ASHWORTH PRESEASON JUNIOR AT MARYLAND
University of Maryland Golf Course
College Park, Maryland
April 4-6, 2003

HEDGE GARNERS PAR TO TAKE HOME FIRST AJGA CROWN
Montana native battles chilly and windy conditions at AJGA Ashworth Preseason Junior at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Josh Hedge of Billings, Mont., captured the title at the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Maryland with a final-round, even-par 71. His two-day tally of 144 left him 2-over-par for the tournament. The 36-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 83 boys, ages 13-18, representing 18 states and Canada. The tournament was held at the University of Maryland Golf Club.

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.

Hedge, 16, only wanted to protect his one-stroke lead coming into Sunday's final round. He was able to do just that as he maintained a steady game and even pace in order to be in contention for the tournament honors.

"I am excited that I played well enough both days considering that I really only started playing two weeks ago. I am sure that most of the players this weekend thought the weather was tough to play in, but I thought it was perfect coming from Montana," he said.

The high school sophomore's final-round performance included two birdies on Nos. 9 and 11 and draining several 8-foot putts to save par.

"My putting game was definitely much better than yesterday. This is my first AJGA event and I can't believe that I won," Hedge said.

Richard Brazeau of Portsmouth, N.H., fired a final-round of 76 to finish in second at 152 behind Hedge while Pennsylvania native Tyler Brewington of Orangeville finished in third place at 153 after a 74 in the final round. Rounding at the top 5 include Jeffrey Varga of Monroeville, Pa.; Danny Weisenberg of Sarasota, Fla.; Andrew Osofsky of Huntington, N.Y.; and Maryland natives Dennis Kwon of Rockville; Michael Manders, Michael Doyle, Jr., and Adam Krainson all of Potomac.

The tournament awarded three AJGA exemptions to the medalist, two to those who placed in the top five and one to those who finished in the top 15.

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. The Ashworth Preseason Junior at Maryland completed the Series.
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