AJGA NATIONAL QUALIFIER
Château Élan Resort - Château Course
Braselton, Ga. • May 26 - 28
BUSE, SARGENT, WELDEN SHARE MEDALIST AT AJGA NATIONAL QUALIFIER
BRASELTON, Ga. — Matt Buse of Loveland, Ohio, Chase Sargent of Orlando, Fla., and John Welden of Pilot Mountain, N.C. shared the medalist position at the AJGA National Qualifier Monday at Chateau Elan, all with two-day scores of 2-under-par 140. Haley Millsap of Pace, Fla., was the Girls Division medalist with a two-day total of 3-over-par 145.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA National Qualifier was a 36-hole stroke play event featuring a 72-player field. The event was staged on the Chateau Course at Chateau Elan with the Boys yardage at 6,779 and the Girls at 5,986 yards.
Sargent came from three strokes back after the first round to earn a share of the medalist honors. He recorded a tournament-low, 3-under-par 68 Monday, making a birdie on the last hole to seal a share of the lead.
“I knew I was three shots back starting the day and I figured the leaders were going to be around par at the end of the round,” Sargent said. “I sank three birdies in the last five holes and knew that I had to in order to have a shot. I'm glad it worked out.”
Buse finished the first round in a tie for the lead at 2-under-par 69. He finished Monday's round at even-par with a chip-in birdie on the 18th green.
Welden started play on Monday two shots back in third place at even-par 71. Welden carded five birdies and three bogeys to finish at 2-under-par 69 on the day and 2-under-par for the tournament.
Stefan Brewer of Charlotte, N.C., took fourth place at even-par 142 and Daniel Brown of Memphis Tenn., and Blake Olson of Pensacola, Fla., tied for fifth place at 1-over-par 143.
Millsap was in a four-way tie for the lead after the first day of competition at 1-over-par 72 and it was Monday's consistent play that kept her name atop the leaderboard. She finished the last round with a 2-over-par 73, one stroke ahead of the field for the tournament.
“It was basically the short game that saved me the whole weekend,” Millsap said. “I wasn't hitting my irons very well, but my short game was good enough all weekend to help me win.”
Brittany Mai of Poway, Calif., finished with a two-day total of 146 for second place in the Girls Division. Tied for third place were Lauren Stratton of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Courtney McKim of Raleigh N.C. at 8-over-par 150.
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