QUALIFIERS COMPLETE FIELD FOR hp BOYS JUNIOR
Bartlett enters major after winning qualifier
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Playing in only his second AJGA
event, Corey Bartlett of Kilbourne, La. earned top billing
to gain entry to the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship, scheduled
for July 29-Aug. 1.
Sixty juniors battled for 25 spots in Saturday's qualifier. The 25 juniors complete a field of 144 players in the tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. Past champions of the event include David Duval, Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods.
Bartlett took home qualifier medallist honors by one stroke with a 1-over-par 73. He began the 18-hole shotgun on the fifth hole, opened with a birdie on the 365-yard par-4. He added birdies on the first hole, the fourth hole and the 12th hole.
"It's very exciting; this is the biggest thing I think I've ever done," Bartlett said. "I'm ecstatic right now."
Bartlett finished with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine
and a 2-over-par 38 on the back nine.
"I didn't hit my driver very well, so I need to work on that," Bartlett said. "If I can get that down, I think I'll be playing pretty good. It gives me confidence going into the tournament."
Chris Condello of Longwood, Fla., Jack Watters of Tampa, Fla., and Joe Paolini of Palm Harbor, Fla. each fired a 2-over-par 74 to tie for second place.
Two players finished in a tie for fifth place with scores of 3-over-par 75. Ryan Heisey of New Bern, N.C., and David Baker, Jr. of Alpharetta, Ga. rounded out the top five.
Nineteen other juniors completed Tuesday's tournament field. Nathan Phan of San Diego, Calif., and James Whitehurst of Williston, Fla., earned their way by shooting a 4-over-par 76. Adam Messer of Belleair, Fla., Ryan LeFevre of Boca Raton, Fla., Greg Williams of Lake Mary, Fla., Sam Rosati of Oldsmar, Fla., Brent Harrison of Metairie, La., and Jeff Olisar of Naperville, Ill., shot 6-over-par 78.
Tyler Robinson of Roseburg, Ore., Brian Dienes of Jacksonville, Fla., Kyle Shay of Peoria, Ill., Joshua Chong of Alpharetta, Ga., Andrew Osofsky of Huntington, N.Y., Matt Powell of Coppell, Texas, Justin Schlau of Port Richey, Fla., Michael Porte of Lakeland, Fla., and J.T. Hoffman of Alpharetta, Ga., garnered entry to the tournament as well.
Viktor Caballero of Miami, and Cameron Hooper of Jacksonville, Fla., had to work overtime for their spots. Caballero and Hooper, who shot a 9-over-par 81, joined the field after qualifying on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
The AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship is a 72-hole, stroke play tournament being played at The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort, Copperhead and Island Courses. For more information, contact tournament headquarters at (727) 942-2000, ext. 2884.