By Stephanie Dittmer, AJGA Communications
field for the 2012 Polo Golf Junior Classic was cut from 78 to 32 in each
division as the stroke play competition concluded at PGA National Resort &
Spa Tuesday, sending the top-32 performers in each division to the first round
of match play. The 2012 field includes several familiar faces from the 2011
the cut and securing the final spot in the bracket was Parker Derby of
Columbus, Ga., who prevailed in a three-hole, six-for-one playoff. Derby
advanced to the finals of the 2011 Polo Golf Junior Classic and is one of three
in the Boys Division who return for the second portion of the tournament in
2012. Adam Wood of Zionsville, Ind., and Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas, also
advanced to match play. Wood and Dalke each made appearances in the
quarterfinals of last year’s event; Wood fell to Derby and Dalke was defeated
by 2011 champion and 2012 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Matthew NeSmith of
North Augusta, S.C.
Wednesday’s opening round, Derby will face stroke play medalist Scott Scheffler
of Dallas, Dalke will take on Jack Maguire of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Wood
will face off against Jacob Solomon of Dublin, Calif.
return as match play competitors working towards the distinguished champion
title. Two notable returning golfers in the division are defending champion Nicole
Morales of South Salem, N.Y., and stroke play co-medalist Esther Lee of Los
Alamitos, Calif. Morales was crowned 2011 champion following a 3-and-1 victory
over Jessica Vasilic of Anaheim Hills, Calif.
making return appearances to match play are Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach,
Calif., Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis., Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y.,
Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, Calif., Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, Simin Feng of
Orlando, Fla., Amy Lee of Brea Calif., Anna Newell of Tampa, Fla., Allisen
Corpuz of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga.
matchups feature Esther Lee vs. Ramsey, Corpuz vs. Angel Yin, Danielson vs.
Alice Jeong, Sims vs. Haley Moore, Andrea Lee vs. Bethany Wu, Amy Lee vs. Hee
Wook Choi, Newell vs. Hannah O’Sullivan, Feng vs. Rachel Dai, Park vs. Alexandra
Kaui, and Morales vs. Erin Choi.