AJGA MIDWEST JUNIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Highlands Course
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
June 30 - July 3, 2003
BLUMENHERST WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE AJGA
Peevler finishes first in Boys Division
Lake Geneva, Wis.- Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale,
Ariz., shot even-par 71 at the AJGA Midwest Junior Players
Championship to claim her third consecutive AJGA title. Cole
Peevler of Keokuk, Iowa, fired an even-par 71 to clinch first
place in the Boys Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole
tournament featured 99 players representing 26 states. The
Midwest Junior Players Championship has not been held since
1998, when it completed a seven-year run at the Grand Geneva
Resort & Spa.
After claiming the top spot in the AJGA Southwestern Junior
Classic and the AJGA PING/Marisco Funds Colorado Junior Roundup,
Blumenherst (65-73-71-209) added another win to her collection.
She finished in first place with a 4-under-par 209 for the
tournament. This marks her fifth career AJGA title. In 2002,
she won the AJGA Arizona Junior Classic and the AJGA R.H.
Crossland Foundation/St. Regis Aspen Junior.
"I felt like I played really well today," the 16-year-old
said. "I didn't get into any trouble and my putting was
on, which makes it easy. I didn't need to get up-and-down
or make any long putts."
Kelly Robb (73-71-76-220) of Concord, Mass., finished in second
place, one shot ahead of Noriko Nakazaki. Robb will be playing
golf for Northwestern University in the fall.
"It was rough out there today," Robb said. "I
figured Amanda would be playing well and I just hung in there.
I knew I had some good opportunities on the back nine and
needed to keep playing the way I was playing."
Peevler (68-71-71-210) eagled hole No. 2 and birdied hole
No. 3 to get his momentum going, shooting a 3-under-par 210
for the tournament. Peevler won the 2002 John Deere Junior
Classic and will be playing in the Rolex Tournament of Champions
on July 6.
"I was feeling pretty good and I knew I needed to keep
it going," Peevler said. "I took a couple days off
and have been playing well ever since."
James Sacheck of Zionsville, Ind., and Colin Wilcox of Camarillo,
Calif., tied for second place in the Boys Division, shooting
2-under-par 211s for the tournament.
Sacheck (70-72-69-211) recorded the low final round with a
2-under-par 69 on the day. His highlight of the day was making
an eagle on the 525-yard, par-5 11th hole.
"I was hitting the ball really well," the 17-year-old
said. "Even when I didn't hit the ball well, I still
managed to birdie three holes."
Wilcox (70-71-70-211) fired a 1-under-par 70 in the final
round. His second place finish was a personal best.
"I knew there would be a lot of pressure in the final
round," the 17-year-old said. "I had a lot of good
looks and putted better on the back nine."
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