AJGA PING JUNIOR AT SUNRIVER
Sunriver Resort, Meadows Course
August 26-29, 2003
LEE, JOHNS CLINCH FIRST CAREER AJGA TITLES
AJGA PING Junior at Sunriver Resort crowns champions at
- Not even cool breezy conditions could stop Lucas Lee of
Torrance, Calif., (65-69-68-202) and Oregon native Stephanie
Johns of Ashland (69-73-74-216) in achieving their ultimate
goal Friday; winning their first national title at the AJGA
PING Junior at Sunriver Resort in their respective divisions.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING
Junior at Sunriver Resort featured players from eight states,
including 16 from the home state of Oregon. The 54-hole tournament
was held on the par-71 layout of the Meadows Course at Sunriver
This week the 16-year-old Lee was originally scheduled to
participate in the AJGA's event in British Columbia until
its sudden cancellation due to uncontrollable forest fires.
Eager to play in an AJGA event before the AJGA Nike Golf Junior
All-Star Series Championship over Labor Day weekend, Lee decided
to participate in the AJGA PING Junior at Sunriver Resort's
qualifier, in hopes of gaining entry into the tournament.
"I really wanted to play this week to get me ready for
the Nike Golf Junior All-Star event," Lee said. "When
the event in Canada was cancelled, I heard that there were
openings in this qualifier and I immediately signed up."
In the qualifier, the 2005 high school graduate tied for third
with a 1-under-par 70 to earn him a spot in the tournament
field, and eventually his first-ever AJGA win.
"I am happy right now," he said. "My first
tournament this season was in Phoenix at the Heather Farr
Classic. When I was there, I was determined to win an AJGA
event so that I could play in the AJGA Thunderbird International
Junior. I can't believe that I actually won. I am speechless."
In order to achieve his initial goal from the beginning of
the season, he came into Friday's final round with one strategy
in mind; just to remain calm.
"When I am on the course, I try to act like Ben Curtis
because when he plays, he never panics, even after making
a mistake," Lee said. "I like to play simple."
Lee did just that. He carded birdies on Nos. 2, 5, 8 and 17
to give him a seven-stroke win over his closest competitor,
fellow California native Nick Geyer of Agoura Hills, who finished
the tournament at 209.
Standing alone in third place with solid rounds of 70-71-70-211
was another California native, Sasan Shahi of Laguna Niguel.
Rounding out the Boys Division with a three-day total of 212
were Washington native Brady Sharp of Port Orchard and Matt
Marshall of Los Gatos, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Johns led wire-to-wire. Her plan of
attack for the final day was to be consistent and maintain
The 2005 high school graduate's position narrowed as Washington
native Kim Shin of Shoreline eagled the 499-yard, par-5 No.
10, giving Johns only a one-stroke advantage.
"Her eagle was huge. I just knew that we were going to
have a playoff," the 16-year-old said. "I told myself
that I needed par or better on the back nine."
Shin pulled even with Johns after 12 holes, but with a bogey
on No. 13, Johns reclaimed the lead. Putting on the pressure,
a birdie on No. 17 by Shin sent the pair to the final hole
tied. With a par on No. 18, Johns's claimed the championship
in her first AJGA event.
"I am so excited right now," she said. "This
really feels good and is a great way to end the season."
California natives Allison Goodman of San Diego and Jennifer
Yoo of Cerritos tied for third at 219.
For more information on the AJGA PING Junior at Sunriver Resort
or any other AJGA event, please contact AJGA National Headquarters
at (770) 868-4200.