AJGA CHICAGO JUNIOR AT
Bolingbrook Golf Club
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
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
"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
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.