AJGA BMO FINANCIAL GROUP
FUTURE LINKS JUNIOR AT CALEDON WOODS
Caledon Woods Golf Club
August 26-29, 2003
PARK, PERIVERSOFF CLAIM TITLES AT CALEDON
Course records lift champions to AJGA titles
BOLTON, Ontario - Nick Park of Ithaca, N.Y., and Joanna
Periversoff of Hamilton, Ontario, held off their challengers
in Friday's final round to earn their first AJGA victories
at the AJGA BMO Financial Group Future Links Junior at Caledon
The 54-hole stroke play tournament, conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association, featured 99 of the top junior golfers
from Ontario, Quebec and nine U.S. states at Caledon Woods
Through the first two rounds, Park and Periversoff built
sizable leads in their respective divisions by firing course
records. Park carried a five-stroke lead into the final round,
thanks in large part to a men's competitive course-record,
5-under-par 66 in the second round. Periversoff carded a women's
competitive course-record 71 in the first round and opened
a seven-shot lead through the first two rounds.
Despite Park's five-shot advantage, the final round proved
to be dramatic as the 16-year-old's lead evaporated through
the front nine.
While Park carded a 4-over-par 39 on the front nine, Matthew
McMahon of Brockville, Ontario, made three birdies to make
the turn with a 3-under-par 33 and a one-shot lead.
On the 10th hole, however, Park reclaimed the lead by making
birdie on the par-5 after McMahon, who was playing in the
group ahead of Park, made bogey.
"My bunker shot on 10 pulled everything together,"
Park said. "I hit it to six inches and made a birdie."
With the momentum on his side, Park streaked through the
back nine with a 4-under-par 32, eventually re-building his
lead to five strokes over McMahon. When Park drove the green
at the 359-yard dogleg 14th by cutting over the top of the
trees, he added some padding to his lead.
"My drive on 14 was amazing," Park said. "I
put it to five feet from the hole and made the putt (for eagle)."
By following the eagle with a birdie on the par-4 15th, Park
started breathing easier.
"After my birdie on 15, I felt o.k.," he said.
"I just tried to hold on for my life."
This time, Park did not let his lead slip away as he finished
his round the way he started - with a five-shot lead after
rounds of 73-66-71-210. McMahon earned runner-up honors at
Billy Hanes of Elma, N.Y., and Greg Doherty of Mississauga,
Ontario, tied for third at 218. Matt Halliday of Caledonia,
Ontario, placed fifth at 219.
In the Girls Division, Periversoff's strong play early in
the week proved beneficial as she never lost her lead. She
carried a seven-shot edge into the final round and even though
Mayumi Kobayashi of Santa Monica, Calif., trimmed it to three
shots, Periversoff held steady with rounds of 71-79-82-232.
"I was thankful for that lead," she said. "It
definitely made it easier when I got into trouble. There was
With her victory, the 17-year-old Periversoff concluded a
successful summer before returning to school next week. Earlier
this summer, she captured the BMO Financial Group Future Links
Ontario Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf
"This is a good way to finish off my tournaments this
summer," she said. "It's my best accomplishment
of the year."
Kobayashi shot 76-83-76-235 to finish three shots back in
second place. Anita Gahir of Thornhill, Ontario, finished
four shots off the pace at 78-79-79-236.
For more information about the AJGA BMO Financial Group Future
Links Junior at Caledon Woods, please contact AJGA National
Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.