CARDS 4-UNDER-PAR 68 TO MEDAL IN BLUFFTON
Inoue leads Girls Division
with 4-over-par 76
BLUFFTON, S.C. — Coley Davis
of Bluffton, S.C.,
fired a 4-under-par 68 Sunday to lead the field by one stroke and claim medalist
honors in the K12 Qualifier for the Heritage Junior Championship. Noriko
Inoue, also of Bluffton, S.C.,
carded a 4-over-par 76 in her second AJGA event to medal in the Girls Division
and qualify for this week’s tournament.
Conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier for the Heritage Junior Championship was an
18-hole stroke play event held at Berkeley Hall – South Course. The qualifier
field featured 77 boys and seven girls, ages 14-18, from 12 states and Argentina.
The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 6,924 yards, while the Girls
Division played the course at 6,056 yards. Ką˛ Qualifiers give juniors an
opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open
tournaments or earn a Tournament Exemption or Performance Star for a future
event. The Ką˛ Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at
approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
After beginning his round with
bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11, Davis
fired back, carding four birdies in a row, later adding two more to bring his
total to six on the day. The Heritage Junior Championship will be the Bluffton
native’s second AJGA event after playing in the tournament a year ago. He said
his familiarity with the course helped him through his round and would aid him
in the coming week.
“I like the Berkeley Hall course a lot, it
really suits my game,” Davis said.
“I was able to shape shots when I needed to today, and my irons and short game
Joining Davis in the tournament
this week will be Jack Howard of Cartersville, Ga., Zachary Grossman of
Charleston, S.C., J. Forrest Riddle of Greenville, S.C., Alex Perkins of
Jacksonville, Fla., Christian Humber of Fayetteville, Ga., Chenxiao Duan and
Yinchi Liu of Bradenton, Fla., Preston Flick of Douglasville, Ga., Tobias
Lacruz of Pilar, Argentina, Matthew Mierzejewski of Cumming, Ga., J.B. Suk of
Hilton Head Island, S.C., and George Perkovich of Blacksburg, Va.
Qualifying in the Boys Division,
but choosing to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week’s
event are Thomas Stewart of St. Augustine, Fla., Brant Patton of Evans, Ga.,
Scott Simpson of Morrison, Ill., Kyle Arakelian of Raleigh, N.C., Scott Wolfes
of St. Simons Island, Ga., Edward Waller of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Travis
Williamson of Brunswick, Ga., Ross Slaughter of Clemmons, N.C., and Joe Maziar
In the Girls Division, Inoue carded
39-37 on the front and back nines, respectively, en route to a 2-stroke victory
and a spot in this week’s tournament field. The 16-year-old said she wasn’t
satisfied with her round, but hoped to improve in the coming rounds.
“I was hitting my irons pretty well
today, but I need to practice my short game because my putting was pretty bad
today,” Inoue said. “I’m really excited about qualifying for the tournament; I
really wanted to play this week so I’m very happy.”
Also qualifying for the Heritage
Junior Championship are Yingzhou Yun of Hilton Head Island,
S.C., Courtney Boe, and Heather Wiquist, both
of Bluffton, S.C.
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The American Junior Golf
Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall
growth and 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 50 states and more than 30 foreign
Titleist, the AJGA's National
Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's
success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA,
which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier
Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became
the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top
of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors
currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.
For more information about the Heritage Junior
Championship, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (843) 815-9304.