AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT SOUTH
South Padre Island Golf Club
Laguna Vista, Texas
September 26-28, 2003
HOUSTON TRIO SURVIVES GUSTY CONDITIONS,
LEADS WITH OPENING ROUND 73s
Final round Sunday will decide who is awarded valuable
AJGA tournament exemptions
LAGUNA VISTA, TEXAS - Zach Almandoz, Brandon Eaton
and Blake Nommensen, all of Houston, Texas, share the lead
heading into the final round of the AJGA Ashworth Postseason
Junior at South Padre Island. Each fired 1-over-par 73 while
contending with gusting winds and firm conditions.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ashworth
Postseason Junior at South Padre Island, which is being held
at South Padre Island Golf Club, features 55 junior boys from
six states. Forty-five players in the field hail from the
Lone Star State.
Almandoz (38-35-73), 18, stayed steady off the tee, which
he said contributed to his score. He said in order to be successful
during the final round he will need to do the same Sunday.
"Out here, with the wind and the fairways being pretty
hard, driving is at a premium," he explained. "My
driver bit me a few times on a few holes, and my scores showed
it. I think I will be using 3-wood and irons off the tee a
little more tomorrow."
Eaton (36-37-73), 17, depended on consistent overall play
to get him around in 73, he said. In his first AJGA event,
just being in the position to gain exemptions is what drives
him to play well.
"I don't want to do anything stupid tomorrow,"
he said. "It will mean a lot to get some exemptions and
get a chance to play in the big AJGA events. I want to go
to college, so if I get some coaches out to see me, it will
mean a lot."
Nommensen (35-38-73), 14, may be one of the smallest players
in the field, but has a short game that took him all the way
to the top of the leaderboard. At 90 lbs and 5-feet tall,
his dynamic short game is what typically keeps him close with
"At my size, I don't expect to hit a lot of greens,"
he said. "So my short game has to be good. I've never
had a chance to play in a tournament this big, so I don't
think I'll be too nervous, but I'll still have a lot to think
about on my way to the first tee."
Danny Hoffenberg of Simi Valley, Calif., and Douglas Schnitzer
of Houston, Texas, round out the top five after shooting 2-over-par
The tournament will award three AJGA Open tournament exemptions
to the medalist(s), two to those who place in the top five,
and one to those who finish in the top 15. In an effort to
give the most future playing opportunities to juniors, the
event will not have a playoff to break ties.
The AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series is a
boys-only series designed specifically for first-time AJGA
members or those who have yet to compete in an AJGA Open event,
AJGA Invitational or AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series
event. For those who are eligible, participation is limited
to one Preseason event and one Postseason event per calendar
year as long as the junior did not participate in any of the
The series is now in its fourth year and has grown to 10
events nationally, all conducted by the AJGA. Other Postseason
events will also be taking place in Rancho Mirage, Calif.,
Hagerstown, Md., Gainesville, Fla., and Norman, Okla.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization dedicated to the overall growth and development
of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships
through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest association
of its kind, has a junior membership of approximately 5,000
juniors (boys and girls ages 13-18) from 50 states and 30
The final round will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start Sunday, September
28 at South Padre Island Golf Club.
For more information about the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior
at South Padre Island, please contact Steve Ethun, AJGA media
official, in AJGA tournament headquarters at (678) 617-2424.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - First Round results from
the Ashworth Postseason Junior at South Padre Island conducted
by the American Junior Golf Association at South Padre Island
Golf Club. Par: 36-36-72. Yardage: 6,536.
