RINGGOLD TELEPHONE COMPANY
JUNIOR CLASSIC QUALIFIER
Windstone Golf Club
June 8-12, 2003
BRANDON FIRES 66 TO LEAD
Lawrence qualifies for her first AJGA event
- After bogeying only one hole, Seth Brandon blasted a 4-under-par
66 Sunday to head up the Boys Division qualifiers for the
Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic Qualifier, held
Sunday at the par-70 Windstone Golf Club. Liebelei Lawrence
from Bradenton, Fla., carded a 4-over-par 74 for the low score
in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ringgold
Telephone Company Junior Classic Qualifier featured 75 players,
64 boys and 11 girls ages 13-18 from 14 states and the Bahamas.
"I putted really solid, and never missed a fairway,"
said 16-year-old Brandon. "Hopefully, I do the same thing
during the tournament."
Brandon of Dalton, Ga., who also qualified for the TaylorMade-adidas
Golf Junior at Chateau Elan, credits his five birdies for
his medalist finish. Brandon led with a 1-stoke advantage
over Thomas Bethel of Nassau, Bahamas.
Other qualifiers include Thomas Sholes of Gainesville, Ga.,
and Chase MacFarland of Savanahh, Ga., at 1-under-par 69,
Michael Woods of Knoxville, Tenn., and Youngmin Cha, of Wesley
Chapel, Fla., at 2-over-par 72, Peter Yoo of Norcross, Ga.,
and Colby Witwer of Duluth, Ga., at 73, and rounding out the
qualifiers after a one-hole sudden death playoff are Tom Bittner,
Jr., of Atlanta Ga., and Carlos Sainz of Elgin, Ill., with
a 4-over-par 74.
In the Girls Division, Lawrence had back-to-back birdies on
both the front nine and back nine, which lent a hand in her
Lawrence said she was a little overwhelmed, but "I played
"I knew if I played my game, I would do well," said
the 16-year-old. "My goal for the tournament is to break
par, and have fun with my first AJGA tournament."
Other qualifiers in the Girls Division include Ashley Parrott
of Johnson City, Tenn., at 5-over-par 75, and tied for third
at 76 is Taylor Deimantas, of Greenville, N.C., and Candace
Schepperle, of Hoover, Ala.
The Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic features 99
players from 22 states, including 24 from the state of Georgia.
First round of the 54-hole event will begin on Tuesday at
Windstone Golf Club at 7 a.m.
For more information on the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior
Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (706) 935-4355.