AJGA Woodward Junior: Final results

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. (Sept. 1, 2008) — Richard Dearinger, 17, of Chapel Hill, N.C., shot a final-round 68 for a tournament total 8-under-par 205 to win the Boys Division at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier Monday. Casey Ann Kennedy, 17, of Venice, Fla., made a clutch 10-foot putt on the first playoff hole to claim victory in the Girls Division.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier featured 99 players from 25 states and Canada. The field consisted of 75 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18. The Boys Division played the par-71 Greenbrier — Meadows Course at 6,756 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 6,068 yards.

Dearinger came into the final round with a game plan of hitting fairways and greens and giving himself chances for birdies. His plan proved to be successful, as he was the only player in the field to record three rounds in the 60s. Dearinger said his putting was the key to his solid play today.

“This was my goal all week long,” said Dearinger, who earned his way into the tournament via Thursday's Qualifier. “I'm pleased with the way I played all week. I just told myself to stick to my game plan and to see if I could get a few of those putts to drop.”

Sheldon Keyte of Portage, Mich., finished alone in second place five strokes back at 3-under-par 210. Brandon Ng of Toronto, Ontario and Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach, Calif., tied for third at even-par 213. Nicholas Austin of Midlothian, Va., Will Pearson of Memphis, Tenn., and Thomas Bradshaw of Coumbia, S.C., tied for fifth at 1-over-par 214.

In the Girls Division, Kennedy did not play her best on the back nine, but used that as motivation for the playoff. She entered it with a clear, determined mind.

“I didn't want to have any regrets,” Kennedy said. “I ripped a 3-wood right down the middle of the fairway [on the first playoff hole] and stuck my gap wedge to about 10 feet and rolled the putt in. I wanted to finish well.”

Marisa Kamelgarn of Mahopac, N.Y., Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., and Karen Chung of Livingston N.J., tied for second at 5-over-par 218.

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ABOUT THE AJGA Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier

One of the AJGA series of "open" tournaments with a Performance Based Entry process (see below). Format is 54 holes of stroke play. Must be AJGA member.

Performance Based Entry Process
In 2003, the AJGA abandoned its tournament selection process that was based on the strength of a tournament application and resume in favor of a Performance Based Entry process. This enables 12-18-year-old members to earn their way into AJGA Open tournaments based on performances at the national, regional and state levels.

Through more than 20 years of research on junior golf tournaments, the AJGA has compiled a list of hundreds of tournaments included in Performance Based Entry. This includes national events, other junior tours, regional events as well as events on the state level. The AJGA records information on all players (AJGA members and non-members) who play in a recognized event and meet the required finish in that event.

The Performance Based Entry status is the main criterion used for non-exempt players to gain entry into an AJGA open event. AJGA members can view their status anytime in the AJGA Player Center on the AJGA Web site, ajga.org.

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