AJGA PING JUNIOR AT THE PENINSULA CLUB
The Peninsula Club
Cornelius, North Carolina
July 14-17, 2003

SOLAN COMES OUT AHEAD AFTER PLAYOFF
Park scorches Girls Division with 13-under-par

CORNELIUS, N.C.- After a three-way sudden death playoff, Ryan Solan of Charlotte, N.C., is the new champion in the Boys Division of the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club with a tournament total of 70-72-69-211. In the Girls Division, In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., distanced herself from the field, tying the tournament record of 13-under-par.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Junior at The Peninsula Club features 99 players, 81 boys and 18 girls from 21 states and France. Former champions in this event include Charles Howell III in 1995 and two-time winner and current LPGA player Beth Bauer in 1995 and 1996.

Solan had a steady round with one lone birdie on No. 10, hitting 13 greens and having 27 putts, but felt he came alive after he chipped-in for eagle on No. 18 to get into the sudden-death playoff with Ryan Holler of Morehead City, N.C. and Will Shambley of Cary, N.C.

"I had no idea I was tied for the lead," the 17-year-old said. "I was nervous through the playoff but knew I have been chipping and putting well lately which really helped me."

Shambley (69-71-71—211) was knocked out of the playoff after making par on the first hole. On the second hole, Holler (70-70-71—211) hit an errant second shot into the water guarding the green to make par for the hole giving Solan a tap-in birdie putt for the win. The tournament win marks Solan's first AJGA title.

Rounding out the Boys Division top-five was Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C. (75-69-70-214), and Walter Koelbel of Cherry Hills Village, Colo. (75-73-66-214).

In the Girls Division, 15-year-old Park (65-68-67—200) tied the AJGA Girls Division record for the largest winning margin record with her 16-stroke win.

The 2002 Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year had five birdies and one bogey in her final round for a tournament total of 17 birdies and four bogeys.

"My putting was good today," Park said. "I had a great experience this week and feel very honored to win this tournament."

The tournament marks Park's third AJGA win this season with her other victories coming at the Dunlop Carolina Junior and the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Rounding out the Girls Division top-three is Blair Lamb of Flat Rock, N.C. (74-73-69—216), Laura Crawford of Lancaster, S.C. (76-70-72—218) and Julie Bartholomew of Marietta, Ga., (75-70-73—218).

For more information about the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club, please contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
134
2
Norman Xiong
139
3
Garrett Barber
140
Girls
Total
1
Yu Sang Hou
141
2
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
142
3
Gina Kim
143
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
*Robin Williams
206
2
Cooper Parks
206
3
Canon Claycomb
210
Girls
Total
1
Kanyanat Saithip
217
2
Kristin Engle
221
3
Yang Liu
225
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
*Cade Kiser
221
2
Pone Pyae Han
221
3
Kritchayapol Sinchai
222
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Levi
218
2
Beryl Wang
220
T
3
Brooke Tyree
222
T
3
Julia Johnson
222
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Gavin Noble
206
2
Benjamin James
209
T
3
Jackson Rivera
212
T
3
Nathan Han
212
T
3
Christopher Vandette
212
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
225
2
Jin Yu Wu
226
T
3
Emma Zhao
229
T
3
Brianna Park
229
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
210
2
Gunil Moon
214
3
Kristopher Stiles
216
Girls
Total
1
Yu Wen Lu
210
T
2
Natasha Andrea Oon
212
T
2
Therese Warner
212
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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