T1 Zach Almandoz, Houston, Texas (2004) 38-35-73
T1 Brandon Eaton, Houston, Texas (2005) 36-37-73
T1 Blake Nommensen, Houston, Texas (2007) 35-38-73
T4 Danny Hoffenberg, Simi Valley, Calif. (2005) 38-36-74
T4 Douglas Schnitzer, Houston, Texas (2006) 40-34-74
T6 Brian Miskell, Blue Jay, Calif. (2006) 40-35-75
T6 Wil Keener, Plano, Texas (2005) 36-39-75
T6 Travis Olson, Houston, Texas (2006) 35-40-75
T9 Justin Bond, Rockwall, Texas (2005) 37-39-76
T9 Matt Muscara, Livermore, Calif. (2004) 34-42-76
T11 Robert Budenbender, Citrus Heights, Calif. (2006) 38-39-77
T11 Louis Tosches, Grafton, Mass. (2005) 41-36-77
T11 Christopher Pan, Austin, Texas (2004) 37-40-77
T11 Marcus Pennington, The Woodlands, Texas (2005) 39-38-77
15 Sean Burch, Edinburg, Texas (2004) 41-37-78
16 Austin Traweek, Cypress, Texas (2005) 40-39-79
T17 Spence Miller, Dallas, Texas (2005) 41-39-80
T17 Marc Sambol, Dallas, Texas (2007) 38-42-80
T17 Travis Wadkins, Dallas, Texas (2006) 39-41-80
T17 Cameron Fanning, Houston, Texas (2008) 40-40-80
T17 Sean Skellenger, League City, Texas (2006) 42-38-80
T22 Matthew Schneider, Pasadena, Texas (2006) 39-42-81
T22 Hunter Stensrud, Dallas, Texas (2007) 40-41-81
T22 Paul Harrelson, Wichita Falls, Texas (2004) 40-41-81
T25 Clint Keller, Dallas, Texas (2007) 43-39-82
T25 Matthew Simmons, Katy, Texas (2007) 37-45-82
T25 Ryan Byk, Austin, Texas (2005) 39-43-82
T25 Cameron Nofi, Austin, Texas (2005) 42-40-82
T29 Agapito Ortega, Jr., San Benito, Texas (2004) 38-45-83
T29 Jarrod Burt, Huffman, Texas (2005) 37-46-83
T29 Reed Howard, Greenwich, Conn. (2005) 41-42-83
T29 Andrew Maryan, Houston, Texas (2005) 39-44-83
T33 Patrick Reed, San Antonio, Texas (2008) 44-41-85
T33 Ernesto Gutierrez, Brownsville, Texas (2006) 45-40-85
T33 Tyler Barnard, Houston, Texas (2005) 41-44-85
T33 Matt Gilbert, Austin, Texas (2006) 44-41-85
37 Brian Sullivan, Austin, Texas (2005) 40-46-86
38 Joseph Lucio, Brownsville, Texas (2008) 45-42-87
T39 Tony Melton, Marionville, Mo. (2005) 44-44-88
T39 Edward Dale, Dallas, Texas (2007) 45-43-88
T41 Evan Thompson, Houston, Texas (2004) 47-42-89
T41 Brock Wilson, Beaumont, Texas (2009) 42-47-89
T41 Rick Dunlap, Dallas, Texas (2005) 46-43-89
44 August Toudouze, San Antonio, Texas (2007) 45-45-90
45 Jonathan Decker, Citrus Heights, Calif. (2006) 45-46-91
T46 Tyler Russell, Cypress, Texas (2005) 42-50-92
T46 Justin Lavine, Sugar Land, Texas (2008) 43-49-92
T46 John Massoth, Austin, Texas (2005) 41-51-92
T46 Luis Gonzalez, Brownsville, Texas (2006) 46-46-92
50 Merrill Russell, Austin, Texas (2005) 45-48-93
T51 Jason Saldivar, Brownsville, Texas (2008) 46-49-95
T51 Matthew Steitz, Houston, Texas (2006) 48-47-95
53 Shannon Vandivier, Austin, Texas (2005) 50-52-102
54 Andrew Church, Austin, Texas (2006) 58-48-106
Brett Verner, San Antonio, Texas (2005) WD (Illness)
Chase Neyland, Plano, Texas (2006) DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Philip Barbaree
2. Eugene Hong
3. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Noah Goodwin
|| 1. Kaitlyn Papp
|| 2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
|| 3. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
|| 4. Kristen Gillman
|| 5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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* Won via sudden-death playoff