LAS VEGAS JUNIOR OPEN
PRESENTED BY THE PACEMAKER

K12 Qualifier Series
Anthem Country Club
Henderson, Nev. • June 7, 2009
 

CHEN CATCHES FIRE AT ANGEL PARK GOLF CLUB SHOOTS 5-UNDER-PAR 66 TO CLAIM MEDALIST HONORS
Lee takes medalist honors in the Girls Division after shooting 1-under-par 70

LAS VEGAS - Jason Chen of Brea, Calif., shot a 5-under-par 66 to earn medalist honors in the Boys Division at the K12 Qualifier for the Las Vegas Junior Open presented by The Pacemaker. Katie Lee of Silverdale, Wash., took medalist honors by five strokes after shooting a 1-under-par 70.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K¹² Qualifier for the Las Vegas Junior Open presented by The Pacemaker was an 18-hole stroke play event held at the Angel Park Golf Club — Mountain Course. The tournament field featured 76 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from ten states Canada and Mexico. The Boys Division played the par-71 course at 6,682, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,033 yards.

Chen started off hot and never cooled down recording 4 birdies on the front nine to shoot 4-under-par 31. He came home at 1-under-par 35 to finish the day at 5-under-par 66. His nearest competitor was five strokes back. He only had 22 putts on the day, but didn't realize how hot his putter really was.

“I didn't notice it was hot for a few holes,” Chen said, who opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event. “Towards the end of the round I started looking back and realized that I had made a ton of putts.”

The 12 qualifiers that filled the Boys Division field were Tyler Torano of Chula Vista, Calif., Tanner Jenson of Parker, Colo., Taylor Montgomery of Henderson, Nev., Brandon Hortt of San Diego., Dustin Dalzell of Scottsdale, Ariz., Michael Coopman of Park City, Utah, Juan Espiga of Katy, Texas, Jerry Ruiz of Puebla, Mexico, Matthew Borja of Spring Valley, Calif., Crescencio Ancheta III of Lancaster, Calif., Wesley Wexner of Parkland, Fla., and Nikko Grau of Vail, Ariz.

Qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Alfred Castro of La Quinta, Calif., Brian Kyunguk Song of Beverly Hills, Calif., Saejin Hyun of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Kurt Obenauer of Vista, Calif., Pete Fernandez Jr. of Bakersfield, Calif., Tyler Spitler of Las Vegas, Andrew Welch of Phoenix, Xander Schauffele of San Diego, Mo Bardovi of Monte Nido, Calif., and Kyle Knapp of Temecula, Calif.

Playing in only her second AJGA qualifier Lee managed to take home medalist honors in the Girls Division. She played a steady round of golf, recording birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 10. She had high expectations coming into the qualifier and had something to prove.

“I was really nervous because we came a long way to play in this event,” Lee said, who opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event. “I wanted to show my mom and dad that I could do it.”

The three qualifiers that filled the Girls Division field were Taylor Yoshitake of Westchester, Calif., Rachel Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Kaitlen Parsons of Greenacres, Wash.

Qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Taylor Camany of Salinas, Calif., Monica Umpant of Cerritos, Calif., and Rebecca Schneider of Cave Creek, Ariz.

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First-round tee times for the Las Vegas Junior Open presented by The Pacemaker will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Tuesday at the Anthem Country Club. For more information, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 315-3446.

 
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