|TOLDO GROUP EASTERN CANADIAN JUNIOR
Roseland Golf & Curling Club
June 23-26, 2003
GIELOW WINS FIRST AJGA TITLE IN WINDSOR
Pressel defends Girls Division title in sudden-death
WINDSOR, Ontario - After playing in
his first full AJGA event, Brendan Gielow of Muskegon, Mich.,
has secured his first AJGA title with a 6-under-par 207.
Defending champion Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., held
on to her title after winning on the third hole of a sudden-death
playoff and finished with a 2-over-par 218.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Toldo
Group Eastern Canadian Junior featured 105 players with
boys and girls, ages 13-18, representing 13 states and Canada,
including 50 Ontario natives. The 54-hole event was held
at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club.
Gielow (67-66-74-207) only had one birdie on the day but
still managed to keep his place atop the leaderboard.
"I couldn't get anything going," the 15-year-old
said. "I kept in there, though, and I am really happy
that I played well."
Gielow's only other AJGA event ended early after he had
to withdraw due to an injury at last year's AJGA Junior
All-Star Classic at Midland.
"My goal this time was to just finish the round,"
he said. "I came in thinking that it is only a one-day
tournament. I had to play my own game and the course and
not worry about what the other players were doing."
Gielow hopes his next tournament will be the Rolex Tournament
Ryan Brehm (67-71-71-209) of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., took second
after three rounds of play. Brehm's key to success was playing
well on the par-5s.
"I birdied all of the par-5s," the 17-year-old
said. "My bunker play also went well today."
Brehm next plans on competing in the AJGA Boyne Highlands
Junior in Harbor Springs, Mich., in early July.
"I hope I can be in contention again on the last day
and pull out a win," he said.
In the Girls Division, Pressel pulled ahead of Amber Prange
of Noblesville, Ind., for the win after three holes of a
sudden-death playoff. Pressel recently won the Buick Junior
Open presented by Golfweek.
"It's great to win," the 15-year-old U.S. Women's
Open qualifier said. "It's a good feeling to accomplish
my first multi-win year."
Pressel (74-72-72-218) will start her first round of competition
in the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday in Portland, Ore. She
and six other AJGA members will be competing against the
"I'll have to play better to make the cut, but it will
be fun," Pressel said.
Prange (74-72-72-218) was still happy with her performance
after her sudden-death loss to Pressel. The 18-year-old
only had 12 putts on the front nine.
"I let Morgan creep up on me," she said. "I
had too much adrenaline and 3-putted on the 18th. I'm disappointed
I didn't win, but I still hung in there."
Prange will be attending the University of Washington on
a golf scholarship in the fall. She later hopes to land
a spot on the LPGA tour.
For more information on the Toldo Group Eastern Canadian
Junior, contact the AJGA at (770) 868-4200.