January 9, 2006
Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., finished
2005 with a bang, winning the Junior Orange Bowl December
30 by seven strokes. With rounds of 71-70-68-70 –
279, Park did not have to worry about much competition
from the field. Three of the top five finishers are
current AJGA members. Finishing third was Isabelle
Lendl of Bradenton, Fla., followed closely
by Michelle Grilli of Lutherville,
Md., in fourth. Finishing in a tie for fifth was Vicky
Hurst of Melbourne, Fla.
the Boys Division, Rolex Junior Player of the Year Peter
Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., finished one stroke
off the lead in a tie for second. Tied for fourth and
rounding out the AJGA members in the top five were Mu
Hu of Shen Zhen, China, and Rickie
Fowler of Murrieta, Calif.
Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship showcased
the talents of current and past AJGA girls. Nine of
the top-10 players have had successful careers with
the AJGA. Scottsdale, Ariz., natives Amanda
Blumenherst, Taylore Karle
and Esther Choe are joined by Ryann
O’Toole of San Clemente, Calif., Sydney
Burlison of Salinas, Calif., Jane Rah
of Torrance, Calif., Tiffany Joh of
San Diego, Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii
and Alexandrea Schulte of Broken Arrow,
Okla., on the list of those finishing in the top 10.
AJGA alumna Kalen Anderson was recently
named assistant golf coach at Duke University. After
graduating from the school in 2001, the Edina, Minn.,
native went on to play on the Futures Golf Tour. In
1996, Anderson was named an AJGA Scholastic All-American.
Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., was given full
playing status by the LPGA Tour in December. After a
strong showing in LPGA Qualifying School and with her
impressive resume, Pressel petitioned LPGA Commissioner
Carolyn Bivens in order to receive full tour benefits.
The 17-year-old would not be eligible to play on the
LPGA Tour until her 18th birthday without a special
exemption. Pressel became only the second player in
AJGA history to earn the "AJGA-slam" by winning
all the Invitationals in which she was eligible to play.