MATTSON AND EMMERS EARN MEDALIST HONORS AT RICHMOND QUALIFIER
Swanson and Paolini take home medalist honors in Girls Division
GLEN ALLEN, Va. โ Bradley Mattson of Bay Village, Ohio, and Brett Emmers of Wilson, N.C., shared medalist honors in the Boys Division with matching rounds of 1-under-par 71 at Sunday's AJGA Richmond Junior Srixon Qualifier. The Girls Division also named a pair of medalists, as Meredith Swanson of Roanoke, Va., and Brielle Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., fired rounds of 79 to take home medalist honors.
The AJGA Richmond Junior Srixon Qualifier, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 75 boys and 9 girls โ ages 12 to 18 โ competing for a total of 25 spots in this week's championship field. The Crossings Golf Club hosted the event, while the 54-hole championship will be held at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.
Mattson used four birdies to offset three bogeys, and said avoiding mistakes was a key to earning medalist honors in his first AJGA tournament.
โI hit a lot of fairways today, so it was easy to attack the pins,โ Mattson said. โI need to control where my misses go and stay steady.โ
Emmers earned medalist honors in a different way, as he attacked the golf course and used strings of birdies to propel his round.
โI had seven birdies on the day, and birdied my last two holes even though I triple-bogeyed No. 10,โ Emmers said.
Joining Emmers in the AJGA Richmond Junior tournament field will be Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., and Myles Vlachos of Monrovia, Md., who finished tied for third with rounds of even-par 72.
Boys Division qualifiers filled 20 open positions in the championship field. Other qualifiers include: Garrison Fowler (Williamsburg, Va.) shot 73; Brian Newman (Orange Park, Fla.), Brian Mulvin (Lake Mary, Fla.), and Christian Brand (Charleston, W. Va.) shot 74; Bradley Martin (Charlotte, N.C.), Henry Armistead (Statesville, N.C.), Ryan Peters (Destrehan, La.), Matt Bush (Richmond, Va.), and Benjamin Wallace (Fayetteville, N.Y.) shot 75; William Nemesi (Cary, N.C.), Bobby Day (Lexington, Ky.), Allan Autry (Fayetteville, N.C.), Dustin Mullens (Emporium, Pa.), and Ricky Stout (Pollocksville, N.C.) shot 76; while three players shot 77 and qualified for the tournament via a playoff โ Chris Ray (Charlottesville, Va.), Andrew Salzberg (Sarasota, Fla.), and Sam Beach (Glen Allen, Va.).
As an added option, Mattson and seven other top-20 players accepted a tournament exemption in lieu of a birth into the championship field: Will Almand (Cary, N.C.) shot 73 for fifth place; Joshua Jenkins (Ellicott City, Md.), Chad Day (Raleigh, N.C.), Rob Kirkland (Durham, N.C.) and Mark Garrison (Arden, N.C.) shot 74; and Warren Straub (Apex, N.C.), Rob Barrow (Cary, N.C.) and Nic Neinken (Marietta, Ga.) shot 75.
In the Girls Division, Brielle earned medalist honors in spite of two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey in her round. She said that bad holes have never phased her, and she uses them to motivate her through her round.
โI saw the highlights, so I knew the bright moments were still out there,โ Paolini said. โI pretend it's match play and treat each hole as the same.โ
Swanson avoided the big numbers in her round of 79, and said she played smart golf en route to medalist honors.
โMy driver set me up with short approach shots,โ Swanson said, who is unable to accept her bid into this week's tournament.
In addition to Paolini, four other Girls Division players qualified for the championship: Lauren Milosh (Southboro, Mass.) shot 82, Kristine Rohrbaugh (Midlothian, Va.) shot 83, and Jessica Unger (Bethesda, Md.) and Caroline Sweet (Bowie, Md.) shot 85.
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GLEN ALLEN, Va. โ Srixon Qualifier results from the AJGA Richmond Junior conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Crossings Golf Club. Par: Boys: 36-36โ72; Girls: 36-36โ72. Yardage: Boys: 6,526; Girls: 5,840.
