— Michael Moorhead of Newport
, signed for the
only sub-par round in the Boys Division for medalist honors at The Legend at
Bergamont. In the Girls Division, Natalie Schmett of Evansville,
, fired a 3-over-par 75 to medal in the
Qualifier for the
McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends.
Conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier for the McArthur Towel & Sports Future
Legends was an 18-hole stroke play event held at The Legend at Bergamont. The qualifier
field featured 66 boys and eight girls, ages 13-18, from 14 states, Canada
The Boys Division played the par-72 layout at 7,028 yards, while the Girls
Division played the course at 6,052 yards.
Typically held the day prior to
AJGA Open tournaments, 18-hole K12
Qualifiers give juniors an
opportunity to "play their way in" to each coinciding AJGA tournament
or build their AJGA Performance Based Entry status. In all, 13 boys and five
girls advanced from the K12
Qualifier and have the opportunity to
play in the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends, in which first-round play begins Wednesday,
July 15. The K12
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juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
opened with a double bogey at his first hole, the par-5 fifth, before recording
five birdies over his next eight holes en route to a 2-under-par 34 on the back
nine. He continued his steady play on his final four holes on the front nine
and carded a 2-under-par 70 to surpass the field by two shots.
“I didn’t play too well last week
in my last AJGA event,” Moorhead
said. “Now I have some confidence going in knowing the course. Hopefully I’ll
Carding a 75 or lower to qualify,
but opting to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this
week’s event, were Steven Petchenik of Glenview, Ill., Jordan Niebrugge of
Mequon, Wis., Luke Waggoner of Crystal Lake, Ill., Austin Rendell of Winnetka,
Ill., and Nate Strigenz of Fond du Lac, Wis.
Joining Moorhead in the McArthur
Towel & Sports Future Legends are Carter Marsh of Cadillac, Mich., John
Pechan of Seattle, Matthew Haller of Winnetka, Ill., Jonathan Garrick of
Atherton, Calif., Matthew Ross of Hartland, Wis., William Wright of Winnetka,
Ill., Jack McKinney of Big Bend, Wis., Charlie Danielson of Osceola, Wis., Matt
Garrison of Reedsburg, Wis., Praditya Wirjawan of Jakarta, Indonesia, Elliot
Horst of Rockford, Ill., and Wes Bowman of Fishers, Ind.
Schmett recorded two birdies in her
round, including one at the par-4 second to erase a bogey at her first hole. She
attributed her solid play to hitting her irons well.
“I just wanted to play kind of
conservative,” Schmett said. “I didn’t want to do anything too crazy out there.
The greens were fast so you had to stay below the hole.”
Also qualifying in the Girls
Division are Aaren Ziegler of Canby, Ore., Kaela Klune of Itasca, Ill., Katie
Purcell of Ames, Iowa, and Lauren Dawson of Flossmoor, Ill.
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