PLATT, LIM TAKE HOME TOP HONORS AT OAK VALLEY GOLF CLUB
Lee fires low round in Girls Division at TomatoBank Southern California Classic Srixon Qualifier Series
BEAUMONT, Calif. — Kevin Lim of Fullerton, Calif., and Niall Platt of Santa Barbara, Calif. medaled in the Boys Division at the TomatoBank Southern California Classic Srixon Qualifier Sunday with scores of 3-under-par 69. In the Girls Division, Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., took the top spot at 2-over-par 74. .
The TomatoBank Southern California Classic Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 80 boys and 20 girls ages 12-18 playing for admittance into the TomatoBank Southern California Classic. The event was staged on the par-72 Oak Valley Golf Club with boys tees set at 6,894 yards and girls tees at 6,079 yards.
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Lim said he felt his game was very consistent today. Hitting 15 greens and carding four birdies, Lee gave the credit for his 3-under-par 69 to his iron shots.
“My iron shots really saved me today,” Lee said. “I was able to stick them close to the pin and that helped since my putting was not the best today. Overall, it was a good day, though.”
Platt said his goal for Sunday's Qualifier was to simply shoot even-par and earn a Tournament Exemption. Not only did he reach his goal, but he carded three shots better then planned with the help of three birdies and an eagle.
“I was very consistent in my round today,” Platt said. “I made eagle on No. 9 by sinking a 20-foot putt that boosted my confidence for the rest of the round.”
Joining Lim in qualifying for the event were Jeffery Stevens of Del Mar, Calif., Julian Ramirez of Brea, Calif., Corey Lind of Saugus, Calif., Jay Lim of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., Yi Keun Chang of Walnut, Calif., Christopher Anderson of Culver City, Calif., and Jordan Lee of Tarzana, Calif.
Although he qualified for the championship, Platt chose to take one Tournament Exemption to be used at a later date. Also choosing to take one Exemption in lieu of playing were Josh Hurst of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Anthony Kim of Cerritos, Calif., William Byun of Beverly Hills, Calif., Mason Field of Santa Barbara, Calif., Nick Thomas of Westlake Village, Calif., Marshall Colby of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Dakota Duerr of Murrieta, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Lee carded three birdies on the front nine on her way to earning medalist honors and said she is looking forward to playing in the event.
“I really am excited to see the competition this week,” Lee said. “It will be interesting to see how I measure up to the other girls.”
Also qualifying to play in the TomatoBank Southern California Classic were Mayko Chwen Wang of Taipei, Taiwan, Jennifer Hahn of Henderson, Nev., Desiree Dubreuil of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Grace Nam of Canyon Country, Calif.
Marika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif., Ji In Park of Cupertino, Calif., Michele Chun of Ontario, Calif., and Brittany Mai of Poway, Calif., all qualified for the tournament, but decided to take one Tournament Exemption for another event.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth an development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
The TomatoBank Southern California Classic will begin Tuesday with 7 a.m. tee times off Nos. 1 and 10 tees.
For more information about the TomatoBank Southern California Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (951) 769-7200.