Benge, Brown Qualify for U.S. Junior Amateur, Beasley for U.S. Girls' Junior
Qualifying Conducted on Tuesday at Lochland Country Club
HASTINGS (June 14, 2022) - Omaha's Jackson Benge kept his hot-streak going and along with Omaha's Kolby Brown, qualified for the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, while Maya Beasley of Pinehurst, North Carolina earned a spot in the 2022 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship through qualifying at Lochland Country Club in Hastings on Tuesday.
Benge, who won the Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship last week in runaway fashion, kept his foot on the gas and fired a 64 (-8) to earn medalist honors and one of two qualifying spots. After making six birdies in 13 holes of the Junior Match Play Final, Benge added nine birdies today to post the low round of the day by a whopping eight strokes. The Omaha Westside rising junior also won a junior event in Iowa over the weekend.
Brown, Benge's high school teammate, had to battle for his spot, birdieing two of the last three holes to shoot 72 (E). He won a playoff against Grand Island's Henry Kosmicki, who also shot 72 (E). Brown made par on the first playoff hole, No. 10, to secure his spot in the championship. Kosmicki is the first alternate, and Geneva's Alexander Schademann is the second alternate after a round of 73 (+1).
On the girls' side, Beasley also took medalist honors by a healthy margin to take the lone qualifying spot. Her 71 (-1) was the only round under par and the low by three strokes. Beasley played a flawless back nine 35 (-1), with one birdie, to separate herself.
Lincoln's Nicole Kolbas and Englewood, Colorado's Madeline Bante tied at 74 (+2), and Bante won a playoff for the alternate positions. Bante is the first alternate, and Kolbas, who played in last year's U.S. Girls' Junior, is the second alternate.
Benge and Brown will play next at the 74th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon, July 25-30. Beasley will play at the 73rd U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Kentucky, July 18-23.
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