AJGA MARSICO FUNDS COLORADO
JUNIOR ROUNDUP QUALIFIER
Saddleback Golf Club
Sunday, June 30, 2002
KENDALL, DEATHERAGE, RODRIGUEZ
SHARE MEDALIST HONORS
AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup adds 12 boys,
two girls to field
FIRESTONE, Colo. -
David Kendall, Irvine, Calif., fired a 3-under-par 69 Sunday
to claim medalist honors in the Boys Division of the AJGA
Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup Qualifier. Ashley Deatherage
of Bryan, Texas and Regina Rodriguez of Fort Morgan, Colo.,
both shot 79 at the par-72 Saddleback Golf Club to tie for
the top spot in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 18-hole
qualifier gave 76 juniors from 12 states the opportunity to
earn one of 14 spots available in the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado
Junior Roundup, which runs July 1-4.
Kendall, who was the only player to shoot below 70, carded
four birdies during the round en route to grabbing medalist
honors. He said he entered the qualifier knowing if he played
his game he would have a good chance to score low.
"I came in here with three goals," the 18-year-old
said. "I wanted to hit fairways and greens, play one
shot at a time and not make any mental mistakes."
Kendall knows he is going to face stiff competition during
the tournament, but said the only person he needs to worry
about is himself.
"There are a lot of great players here and I just have
to concentrate on accomplishing my goals for the next three
days," Kendall said. "That is all I can ask of myself.
I am playing the golf course-not the other players."
Also qualifying in the Boys Division was Scooter Jefferson
of Montgomery, Texas, Lucas Larson of Maryville, Mo., Ed Timmins
of Denver, Jared Danford of Greeley, Colo., Nick Sherman of
Newport Beach, Calif., Chase Watkins of Fort Collins, Colo.,
Aaron Weston of Lone Tree, Colo., Matt Rutledge of Fort Collins,
Colo., and Troy Sidabras of Fort Collins, Colo.
Chris Huffer of Denver and Cody Hayes of Caldwell, Idaho,
survived a four-player, sudden-death playoff to claim the
final two qualifying spots.
Deatherage, 17, and Rodriguez, 17, shared top honors with
79s. The two played together in the final group of the day,
but carded qualifying scores in different manners. Deatherage
had her driver working early and often while Rodriguez qualified
with the help of an accurate putter.
"I am very excited to be in," Deatherage said. "I
am going to relax and go out there and play my best. That
is all I can do."
Rodriguez said she benefited from a new putting technique
"I changed my grip and technique within the last week
and since then I have been putting really well," Rodriguez
said. "I made a lot of mistakes out there, but hopefully
I can learn from them and play better during the tournament."
The 54-hole Championship will feature 84 players from 18 states,
with 37 players hailing from Colorado.
First-round action begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 2 at the
Saddleback Golf Club. Tee times continue until 10:03 a.m.
For more information on the AJGA Marsico Funds Colorado Junior
Roundup, contact our tournament headquarters at (303) 833-3515.