BRITT FIRES 4-UNDER-PAR 66 TO CLAIM MEDALIST HONORS IN GIRLS DIVISION
Gullberg leads Boys Division, medals in K12 Qualifier
SPRING HILL, Tenn. — Carding the low round of the day, Jordan Britt of Chattanooga, Tenn., registered a 4-under-par 66 Sunday to medal in the Girls Division of the K12 Qualifier for the AJGA Southeast Junior Open. In the Boys Division, John Gullberg of Franksville, Wis., carded a 1-under-par 69 to lead the field and garner medalist honors.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier for the AJGA Southeast Junior Open was an 18-hole stroke play event held at King's Creek Golf Club. The qualifier field featured 74 boys and 19 girls, ages 12-18, from 21 states. The Boys Division played the par-70 layout at 6,648 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 5,668 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, 12 boys and four girls advanced from the K12 Qualifier and have the opportunity to play in the AJGA Southeast Junior Open, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 4. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
In the Girls Division, Britt registered four birdies on the day to finish with nines of 32-34, four strokes ahead of the field. While an eagle on the par-5, 16th highlighted Britt's round, the 2010 graduated said it was the hole she was most apprehensive about after missing the green during her practice round the day before.
“The last thought I had before that shot was ‘this is probably a really stupid idea,'” Britt said. “But I couldn't have hit a better shot. I managed to stick it and then make the putt for eagle. It felt pretty good.”
Opting to play in the AJGA Southeast Junior Open, Britt will be joined by fellow qualifiers Abbie Horan of Antioch, Ill., Campbell Hunt of Marion, Ill., and Alice Lee Kwon of Buena Park, Calif.
Sarah Harris of Hermitage, Tenn., Jennifer Kim of Collierville, Tenn., and Alex Jasper of Clarksville, Tenn., also qualified, but chose to take AJGA Tournament Exemptions in lieu of playing in this week's event.
It was Gullberg who came out ahead of the field in the Boys Division after carding five birdies on the day. While his nines of 33-36 were good enough to claim medalist honors, Gullberg said trouble with his putter early in the day almost left him out of luck.
“I was struggling with my putter in the beginning; I was three over through five,” Gullberg said. “As the round went on though, they started to fall. After that I just put the ball in play off the tee and made some good putts.”
Gullberg chose to opt out of this week's field, as did Cole Graham of Birmingham, Ala., Kory Webb of Knoxville, Tenn., Michael Molnar of Gibsonia, Pa., Michael Garretson of Acworth, Ga., and David Novinger of Knoxville, Tenn.
Playing in the Boys Division this week will be Nick Willenborg of Knoxville, Tenn., Mason Griffin of Kingston, Tenn., Gavin Shellnut of Franklin, Tenn., Blake Burgett of Nashville, Tenn., Johnny Pak of Chesterfield, Mo., Collin Holmes of Avon Lake, Ohio, Matthew Belling of Birmingham, Ala., Brendon Caballero of Brentwood, Tenn., Phillip Brol of Hampton Cove, Ala., Richard Hubbard of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Cole Parrish of Nashville, Tenn., and Max Markley of Lookout Mountain, Ga.
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