AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS JUNIOR AT ABACOA
Presented by Golf Design

Abacoa Golf Club
Jupiter, Florida
July 16-19, 2001


SYKORA COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN AT ABACOA
Fourteen-year-old Hetzel edges All-American Cho in the Girls Division

JUPITER, Fla. -Joseph Sykora of Daphne, Ala., overcame a two-shot final-round deficit to capture his first national victory at the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Abacoa. Fourteen-year-old Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C., held onto her second-round lead to bring home the title in the Girls Division.

The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 players representing 12 states and Japan. The 10th annual event made its debut at Abacoa Golf Club.

The 16-year-old Sykora, playing in only his third AJGA event, notched his first national title carding a final-round 2-under-par 70 to win by two strokes.

"I was real nervous coming into today, I just wanted to take it hole by hole," Sykora said. " I had to play smart and expect Walllace (second-round leader) to play his best."

Sykora, who recently tied for sixth at the 2001 Future Masters, came into the day trailing Adam Wallace of Ponte Vedra Beach , Fla., by two strokes.

After a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine, Sykora made birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 to take a lead he would never relinquish.

"This has been one of my goals," said Sykora after his victory. "I think this will break the ice and open up some doors."

Sykora finished with a 5-under-par 211 tournament total edging Wallace (72-67-74-213) by two strokes. Chris Anderson of Lake Mary, Fla., was third at 217 and Jacksonville, Fla., natives Patrick McKillip (218) and Joshua Flamm (219) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

In the Girls Division, Hetzel fired an even-par 72 and overcame a late charge by second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American Yunny Cho of Bradenton, Fla., to win her first national event.

"It was a long-term goal to win one of these (an AJGA event)," Hetzel said. "I just happened to play well this week and got it done a little earlier than I thought."

Hetzel and Cho, playing in the same pairing, were tied at 5-over-par for the tournament coming into No. 18.

"It was intense coming into the final hole," Hetzel said. "I expected Yunny to birdie No. 18, so I thought I had to be aggressive as well."

Hetzel hit her approach shot 30 feet left of the hole, just off the putting surface, and Cho pushed her iron shot into the hazard right of the green. Hetzel got up and down for par, and Cho made bogey after taking a drop from the hazard.

The 14-year-old South Carolina native fired rounds of 76-73-72-221 to take top honors by one stroke over Cho who finished at 73-78-71-222.

Theresa Paik of Silver Springs, Md., who started the day three strokes back, posted a final-round 80 to finish in third at 232.

For more information on the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Junior at Abacoa or other AJGA events, please visit our Web site at www.ajga.org or contact the national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Final results from the AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS JUNIOR AT ABACOA conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Abacoa Golf Club. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,846 Girls: 5,912.

BOYS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

Joseph Sykora

(2003)

Daphne

Ala.

71

70

70

211

2

Adam Wallace

(2002)

Ponte Vedra Beach

Fla.

72

67

74

213

3

Chris Anderson

(2004)

Lake Mary

Fla.

72

72

73

217

4

Patrick McKillip

(2003)

Jacksonville

Fla.

70

76

72

218

5

Joshua Flamm

(2001)

Jacksonville

Fla.

70

75

74

219

T6

Peter Lyon

(2002)

Cape Coral

Fla.

74

76

70

220

Michael Del Aguila

(2002)

Miami

Fla.

76

74

70

220

Federico Salazar

(2002)

Del Ray Beach

Fla.

76

71

73

220

T9

Ben McClung

(2001)

Ponte Vedra Beach

Fla.

75

78

68

221

 

Tim Powell

(2002)

Lake Worth

Fla.

78

72

71

221

 

Mark Ogren

(2003)

Daphne

Ala.

74

76

71

221

T12

Joe Morton

(2002)

Waycross

Ga.

73

80

69

222

Ivan Brannan

(2003)

Panama City Beach

Fla.

74

76

72

222

Kevin Clark

(2002)

Palm City

Fla.

76

73

73

222

Robert Gates

(2004)

Gainesville

Fla.

70

72

80

222

16

Jun Ohara

(2002)

Tokyo

Japan

73

75

75

223

T17

Hochul Kim

(2003)

Clearwater

Fla.

73

80

71

224

Brent Witcher

(2004)

Duluth

Ga.

79

72

73

224

David Cosper

(2001)

Clearwater

Fla.

75

74

75

224

David Gibson

(2001)

Stuart

Fla.

76

70

78

224

Andrew Stephens

(2002)

Fort Mitchell

Ky.

71

76

77

224

T22

Min Kyu Han

(2003)

Tampa

Fla.

75

79

71

225

 

Bill Dukes

(2002)

Orlando

Fla.

78

73

74

225

 

Brad Doster

(2003)

Winter Park

Fla.

73

77

75

225

25

Marco Morales

(2004)

Coral Gables

Fla.

76

74

76

226

26

Gregory Huxman

(2003)

Pinecrest

Fla.

