GRAHAM MEDALS AT THE WOODWARD VIDEO JUNIOR AT THE GREENBRIER QUALIFIER
Breed takes honors in the Girls Division at The Greenbrier
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Bradley Graham, 17, of St. Catharines, Ontario, carded a 1-under-par 70 for the only under-par round of the tournament and medalist honors in the Boys Division in Thursday's Qualifier to earn a spot in the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier. Elizabeth Breed, 16, of Waynesboro, Pa., carded a 7-over-par 78 to medal in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 18-hole stroke-play Qualifier featured players from 14 states and Canada. Fifty boys and five girls — ages 12-18 — tried to "play their way in" to the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier or build their status within the AJGA's Performance Based Entry system. Thursday's Qualifier gave 13 boys and four girls the opportunity to play in the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier, which begins Friday, August 29.
Graham's under-par efforts came amid weather that was less that pleasurable but he said the elements were not a factor.
“I kind of like the misty stuff. It's different from the humidity in Canada. It's cool,” Graham said.
Graham carded four birdies during his round on Nos. 5, 7, 10, and 12 and said his ball striking was on target for the day.
“I putted well today,” Graham said. “I was able to hit a lot of greens which set me up for some good putts.”
Thirteen boys also qualified for the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier. They were: Michael Broft of Spring City, Pa., Richard Dearinger of Chapel Hill, N.C., Joseph Curley of Vienna, Va., Matthew Sizemore of Richmond, Va., Chris DiMaio of Morristown, N.J., Matt Fry of Bel Air, Md., Eric Steinberg of Somerset, N.J., David Denlinger of Lancaster, Pa., Hank Hanegraaff Jr., of Waxhaw, N.C., John Davies of Rye, N.Y., Jason Sugarman of Syosset, N.Y., and Justin Riley of Haymarket, Va.
In the Girls Division, Breed came into the event just looking to play well.
“I did not really expect anything,” Breed said. “I knew I could play well and I just didn't want to give it too much more thought.”
As for her play, Breed said her short game is what got her through.
“I only hit wedges to the greens today,” Breed said. “So I took advantage of that and got up and down to save par.”
Also qualifying in for the tournament were Hannah Kim of River Edge, N.J., Lisa Agoglia of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Sindy Lee of McLean, Va.
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The opening round of the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier is Saturday, August 30 with tee times running off the first tee from 7:30 a.m. — 12:18 p.m. at The Greenbrier — Meadows Course. For more information about the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier, please contact Tournament Director Adam Johnson at (678) 485-1135.