Exemptions on line at Fall Championships

Quite a bit is on the line for the upcoming Fall championships in both the West and Midwest regions.

The Midwest Fall Tour Championship will take place Nov. 24-25 at Hermitage Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn., where more than just bragging rights will be up for grabs. A full field is expected to compete for Junior North and South Championship exemptions, AJGA Performance Stars and Golfweek National Rankings.

The points leaders in both the Boys 15-19 and Girls 15-19 divisions will earn exemptions into the prestigious North and South Junior Championships, conducted annually in July at the famous Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Currently, about a half-dozen players in the Boys 15-19 division remain in mathematical contention for the points lead.

Tyler Gray currently holds a slim 69-point advantage over Callahan Elzey while five players in all reside within 500 points of the lead, giving all a mathematical chance of winning. Behind Elzey is Daniel Wetterich at 1,208 points while Ted Rider sits at 1,122. Tyler Pearson (1,057 points) and Devan Schulert (1,013) round out the top six players in the race.

On the girls side, Anna Hack has virtually locked up the Fall season points title by virtue of three straight victories including last week’s 18-player field at Vanderbilt Legends. Hack has accumulated 542 points, giving her a 267-point cushion over Claire Hernandez. As of this writing the closest competitor registered to play is Jenna Burris, who has 182 points in one event played.

In addition to the points race, the Midwest Region Fall Tour Championship will award four AJGA Performance Stars to the winners and prove vital in tour exemptions into the prestigious Golfweek Junior Invitational events.

Out West, double points highlight Championship

In the West Region Fall Tour Championship, Dec. 8-9 on the Palms Course at Menifee Lakes Country Club in Menifee, Calif., the winner will enjoy double the points earned of a regular event, meaning the winner will have a leg up in winning Player of the Year.

Just as in the Midwest event, the West event will have more on the line than just the first-place trophy. The winners of both the Boys and Girls Collegiate Prep divisions will earn four AJGA Performance Starts while the winners in the Boys 13-14 and Girls 14-and-Under divisions will receive one AJGA Junior All-Star exemption.

The West Region Tour Championship is special for another reason in that it will play a major part in determining the FCG team in the 2013 North South Cup.

With the points races too close to call and with the championship putting double points on the line, the winner of the tournament is likely to win Player of the Year and earn an automatic spot on the North South Cup team.

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