Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the the Memorial Junior presented by Border Energy is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club. The event features 72 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states and 2 countries. The Boys Division is playing the course at 7,051 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,120 yards.
GIVING BACK: This is the fourth year straight that Julie Lechner has attended the Memorial Junior presented by Border Energy. However, this year her role has changed slightly. For the past three years Julie has played in the tournament, but she has since graduated high school and decided to give back by volunteering. She has helped shuttle juniors from No. 5 to No. 6 throughout all three rounds.
Julie's first experience with the Memorial Junior presented by Border Energy was in 2009 where she finished 16th in the Girls Division. In 2010 she finished 18th and in 2011 she finished 16th. Julie's career best was her 2nd place finish in 2009 at the Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation. After having a successful junior career, she was offered at college golf scholarship at Ohio University and she will be starting her sophomore year in the fall. Hopefully she will be back to volunteer in the future!
GERRY'S KIDS: Coach Gerry Hammond is a well-known coach in the Columbus, Ohio, area. He was worked with over 200 kids in the Ohio area including several AJGA members who played in this week’s qualifier and championship event. Those members include: Justin Arens, Jonathan Ransone, Darnell Ellis and they call themselves Gerry’s Kids.
DOUBLE-DUKE TWINS: Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., and Andrew Bieber of Shaker Heights, Ohio, unknowingly showed up to the tee for the final round in matching Duke outfits. They will both be graduating in 2013 and have verbally committed to play for the Duke men's golf team. After they got past being emabarrassed about having a twin on the course, they posed for a few pictures. Go Blue Devils!