AJGA ARIZONA JUNIOR CLASSIC
Palm Valley Golf Club
March 23-24, 2002
CALIFORNIA NATIVES CLAIM TEN OF THIRTEEN
SPOTS IN AJGA QUALIFIER
AJGA conducts a weekend of tournament qualifiers at Palm
Valley Golf Club
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Attempting to qualify for next weekend's
AJGA Arizona Junior Classic, 67 boys and 18 girls hit the
links Saturday at Palm Valley Golf Club to compete in the
first of two AJGA weekend tournament qualifiers.
In the Boys Division, both shooting 1-under-par 71, Erik Coover
of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tim Johnson of Marblehead, Mass.,
captured co-medalist honors and a spot in the Easter Weekend
Tournament. California natives Jennifer Osborn of Huntington
Beach and Amie Cochran of Torrance shared medalist honors
in the Girls Division after also carding 71s.
"The down wind was really strong, which forced me to
take one shot at a time," said the 17-year-old Johnson.
Agreeing with Johnson, Osborn found it difficult to play her
"The wind really made it tough to judge the distance
of my shots, but luckily I made a lot of good putts,"
However, the outstanding shape of the course seemed to balance
out the windy conditions.
"The course and especially the greens were in excellent
shape that allowed me to sink some important putts and enjoy
playing," said Coover.
Joining Coover and Johnson as Boys Division qualifiers were
five California natives: Justin Mangubat of Bonita; Michael
McCaig of Fountain Valley; Kyle Shelly of San Diego; John
Skelton of Laverne; and Colin Wilcox of Camarillo. Rounding
out the Boys Division qualifiers and representing the host
state of Arizona is Colter Kautzmann of Glendale.
The three other Girls Division qualifiers all hail from California.
Minnie Choi of Fountain Valley, Tina Eng of Monterey Park
and Sung Eun Kim of Diamond Bar all punched their tickets
into next weekend's event with a solid qualifier round Saturday.
The second qualifier for the AJGA Arizona Classic will be
held Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start at Palm Valley