BRYAN -- Nitipat Krobteeranon, 17, of Samutprakarn, Thailand, took home medalist honors by one stroke Wednesday at the K12 Qualifier for the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions. Ryanne Haddow, 17, of Sugar Land, Texas, and Alexandra Kaui, 13, of Henderson, Nev., took home top honors for the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the K12 Qualifier for the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions was an 18-hole stroke play event held at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. The tournament field featured 72 boys and 16 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and Canada, China, Mexico and Thailand. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 6,988 yards, while the Girls Division played the course at 5,971 yards. K12 Qualifiers give juniors an opportunity to "play their way in" to coinciding AJGA Open tournaments or earn a Tournament Exemption or Performance Star for a future event. The K12 Qualifier Series offers opportunities for AJGA juniors at approximately 50 AJGA Open events.
Traveling from Thailand two days before the qualifier with one practice round under his belt, Krobteeranon knew he had to overcome the twelve-hour time difference to perform well. Carding birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 6 gave Krobteeranon the edge to finish strong.
“The course is very tough but I had strong drives down the fairway today, which helped my game a lot,” Krobteeranon said.
Playing in his first AJGA event, Krobteeranon said he was surprised that he took the top spot on the leaderboard.
“I didn’t know I would be leading the Boys Division today,” Krobteeranon said. “It feels great to be playing here. Qualifying today made my trip from Thailand worth it.”
Twelve other players qualified for the tournament: Tyler Ledet of Woodworth, La., Wesley McClain of Diboll, Texas, Hunter Kraus of Germantown, Tenn., Johnathan Chen of Sugar Land, Texas, David Saka of Waipahu, Hawaii, Mike Eyeington of College Station, Texas, Andrew Lister of Haymarket, Va., Ryan Prasad of The Woodlands, Texas, Luke Carpenter of Little Rock, Ark., Travis Wilmore of Alexandria, La., Wes Artac of Kingwood, Texas, and Preston Standley of Plano, Texas.
Also qualifying but opting to take a Tournament Exemption were Sarosh Adi of Frisco, Texas, Leighton Greer of Madison, Miss., and Christian De La Cruz of San Antonio.
Returning for her second year in the Girls Division, Haddow was familiar with the course and approached her round with confidence. Carding birdies on Nos. 9, 13 and 18, Haddow’s short game gave her the push she needed to earn medalist honors.
“It was a combination of my irons that helped my game a lot today,” Haddow said. “Once I got them close to the green I was able to make the putts.”
Haddow opted to take a Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's tournament.
Playing in her first AJGA event, Kaui was determined to stay calm and relaxed during her round. After struggling on the back nine, her turning point came on No. 1 where she chipped up to the green and tapped in for birdie, and on No. 9 when she sunk a 30-foot putt for par.
“It feels really great to be a medalist in my first AJGA tournament,” Kaui said. “This will be my first tournament to play in and I hope to continue to stay relaxed and have fun.”
Rounding out those qualifying for the tournament is Jennifer Yang of Coquitlam, British Columbia.
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First-round tee times for the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions will run from 8-9:49 a.m., and 12:30-2 p.m., off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Friday, April 10, at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Courtney Jones at (678) 617-9406, or visit the AJGA Web site, ajga.org.
BRYAN, Texas — K12 Qualifier results from the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Traditions Club at Texas A&M. Par: Boys: 36-36—72; Girls: 36-36—72. Yardage: Boys: 6,988; Girls: 5,971. Rating/Slope: Boys: 73.8/137; Girls: 76.4/147.
