AJGA ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
LPGA International, Legends Course
Daytona Beach, Florida
June 9-12, 2003


CREAMER CAPTURES ROLEX GIRLS CROWN IN TWO-HOLE SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF
Jane Park places second in Daytona Beach


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
— Paula Creamer, 16, of Pleasanton, Calif., captured the title at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship in dramatic fashion. Her tournament total 71-69-71—211 tied her with Jane Park of Beaumont, Calif., for first place before beginning their fight for the championship in a two-hole sudden-death playoff.

The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 79 girls, representing 24 states, Mexico, and Japan. Held on the Legends Course at the LPGA International, 17 Florida residents were included in the field. The Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year, In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., and 22 other Polo Golf Junior All-Americans also participated.

Creamer, who qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open on Monday, held the lead throughout the final round until a challenging lie on No. 17, where she carded her first bogey of the day. Park, however, posted a needed birdie on the same hole that moved her to the top of the leaderboard.

The focused Creamer did not waver as she drained a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to force the sudden-death playoff. After Park’s par on the final hole, they were sent back to the 18th tee box to finish what they started.

Heading into the playoff, Creamer claimed it was the adrenaline from her clutch putt that her gave the energy to finish strong.

“I felt great going into the playoff,” Creamer said. “That putt was key for me.”

Park and Creamer were both relentless as they garnered matching pars on the first-hole of the sudden-death playoff. Creamer then drained a 15-foot putt for birdie on the second-hole of the playoff to clinch the win over Park.

“I needed a birdie to win and I knew I could do it,” she said. “Jane is a great player and she challenged me.”

Thursday’s win in Daytona Beach marks Creamer’s sixth win in 2003 and her 10th AJGA career victory. After receiving a sponsor exemption, she will play in the Wegmans Rochester LPGA tournament next week.

Park, 16, the second-round leader, had a solid overall tournament performance, posting rounds 70-69-72—211. She took runner-up honors after the two-hole sudden-death playoff against Creamer.

Rounding out the top-10 finishers, Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., carded a final round of 71 to finish in third place at 213, while recent U.S. Women’s Open qualifier, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., finished fourth with a scores of 72-73-71—216. Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., finished tied for fifth with tournament totals of 217. Tied for seventh place at 218 were Florida natives Christie Reed of Coral Springs and In-Bee Park of Eustis. Jackie Concolino of Orlando, Fla., and Mary Jacobs of Godfrey, Ill., shared ninth place honors after posting matching scores of 219.

For more information on the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship or other AJGA events, please contact our national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
2. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
3. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
3. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
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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