FIRST-TIME WINNERS TAKE CHARGE AT MINDMATTERS QUALIFIER
Formeck medals in Girls Divison, Stough and Waesche III medal in Boys Division
BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. — Samantha Formeck of Northern Cambria, Pa., carded a 2-over-par 74 to capture medalist honors in the MindMatters Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier by one shot in her AJGA debut. In the Boys Division, Kyle Stough of Laurel, Md., and Roger Waesche III of Timonium, Md., fired 2-under-par rounds of 70 to share medalist honors.
The MindMatters Junior Championship Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 81 boys and 11 girls — ages 12 to 18 — competing for a total of 18 spots in this week's championship field. Tom's Run at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center hosted the event and also will host the championship.
Formeck showed no fear on her opening hole, tallying a birdie on the par-5 No. 18. The 15-year-old rookie attributed her first win to her father, who doubles as her swing coach.
“This win is special to me because my dad has coached me,” Formeck said. “It's great to win, and I'm confident heading into the tournament.”
Three other players in the Girls Division qualified for this week's MindMatters Junior Championship. Rachel Rohanna of Waynesburg, Pa., shot an 81, while Stephanie Kim of Bayside, N.Y., and Kalynd Carson of The Woodlands, Texas, registered rounds of 83 to qualify for the championship field.
In addition, three players accepted a tournament exemption in place of a qualifying position. Katie Rogner of Fowler, Ohio, finished second at 75, Julia Thead of Poway, Calif., finished third with a 76, while Christina Thomas of Rocky River, Ohio finished fourth at 80.
In the Boys Division, Stough also broke through and medaled in his first AJGA Srixon qualifier. With four birdies and an eagle, the 17-year-old said he entered the tournament with modest expectations.
“I was just hoping to make the field,” Stough said. “If I expected to shoot 66, I'd only get mad at myself when I hit a bad shot. I just kept a nothing-to-lose attitude.”
Waesche III earned medalist honors in a similar fashion, carding six birdies on the day en route to his 2-under-par 70. After bogeying his first hole of the day, Waesche rebounded with birdies on three of his next five holes, propelling him to the top of the leaderboard.
Qualifiers filled 14 positions in the Boys Division championship field, with three players shooting scores of par or better: Dennis Kwon of Rockville, Md., and Brendan Borst of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished in third at 71, while Jeffrey Hinds of Pittsburgh, Pa., shot even-par 72. Other Boys Division qualifiers include: Andrew Gagarin of Bethesda, Md., Zachary Metcalfe of Greensburg, Pa., John Jenson of Newark, Del., Hyun Seok Lim of Fullerton, Calif., Stephen Derminio of Center Valley, Pa., James McGrath of Connellsville, Pa., Christopher Valle of Victor, N.Y., Stephen Dressel of Malvern, Pa., Brixton Albert, Lititz, Pa., and Andrew Rickard of New Castle, Pa.
In addition to the 14 qualifiers, eight players accepted tournament exemptions instead of a position in this week's championship field, including co-medalist Waesche III. Robert Shogry of Pittsburgh, Pa., finished third at 71; John Burns of Loveland, Ohio, Bobby Urso of Beverly Hills, Mich., and Kurt Voss of Rochester, N.Y., shot 72; Matt Barnes of Erie, Pa., Christopher Mathews of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Matthew Kennerknecht of Vienna, Va., and Kyle Bates of Avon Lake, Ohio, shot 73 to qualify also.
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BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. — Srixon Qualifier results from the MindMatters Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at
Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center - Tom's Run. Par: Boys: 36-36—72; Girls: 36-36—72. Yardage: Boys: 6,680; Girls: 5,984.
T1 Kyle Stough, Laurel, Md. (2006) 36-34—70
T1 # Roger Waesche III, Timonium, Md. (2007) 34-36—70
T3 Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md. (2005) 36-35—71
T3 # Robert Shogry, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 37-34—71
T3 Brendan Borst, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 35-36—71
T6 # Bobby Urso, Beverly Hills, Mich. (2007) 36-36—72
T6 # John Burns, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 36-36—72
T6 # Kurt Voss, Rochester, N.Y. (2008) 34-38—72
T6 Jeffrey Hinds, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2006) 37-35—72
T10 # Matthew Kennerknecht, Vienna, Va. (2007) 37-36—73
T10 Hyun Seok Lim, Fullerton, Calif. (2008) 37-36—73
T10 # Kyle Bates, Avon Lake, Ohio (2007) 35-38—73
T10 Stephen Derminio, Center Valley, Pa. (2007) 34-39—73
T10 # Matt Barnes, Erie, Pa. (2007) 37-36—73
