SPRINGER AND BLIWAS SHARE MEDALIST HONORS AT MEMORIAL JUNIOR
Michelle Park medals in Girls Division
DELAWARE, Ohio β Alex Springer of Anthem, Ariz., and Adam Bliwas of Upper Arlington, Ohio, fired 2-under-par rounds of 69 to share medalist honors in the Boys Division at the Srixon Qualifier of the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card. Michelle Park of Los Angeles, tallied a 76 to medal in the Girls Division.
The Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 boys and 15 girls β ages 12 to 18 β competing for a total of 19 spots in this week's championship field. Dornoch Golf Club hosted the event and also will host the championship for the first time.
Bliwas rallied from a double-bogey on his second hole with birdies on four of his next five holes, propelling him to the top spot in the Boys Division.
βThis is my last junior tournament, so I would have taken just qualifying,β said Bliwas, who will be attending the University of Colorado in the fall. βIt means a lot to me to get my first tournament win in my last event.β
In addition to Bliwas, 14 players will join him and complete the championship field, including seven top-10 finishers: Ben Black of Frankenmuth, Mich., shot 70, one of three sub-par rounds; Michael Cress of Dublin, Ohio, at 71; Ryan Hocker of Prospect, Ky., at 72; Bryan Sheridan of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Corey Welch of Floyds Knobs, Ind., at 73; and Andrew Rickard of New Castle, Pa., and Robert Gleixner of Greenwood, Ind., at 74. Samuel Johnson of Goshen, Ky., Brian Sparks of Shelby Twp., Mich., Alex Zeoli of Rochester Hills, Mich., Nathan Wine of Fort Wayne, Ind., Kevin Reeves of Columbus, Ohio, Robert Harman of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Reed Black of Frankenmuth, Mich., complete the list of Boys Division qualifiers.
Co-medalist Springer relied on consistency in his round of 69. With five birdies on the day, the first-time Srixon Qualifier medalist said the event built his confidence.
βIt gives me some hope,β Springer said. βPlaying well here means I have what it takes to play well in AJGA events.β
Springer and four other players in the top 15 opted out of this week's event, accepting a tournament exemption in place of a qualifying position: Chase Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Scott Hockemeyer of Indianapolis, Ind., Payne Gniewek of Trenton, Mich., and Max Do of Lakewood, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Park used pars to advance to the championship and earn Srixon Qualifier medalist honors for the second time.
βI learned where I need to hit the ball,β Park said. βI'm confident because I think I can do well and I know how to avoid trouble.β
Park leads the four qualifiers earning spots in the Girls Division championship field. Meghna Bal of Wesley Chapel, Fla., shot a 77 and finished second, while Megan Curran of Dublin, Ohio, and Kelly Butler of Centerburg, Ohio, complete the qualifier list in the Girls Division.
Christina Thomas of Rocky River, Ohio, was the only top-four finisher who chose to accept a tournament exemption in place of qualifying for this week's event.
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The 54-hole championship begins on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with tee-times running from 7:00-11:57 a.m. For more information on the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card, please contact Tournament Director Randi Reed at (770) 601-5196.
DELAWARE, Ohio β Srixon Qualifier results from the Memorial Junior Championship presented by Wendy's and Discover Card conducted by
the American Junior Golf Association at Dornoch Golf Club. Par: Boys: 35-36β71; Girls: 35-36β71. Yardage: Boys: 6,685; Girls: 5,904.
T1 Adam Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2005) 35-34β69
T1 # Alex Springer, Anthem, Ariz. (2007) 35-34β69
3 Ben Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2005) 35-35β70
T4 Michael Cress, Dublin, Ohio (2007) 38-33β71
T4 # Chase Williams, Columbus, Ohio (2008) 35-36β71
6 Ryan Hocker, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 35-37β72
T7 # Scott Hockemeyer, Indianapolis, Ind. (2006) 39-34β73
T7 Corey Welch, Floyds Knobs, Ind. (2006) 38-35β73
T7 Bryan Sheridan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2007) 39-34β73
T10 Robert Gleixner, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 37-37β74
T10 Andrew Rickard, New Castle, Pa. (2006) 37-37β74
T12 Samuel Johnson, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 36-39β75
T12 Brian Sparks, Shelby Twp., Mich. (2006) 37-38β75
T12 # Payne Gniewek, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 39-36β75
T12 Alex Zeoli, Rochester Hills, Mich. (2006) 37-38β75
T12 Nathan Wine, Fort Wayne, Ind. (2006) 36-39β75
T12 Kevin Reeves, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 38-37β75
