AJGA ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF TRAIL JUNIOR CLASSIC
Magnolia Grove Golf Club, Crossings Course
August 28, 2003
HOFFMAN, HUH TAKE MEDALIST
Eleven players qualify for tournament field
MOBILE, Ala. - Eleven players gained
entry into the AJGA Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior Classic
on Thursday through a qualifying round. Earning medalist honors
were Meen Huh of La Palma, Calif., and J.T. Hoffman of Alpharetta,
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Robert
Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior Classic is scheduled for Aug.
30-Sept. 1 and will consist of a 171-player field. Players
hail from eight states. The boys will compete on the Falls
Course and the girls will compete on the Crossings Course.
Using a set of rental clubs after locking his set in the car,
the 17-year-old Hoffman shot 1-over-par 73 to share honors
"The rentals took a while to get used to," Hoffman
said. "I was 4-over through my first five but the clubs
played fine and I'm looking forward to playing in the tournament."
Hoffman's four bogeys came in his first nine holes of play.
After adjusting to the new clubs, he made three birdies and
used steady golf on his back nine to score 1-over-par 73.
"The irons gave me trouble," Hoffman said. "My
putter helped me out a lot today and that's what I relied
Sharing medalist honors with Hoffman, the 18-year-old Huh
played consistent golf throughout his round. Huh was 1-over-par
37 on his front nine and even-par 36 on his back nine.
"My putting gave me trouble all day," Huh said.
"I had a solid drive and good irons, but my chipping
was my strength. I got up and down all day."
Bill Allcorn of Abilene, Texas, and Wesley Parker of Enterprise,
Ala., finished tied for third place at 2-over-par 74.
Allcorn, 18, was having trouble off the tee early and used
strong iron play to qualify for the tournament.
"I put my driver up after nine holes and just hit my
2-iron off the tee," Allcorn said. "I covered the
flag all day with my irons. Any iron I hit, I hit it right
at the flag."
The 16-year-old Parker was 1-under-par 35 on the front nine
and 3-over-par 39 on the back nine to make his 2-over-par
"My putting gave me the most trouble," Parker said.
"I left a lot of putts short. If I can figure out these
greens, I think I'll be in good shape for the tournament."
Other players entering the tournament field through the qualifier
were Eric Harris of Eden Prairie, Minn., Andrew Carroll of
Little Rock, Ark., Hunter Buwick of Norman, Okla., Joseph
Zieman of Mobile, Ala., Joshua Chong of Alpharetta, Ga., Hunter
Creekmore of Ft. Smith, Ark., and Joshua An of Bradenton,
The tournament gets underway Saturday with tee times starting
at 7:00-11:57 a.m. for the Boys Division and 7:00-8:39 a.m.
for the Girls Division. For more information, contact tournament
headquarters at (251) 645-0075 or log on to ajga.org.