ABACOA JUNIOR CLASSIC
Abacoa Golf Club
July 7-10, 2003
NOAH GOLDMAN TAKES FIRST PLACE AT 2-UNDER-PAR
Weintraub clinches Girls Division win after three-hole
JUPITER, Fla. - Noah Goldman of Longwood, Fla., secured
his first national junior golf victory at the Abacoa Junior
Classic Thursday with a final round 2-under-par 70. In the
Girls Division, Hagen Weintraub of Pembroke Pines, Fla., placed
first after a three-hole sudden death playoff against Yu-Jin
Bang of Bradenton, Fla.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Abacoa
Golf Club, the event featured a field of 84 competitors. The
tournament consisted of 54 holes of stroke play, with 57 players
from the state of Florida participating.
Entering the tournament through a qualifier round held on
Sunday, Goldman attributed his victory and low score to his
consistent play throughout the week.
"I was playing for overall consistency," Goldman
said. "I just tried to play my game to the best of my
Despite the Abacoa Junior Classic being Goldman's first national
victory, the 17-year-old still managed to handle the pressure
"I didn't think I would shoot low enough to qualify for
the tournament," Goldman said. "But I felt up to
the level of the other players. When I birdied the first two
holes, I knew I was off to a good start, and even though I
wanted consistency, I still tried for some of the longer shots."
Tying for second place at 1-under-par 215, Lanny Benson of
St. Louis, Mo., and Matthew Galloway of Valrico, Fla., both
attributed their finishes to solid putting.
"I didn't putt that well overall," Galloway said.
"But I made the clutch putts when I had to. I just kept
trying to stay consistent."
Galloway, who tied for 15th at last year's event, rebounded
strongly at this year's event with rounds of 74-72-69.
"Last year, the ninth hole got me every time, but I played
it much better this year," Goldman said.
Playing in his final AJGA tournament, Benson also entered
the Abacoa Junior Classic through a qualifier playoff.
"Today everything started well," Benson said. "This
is my best tournament finish; I was very excited to be in
the tournament. I just wanted to put up some good numbers."
In the Girls Division, the 16-year-old Weintraub made several
clutch putts to secure the three-hole playoff victory.
"I felt consistent all week, but today felt great,"
Weintraub said. "I under-clubbed a lot, but I would just
try to hit the greens and make the putts."
Weintraub and Bang played alongside each other during round
three and the playoff.
"I got along well with Yu-Jin," Weintraub said.
"Having played with someone through 18 holes made me
more comfortable and I felt calm going into the playoff."
Bang was also competing in her final AJGA tournament. Bang's
second shot on No. 17 failed to get airborne, leaving the
junior with a long approach shot, and a long putt to bogey
"I was too nervous after my 3-wood shot," Bang said.
"I am not hitting my long ball straight and I only hit
the drives about 210. I did hit my irons well, and I felt
I played my best game today."
Christine Yum of Bradenton, Fla., took third place at 7-over-par
For more information on the Abacoa Junior Classic or the American
Junior Golf Association, call (770) 868-4200.