ASHWORTH PRESEASON JUNIOR AT HIGHLAND OAKS PRESENTED BY MOVIE GALLERY
Highland Oaks Golf Course
Dothan, Alabama
March 7-9, 2003

VONGVANIJ CLAIMS FIRST AJGA TITLE IN SHORTENED EVENT
Final round cancelled due to inclement weather

DOTHAN, Ala. – Arnond Vongvanij of Bradenton, Fla., who shot 2-under-par 70 in his opening round Saturday to sit atop the leaderboard, captured his first AJGA victory at the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Highland Oaks presented by Movie Gallery Sunday after the final round was cancelled at 9:30 a.m. Overnight thunderstorms that continued into the morning hours made Highland Oaks Golf Course unplayable.

The 18-hole stroke-play tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 boys ages 13-18 representing 18 states and Canada. The tournament was held on the Marshwood (front nine) and Highlands (back nine) courses at Highland Oaks Golf Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Vongvanij, 14, was born in Hawaii to parents of Thai descent and moved to Florida in 2001. Playing in his first AJGA Tournament, he was confident after finishing his practice round 1-under-par.

When asked about the feeling he had upon hoisting his first championship trophy, the eighth-grader simply replied: “confidence.” It was this self-assurance and poise that allowed him to finish 2-under-par for the tournament.

Finishing second in a February tournament after leading the first round, Vongvanij attributed mental focus to his ability to claim victory in Dothan. “Last year and earlier this year, my mental game was not so good,” he said. “This year, I’m focusing on my own game and not worrying as much about the competition.”

Looking ahead, Vongvanij has set a goal of reaching the top ten in the AJGA by age 16-17, and realizes he must continue to improve to keep up with his fellow AJGA juniors.

“ I have to improve on my short game and putting,” he said. “If the driver and irons are not working, I’ll have to depend on my short game to keep close. But, overall, I just want to play par golf.”

Steven Ransom, St. Augustine, Fla., who shot a 1-over-par 73, finished second. Tying for third with scores of 74 were Stanton Lanham of Huntersville, N.C., and Blake Davis of Huntington, W. Va. Nathan Stamey of Canton, N.C., rounded out the top five with a 75.

The AJGA’s Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series is a boys-only series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event. For those who are eligible, participation is limited to one Preseason event and one Postseason event per calendar year as long as they have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event.

Now in its fourth year, the Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Series grew from eight events in 2002 to 10 in 2003. The Series helps juniors gain the experience needed to compete at the national level. Ashworth Preseason events will also be taking place in Patterson, Calif., Las Cruces, N.M., Hot Springs, Ark., and College Park, Md.

For more information about the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Highland Oaks presented by Movie Gallery, or any AJGA event, please contact the Association’s National Headquarters at (877) 373-2542 or visit the AJGA’s Web site at ajga.org.

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DOTHAN, Ala. — Final Round results from the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Highland Oaks presented by Movie Gallery conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association at Highland Oaks Golf Course, Marshwood and Highlands Courses. Par: 36-36—72. Yardage: 6,738

Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton, Fla. 35-35—70
Steven Ransom, St.Augustine, Fla. 37-36—73
Stanton Lanham, Huntersville, N.C. 37-37—74
Blake Davis, Huntington, W.Va. 36-38—74
Nathan Stamey, Canton, N.C. 35-40—75
John Turnipseed, Rainbow City, Ala. 40-36—76
Austin Frye, Madison, Miss. 40-37—77
Zachary Canfield, Winter Park, Fla. 39-38—77
Carl Santos-Ocampo, Naples, Fla. 37-40—77
Rob Bennett, Augusta, Ga. 41-36—77
Ethan Maretich, Ringgold, Ga. 40-37—77
Michael Song, Bradenton, Fla. 40-38—78
Brinson Holder, Point Clear, Ala. 37-41—78
Chase MacFarland, Savannah, Ga. 37-41—78
John Park, Eustis, Fla. 39-39—78
Jordan Johnstun, Rock Hill, S.C. 38-40—78
Jaime Zabala, Naples, Fla. 40-38—78
Craig Whitt, Ann Arbor, Mich. 39-39—78
Justin Smith, Savannah, Ga. 37-41—78
Joe Jones, Pendleton, S.C. 42-36—78
Greg Simpson, Franklin, Tenn. 39-39—78
Benjamin Judd, Macon, Ga. 41-38—79
Matt Bradley, Shelby, N.C. 39-40—79
Tyler Oldenburg, Jacksonville, Fla. 40-39—79
Chappell Brown, W. Palm Beach, Fla. 43-36—79
Paul Swift, Murfreesboro, Tenn. 42-37—79
Michael Selvaggio, Simpsonville, S.C. 41-38—79
Robert Lindstrom, Huntsville, Ala. 41-38—79
Ross Vinson, Mobile, Ala. 39-40—79
Matt Pitts, Bradenton, Fla. 40-40—80
Mark Silvers, Savannah, Ga. 40-40—80
Landon DeStefano, Olive Branch, Miss. 42-38—80
Michael Knight, Calgary, Alberta 39-41—80
Art Richey, Russellville, Ala. 39-41—80
Ryan Zabroske, Alpharetta, Ga. 40-40—80
Ben Sauls, Baton Rouge, La. 41-40—81
Kevin Lim, Eustis, Fla. 42-39—81
Muhd Hanis Wahab, Sarasota, Fla. 41-40—81
Brennan Hollenbeck, Batavia, Ill. 43-38—81
Brett Munson, Louisville, Ky. 45-36—81
Aristo Shyn, Eagle River, Alaska 41-40—81
David Moss, Chicago, Ill. 42-40—82
Peter Yoo, Norcross, Ga. 42-40—82
Jamie Howell, Savannah, Ga. 44-38—82
Justin Denham, Woodstock, Ga. 38-44—82
Kyle Stiles, Athens, Ga. 44-38—82
John Thomas Williamson, Meridian, Miss. 40-43—83
Michael Saari, Lilburn, Ga. 46-37—83
Micah Triche, Morgan City, La. 45-39—84
Stephen Smith, Lafayette, La. 39-45—84
Jordan Carpenter, Fayetteville, Ga. 44-40—84
Taylor Harroun, St. Augustine, Fla. 47-37—84
James Stephens, Jr., Milton, Fla. 42-42—84
Brian Lawrence, Pace, Fla. 43-41—84
Matthew Morehead, Decatur, Ala. 42-42—84
Hunter Bronson, Mobile, Ala. 41-43—84
Allie Adams IV, Berwick, La. 42-43—85
Bo Cromelin, Chevy Chase, Md. 42-43—85
Nick Simmons, Greenwood Village, Colo. 42-43—85
Taylor Imperi, Gainesville, Fla. 43-43—86
Hays Featherston, Lexington, Ky. 45-41—86
Nathan Bennett, Oxford, Ala. 43-43—86
Justin Wenger, Alpharetta, Ga. 44-43—87
Michael Raines, Acworth, Ga. 42-45—87
James Whitehurst, Williston, Fla. 43-44—87
Tyler Rowe, Savannah, Ga. 44-43—87
Caleb Freitag, Clemmons, N.C. 46-41—87
Kyle Lindgren, Marietta, Ga. 45-43—88
Brian Bloom, Marietta, Ga. 46-43—89
Ben Drenth, Seminole, Fla. 46-43—89
Eric Futrell, Louisville, Ky. 42-47—89
Leslie Bonvillain, Luling, La. 46-43—89
Max Bonner, Dothan, Ala. 45-44—89
David Finethy, Jacksonville, Fla. 47-43—90
Christopher Heitz, Louisville, Ky. 44-46—90
Matthew Baumgartner, Sugar Grove, Ill. 44-46—90
Dan Direnfeld, Arlington, Va. 46-46—92
Byron Strickland, Enterprise, Ala. 52-41—93
Kyle Glenn, Lewis Center, Ohio 53-40—93
Landry Bates, Mooresville, Ind. 52-42—94
Christopher Duffy, Prospect, Ky. 47-47—94
Andrew Delaney, Wheaton, Ill. 48-47—95
Ty Luther, Wheaton, Ill. 48-48—96
Ty Cucarola, Madison, Ala. 50-46—96

 
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