ASHWORTH PRESEASON JUNIOR AT HOT SPRINGS
Hot Springs Country Club, Arlington Course
Hot Springs, Arkansas
March 28-30, 2003

TEXAS NATIVE GAMMON HOLDS ON FOR WIN AT HOT SPRINGS
17-year-old edges Davis by one stroke

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Michael Gammon of Garland, Texas, started the final round of the AJGA Ashworth Preseason Junior at Hot Springs a lot better than the first. The 17-year-old carded a 78 Sunday to claim his first AJGA win with a tournament total of 152.

The 36-hole stroke play tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 boys, ages 13-18, representing 16 states. The tournament, which was the first-ever AJGA event in the state of Arkansas, was held on the Arlington Course at Hot Springs Country Club.

Gammon carded a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine to take a five-stroke lead over Reed Davis of Cordova, Tenn., as he made the turn. Bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 and birdies by Davis on those holes made things interesting on the back nine.

"I started off better today," said Gammon, who was 4-over-par through the first two holes in his opening round. "I played well on the front nine but I did not play as well on the back nine. I ran into some trouble on No. 18. My goal today was just to beat my playing partners."

Gammons' second shot on the par-5, final hole was front right of the green. He then hit his approach shot 50 yards over the green and got up and down for a bogey and the win.

"Winning this tournament gives me confidence," Gammon said. "I am excited to get an opportunity to play in other AJGA events."

Davis finished one stroke back with a tournament total of 153, while Josh Bain of Abilene, Texas, placed third at 154. Rounding out the top five were Jason Cuthbertson of Conway, Ark., and Mu Hu of Bradenton, Fla., at 155 and 156, respectively.

The medalist, Gammon, earned three AJGA tournament exemptions. Those who placed in the top five earned two AJGA tournament exemptions, while one exemption was awarded to those who finished in the top 15.

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 AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event.

Now in its fourth year, the Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior 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.

For more information about the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Hot Springs, please contact the AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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