AJGA SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR
University of New Mexico Golf Course
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 24, 2003
QUALIFIERS COMPLETE FIELD FOR AJGA SOUTHWESTERN
Californians steal show at qualifier
- Two Californians took top billing at Saturday's qualifying
tournament, to gain entry into the AJGA Southwestern Junior
Classic, scheduled for May 27-30.
Forty-nine juniors battled for eight Boys
Division spots and three Girls Division spots. The 11 juniors
complete a field of 99 players in the tournament conducted
by the American Junior Golf Association.
Ryan Dunham, of West Covina, Calif., won the
Boys Division by shooting a one-under-par 71. Ashley Childers,
of Menifee, Calif., fired a 77 to win the Girls Division.
Dunham opened his round on a high note, making
birdie on his opening hole, No. 13. The 17-year-old proceeded
to record four more birdies including a 60-foot putt on No.
"Everything went right," Dunham
said. "Some people have their days. So, (Saturday) was
mine, I guess."
Seven other qualifiers will join Dunham in
Wednesday's tournament. Chad Selzler, of Osceola, Wis., took
second with a 74; Robert Streb, of Edmond, Okla., finished
third with a 75. Shane Jonnsson, of Centennial, Colo., and
Tyler Darden, of Lubbock, Texas, tied for fourth with 76s.
Andrew Ok, of Grenada Hills, Calif., and Stephen Evans, of
Tulsa, Okla., shot 77 to qualify.
Kent Yamane, of San Jose, Calif., garnered
the eighth and final qualifier spot by winning the first playoff
hole. Yamane, who shot a 78, buried a 35-foot birdie putt
to edge out Stephen Cox, of Jonesboro, Ark.
Childers birdied her second hole to rebound
from a three-putt bogey on the first hole. Childers, who also
birdied the 17th, said her round pleased her.
"It was pretty good," Childers said.
"My practice round wasn't too good because my putting
was off, but my putting was awesome (Saturday)."
Two other girls shot under 80 and qualified
for the tournament. Giselle Claux, of Lima, Peru, finished\\
second, shooting a 78, and Alexandra Phelps, of Albuquerque,
N.M., took third with 79.
The AJGA Southwestern Junior Classic is a
54-hole, stroke play tournament being played at the Isleta
Eagle Golf Course that begins Wednesday. For more information,
contact the AJGA at (770) 601-8922.