T1 # Bradley Mattson, Bay Village, Ohio (2006) 35-36โ71
T1 Brett Emmers, Wilson, N.C. (2006) 33-38โ71
T3 Myles Vlachos, Monrovia, Md. (2005) 35-37โ72
T3 Brinson Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) 36-36โ72
T5 # Will Almand, Cary, N.C. (2008) 38-35โ73
T5 Garrison Fowler, Williamsburg, Va. (2006) 38-35โ73
T7 # Chad Day, Raleigh, N.C. (2007) 36-38โ74
T7 # Joshua Jenkins, Ellicott City, Md. (2006) 38-36โ74
T7 Brian Newman, Orange Park, Fla. (2007) 38-36โ74
T7 Brian Mulvin, Lake Mary, Fla. (2006) 40-34โ74
T7 Christian Brand, Charleston, W.Va. (2006) 35-39โ74
T7 # Rob Kirkland, Durham, N.C. (2007) 37-37โ74
T7 # Mark Garrison, Arden, N.C. (2006) 38-36โ74
T14 Bradley Martin, Charlotte, N.C. (2005) 37-38โ75
T14 Ryan Peters, Destrehan, La. (2006) 37-38โ75
T14 # Warren Straub, Apex, N.C. (2007) 35-40โ75
T14 # Rob Barrow, Cary, N.C. (2006) 36-39โ75
T14 Benjamin Wallace, Fayetteville, N.Y. (2006) 38-37โ75
T14 Henry Armistead, Statesville, N.C. (2006) 36-39โ75
T14 # Nic Neinken, Marietta, Ga. (2006) 34-41โ75
T14 Matt Bush, Richmond, Va. (2008) 38-37โ75
T22 ^Eric Schultz, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 40-36โ76
T22 ^John Welden, Pilot Mtn., N.C. (2008) 39-37โ76
T22 Bobby Day, Lexington, Ky. (2005) 39-37โ76
T22 ^Joshua Hale, Roanoke, Va. (2007) 42-34โ76
T22 Ricky Stout, Pollocksville, N.C. (2006) 35-41โ76
T22 Allan Autry, Fayetteville, N.C. (2005) 37-39โ76
T22 Dustin Mullens, Emporium, Pa. (2006) 36-40โ76
T22 ^JJ Carbonell, Alexandria, Va. (2007) 40-36โ76
T22 William Nemesi, Cary, N.C. (2007) 37-39โ76
T31 * Chris Ray, Charlottesville, Va. (2005) 39-38โ77
T31 * Sam Beach, Glen Allen, Va. (2007) 37-40โ77
T31 * Andrew Salzberg, Sarasota, Fla. (2006) 38-39โ77
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T31 Brad Stone, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 40-37โ77
T31 Evan Beck, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) 38-39โ77
T31 Anthony Trace, Whitehall, Ohio (2007) 38-39โ77
T31 Jacob Wiesehan, Charlotte, N.C. (2007) 37-40โ77
T31 David McAndrew, Barrington, R.I. (2006) 38-39โ77
T31 Matt Lawson, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) 36-41โ77
T31 Zach Frick, Midlothian, Va. (2007) 38-39โ77
T41 Joe Pelland, Columbus, Ohio (2006) 40-38โ78
T41 Doug Gordon, Winter Park, Fla. (2006) 40-38โ78
T41 Preston Moore, Cary, N.C. (2007) 42-36โ78
T41 Joseph Knowles, Fayetteville, N.C. (2008) 40-38โ78
T41 Taylor Cowie, South Burlington, Vt. (2006) 40-38โ78
T41 Martin Pop, Cary, N.C. (2007) 37-41โ78
T47 Chris Ceconi, Vienna, Va. (2009) 41-38โ79
T47 Conner Sock, Hickory, N.C. (2008) 41-38โ79
T49 Andrew Deitrick, Richmond, Va. (2007) 40-40โ80
T49 Scott Juhl, Cary, N.C. (2006) 41-39โ80
T49 Kevin Pikus, Strongsville, Ohio (2007) 39-41โ80
T49 Scott Brantingson, Bethlahem, Pa. (2006) 41-39โ80
T49 Michael Hartman, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2006) 40-40โ80
T54 Eric Fritz, Brecksville, Ohio (2007) 39-42โ81
T54 Zachary Garrison, Arden, N.C. (2008) 42-39โ81
T54 Spencer Percy, Statesville, N.C. (2006) 40-41โ81
T57 Nicholas Swenson, Yorktown, Va. (2008) 41-41โ82
T57 Stewart Dula, Salisbury, N.C. (2007) 40-42โ82
T57 Ross Sumner, Callao, Va. (2008) 43-39โ82
T57 Spencer Lawson, Raleigh, N.C. (2010) 41-41โ82
T61 Brian Moeljadi, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2006) 40-43โ83
T61 Bradley Mowry, Leesburg, Va. (2006) 45-38โ83
T61 Ryan Anderson, Richmond, Va. (2007) 44-39โ83
T61 Gate Jones, Durham, N.C. (2009) 42-41โ83
T61 Andrew Price, Clayton, N.C. (2006) 40-43โ83
T66 William Ely, Sparta, N.J. (2006) 45-39โ84
T66 Justin Scott, Burlington, N.C. (2006) 42-42โ84
T66 Rob Hellauer, Lebanon, N.J. (2006) 45-39โ84
T66 Joseph Suarez, Richmond, Va. (2008) 43-41โ84
T70 Andrew Northcott, Williamsburg, Va. (2005) 43-43โ86
T70 Aaron Ebert, Huron, Ohio (2008) 46-40โ86
72 James Soltesz, Potomac, Md. (2006) 44-43โ87
73 Kevin Mininni, Lexington, N.C. (2006) 47-45โ92
74 Evan Hartman, Garrett, Pa. (2007) 48-45โ93
75 Jason Gossett, Fredericksburg, Va. (2006) 51-57โ108
Dennis Kwon, Rockville, Md. (2005) DQ (6-3a)
Timothy Dickson, Richmond, Va. (2006) WD
T1 ^Meredith Swanson, Roanoke, Va. (2009) 43-36โ79
T1 Brielle Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va. (2006) 41-38โ79
3 ^Marisa Kamelgarn, Mahopac, N.Y. (2009) 40-41โ81
4 Lauren Milosh, Southboro, Mass. (2006) 41-41โ82
5 Kristine Rohrbaugh, Midlothian, Va. (2008) 42-41โ83
T6 Jessica Unger, Bethesda, Md. (2006) 42-43โ85
T6 Caroline Sweet, Bowie, Md. (2008) 46-39โ85
FAILED TO QUALIFY
T8 Carolyn Levy, Knoxville, Tenn. (2006) 46-41โ87
T8 Kelly Fitzgerald, Kensington, Md. (2006) 41-46โ87
* - 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.