AJGA MARSH KANSAS CITY JUNIOR QUALIFIER ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Deer Creek Golf Club
Overland Park, Kansas
August 4, 2002
FIFTEEN QUALIFY FOR MARSH KANSAS CITY JUNIOR Little, Keith, Dutcher and Gutcshow earn medalist honors
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Eighty-two boys and 17 girls
squared off in the AJGA Marsh Kansas City Junior Qualifier,
vying for 15 berths into the championship. Of the 11 boys
that qualified, Will Little of Jonesboro, Ark., Matt Keith
of Springfield, Mo., and Joby Dutcher of Lawton, Okla., earned
medalist honors. In the Girls Division, Heather Gutcshow of
Kansas City, Mo., finished first of the four girls that qualified
for the tournament.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
Marsh Kansas City Junior Qualifier was held on the par-72
Deer Creek Golf Course.
Little, playing in his first AJGA event, said his game fell
into place during the round. The 15-year-old shot even-par
on the front nine, but nailed consecutive birdies on hole
Nos. 10-12 and one more on No. 14 to go 2-under on the final
nine and tie for first at 2-under-par 70.
"I was hitting everything solid today," he said.
"I was playing how you dream it up the night before."
Keith attributed his below-par performance to an outstanding
short game. The 17-year-old made birdie on holes No. 3, 5,
9, 10, 12, 14 and 18 to score a 2-under-par 70.
"I played pretty well today, but my wedge game was great,"
he said. "Anytime I was within 150 yards I made birdie."
Despite dropping four birdies and no bogeys on his first nine
holes to card 4-under-par 32, Dutcher carded three bogeys
and a lone birdie on No. 9 to finish tied for first at 70.
"I played a pretty solid round today," he said.
"I just fell asleep for a little towards the end."
Dutcher, 17, said he is going to focus on his tee shots during
"I yanked some tee shots today; I need to be careful
about where my line is going," he said. "I'm kind
of glad because it made me think and get my head back in the
Austin Hackett of Broken Arrow, Okla., finished fourth with
an even-par 72. Josh Brady of Columbia, Mo., and Mitch Cohlmia
of Tulsa, Okla., finished tied for fifth with rounds of 1-over-par
Tyler Peglow of Marshalltown, Iowa, finished seventh at 2-over-par
74, and Michael Parker of Plano, Texas, Lanny Benson of St.
Louis and Erik Ritzman of Omaha, Neb., tied for eighth at
After a two-hole sudden-death playoff, Jordan Payne of West
Memphis, Ark., took the last qualifying spot with a 4-over-par
In the Girls Division, Gutschow attributed her round to a
conservative game, finishing first with a 7-over-par 79. The
18-year-old said she missed a few birdie putts, but was able
to keep her performance together to take home the Girls Division
"I just tried to keep the ball in play and stay smart,"
she said. "I thought today's round was pretty good."
Other qualifiers include Cameron Barber of Lone Tree, Colo.,
who placed second with an 81, and Elisa Gomez of Carrollton,
Texas, who finished third at 83.
Ashley Prust of Englewood, Colo., made par on the final hole
of the sudden-death playoff to earn the fourth and final spot
in the tournament.
The first round of the Marsh Kansas City Junior begins Tuesday,
August 6, off the No. 1 tee at Oakwood Country Club in Kansas
City, Mo. The three-day event features a 99-player field,
including players from 15 states and 24 Missouri natives.
For more information about the Marsh Kansas City Junior, please
call AJGA tournament headquarters at (816) 761-3670.
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