AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT RANCHO MIRAGE
The Westin Mission Hills Resort, Gary Player Course
Rancho Mirage, California
September 12-14, 2003


LIPSKY USES FINAL-ROUND 71 TO TAKE TOP BILLING AT MISSION HILLS
Five juniors tie for second to earn AJGA tournament exemptions for 2004

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - David Lipsky of La Cañada, Calif., fired a final-round 71 Sunday to close the weekend at 4-under-par 140 and take medalist honors at the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage. The win is Lipsky's first national junior golf title and comes in his first career appearance in an AJGA event.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ashworth Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage featured a field of 85 boys from eight states and Paraguay. The field, including 74 juniors from California, competed at The Westin Mission Hills Resort's Gary Player Course in 36 holes of stroke play. The AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Series, a boys-only series, is designed to provide more playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in an AJGA tournament. 2003 marks the fourth season of the AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, with ten tournaments in eight states.

"I'm really happy right now," the 15-year-old said, smiling. "This is better than any other win I've ever had before because it is so big. This is feeling pretty good right now."

Lipsky made just one bogey on the day, on the par-4 18th hole, to go along with two birdies. A conservative approach allowed him to play steady golf throughout Sunday's final round.

"I knew I had a lead midway through the round and I wanted to keep it," he noted. "I didn't want to make any mistakes, but just keep it in play. It was a steady round. I hit the greens and made some nice two-putts."

The win earns Lipsky three tournament exemptions for the 2004 AJGA season. He said he feels ready for the step up in competition to AJGA open events.

"I think I can compete," he said. "There are a lot of good players out there. I feel like I can play like I did this weekend all throughout next year. I'm hitting the ball well and putting well, I'm very happy with my game right now."

Also earning AJGA Performance-Based Entry tournament exemptions were Dean Tonneslan of Fresno, Calif., Cory Powell of Atascadero, Calif., Matthew Shaw of Clovis, Calif., Cody Schumacher of Riverside, Calif., and David Lieberman of Palm Springs, Calif. The five Californians shared second place with 36-hole totals of 1-under-par 143.

For more information on the AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Series or the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage, contact the AJGA's national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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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
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1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
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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
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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
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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
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Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
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211
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