MARSHALLIA RANCH JUNIOR CLASSIC
Marshallia Ranch Golf Course
Vandenberg AFB, California
July 21-24, 2003
AND GOODMAN CLAIM FIRST AJGA TITLES Sapp sets new tournament record
AFB, Calif. - It was a day of firsts as Garrett Sapp of
Cerritos, Calif., and Allison Goodman of San Diego, Calif.,
claimed their inaugural AJGA victories at the AJGA Marshallia
Ranch Junior Classic Thursday afternoon. Sapp totaled 5-under-par
for the tournament after posting a final-round 70; while Goodman
ran away with the title, as she won by a 4-stroke margin over
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole
event was held at the par-72 Marshallia Ranch Golf Course.
The field featured 84 players, ages 13-18, representing nine
states, Australia, and Canada.
Sapp, the first-round leader, carded four birdies compared
to two bogeys en route to his first AJGA win.
"It was really close after the front," Sapp said
about carding a 2-over-par 37. "I wasn't expecting to
win after that, I just wanted to finish well."
rebounded on the back nine, making three consecutive birdies
on Nos. 11, 12 and 13. His putting made the difference and
gave him momentum to finish strong.
"I struggled in the beginning with my putting, but they
started dropping on the back," said Sapp.
Sapp clinched the victory with a birdie on No. 18, elevating
him to 5-under-par for the week. With a three-day total of
211, Sapp set a new tournament record at the four-year old
"This is great," Sapp said about his first win.
"The guys in the AJGA are awesome and the field here
is really strong. I think I've proved I can compete at this
Joey Benedetti of Huntington Beach, Calif., took second with
a low final-round performance of 4-under-par 68 to round out
a 212 total. Colin Wilcox of Camarillo, Calif., finished with
a 1-under-par 215, good for third, while Jamie Lovemark of
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif,. and Lee Keong Yang of Bradenton,
Fla., tied for fourth place with tournament totals of 216.
In the Girls Division, Goodman, 16, maintained her second-round
lead, carding a 77 to secure her first AJGA win. Despite a
trying front nine of 4-over-par, Goodman answered with two
birdies before finishing the back nine 1-over-par. Goodman
finished four strokes above the competition with a 72-69-77218.
Although her putting was off, her focus carried her through
the rough final round.
"My approach shots were good, but nothing would fall
in the hole." Goodman said. "My putting was the
only difference between yesterday's 69 and today's 77."
After taking second place at the recent AJGA Boyne Highlands
Junior, Goodman says she was ready to win an AJGA event.
"I've been knocking on the door for a while now,"
Goodman said about the first place finish. "And this
time the door opened. It feels really good."
Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Long Beach, Calif., took second-place
honors with a 71-72-79222 and Minnie Choi of Fountain
Valley, Calif., posted a 71-79-74224 to finish third.
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