ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS JUNIOR QUALIFIER
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Fairway Oaks Country Club
August 4, 2002

FIVE TIE FOR MEDALIST HONORS IN QUALIFIER
Thirteen boys, three girls qualify for tournament

ABILENE, Texas - Zach Drennan of San Angelo, Texas, David Davis Jr. of Brownwood, Texas, Brad Sumrall of Georgetown, Texas, Chris Myers of Southlake, Texas, and David Thompson of Bryan, Texas, earned medalist honors after shooting 2-under-par 70 at the Fairway Oaks Country Club. In the Girls Division, Haley Brown of Austin, Texas, shot 2-over-par 74 to qualify for the Abilene Reporter-News Junior.

The 18-hole qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, allowed 99 juniors from 6 states, including 90 from Texas, the opportunity to earn 16 spots available in the Abilene Reporter-News Junior, which runs from Aug. 5-8.

On the day before his birthday, Myers, 16, received an early present and qualified for the tournament. After a rough round at the EDS Boys Junior Championship last week, Myers wasn't feeling positive about his game.

"It meant a lot to me to qualify," Myers (33-37-70) said. "I was really disappointed after last week when I didn't make the cut. Coming out here and shooting 70 helps my confidence a bunch."

Sumrall played a consistent round shooting 35-35-70 to ensure his spot in the tournament.

"I thought I putted well," the 17-year-old said. "I hope I putt as well in the tournament and that my driver comes around."

With a score of 1-under par 71, Trevor Plote of Plano, Texas, Ben Smock of San Antonio, Texas, Jesse Barnsley of Albuquerque, N.M., Clarke Kincaid of Trophy Club, Texas, Zeke Reyna of Weslaco, Texas, and Clay Parks of Carrollton, Texas, also qualified.

The final two spots for the Boys Division were decided by a three-hole, sudden-death playoff. Ryan Salinas of Mansfield, Texas, qualified with a birdie on the first playoff hole while Corey Roberson of Canton, Texas, secured the final tournament spot with a par on the third playoff hole.

Although Brown said this was her craziest round in a while, she still claimed medalist honors.

"I only hit seven fairways but managed to hit 14 greens," Brown, 16, said. "I hit a lot of solid shots. It didn't matter where the ball lay."

The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, will feature 120 juniors from 12 states, 100 hailing from Texas.

First-round action begins with tee times at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 off the No. 1 tee at Abilene Country Club. Tee times run until 1:30 p.m.

For more information on the Abilene Reporter-News Junior please contact our tournament headquarters at 915-692-5588.


 
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