Coyote Creek, The Valley Course
August 11, 2002

Gee shoots 1-over to snare honors in Girls Division

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Daniel Cho of Diamond Bar, Calif., claimed medalist honors with a 5-under-par 67 winning the qualifier by four strokes. He heads a list of nine boys that earned spots in the Needham San Jose Junior Classic, which runs from Aug. 13-15. In the Girls Division, Casey Gee of Sacramento, Calif., edged out the field to win by a stroke.

The 18-hole qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, allowed 90 juniors from two states, including 87 from Texas, the opportunity to earn one of 13 spots available.

Cho, 15, had the putter working early and often as he needed only 11 putts on the front nine to make the turn at 5-under. He then parred out the back nine to guarantee himself a spot in the tournament.

"The greens were really quick, but I had the speed down and everything was working for me," Cho said. "My second shots were keeping me in it on the front side. I was leaving myself with eight to 13-foot putts."

Cho said he had not been playing well recently but is looking at this round to give him an extra boost as he gets ready for the tournament.

"A 67 helps a lot," he said. "It gives me a lot of confidence for the tournament. Now I have to go out there and concentrate a little more."

With a score of 1-under par 71, James Ananian of Murrieta, Calif. and Cameron Tringale of Laguna Niguel, Calif., placed second in the qualifier and earned spots in the tournament. Garrett Lipus of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Bryce Peters of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Chris Lavery of Irvine , Calif. also qualified with scores of even-par 72. Ryan King of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Tim Cha of Chino Hills, Calif. survived a sudden-death playoff to grab the final two qualifying spots.

In the Girls Division, Gee owned the slick greens of Coyote Creek as she waltzed around the course to the tune of 1-over-par 73. Her round was basic in fundamentals as she scored by hitting greens and two putting.

"Nothing really exciting happened out there," Gee said. "It was a boring round. I would either get up-and-down or two-putt. Putting definantly played a large role. If I missed the green I was still able to score par. It would have been a long day if I didn't putt that well."

Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif., and Alice Kim of Los Angeles shot 74 to qualify and Jill Womble carded a 3-over-par 75 to claim the final spot.

The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, will feature 84 juniors from 10 states, 70 hailing from California.

Firt-round action begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday with tee times of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Tee times run until 9:30 a.m.

For more information on the Needham San Jose Junior Classic please call the tournament headquarters at (408) 268-4653, ext. 22 or log onto the Association's Web site at

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Final results from the Needham San Jose Junior Classic Qualifier conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Coyote Creek, The Valley Course. Par: Boys: 35-37-72; Girls: 35-37-72. Yardage: Boys: 6,679; Girls: 5,844.
* Won Sudden-Death Playoff

Daniel Cho, Diamond Bar, Calif. 35-32-67
James Ananian, Murrieta, Calif. 36-35-71
Cameron Tringale, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 35-36-71
Garrett Lipus, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. 36-36-72
Bryce Peters, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 32-40-72
Chris Lavery, Irvine, Calif. 35-37-72
Scot Miller, Muir Beach, Calif. 36-36-72
* Ryan King, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 36-37-73
* Tim Cha, Chino Hills, Calif. 37-36-73