Nitipat Krobteeranon, Samutprakarn, Thailand 35-38—73
Tyler Ledet, Woodworth, La. 37-37—74
Wesley McClain, Diboll, Texas 40-35—75
Johnathan Chen, Sugar Land, Texas 42-34—76
Hunter Kraus, Germantown, Tenn. 41-35—76
David Saka, Waipahu, Hawaii 38-39—77
Mike Eyeington, College Station, Texas 38-39—77
# Leighton Greer, Madison, Miss. 37-40—77
# Sarosh Adi, Frisco, Texas 40-38—78
Andrew Lister, Haymarket, Va. 42-36—78
Ryan Prasad, The Woodlands, Texas 39-39—78
# Christian De La Cruz, San Antonio, Texas 43-36—79
* Luke Carpenter, Little Rock, Ark. 40-39—79
* Travis Wilmore, Alexandria, La. 40-39—79
* Wes Artac, Kingwood, Texas 40-39—79
* Preston Standley, Plano, Texas 40-39—79
FAILED TO QUALIFY
Sam DeStefano, Bryan, Texas 38-41—79
W. Coalter Paxton IV, Wilson, N.C. 43-37—80
Taylor Moore, Edmond, Okla. 41-39—80
Alec Ceravolo, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 39-41—80
Kyle Cooper, Grand Blanc, Mich. 41-39—80
Doug Shipman, Spring, Texas 41-40—81
Jonathan Park, Denver, Colo. 42-39—81
Colt Melton, Amarillo, Texas 39-42—81
Taylor Williams, Chickasha, Okla. 41-40—81
Austin DeGrate, Houston, Texas 40-41—81
Aneil Patel, Austin, Texas 41-41—82
Cash Wilkerson, Spring, Texas 41-41—82
Connor Black, Katy, Texas 42-41—83
Evan Greenwood, Hot Springs , Ark. 41-42—83
Corey Steinmann, Sugar Land, Texas 42-41—83
Jarrett Smith, McKinney, Texas 45-39—84
Parker Hensley, San Antonio, Texas 44-40—84
Gabriel Antony, Rockwall, Texas 43-41—84
Curtis Vaughan, IV, San Antonio, Texas 43-41—84
Guang Dian Huang, Cheng Du, China 42-42—84
Chris Shaw, College Station, Texas 44-40—84
Li Wang, Sammamish, Wash. 42-43—85
Corbin Wallace, Tulsa, Okla. 41-44—85
Paul Broussard, Lake Charles, La. 41-44—85
Elliot Horst, Rockford, Ill. 43-42—85
Andy Yang, Coquitlam, British Columbia 45-41—86
Edward Cruz, Missouri City, Texas 42-44—86
Kevin Cho, Katy, Texas 41-45—86
Paul Wolf, Southlake, Texas 46-40—86
Eric Coatney, Tulsa, Okla. 44-42—86
Maxwell Miller, College Station, Texas 44-42—86
Corey Hayford, Friendswood, Texas 45-42—87
Michael Culin, Plano, Texas 43-44—87
Reid Holly, Madison, Miss. 42-45—87
Cameron Ross, El Reno, Okla. 40-47—87
Sean Suputra, San Antonio, Texas 41-46—87
Dylan Siebenaler, Sugar Land, Texas 45-42—87
Asa Manor, Trophy Club, Texas 47-41—88
Ben Troester, Boerne, Texas 43-45—88
Bradley Fleming, Houston, Texas 45-43—88
James Ragan, Corpus Christi, Texas 43-45—88
Samuel Tolleson, Richmond, Texas 43-46—89
Robert Farlow, Houston, Texas 47-42—89
Andrew Scamardo, College Station, Texas 44-46—90
Brandon Pierce, Covington, La. 44-46—90
Jeran Smith, Windcrest, Texas 46-45—91
Wesley Wexner, Parkland, Fla. 44-47—91
Jordan Cowart, Austin, Texas 47-44—91
Lawrence Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif. 46-46—92
Jonathan Vasquez, Bryan, Texas 46-46—92
David Dewey, Monterrey, Mexico 44-48—92
Steven Shipler, Plano, Texas 48-45—93
John Callahan, Hinsdale, Ill. 47-46—93
Darren Whitehouse, Langley, British Columbia 42-52—94
Ross Mathews, Markle, Ind. 44-50—94
Skyler Young, Bentonville, Ark. 56-56—112
# Ryanne Haddow, Sugar Land, Texas 40-39—79
Alexandra Kaui, Henderson, Nev. 40-39—79
Jennifer Yang, Coquitlam, British Columbia 39-41—80
FAILED TO QUALIFY
Courtney Ferguson, Houston, Texas 43-39—82
Jordan Lippetz, Bradenton, Fla. 41-43—84
Kristin Tan, Seattle, Wash. 45-41—86
Samantha Stewart, Peoria, Ariz. 40-46—86
Tezira Abe, Angleton, Texas 43-43—86
Katie Lee, Silverdale, Wash. 43-44—87
Rainy Manor, Trophy Club, Texas 44-43—87
Wallis Spears, Kerrville, Texas 41-46—87
Lakareber Abe, Angleton, Texas 41-49—90
Ali Restaino, Birmingham, Mich. 50-42—92
Veronica Ryan, Dallas, Texas 51-41—92
Kelly Hill, Burke, Va. 50-45—95
Anna Grace Lavy, Fayetteville, Ark. 57-47—104
* - Qualified via sudden-death playoff
# - Player opted to take one AJGA Tournament Exemption in lieu of playing in this week's event