76

76

75

227

27

Ty Callahan

(2003)

Tampa

Fla.

76

78

75

229

28

Scott Squires

(2002)

Coral Springs

Fla.

80

74

76

230

T29

Brandon Wheeler

(2002)

Coral Springs

Fla.

78

77

76

231

Steven Bain

(2003)

Lake Mary

Fla.

75

79

77

231

Eric Beringer

(2003)

Bryn Mawr

Pa.

77

81

73

231

T32

Chiho Kwak

(2002)

Jacksonville

Fla.

80

75

77

232

 

Steve Frisch

(2002)

Northampton

Pa.

78

77

77

232

 

Charles Beck

(2002)

Atlanta

Ga.

80

78

74

232

 

Ben Gardner

(2003)

Boca Raton

Fla.

76

75

81

232

T36

Adam Woodcock

(2001)

Glennville

Ga.

78

78

77

233

Brett Scarber

(2003)

Center

Texas

80

80

73

233

T38

Mike Stango

(2003)

Jupiter

Fla.

79

76

79

234

 

Matthew Lyons

(2002)

Lakeland

Fla.

77

78

79

234

 

Timothy Seeley

(2002)

Lake George

N.Y.

73

79

82

234

 

Ralph Martello

(2002)

White Lake

Mich.

72

79

83

234

42

Ian Hoffman

(2003)

New Smyrna Beach

Fla.

80

77

78

235

43

Ben Hartman

(2002)

Jupiter

Fla.

79

79

78

236

44

Kyle Hitchcock

(2004)

Parkland

Fla.

88

69

80

237

45

Daniel Tomlin

(2002)

Mechanicsville

Va.

81

79

78

238

46

Byron Basker

(2002)

Houston

Texas

76

76

88

240

47

David Nardy

(2001)

Southampton

NY

89

73

79

241

48

Tyler Clippard

(2003)

Trinity

Fla.

78

84

80

242

T49

Gota Okada

(2002)

Tokyo

Japan

82

80

82

244

 

Chris Fowler

(2002)

West Monroe

La.

84

82

78

244

51

Michael Wieczorek

(2002)

Orlando

Fla.

81

85

80

246

T52

Greg Blackwell

(2004)

Miami

Fla.

85

82

81

248

 

Patrick Bennett

(2004)

Bethesda

Md.

80

88

80

248

 

Jeremy Garner

(2003)

Tampa

Fla.

90

81

77

248

55

Winston Ball

(2003)

St. Pete Beach

Fla.

86

75

88

249

56

Felipe Hasson

(2001)

Bradenton

Fla.

86

80

84

250

57

Creighton Honeck

(2003)

Austin

Texas

90

79

82

251

58

Adam Senn

(2002)

Richmond

Texas

86

90

78

254

59

Casey Rigsby

(2002)

Boaz

Ala.

87

87

87

261

James Boothe

(2001)

Palm Harbor

Fla.

77

76

WD

Patrick Scranton

(2003)

Dunedin

Fla.

76

83

WD

Joseph Jones

(2002)

Boca Raton

Fla.

88

81

WD

Chris Harris

(2003)

Juno Isles

Fla.

96

WD

GIRLS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

Mallory Hetzel

(2005)

Summerville

S.C.

76

73

72

221

2

Yunny Cho

(2001)

Bradenton

Fla.

73

78

71

222

3

Theresa Paik

(2003)

Silver Springs

Md.

74

78

80

232

4

Brooke Layton

(2002)

Tampa

Fla.

81

74

79

234

5

Molly Birmingham

(2002)

Cornelius

N.C.

76

77

83

236

T6

Melissa Aylor

(2001)

Tampa

Fla.

77

79

83

239

Brandy Andersen

(2002)

Orlando

Fla.

83

78

78

239

8

Ali Beuckman

(2004)

Jupiter

Fla.

81

77

83

241

9

Laura Goodwin

(2005)

Birmingham

Ala.

85

77

82

244

10

Mary Calderon

(2003)

Orlando

Fla.

81

86

79

246

T11

Mandy Fricton

(2004)

Merritt Island

Fla.

85

82

82

249

Tiffany Prats

(2003)

Williston

Fla.

89

79

81

249

13

Megan Bursey

(2002)

Lutz

Fla.

84

84

86

254

T14

Kristina Prestipino

(2001)

Coral Springs

Fla.

86

86

84

256

Jacqueline Dickey

(2005)

Pembroke Pines

Fla.

91

84

81

256

T16

Marie Bos

(2004)

Orlando

Fla.

83

84

90

257

 

Kelly McEnerney

(2002)

Winter Park

Fla.

85

91

81

257

18

Michelle Steakin

(2003)

Wellington

Fla.

91

91

92

274

19

Kimberly D'Andrea

(2002)

Boca Raton

Fla.

98

91

90

279

20

Natalie Garza

(2002)

Parkland

Fla.

94

100

88

282

21

Daria Accaputo

(2004)

Palm Beach Gardens

Fla.

103

88

97

288

 
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