TOURNAMENT FIELD SET WITH
BENJAMIN LEADING QUALIFIERS AT 72
Lederhausen shoots personal best and earns medalist honors at 76
WORTH, ILL.- Brad Benjamin of Rockford,
Ill., carded an even par-72 to earn medalist honors in Boys
Division of the AJGA Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook Qualifier.
In the Girls Division, Rebecca Lederhausen of Hinsdale, Ill.,
shot 4-over-par 76 to lead the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
the Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook Qualifier allowed 93 juniors,
79 boys and 14 girls the opportunity to earn a spot into the
tournament beginning on Tuesday.
Benjamin had three birdies for the day including a three-foot tap-in on the par-3 No. 7, Benjamin hit 11 fairways and 14 greens for the day.
"My iron play worked well for me today,"
said the 16-year-old. "I was lucky because I was unusually
close on all my shots."
Benjamin recently played in the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational and earlier this season in the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship.
Rounding out the Boys Division qualifiers
are Marty Hunter of Chillicothe, Ohio and Jeff Olisar of Naperville,
Ill., at 73, Daniel Konow of Highland Park, Ill. and Dan Swomley
of Hudson, Iowa, at 74. In a four-way tie for sixth are Thomas
Wilson of Appleton, Wis., Nelson Mandrell of Chicago, Ill.,
Joe Kinney of Lake Villa, Ill., and Matthew Cermak of Chicago,
Ill. at 75.
In the Girls Division, Lederhausen had a great
start to her round after chipping in from 10 yards off the
green on No. 1. She also had two birdies on Nos. 7 and 14.
Lederhausen's round of 39-37-76, marks her personal record
and her first score recorded with the AJGA.
"I felt great today," said the 14-year-old.
"I kept the ball in the middle through the round and
hopefully I can do the same during the tournament."
Rounding out the remaining Girls Division
qualifiers are Kelly Jansen of Davenport, Iowa and Katie O'Donnell
of Mount Prospect, Ill., at 80 and Jessica Hauser of Hartland,
Wis., at 81.
The tournament field will feature 99 juniors,
75 boys and 24 girls, from 16 states and two from Canada.
46 of the juniors are from Illinois. The event features First-Team
Polo Golf Junior All-American Jane Park of Beaumont, Calif.,
and honorable mention Polo Golf Junior All-American Cole Peevler
of Keokuk, Iowa.
First-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Bolingbrook Golf Club. For more information, contact tournament headquarters at (630) 771-9400.