NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR Bellefonte Country Club Ashland, Kentucky June 22-25, 2004
PAR ON NO. 18 SEALS VICTORY FOR COLLINS AT BELLEFONTE Kentucky native Blackwelder gets first AJGA win
ASHLAND,Ky. â€“ Tied at 2-under-par on the No. 18 tee, Teddy Collins of Prospect, Ky., stayed with his initial plan and kept his driver in his bag. The strategy worked as he finished with a three-day total of 66-70-72â€”208 and a 1-shot victory at the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. In the Girls Division, it couldnâ€™t have been a better birthday week for Mallory Blackwelder of Versailles, Ky., as the recently turned 17-year-old fired a final-round 2-over-par 72 for a tournament total of 71-73-72â€”216 and a 2-stroke win in her home state.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior featured 120 players, 93 boys and 27 girls ages 12-18 from 22 states and Canada. The 54-hole stroke play event was held at the Bellefonte Country Club for the 21st consecutive year.
Collins and third-round co-leader Nathan Kinker of Barboursville, W. Va., battled through the final round, and found themselves deadlocked with one hole to play. When the drive from Kinker found the right rough, Collins played it safe, hitting an iron into the middle of the fairway. Collinsâ€™ approach left him 15-feet for birdie, while Kinker flew his ball past the green. Kinker couldnâ€™t get up-and-down for par, and Collins 2-putted for the win.
â€śThis win is a big step towards my year-long goal to play in the Canon Cup,â€ť said the Stanford-bound Collins. â€śThe first two days, I was making everything from everywhere. I just had to stay calm and be steady over my putts to win.â€ť
â€śHe got up-and-down from everywhere today,â€ť said the 17-year-old Kinker. â€śI hit one bad ball all day long and it cost me the tournament. You arenâ€™t supposed to make a bogey on the last hole and win. I give Teddy creditâ€”he played well.â€ť
Kinker finished in a second-place tie with Georgia native Tim Schaetzel of Atlanta, with tournament totals of 209. Schaetzel fired a final-round 67, the low score of the day. Michael Haverfield of Louisville, Ky., took home fourth place honors with a tournament total of 211. Daniel Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wis., finished in fifth place at 215.
Just six days after celebrating her 17th birthday, Mallory Blackwelder has reason to celebrate againâ€”her first AJGA tournament win. Blackwelder started the day tied with last weekâ€™s winner of the AJGA Windy City Junior, Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla., at 4-over-par. Blackwelder carded two birdies on the day to finish two shots ahead of the rest of the field.
â€śMy goal coming into this tournament was to finish in the top three,â€ť said Blackwelder. â€śI was shaky at first, but now Iâ€™m just relieved. Iâ€™ve started to play really well and Iâ€™m looking forward to the rest of the summer.â€ť Hong continuously put the pressure on Blackwelder by getting up-and-down for par, but didnâ€™t make a birdie all day.
â€śItâ€™s tough to win when youâ€™re not making birdies,â€ť said Hong. â€śI bogeyed the last two holes and lost by two shots. I guess today just wasnâ€™t my day.â€ť
Kentucky native Marci Turner of Tomkinsville, took third place honors, finishing with a tournament total of 219.
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 has a membership of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information on the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior or the AJGA, please call National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200 or visit ajga.org.
The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
What is Leadership Links?
Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.
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.