CAVELTI TAKES HOME MEDALIST HONORS AT THE AJGA JUNIOR AT WENATCHEE
Santiago earns medalist honors in the Girls Division
EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. — Matt Cavelti of West Vancouver, British Columbia, shot a 3-under-par 69 to earn medalist honors at the Ką˛ Qualifier for the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee. Kimberly Santiago of Lynnwood, Wash., took home medalist honors in the Girls Division after she shot 3-over-par 75.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier for AJGA Junior at Wenatchee was 18-hole stroke play event being held at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. The tournament field featured 42 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from nine states and Canada. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course from 6,363 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,980 yards.
Typically held the day prior to AJGA Open tournaments, 18-hole Ką˛ 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 three girls advanced from the Ką˛ Qualifier and will play in the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee, which begins Tuesday, August 11. The Ką˛ Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events
Playing in his first ever AJGA event, Cavelti came out on top after shooting a 3-under-par 69. He played solid recording five birdies on the day on Nos. 1, 4, 5, 13 and 14. Despite the short, tight course he played aggressive all day hitting driver on almost every hole.
“I always hit driver, it's the straightest club in my bag,” Cavelti said. “I hit almost every fairway out there even though some of the holes are really tight.”
Also joining Cavelti in the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee in the Boys Division were Jeff Moeser of Santa Ana, Calif., Scott Hayashi of Kailua, Hawaii, Parker Middleton of Phoenix, Jun Ho Lee of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, James Fahy of Vancouver, British Columbia, Tim Graham of Hillsboro, Ore., Bobby Griffin of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Owen Taylor of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Nick Larson of San Diego, Minwoo Park of Tieton, Wash., Dalan Refioglu of Foster City, Calif., and Michael Coopman of Park City, Utah.
Opting to take one AJGA Tournament Expemption in lieu of playing week's event were Ryan Books of Seattle, David Won of Bothell, Wash., Taylor Patridge of San Diego, Brandon Hill of Mukilteo, Wash., Chris Babcock of Shoreline, Wash., Charlie Kern of Mercer Island, Wash., and Grant Natori of Honolulu.
Santiago started the day off on the right foot after she birdied the 160 yard par-3 6th. She fired a 3-over-par 75 to take home medalist honors in the Girls Division. She played steady all day hitting almost every fairway and attributed her round to staying focused.
“It was an up and down day,” Santiago said. “I just kept my focus out there and tried to play as best as I could.”
Stacey Blunt of Federal Way, Wash., Catherina Li of Kent, Wash., and Sharon Shin of West Linn, Ore., will be joining the Girls Division in the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee.
Opting to take one AJGA Tournament Exemptions in lieu of playing in this week's event were Santiago, Chelsea Saelee of Seattle and Jordan Ferreira of University Place, Wash.
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First-round tee times for the AJGA Junior at Wenatchee will run from 7 a.m. — 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 Tuesday at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. For more information, please contact the Tournament Director, Sean Riley, at (678) 617-2420.