Ill., John Westly of Asheville, N.C., Andrew
Hoegh of Knoxville, Iowa, Andrew Frame of Manteno, Ill., Travis
Meyer of River Falls, Wis., Stephen Cox of Jonesboro, Ark.,
Ted Gray of Oshkosh, Wis., and Chris Lewe of Lisle, Ill.
In the Girls Division, Nemcik, 17, carded four bogeys and
four birdies during her round of 35-37-72. As the qualifier
medalist, she is looking to better her best AJGA finish of
14th at last year's AJGA Texace San Antonio Shootout.
"I hit a lot of fairways today which really helps because
this rough is tough to get out of," Nemcik said. "The
wind was difficult today and the ground was pretty hard, but
all I had to do was go for a club less and let it roll to
Jessica Parmenter of Peoria, Ill., Erin Goranson of Edmond,
Okla., and Gina Tesi of Omaha, Neb., also qualified for the
The John Deere Classic Junior Championship will feature 99
players representing 19 states and Canada, with the majority
of competitors hailing from Illinois.
First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August
14, off the No. 1 tee at Glynn's Creek Golf Course.
For more information on the AJGA John Deere Classic Junior
Championship, contact tournament headquarters at (563) 285-6635.