LEVITT TAKES HOME MEDALIST HONORS AT THE VINEYARD AT ESCONDIDO
Wu earns medalist honors in Girls Division
ESCONDIDO, Calif., — Andrew Levitt of Laguna Niguel, Calif., earned medalist honors in the K12 qualifier for the Emerson Junior Golf Classic after he shot a 4-under-par 66. Han Wu of Norwalk, Calif., took home medalist honors in the Girls Division by two strokes after she shot a 4-under-par 66.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for Emerson Junior Golf Classic was an18-hole stroke play event being held at the Vineyard at Escondido. The tournament field featured 76 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from four states and Canada. The Boys Division played the par-70 course from 6,462 yards, while the Girls Division played at 5,628 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 will play in the Emerson Junior Golf Classic, which begins Tuesday, August 18. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events
Levitt had an almost flawless round, recording five birdies against only one bogey. His steady iron play and solid putting led him to a one-shot victory. He started off well making birdie on his second hole, the 551-yard par-5 15th, after he holed out from 15 yards.
“I thought I was off to a pretty bad start after I slapped it around on No. 14,” Levitt said. “But then I chipped in on No. 15, which helped me get a jump start to my round.”
Also joining Levitt in the Emerson Junior Golf Classic are Danny Ochoa of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Ki Taek Lee of La Quinta, Calif., Alfred Castro of La Quinta, Brandon Hortt of San Diego, Marco Fortades of Glendale, Calif., Ryan Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., Mychael Clark of Newport Beach, Calif., Jonah Texeira of Northridge, Calif., Corey Gard of Villa Park, Calif., Mark Jensma of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and David Smith of San Diego.
Opting to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event were Bobby Holden of Simi Valley, Calif., Kevin Lee of Irvine, Calif., Robert Palacios of Chino Hills, Calif., Kevin Allen of San Clemente, Calif., John Davenport of Newport Beach, and Joshua Park of Diamond Bar, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Wu struck the ball beautifully, hitting 14 of 15 fairways and 17 of 18 greens. Her irons were on fire as she gave herself a chance at birdie on almost every hole.
“I put myself in good position all day,” Wu said, who opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event. “My irons were working really well.”
Sarah Baek of Encinitas, Calif., Rui Li of Kent, Wash., and Raquel Ek of San Diego, will be joining the Girls Division in the Emerson Junior Golf Classic.
Opting to take one AJGA Tournament Exemptions in lieu of playing in this week's event was Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar.
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First-round tee times for the Emerson Junior Golf Classic will run from 7:15 a.m. — 9:03 a.m. off the No. 1 tee and from 7:18 a.m. — 9:06 a.m. of the No. 10 tee, Tuesday at Maderas Golf Club.