MONACO'S 67 ALLOWS HIM TO MEDAL AT DIABLO GRANDE
Kim and Yim shoot 1-under-par to top the Girls Division
DIABLO GRANDE, Calif. – With temperatures soaring over the 100 degree mark on Sunday, Ronnald Monaco of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., secured medalist honors in the Boys Division at the Srixon Qualifier. His low round of 5-under-par 67 separated him from the rest of the pack by three strokes. In the Girls Division, Jenny Kim of Los Angeles, and Eunice Yim of La Canada, Calif., earned their way into the PING Junior at Diablo Grande by shooting rounds of 1-under-par 71.
The Srixon Qualifier Series, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was held at the Diablo Grande. The tournament featured 83 boys and 17 girls — ages 12-18 — from nine states. The event was staged on the 6,919-yard, par-72 Legends West Course (Girls Division played at 5,858 yards).
Monaco put a good game together on Sunday. He made seven birdies on the day, including his final three holes. The 15-year-old knew what was needed to play his best.
“You needed to hit the ball in the right spot,” said Monaco. “If you didn't, it was ugly. But luckily, I hit it well and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”
Monaco will take advantage of the AJGA's Opt Out Policy. This allows him to add one tournament exemption to his AJGA performance based entry status, instead of playing in the PING Junior at Diablo Grande later this week.
Others who qualified and will play in the tournament this week include Aaron Smith of Westlake Village, Calif., Peter Singh of Hollister, Calif., Joseph Harrison of Boulder City, Nev., Heejoo Son of Torrance, Calif., Jeffrey Kang of Los Angeles, Brendan Thomas of Westlake Village, Calif., Jimmy Cacho of Fairfield, Calif., Christopher M. Lee of Los Angeles, Kent McDowell of Escondido, Calif., Kenny Roberts of Seal Beach, Calif., Jay Wood of Napa, Calif., Bryant Williams of Orinda, Calif., Scott Daley of Woodland, Calif., Jeffrey Hamm of Danville, Calif., Teddy Schrier of Merced, Calif., Ryan Hoskins of Scottsdale, Ariz., Daniel Watase of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Ross Hutchason of Apple Valley, Calif., Eric Pitcaithley of Pleasanton, Calif., Acer Chen of Walnut, Calif., Danny Cacho of Fairfield, Calif., Tim Lo of Los Angeles, and Max Bonk of Kamuela, Hawaii.
In the Girls Division, Kim echoed the sentiments of Monaco concerning the play on the course.
“Basically, you just need to put it in the fairway and on the green,” stated the 15-year-old. “After that it was two putts and you were good to go.”
Yim knew that the heat would play a part in her round today.
“Sometimes I couldn't even think straight anymore,” said Yim. “I would be carrying my driver and think to myself, ‘Just hit the ball.'”
The co-medalists this week will be joined by Taylor Lee of Lafayette, Calif., Nicole Ferrero of Lodi, Calif., and Ashley Johnson of Bellflower, Calif., all who qualified and will play in the tournament this week.
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First-round tee times for the PING Junior at Diablo Grande will begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at the Diablo Grande Legends West Course.
For more information about the PING Junior at Diablo Grande, contact tournament headquarters at (209) 892-3968 ext. 206.