BURGETT H. MOONEY, JR. ROME CLASSIC QUALIFIER
Chateau Elan Resort, Chateau Course
August 10, 2003
QUALIFIER MEDALISTS PATRICK, FELTS AND COLLINS HEAD TO ROME
Fourteen boys and girls to play at AJGA Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic
BRASELTON, Ga. Appearing in his first-ever American Junior Golf Association event, Georgia native Tyson Patrick of Acworth fired a career tournament low of 66 to capture top qualifier honors in the Boys Division. Beth Felts of Chattanooga, Tenn., and South Carolina native Brittany Collins of Bluffton were the co-medalists in the Girls Division with 4-over-par 75s.
The Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic Qualifier, conducted by the AJGA, was played on the par-71 Chateau Course at Chateau Elan Resort, home of the AJGAs National Headquarters. The field consisted of 97 players, representing 14 states, including 44 Georgia natives. The 18-hole shotgun tournament allowed 14 junior golfers (nine boys and five girls) to earn a spot into the 54-hole championship at Coosa Country Club, which begins Friday in Rome, Ga.
The Harrison High School rising senior described Sundays round as just perfect. Patrick, who started on No. 9, kick-started his round by garnering two birdies on Nos. 9 and 10.
I am shocked that I played so well today, he said. My irons were definitely working the best for me. To say the least, I am excited that I qualified for the event and surprised that I shot my best tournament score.
Fellow Georgia native Russell Henley of Macon took the second qualifying spot with an impressive score of 4-under-par 67.
Finishing at even-par 71 were Georgia native Ryan Blackburn of Augusta; Nathan Spoon of Graham, N.C.; and Ben Russell of Mobile, Ala.Brandon Bradosky of Anderson, S.C; Georgia natives Ryan Zabroske of Alpharetta and Seth Brandon of Dalton all finished with 72.
Six players competed in a one-hole sudden-death playoff to determine the final spot in the Boys Division. Ryan Dent of St. Simons Island, Ga., claimed the ninth spot for this weekends tournament.
Because Felts (38-3775) missed the tournament deadline to apply for the event, the 17-year-old signed up to play in the qualifier. Felts not only won a spot, she earned co-medalist honors.
I knew it would take a score in the mid-70s to qualify. I just wanted to play conservative and steady, the Baylor School rising senior said. This is the first time I have ever played this course, and I really like it. I am pleased with how I played.
Collins, the other Girls Division medalist with a round of 36-3975, will be competing in her second AJGA event of the season after playing at the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic this past June.
My only goal today was to qualify, the Heritage Academy 2004 graduate said. Now that I have, I want to play steady golf this weekend in Rome.
Taking the third qualifying spot with a round of 42-3779 was Emily Rapp of Simpsonville, S.C.
Rounding out the Girls Division were Ashley Parrott of Johnson City, Tenn., and Alabama native Laura Goodwin.
The AJGA Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic will feature 99 players with boys and girls representing 13 states.
First-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, off the No. 1 tee at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga.
For more information on the AJGA Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (706) 234-2200.