Andrew Ok, Granada Hills, Calif. 36-37-73
Sean Shahi, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 38-36-74
Eric Yoo, Cerritos, Calif. 33-41-74
Daniel Lim, Gilroy, Calif. 37-37-74
Andrew Mahnke, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 38-36-74
Karl Katnik, Santa Ana, Calif. 38-36-74
Brian Kim, Cypress, Calif. 37-37-74
Keith Liao, Alameda, Calif. 34-41-75
J.J. Katnik, Santa Ana, Calif. 35-40-75
James Williams, Vallejo, Calif. 38-37-75
Alex Madar, Alamo, Calif. 38-37-75
Grahame Skytte, Alamo, Calif. 35-40-75
Carl Smith IV, Laguna Beach, Calif. 36-39-75
Trevor Schultz, San Dimas, Calif. 38-38-76
Young Paek, Los Angeles, Calif. 37-39-76
Adam Kern, Castro Valley, Calif. 37-39-76
Brett Giurlani, Menlo Park, Calif. 39-37-76
Albert Lee, Los Angeles, Calif. 36-40-76
Kenny Kim, Cerritos, Calif. 37-39-76
John Chin, Temecula, Calif. 38-38-76
Tim Frohling, Newport Beach, Calif. 36-40-76
Rory Hie, Lakewood, Calif. 39-37-76
Jared Wise, San Ramon, Calif. 40-37-77
Peter Romanowsky, San Jose, Calif. 38-39-77
Justin Silverstein, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 38-39-77
Anthony Verna, Orinda, Calif. 37-40-77
Nick Green, Las Vegas, Nev. 40-37-77
Bruce Leong, San Mateo, Calif. 37-40-77
Anthony Cochrane, Saratoga, Calif. 40-37-77
Heejoo Son, Carson, Calif. 37-41-78
Brian Phan, Carlsbad, Calif. 39-39-78
Michael Benvenuti, Costa Mesa, Calif. 37-41-78
Billy Olsen, Fountain Valley, Calif. 38-40-78
Ben Choe, La Quinta, Calif. 39-40-79
Jake Hur, Fullerton, Calif. 37-42-79
Nick Jones, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 41-38-79
Brett Mormann, Santa Barbara, Calif. 40-39-79
Paredes Chris, Simi Valley, Calif. 39-40-79
Brian Archer, San Jose, Calif. 40-39-79
David Cline, Los Altos, Calif. 41-38-79
Jon Berger, Mammoth Lakes, Calif. 38-41-79
Nicholas Brassill, San Jose, Calif. 41-38-79
Jon Tringale, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 38-42-80
Ryan Minobe, San Jose, Calif. 41-39-80
Paul Grant, Goleta, Calif. 40-40-80
Jeff Steckmest, Pacific Palisades, Calif. 40-40-80
Kevin Merfeld, Pacific Grove, Calif. 38-43-81
James Dalthorp III, Los Angeles, Calif. 40-41-81
Kent Yamane, San Jose, Calif. 43-38-81
Brad Roemer, Piedmont, Calif. 42-39-81
Clark Mizono, San Francisco, Calif. 43-38-81
Reyn Murphy, Los Alamitos, Calif. 40-41-81
Kevin Horan, Marina Del Rey, Calif. 39-43-82
Adam Howard, Porter Ranch, Calif. 42-40-82
Andrew Livingston, Palo Alto, Calif. 40-42-82
Sam Hembree, Santa Barbara, Calif. 44-39-83
Ryan Citarella, Santa Ana, Calif. 43-40-83
Cameron DeVries, Santa Barbara, Calif. 42-42-84
John Hoppe, Irvine, Calif. 45-41-86
Jeff Warner, Coto de Caza, Calif. 42-44-86
Robbie Folena, San Jose, Calif. 40-47-87
Matthew Barzman, Santa Monica, Calif. 43-45-88
Tim Ohair, Elk Grove, Calif. 43-45-88
Geoffrey Lewis, RSM, Calif. 41-51-92

Sam Kestin, Los Angeles, Calif. DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Regan Hickey, Danville, Calif. DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Kang Kim, Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Josh Lottman, Chatsworth, Calif. DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Casey Gee, Sacramento, Calif. 35-38-73
Esther Choe, La Quinta, Calif. 36-38-74
Alice Kim, Los Angeles, Calif. 36-38-74
Jill Womble, Pleasanton, Calif. 35-40-75

Ada Lamela, Carson, Calif. 36-40-76
Minnie Choi, Fountain Valley, Calif. 37-39-76
Martha Burkard, Alameda, Calif. 39-39-78
Tina Eng, Monterey Park, Calif. 36-42-78
Michelle Camaione, Upland, Calif. 38-41-79
Erica Im, Cerritos, Calif. 41-38-79
Jennifer Osborn, Huntington Beach, Calif. 36-44-80
Julianna Uhrik, Modesto, Calif. 41-41-82
Eunice Yum, Torrance, Calif. 39-45-84
Madeleine Nguyen, Atherton, Calif. 44-46-90
Jasmine Koehler, Agoura Hills, Calif. 41-49-90
Desiree Del Rosario, Las Vegas, Nev. 41-53-94

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