LOVE WINS MEDALIST HONORS AT Ką˛ QUALIFIER FOR CHARLES HOWELL III JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Kim wins Girls Division by wide margin
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sam Love of Trussville, Ala., shot a 4-under-par 68 and escaped with a 1-stroke victory to medal at the Ką˛ Qualifier for the Charles Howell III Junior Championship. Anna Kim of Chandler, Ariz., shot a 1-over-par 74 and cruised to a 7-stroke win in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier for the Charles Howell III Junior Championship was an 18-hole stroke play event held at West Lake Country Club in Augusta, Ga. The field featured 81 boys and 10 girls, ages 12-18, from 14 states and Indonesia. The Boys Division played the par-72 West Lake Country Club course at 6,684 yards, and the Girls Division played the course at 5,964 yards, par-73. 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 starting on No. 11 during Sunday's shotgun, Love was 3-over-par through seven holes. However, he quickly turned things around as he made the turn.
He made a birdie on No. 18 to jump-start his return to red numbers and followed it up with a solid par on No. 1. Then, on No. 2, a 483-yard par-5, he made eagle.
“I got back to even-par and I had a bunch of holes left to go,” Love said. “I started to feel it could be a good round.”
Love found three more birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 9 en route to shooting a 5-under-par 31 on the traditional front nine.
Also qualifying in the Boys Division for the Charles Howell III Junior Championship were Caleb Morris of Metter, Ga., Robert Robertson of Evans, Ga., Trey Rule of West Palm Beach, Fla., Dylan Lyons of Evans, Ga., Kyle Wilshire of Georgetown, Ky., Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Ga., Andrew McCracken of Virginia Beach, Va., Chandler Machemehl of Duluth, Ga., and Tyler Sluman of Sarasota, Fla. Qualifying via sudden-death playoff were Hamilton Harbin of Augusta, Ga., Tyler Crump of Kennesaw, Ga., and Ross Slaughter of Clemmons, N.C.
Boys opting to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Shawn McKinney of Columbia, S.C., Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., Joshua Chay of Greer, S.C., Ethan Lambert of Rome, Ga., and Ricky Moore of Dacula, Ga.
In the Girls Division, it was 9-irons and wedges that led to medalist honors for Kim, who shot a 1-over-par 74.
“I didn't putt very well today,” Kim said. “But my iron shots and drives were okay, so I kept making good pars.”
Kim was elated that she finished strongly. In her words she was just, “a bit more relaxed today.” She'll have less time to relax now, as the first round begins Tuesday.
Also qualifying in the Girls Division for the Charles Howell III Junior Championship were Laura Kanouse of Boca Raton, Fla., and Sarah Harrison of Martinez, Ga.
Opting to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this week's event were Taelor Rubin of Raleigh, N.C., Alexandra Perez of Miami, and Kaitlin Matheson of Easley, S.C.
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First-round tee times for the Charles Howell III Junior Championship will run from 7:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at West Lake Country Club. For more information, please call Tournament Headquarters at (706) 863-3803 ext. 290.