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Angel Park Golf Club – Palm Course

Las Vegas, Nevada

June 20, 2004



Yam receives medalist honors for the Girls Division


LAS VEGASDJ Schultz shot a 6-under-par 64 and claimed medalist honors Sunday, for the Boys Division at the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship Qualifier at Angel Park Golf Club.  Jessica Yam took top honors for the Girls Division with a 3-over-par 73.


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship will feature 84 players from 11 states, including nine Nevada natives. The event is a 54-hole, stroke play tournament that is being held at Angel Park Golf Club-Mountain Course and will begin on Tuesday.


Schultz and Yam are choosing to opt out of this week’s tournament in favor of taking a Tournament Exemption. 


Schultz, 15, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., couldn’t have been happier with his game today.  He shot a 30 on the front nine and a 34 on the back nine with seven total birdies. 


“I’m really excited about how I played today,” he said.  “This was my best round and I’m really happy.  I thought I’d do all right, but I wasn’t expecting to do this well.  I would have been happy being in the top ten.” 


Chris Hirahatake of Irvine, Calif., John Wisner III of Tucson, Ariz., Evan Derian of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Charlie Harris of Fresno, Calif., Joe Greiner of Santa Clarita, Calif., Bio Kim of Tustin, Calif., M. Johnny Pinjuv of Las Vegas, Estanislao Guerrero of San Diego, John Yeun of Brea, Calif., Damian Yi of La Crescenta Calif., Peter Deltondo of Laguna Hills, Calif., John Wenger of Elk Grove, Calif., and Nick Poper of Lakewood, Calif., also qualified to round out the Boys Division for this week’s tournament. 


Yam, 16, of San Diego, was proud to take home the Girls Division medalist honors for the qualifier round in her first AJGA event.  


 “My driver was working really well today,” she said.  “It was going straight and the two birdies I made helped to keep my score low.  My plan was to keep focused, taking it one shot at a time.”


Rounding out the Girls Division tournament field are Justina Yu of Las Vegas, Alexandra Gibson of Henderson, Nev., Mandi Incorvaia of Las Vegas, and Ashley Childers of Sun City, Calif.


First-round tee times will run from 7-9 a.m., Tuesday at Angel Park Golf Club.


The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.


Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch U.S.A., a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.


AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.


For more information on the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship, contact Tournament Headquarters at (702) 967-3215