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TAYLOR WOODROW JUNIOR AT MAGNOLIA LANDING
Srixon Qualifier Series
The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing
North Fort Myers, Fla. • June 10, 2007
 

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joseph Byun of Lake Mary, Fla., shot a 5-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors in the Boys Division at the Srixon Qualifier for the Taylor Woodrow Junior at Magnolia Landing Sunday. Melissa Edmonson of Coral Gables, Fla., and Melanie Audette of Lakeland, Fla., shared the top spot in the Girls Division, both carding 5-over-par 77s.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Srixon Qualifier for the Taylor Woodrow Junior at Magnolia Landing was an 18-hole stroke play event held at The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing. The 64-player field featured players from 16 states and Canada. The Girls Division played The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing at 5,977 yards, while the Boys Division played it at 6,718 yards.

Byun, who finished seventh at last week’s Birks & Mayors Junior Championship at Mirasol, attributed his success to playing solid overall golf. He collected six birdies, including three in a row on Nos. 12-14, and only one bogey on the day.

“I was hitting fairways and greens, playing good golf,” Byun said. “I wasn't thinking about my score too much. I was just playing.”

Nine other players from the Boys Division earned spots in the Taylor Woodrow Junior at Magnolia Landing. Devin Patel of Celebration, Fla., and Werlien Prosperie III of Houma, La., finished tied for fifth with even-par 72s. Finishing tied for 10th were Yao-Chun Yang of Bradenton, Fla., Devin Komline of Dorset, Vt., Jordan Erlewine of Delray Beach, Fla., and Kyle Jorden of Juno Beach, Fla., who all shot 1-over-par 73. DJ Waskom of Cumming, Ga., and Komsith Huachai of Windermere, Fla., finished tied for 15th with 2-over-par 74s.

Andrew Cho of Howey in the Hills, Fla., qualified for the last tournament spot by winning a sudden death playoff on No. 10 with a birdie.

Qualifying but opting to take an AJGA Performance Based Entry Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Brian Fragakis of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Connor Barry of Jupiter, Fla., Brant DeLongy of Winter Park, Fla., Sterling Searcy, Jr. of Vero Beach, Fla., Chad Fleming of Seminole, Fla., Charlie Martin of Tampa, Fla., Andy Quintero of St. Petersburg, Fla.

In the Girls Division, Edmonson's top finish will allow her to play in her first AJGA Open event at Magnolia Landing. She was able to share the top spot despite some challenges during her round.

Byun, who finished seventh at last week’s Birks & Mayors Junior Championship at Mirasol, attributed his success to playing solid overall golf. He collected six birdies, including three in a row on Nos. 12-14, and only one bogey on the day.

“I got into trouble quite a bit, but I was also able to get out of it a lot as well,” Edmonson said. “There were some rough spots for me out there but I was able to pull it together.”

Audette chose to take an AJGA Performance Based Entry Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.

Also earning a spot in this week's tournament was Caroline Park of Oviedo, Fla., with a 9-over-par 81.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 25 foreign countries.

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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

First-round tee times for the Taylor Woodrow Junior at Magnolia Landing run from 7:30 — 9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Tuesday. For more information on the Taylor Woodrow Junior at Magnolia Landing call tournament headquarters at (678) 617-9917.