AJGA ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS QUALIFIER ClubCorp Qualifier Series
The Desert Mountain Club, Cochise Course
July 6, 2002
CHOE, CHOI CAPTURE MEDALIST HONORS AT DESERT
MOUNTAIN Five boys, two girls complete field for AJGA Rolex Tournament
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ben Choe of La Quinta, Calif.,
fired a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 to take medalist honors
in the Boys Division of the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions
Qualifier. Minnie Choi of Fountain Valley, Calif., shot a
3-over-par 75 to grab the top spot in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
Rolex Tournament of Champions Qualifier was played on the
6,825-yard, par-72 Cochise Course at The Desert Mountain Club.
It allowed 82 juniors from nine states the opportunity to
earn one of five boys spots and two girls spots in the 72-hole
Choe carded five birdies on the day, including two on the
final three holes to move to the top of the Boys Division.
"I had never played here so I tried to be smart and hit
fairways," Choe said. "I set myself up for good
shots into the green."
Choe, who finished tied for 26th earlier this year at the
AJGA First State Bank Southwestern Junior Classic, was the
only player in the qualifier to escape without a bogey on
the day and will look to keep the momentum going into the
"I'll need to play smart in the tournament and take it
hole-by-hole," Choe said. "It's a tough field."
Kenny Kim of Cerritos, Calif., finished second with a 2-under-par
70. Kim recovered from a bogey on No. 11 with a chip-in eagle
on the 523-yard, par-5 12th hole to set the tone for the rest
of his round.
"I was 1-over after No. 11 and needed a birdie,"
said Kim, who finished the day with four birdies. "I
got an eagle and after that I found my game and played well."
Also qualifying in the Boys Division with 1-under-par 71s
were Brandon Lawson of Elburn, Ill., Matthew Shin of Cerritos,
Calif., and Matt Rosen of Tucson, Ariz.
In the Girls Division, Choi started strong with birdies on
Nos. 2 and 4. She added back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and
9 to start to pull away from the rest of the field.
"Everything was working for me on the front, but it got
a little tougher on the back nine," the 17-year-old Choi
said. "It feels awesome though. This is the Tournament
of Champions and I just want to play well."
Brooke Todare of Paradise Valley, Ariz., secured the other
qualifying spot in the Girls Division with a 39-43-82.
The AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions will feature 168 players,
both boys and girls, from 30 states and five foreign countries.
The 25th-annual event is the longest-running on the AJGA schedule
and will feature 57 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. Past champions
of the event include David Duval, David Gossett, Charles Howell
III, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Beth Bauer and Emilee Klein.
First-round play will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday off the No.
1 and 10 tees of the Cochise and Geronimo courses at The Desert
For more information on the Rolex Tournament of Champions
or other AJGA events, please contact AJGA tournament headquarters
at (480) 488-1362 ext. 1028.
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BOYS DIVISION Qualified
1 Ben Choe, La Quinta, Calif. (2003) 35-32-67
2 Kenny Kim, Cerritos, Calif. (2004) 36-34-70
T3 Matthew Shin, Cerritos, Calif. (2003) 36-35-71
T3 Brandon Lawson, Elburn, Ill. (2003) 34-38-71
T3 Matt Rosen, Tucson, Ariz. (2003) 34-38-71
Failed to qualify
T6 Ryan Brooks, Mesa, Ariz. (2004) 36-36-72
T6 Rory Hie, Lakewood, Calif. (2006) 35-38-72
T8 Joseph Roca, Sunland, Calif. (2003) 38-36-74
T8 Ryan Citarella, Santa Ana, Calif. (2004) 35-39-74
