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
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
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
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.