T10 Zachary Metcalfe, Greensburg, Pa. (2007) 37-36—73
T10 Andrew Gagarin, Bethesda, Md. (2006) 40-33—73
T10 # Christopher Mathews, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (2007) 37-36—73
T10 John Jenson, Newark, Del. (2006) 39-34—73
T19 Stephen Dressel, Malvern, Pa. (2007) 36-38—74
T19 Brixton Albert, Lititz, Pa. (2006) 36-38—74
T19 Christopher Valle, Victor, N.Y. (2008) 36-38—74
T19 ^William Peel, Potomac, Md. (2007) 36-38—74
T19 ^Finley Ewing, Dallas, Texas (2008) 36-38—74
T19 ^Nicholas Szem, Wall, N.J. (2006) 37-37—74
T19 James McGrath, Connellsville, Pa. (2006) 36-38—74
T26 * Andrew Rickard, New Castle, Pa. (2006) 39-36—75
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T26 Peter Lansinger, Rosemont, Pa. (2006) 40-35—75
T26 Kane Volsky, Cleveland, Ohio (2007) 37-38—75
T26 Ian Bangor, Moon Township, Pa. (2010) 37-38—75
T26 Kurt Valley, Bay City, Mich. (2006) 38-37—75
T31 Kevin Lee, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) 37-39—76
T31 Mitch Mercer, Wexford, Pa. (2006) 39-37—76
T31 Ryan Cahill, Hilliard, Ohio (2006) 40-36—76
T31 Jonathan Skonezny, Greensburg, Pa. (2006) 39-37—76
T31 Keith Remizowski, Pittsford, N.Y. (2006) 38-38—76
T31 Matthew Ouimet, Coto De Caza, Calif. (2007) 36-40—76
T31 Dominic Bozzelli, Pittsford, N.Y. (2009) 39-37—76
T31 Tommy Hanna III, Bozman, Md. (2006) 39-37—76
T39 Joshua Jenkins, Ellicott City, Md. (2006) 40-37—77
T39 Rikiya Kitagawa, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) 38-39—77
T39 Chad Walker, St. Thomas, Ontario (2006) 36-41—77
T39 Stefan Brewer, Charlotte, N.C. (2009) 39-38—77
T39 Paul Miller, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 40-37—77
T39 Anthony Alessi, Findlay, Ohio (2007) 38-39—77
T39 Mark Weinzierl, Johnstown, Pa. (2006) 39-38—77
T46 Matt Campbell, Rome, N.Y. (2007) 41-37—78
T46 Bryan Kay, Dallas, Texas (2007) 41-37—78
T46 Gregory Merz, Rochester, N.Y. (2006) 41-37—78
T46 Tyson Marostica, Lewisburg, Pa. (2006) 41-37—78
T46 Chris Barlament, Vienna, W.Va. (2006) 39-39—78
T46 Evan Hartman, Garrett, Pa. (2007) 41-37—78
T46 Jeffrey Moschgat, Ebensburg, Pa. (2006) 37-41—78
T46 Jesse Chiero, Westerville, Ohio (2005) 36-42—78
T46 Dustin Mullens, Emporium, Pa. (2006) 39-39—78
BOYS DIVISION CONTINUED
T55 Kevin Day, Zelienople, Pa. (2006) 40-39—79
T55 Pieter Lamley, Phoenixville, Pa. (2006) 40-39—79
T55 Leon Choi, Cerritos, Calif. (2006) 40-39—79
T55 Josh Webb, McGregor, Texas (2007) 43-36—79
T59 Scott Vasko, Westerville, Ohio (2006) 40-40—80
T59 Brendan Gaughan, Greenwood, Ind. (2007) 42-38—80
T59 Douglas Mehall, Irwin, Pa. (2006) 38-42—80
T59 Ross Sumner, Callao, Va. (2008) 43-37—80
T63 Michael Turner, Baden, Pa. (2007) 39-42—81
T63 Zak Frognowski, Brunswick, Ohio (2006) 41-40—81
T63 Andrew Mason, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (2007) 40-41—81
T66 David Hutchinson, Beaver, Pa. (2009) 43-39—82
T66 David Brellenthin, Loveland, Ohio (2006) 47-35—82
T66 Adam Greitzer, Haverford, Pa. (2006) 43-39—82
T66 Patrick Kirby, Paris, Ontario (2006) 40-42—82
T66 Daniel Drazen, Voorhees, N.J. (2007) 40-42—82
T71 Matthew Porter, Cortland, N.Y. (2009) 44-39—83
T71 Ryan Vince, Charlotte, N.C. (2009) 42-41—83
73 Taylor Mohylsky, Allentown, Pa. (2006) 42-43—85
T74 Gus Frederick, Coopersburg, Pa. (2007) 43-43—86
T74 Chris Speaker Jr., Owings, Md. (2007) 44-42—86
T74 Austin Warren, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2007) 45-41—86
T74 Brandon Pompeani, Aliquippa, Pa. (2009) 44-42—86
78 Brock Pompeani, Aliquippa, Pa. (2009) 44-43—87
79 Craig Pentrack, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2009) 44-44—88
80 Thomas Castellano, Massapequa, N.Y. (2007) 47-43—90
81 Jason Crow, Leipsic, Ohio (2007) 49-43—92
JJ Carbonell, Alexandria, Va. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Eduardo Chavez, Hillsborough, Calif. (2009) DQ (Rule 6-3a) Frank Rogers, Grand Blanc, Mich. WD
Justin Rusk, Washington Crossing, Pa. (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Josh Sadler, Elizabethtown, Pa. (2007) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
1 Samantha Formeck, Northern Cambria, Pa. (2008) 38-36—74
2 # Katie Rogner, Fowler, Ohio (2007) 36-39—75
3 # Julia Thead, Poway, Calif. (2009) 37-39—76
4 # Christina Thomas, Rocky River, Ohio (2006) 38-42—80
5 Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa. (2009) 40-41—81
T6 Kalynd Carson, The Woodlands, Texas (2008) 41-42—83
T6 Stephanie Kim, Bayside, N.Y. (2009) 44-39—83
FAILED TO QUALIFY
8 Danielle Gibbins, Elmhurst, Ill. (2006) 40-44—84
9 Kimberly Eaton, Shepherdstown, W.Va. (2007) 42-44—86
10 Bridget Carr, Snyder, N.Y. (2006) 48-42—90
11 Kerri Dice, Allison Park, Pa. (2007) 43-49—92
Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio (2007) WD
* - Qualified via sudden-death playoff
# - Player opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
^ - Player could not participate in this week's tournament.