AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT NORMAN
Belmar Golf Club
October 10-12, 2003
NORMAN NATIVE COX FIRES CAREER LOW 66 FOR
THE FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT BELMAR
Eighty juniors invade Norman for an AJGA Ashworth Postseason
NORMAN, OKLA. - Oklahoma native Jeff Cox of Norman
created a Red River Shootout of his own as he fired a 4-under-par
66 Saturday for the first-round lead at the AJGA Ashworth
Postseason Junior at Norman at the Belmar Golf Club, his home
course. Trailing Cox by three strokes is Tyler Talman of Plano,
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ashworth
Postseason Junior at Norman features 80 junior boys from 22
states. Twenty players in the field hail from the Sooner State.
Cox, a senior at North Norman High School, carded his career
best and the lead in the competition.
"I honestly came out to play my game and have fun,"
the 17-year-old said. "I basically just wanted to see
how I could measure up against the competition that the AJGA
has to offer."
The Norman native Cox, who began the day off No. 10, started
strong and did not look back. His back-to-back birdies on
Nos. 10 and 11 set the tone for his entire round.
Cox, who works and plays at Belmar Golf Club, had two secret
weapons for Saturday's round; his driver and his putter.
"I hit it well of the tee and putts just happen to fall,"
Cox laughed. "The course played well and the playing
conditions were great."
Cox made the turn with 3-under-par 31 and maintained a steady
pace throughout the front nine. The 2004 high school graduate
brought it up a notch after sinking a 24-ft putt for birdie
at the 443-yard, par-4 fourth hole to finish his back nine
1-under-par 35. Cox completed the day with an impressive total
Behind Cox with rounds of 37-32-69 is Talman, while Minnesota
native Trent Peterson of Eagan and Robert Belz of San Antonio
both sit at third with 70s. Rounding out the top 5 at 1-over-par
71 Evan Wideman of Florence, Ala., Chris Oberst of Norman,
Okla., and Stuart Gold of Centerville, Utah.
The tournament will award three AJGA Open tournament exemptions
to the medallist(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
took place in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Hagerstown, Md., Gainesville,
Fla., and South Padre Island, Texas.
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
Sunday's final-round will be a 8 a.m. shotgun start at Belmar
For more information about the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior
at Norman, please contact Robin Solovey, AJGA media official,
in AJGA tournament headquarters at (678) 617-2420.