/ LAWRENCE HALL JUNIOR QUALIFIER
Tangle Oaks Golf Club
July 13, 2003
DEHAY LEADS BOYS QUALIFIERS WITH 4-UNDER-PAR
Howard, Dernick, Tomerlin and Elmer qualify in Girls Division
HAWLEY, Texas - Fourteen boys and four girls gained
entry into the Abilene Reporter-News / Lawrence Hall Junior
Sunday through a qualifying round at the Tangle Oaks Golf
Club. The field consisted of 89 juniors, 77 boys and 12 girls.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Abilene
Reporter-News / Lawrence Hall Junior will take place July
14-17 at Abilene Country Club. The three-round event will
feature a 120-player field, 99 boys and 21 girls, with 101
of the participants from Texas.
Tyler DeHay of Lubbock, Texas, was the qualifier medalist
in the Boys Division. DeHay, 18, finished with a 4-under-par
68 to qualify for his first AJGA event.
"After practicing yesterday, I decided to hit irons off
all but two tees," DeHay said. "All of my putts
were going in and I was trying to stay consistent. I'm glad
I chose to play it safe and not stretch for the long ball."
Tying for second place in the Boys Division were 17-year-old
Kyle Yonke of Lubbock, Texas, and 17-year-old Jeff Howard
of Plano, Texas, finishing at 1-under-par 71.
"I was putting really well, even with two types of greens,"
Yonke said. "I drove the ball well too and didn't make
any big mistakes."
Sinking putts and playing a consistent round was also critical
"I made a lot of the putts that I needed and made the
birdies when it counted," Howard said. "I didn't
miss any of my short putts and stayed consistent throughout
Also qualifying in the Boys Division were KeeDae Lee of Plano,
Texas, Nathan Reding of Lampasas, Texas, Todd Blackman of
Tulsa, Okla., Ryan Dolbow of Bellevue, Wash., Eric Rodriguez
of Mission, Texas, Blake Chrisman of Tulsa, Okla., Kyle Hickey
of Austin, Texas, Jon Tringale of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Michael
Ramirez of Austin, Texas, Billy Privette of Colleyville, Texas,
and Jason Carpenter of Edmond, Okla.
Bonnie Howard of Carrollton, Texas, brought home medalist
honors in the Girls Division at 5-over-par 77.
"I was hitting my irons solid throughout the day,"
Howard said. "My ball striking was working really well
today. For example, on No. 13 my 7-wood shot lipped out for
an eagle, and on the back nine I shot 1-under par."
The 17-year-old Howard shot 42 on the front and 35 on the
back nine to finish three strokes ahead of second-place finishers
Lizann Dernick of The Woodlands, Texas, and Brittany Tomerlin
of San Angelo, Texas. Taking the final Girls Division qualifier
position was Ryanne Elmer of Edmond, Okla., at 11-over-par
First-round tee times will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday,
July 15, off the No. 1 tee at Abilene Country Club. For more
information on the Abilene Reporter-News / Lawrence Hall Junior,
call tournament headquarters at (915) 692-1855.