T12 # Max Do, Lakewood, Calif. (2009) 41-34β75
T19 *Rob Caldwell, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 39-37β76
T19 Robert Harman, Perrysburg, Ohio (2006) 36-40β76
T19 *Sam LaMantia, Trenton, Mich. (2007) 36-40β76
T22 *Joseph Barr, Versailles, Ky. (2008) 38-39β77
T22 *Kyle Bates, Avon Lake, Ohio (2007) 40-37β77
T24 Reed Black, Frankenmuth, Mich. (2007) 39-39β78
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T24 David Brellenthin, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 37-41β78
T24 Andrew Phelps, Goshen, Ky. (2006) 41-37β78
T24 Jake Daly, Cincinnati, Ohio (2007) 37-41β78
T24 Paul VanDeventer, Celina, Ohio (2008) 40-38β78
T24 Cory Bradburn, Gahanna, Ohio (2005) 43-35β78
T24 Cody Johnson, Aurora, Ind. (2006) 38-40β78
T24 Kellen Erdman, Rocky River, Ohio (2007) 40-38β78
T24 Blair Webb, Avon, Ind. (2007) 42-36β78
T24 Scott Vasko, Westerville, Ohio (2006) 39-39β78
T34 John Burns, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 39-40β79
T34 Zachary Glassman, Highland Heights, Ohio (2007) 39-40β79
T34 Mark McLaughlin, Monroe, Mich. (2006) 38-41β79
T34 Brad Cieslinski, Natrona Heights, Pa. (2007) 42-37β79
T34 Joe Pelland, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 36-43β79
T34 Aaron Ebert, Huron, Ohio (2008) 38-41β79
T34 Zak Frognowski, Brunswick, Ohio (2006) 41-38β79
T34 Christopher Mathews, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 42-37β79
T34 J.D. Pascany, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 39-40β79
43 Kane Volsky, Cleveland, Ohio (2007) 43-37β80
44 Jarryd Lentz, Monroe, Ohio (2007) 40-41β81
T45 Tom Wimsatt II, Union, Ky. (2006) 42-40β82
T45 Jason Crow, Leipsic, Ohio (2007) 41-41β82
T45 Scott Schuitema, Muskegon, Mich. (2007) 43-39β82
T45 Micky Cicchinelli, Chicago, Ill. (2006) 45-37β82
T45 Michael Murray, White Lake, Mich. (2008) 42-40β82
T45 Paul Miller, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 44-38β82
T45 James Teskey, Carmel, Ind. (2007) 45-37β82
T52 Nicholas Sutter, Cincinnati, Ohio (2006) 42-41β83
T52 Derek Lancaster, Vandalia, Ohio (2006) 41-42β83
T52 Jason Glass, Whitehouse, Ohio (2006) 41-42β83
T52 Jay Dalgarn, III, Pataskala, Ohio (2006) 39-44β83
T52 Scott Blackburn, Westlake, Ohio (2006) 42-41β83
T52 Kevin Dunn, Prospect, Ky. (2006) 44-39β83
T52 Tyler Bice, Elida, Ohio (2007) 42-41β83
T52 Adam Hillsamer, Lafayette, Ind. (2007) 41-42β83
T60 Kevin Heitz, Louisville, Ky. (2006) 40-44β84
T60 Louis Lapos, Sheffield Vlg., Ohio (2007) 42-42β84
T62 Brent Porter, Nashville, Tenn. (2006) 43-42β85
T62 John Tara, Lake Bluff, Ill. (2007) 45-40β85
64 Brendan Gaughan, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 42-44β86
T65 Eric Fritz, Brecksville, Ohio (2007) 47-40β87
T65 Daniel Hurwitz, Chevy Chase, Md. (2006) 45-42β87
T65 Eric Carnacchi, Dearborn, Mich. (2007) 46-41β87
T68 Alex Praeger, Hawthorn Woods, Ill. (2007) 44-44β88
T68 Anthony Alessi, Findlay, Ohio (2007) 47-41β88
T68 Erik Hoops, Perrysburg, Ohio (2008) 45-43β88
T68 Brooks Price, Worthington, Ohio (2007) 44-44β88
T72 Zach Damron, Austin, Texas (2007) 44-45β89
T72 Patrick Duran, Westlake, Ohio (2008) 47-42β89
T72 Bobby Urso, Beverly Hills, Mich. (2007) 46-43β89
T72 Doug Underwood, Stow, Ohio (2007) 43-46β89
T72 Josh Lewis, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 48-41β89
77 John Krause, Hamburg, Mich. (2005) 49-41β90
78 Gregory Gerycz Jr., Twinsburg, Ohio (2006) 47-44β91
79 Marc Danneberger, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 47-50β97
Kevin Pikus, Strongsville, Ohio (2007) WD (Illness)
Anthony Bloomquist, Lima, Ohio (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Rennan Joo, Las Vegas, Nev. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Derek Adams, Lexington, Ky. (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Adam Kiminas, Worthington, Ohio (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
1 Michelle Park, Los Angeles, Calif. (2009) 39-37β76
2 Meghna Bal, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2006) 37-40β77
3 #Christina Thomas, Rocky River, Ohio (2006) 37-43β80
4 Megan Curran, Dublin, Ohio (2006) 40-41β81
5 *Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio (2007) 40-42β82
6 Kelly Butler, Centerburg, Ohio (2006) 45-39β84
FAILED TO QUALIFY
7 Colleen Lienesch, Centerville, Ohio (2006) 40-45β85
8 Allyson Burak, Willoughby, Ohio (2006) 42-44β86
9 Jackie Seem, Los Angeles, Calif. (2006) 47-41β88
10 Lauren Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 44-45β89
11 Kerri Dice, Allison Park, Pa. (2007) 43-47β90
12 Lauren Bliwas, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2007) 48-43β91
13 Nicole Hess, Upper Arlington, Ohio (2006) 48-47β95
14 Megan Clark, Columbus, Ohio (2007) 53-44β97
Kimberly Ericson, Cincinatti, Ohio (2005) WD (Illness)
# - Player opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
* - Player could not participate in this week's event.