AJGA CHICAGO JUNIOR AT BOLINGBROOK
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Bolingbrook, Illinois
August 11-14, 2003

OBERGOENNER CHIPS PAST FIELD, WINS BOYS DIVISION
Freeman concentrates on final round to win Girls Division


BOLINGBROOK, ILL- Todd Obergoenner of Cape Girardeau, Mo., nudged past Eric Meierdierks of Wilmette, Ill., by one stroke to win the Boys Division of the AJGA Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook. Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., held her second-round lead in the Girls Division to win her first AJGA event.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook features 99 juniors, 75 boys and 24 girls, from 16 states and two from Canada. Forty-six of the juniors are from Illinois.

Obergoenner carded his lowest career round in an AJGA event, with his final round 5-under-par 67. His previous low came a few weeks ago at the AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior in Overland Park, Kan., where he carded a 2-under-par 70, good for a tie for seventh.

Entering Thursday, he was four shots off the pace set by Meierdierks, but was aided by a chip-in birdie on No. 13. Obergoenner was five feet off the green and on the opposite side from the hole.

"When I hit it, I knew it had to break for it to go in," said the 17-year-old. "It just caught the left edge and went in."

The win was Obergoenner's first AJGA title, but the win came at a small price.

"I am missing the first few days of school to win this tournament. It was well worth it."

Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division are Meierdierks at 2-over-par 218, in a tie for third are Andrew Shiels of Rockford, Ill., and Bobby West of Watertown, S.D., at 221 and in a tie for fifth are Kyle Shay of Peoria, Ill., and Daniel Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wis., at 222.

Freeman (81-73-75-229) credited her continued concentration on her victory.

"Every time I thought about walking down No. 18 with the lead, I made sure to snap out of it and focus on the next shot," said the 15-year-old. "I didn't realize I had won until Noriko [Nakazaki] congratulated me."

Freeman's previous top finish was at the AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior with a third place.

The Girls Division top three are Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill., at 233. In third place was Seul Ki Park of Wilmette, Ill., at 238.

For more information on the AJGA Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook, contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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1. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
2. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
3. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
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1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
3. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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