T8 Chad Wilcox, Peoria, Ariz. (2003) 38-38-74
T11 Charles Chae, Mesa, Ariz. (2002) 41-34-75
T11 Tim McKenney, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2006) 38-38-75
T11 Trevor Schultz, San Dimas, Calif. (2003) 36-39-75
T14 Carl Smith, Laguna Beach, Calif. (2005) 38-38-76
T14 Derek Smith, Elk City, Okla. (2003) 41-35-76
T14 Beau Yeoman, Phoenix, Ariz. (2002) 38-39-76
T14 Travis Peterson, San Jose, Calif. (2003) 39-38-76
T14 Kyle Dowden, Somis, Calif. (2003) 38-39-76
T14 Jeremy Frye, Palestine, Texas (2003) 39-38-76
T20 Michael Williams, Phoenix, Ariz. (2002) 38-39-77
T20 Albert Suarez, Southlake, Texas (2004) 36-41-77
T20 Paul Brown, Orange, Calif. (2002) 38-40-77
T20 Brian Kim, Cypress, Calif. (2005) 38-39-77
T20 Matthew Pierce, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (2007) 39-38-77
T25 Sean Crebbs, Tucson, Ariz. (2003) 36-42-78
T25 Billy-Bob Hoyt, Payson, Ariz. (2004) 39-39-78
T25 Mark Moller, Hot Springs, S.D. (2002) 38-40-78
T25 Rui Takamatsu, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2005) 39-39-78
T25 Phillip Lapuz, Carlsbad, Calif. (2003) 40-38-78
T25 Brandon Beck, Oak Park, Calif. (2003) 40-38-78
T31 Will Mast, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2003) 40-39-79
T31 Danny Saltz, Scottsdale, Ariz., (2005) 42-38-79
T31 Ryan Farb, Tucson, Ariz. (2003) 40-39-79
T31 Tyler Mathews, Phoenix, Ariz. (2002) 43-36-79
T31 Pat Strandemo, Encinitas, Calif. (2003) 38-41-79
T31 Michael Cavallari, Laguna Beach, Calif. (2003) 40-39-79
T37 Colter Kautzmann, Phoenix, Ariz. (2003) 40-40-80
T37 Travis Reeves, Mission Viejo, Calif. (2003) 38-43-80
39 Danny Min, Placentia, Calif. (2003) 40-41-81
T40 Cean Geronimo, Redondo Beach, Calif. (2002) 42-40-82
T40 Eric Yoo, Cerritos, Calif. (2003) 43-39-82
T40 Kyle Wilson, San Diego, Calif. (2003) 40-42-82
T43 Matt King, Phoenix, Ariz. (2004) 41-42-83
T43 Greg Gauvin, Valencia, Calif. (2004) 40-43-83
T43 Ryoong Lim, La Quinta, Calif. (2003) 44-39-83
T43 Tyler Neal, Tucson, Ariz. (2004) 39-44-83
T47 Jeff Vetterick, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2003) 41-43-84
T47 Jin Song, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) 42-42-84
T49 Philip Lamb, San Dimas, Calif. (2003) 44-41-85
T49 Ricardo Cantu, Houston, Texas (2003) 43-42-85
T51 Brandon Holub, Higley, Ariz. (2005) 45-41-86
T51 Dennis Huh, La Palma, Calif. (2004) 43-43-86
T51 Daniel Turner, Torrance, Calif. (2002) 38-48-86
T51 Jeffrey Frye, Palestine, Texas (2004) 42-44-86
T51 Kevin Chen, Alamo, Calif. (2003) 43-43-86
T51 Hunter Kenihan, Irvine, Calif. (2003) 44-42-86
T51 Woogene Lee, Fountain Valley, Calif. (2003) 38-48-86
T58 Drew Kravis, Calabasas, Calif. (2003) 41-46-87
T58 Joey Craft, Anaheim, Calif. (2002) 47-40-87
T58 Chris Colton, Oak View, Calif. (2002) 42-45-87
T58 Hernan Borja, Kingwood, Texas (2003) 46-41-87
T62 Chase Flanigan, Grantie Bay, Calif. (2004) 46-42-88
T62 Alex Osborne, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (2005) 41-47-88
64 Jason Campbell, Torrance, Calif. (2003) 42-47-89
T65 Jeff Gabriel, Hidden Hills, Calif. (2003) 45-45-90
T65 Kyle Tudi, Phoenix, Ariz. (2004) 46-44-90
T65 Michael Thorsen, Winnetka, Ill. (2003) 47-43-90
T68 Jason Reves, Chino Hills, Calif. (2003) 48-51-99
T68 Evan Canham, Phoenix, Ariz. (2005) 51-48-99
70 Richard Lash, Albuquerque, N.M. (2005) 43-61-104
71 Ty Ehlis, Albuquerque, N.M. (2004) 47-61-108
GIRLS DIVISION Qualified
1 Minnie Choi, Fountain Valley, Calif. (2003) 34-41-75
2 Brooke Todare, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (2004) 39-43-82
Failed to qualify
3 Nicole Mayo, Simi Valley, Calif. (2003) 42-45-87
4 Alana Johnson, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (2003) 45-43-88
5 Alana Maiello, Camarillo, Calif. (2005) 42-49-91
Nicole De Jesus, Weston, Fla. (2004) WD (Injury)
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