HADASH FIRES 68 TO CLAIM VICTORY AT SRIXON QUALIFIER
Ruffin, Rennegarbe share medalist honors in Girls Division
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Ryan Hadash of Katy, Texas, shot a 4-under-par 68 Sunday to garner medalist honors in the Boys Division of the Srixon Qualifier for the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship. In the Girls Division, Kamryn Ruffin of Pryor, Okla., and Shaina Rennegarbe of Addieville, Ill., both carded 5-over-par 77s to tie for the lead and share medalist honors.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Srixon Qualifier for the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship was an 18-hole stroke play event held at Rivercut Golf Course. The 94-player field featured players from 14 states and Mexico. The par-72 course was played at 6,758 yards in the Boys Division and 5,896 yards in the Girls Division.
Hadash, in his first Srixon Qualifier victory, started off the day eagling the par-5 No. 5 before carding four additional birdies through the rest of his round.
“That first hole I played was a huge confidence booster,” Hadash said. “I've never had an eagle in tournament play before so started my day off right and helped me stay focused.
Hadash finished four strokes ahead of the rest of the field, carding 33-35 on the front and back nines, respectively. He will play in this week's Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship.
Also qualifying to play in the tournament were Korbin Kuehn of Overland Park, Kan., Nicholas Wilson of Rocheport, Mo., Patrick Willey of Conway, Ark., Bo Sarratt of Gentry, Ark., Andy Hogenmiller of Washington, Mo., Kyle Knierim of Republic, Mo., Matthew Buschman of Washington, Mo., Ryan Marks of Warrensburg, Mo., Ben Hogan of Ozark, Mo., John Sabio of St. Louis, Blake Chase of Colleyville, Texas, and Joe Doramus of Little Rock, Ark.
Daniel Schaller of St. Louis, Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind., Nate McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa, Matthew Pell of Naperville, Ill., and Ben Juffer of West Des Moines, Iowa, all qualified but chose to opt-out and take a Tournament Exemption.
In the Girls Division, Ruffin carded one birdie en route to co-medalist honors. She said the strong wind that affected the field for most of the day caused her to deal with longer shots and harder iron choices.
“That wind meant there was never an even lie on the greens so I really had to pick up my short game,” Ruffin said. “I made some really good putts even though it was hard to hit the greens and my up and downs helped a lot.”
Co-medalist Rennegarbe, playing in her last AJGA event of the season, said good shots off the tee helped her card a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine.
“I was able to hit it solid and straight and that made the rest of the day easier,” she said. “It helps when you don't have to walk around the entire course and can just go straight down the fairways.”
Rennegarbe chose to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event.
Also qualifying to play in the tournament were Jamie Lavin of Deerfield, Ill., and Gianna Misenhelter of Overland Park, Kan.
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.
SRIXON Sports USA, Inc., based in Lawrenceville, Ga., has been distributing premium golf balls and equipment in the U.S. since 1997 and is a subsidiary of SRI Sports Limited. SRI Sports Limited is the number one golf club manufacturer in the world's second largest market, Japan, and is one of the world's leading patent holders in golf ball technology. SRIXON golf balls earned 26 tournament victories on multiple professional tours around the world in 2006.
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 Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship begin at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee Tuesday. For more information on the Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617-2424.