MARTIN POSTS ONLY SUB-PAR ROUND TO MEDAL IN BRISTOL
Newbury cards 2-over-par 72 to lead Girls Division
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Charlie Martin of Tampa, Fla., registered a 1-under-par 69 Sunday to claim medalist honors in the K12 Qualifier for the AJGA Junior Championship at The Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources. In the Girls Division, Victoria Newbury of Williamsburg, Va., carded a 2-over-par 72 to lead the field by two strokes and qualify at the Country Club of Bristol.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ką˛ Qualifier for the AJGA Junior Championship at The Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources was an 18-hole stroke play event held at the Country Club of Bristol. The qualifier field featured 72 boys and 10 girls, ages 13-18, from 17 states, Canada and Indonesia. The Boys Division played the par-70 layout at 6,281 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 5,667 yards.
Typically held the day prior to AJGA Open tournaments, 18-hole K12 Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to each coinciding AJGA tournament or build their AJGA Performance Based Entry status. In all, 12 boys and three girls advanced from the K12 Qualifier and have the opportunity to play in the AJGA Junior Championship at The Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources, which begins Tuesday, July 28. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
For the Boys Division, it was Martin who managed to weather the constant downpour, firing six birdies on the day, including five on the front nine alone. Carding the only sub-par round of the day, Martin attributed his round to steady overall play and a few clutch putts.
“The greens were a lot faster than I expected, especially with that rain,” Martin said. “I ran a couple past but was able to make a few par putts. Everything else was really solid.”
Martin chose to take an AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event. Also opting out were Cole Parrish of Nashville, Tenn., Austin Garrett of Smithville, Tenn., and Stuart Kaufman of Armonk, N.Y.
Qualifying to play in the AJGA Junior Championship at The Virginian presented by Alpha Natural Resources were Davis Bunn of Knoxville, Tenn., Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn., Ethan Lambert of Rome, Ga., Ben Wolcott of Burns, Tenn., Layton Truax of Savannah, Ga., Wil Brown of Statesville, N.C., Alexander Lynch of Greenwich, Conn., Robb Clark of Louisville, Ky., George Rohde of Cincinnati, Dustin Wilder of Brentwood, Tenn., and Christian Dolan of Islip, N.Y. Andrew Henehan of Kettering, Ohio, survived a five-man, sudden-death playoff to claim the final spot in the field.
Newbury, staying resilient despite the soggy conditions, registered 14 pars and one birdie on the day. While her nine-hole scores of 37-35 landed her atop the leaderboard, the 2011 graduate said her short game left something to be desired.
“No putts were really dropping for me,” Newbury said. “I did hit my irons really well, better than I have in a long time. I'm nervous for the tournament this week, I've heard The Virginian is a challenging golf course.”
Joining Newbury in this week's event will be Katie Mitchell of Seymour, Tenn., and Sara Stanley of Centreville, Va.
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