K12 Qualifier Series
Dedham Country & Polo Club
Dedham, Mass. • July 19, 2009

Hershberger edges out competition to win Girls Division at Acushnet River Valley Golf Course

ACUSHNET, Mass. — Peter Cahill of Wellesley, Mass., took the Boys Division title in Sunday's K12 Qualifier with a 3-under-par 68. Cahill has chosen to play in this week's Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out. In the Girls Division, Alexandra Hershberger of Basking Ridge, N.J., medaled with a score of 10-over-par 81 and earned herself a tournament exemption.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Acushnet River Valley Golf Course in Acushnet, Massachusetts. The field featured 92 boys and 7 girls, ages 12-18, from 13 states and Indonesia. The par-71 course was played at 6,525 yards in the Boys Division and 5,861 yards in the Girls Division. K¹² 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 K¹² Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.

Cahill, who hit 13 fairways in regulation and only had 25 putts in Sunday's round has been working solely on his putting in the last couple of weeks and thinks that was a big factor in today's round.

“My putting was great and I was 3-under-par after my first six holes,” Cahill said. “I kept the ball in play which gave me a lot of good looks and whenever I had a wedge in my hand I knew I would have a good chance at birdie. If I can keep my solid game going there is no reason I can't play well in Dedham this week.”

Also qualifying in the Boys Division were Scott Hellmuth of Charlotte, N.C., at even-par 71; Andrew DeForest of Cottekill, N.Y., at 1-over-par 72; Jack Maerki of Brightwaters, N.Y., Yong Jin Wang of Mahwah, N.J., Ryan Lally of Beverly, Mass., Johnathan Greb of Weston, Mass., and Sean Gaudette of South Hadley, Mass., at 1-over-par 73; Nicholas Torrance of East Lyme, Conn., Shane Malloy of Rye, N.Y., Brodie Stone of Concord, Mass., and Max Cahn of Nyack, N.Y., at 2-over-par 74.

Boys opting to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing this event were Westen Koorbusch of Darien, Conn., at 1-under-par 70; Adam Goldstein of Newton, Mass., at even-par 71; Jason Steele of Georgetown, Mass., at 1-over-par 72; and Xander McDonald-Smith of Rockaway Park, N.Y., at 2-over-par 73.

Hershberger counted on her long distance shots to hold her game together and earn her the victory.

“The greens here are different than I'm used to so it was tough adapting to the approach and chip shots I had,” Hershberger said. “My drives were mostly in the fairways which definitely makes it easier. I have been hitting my woods well and that helped me on the par-5s where I was able to hit wedge shots instead of long iron shots.”

Also qualifying in the Girls Division were Cassandra Tavolarella of Vero Beach, Fla., at 11-over-par 82; Alison Eleey of Quincy, Mass., at 12-over-par 83; and Regan Simeone of Milton, Mass., at 13-over-par 84.

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First round tee times for the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 off the No. 1 tee at Dedham Country & Polo Club. For more information contact Tournament Headquarters at 781-326-3090 ext. 16.

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