Cimarron Golf Resort, Long Course
Cathedral City, California
July 1-3, 2002

Girls Division crown goes to Scholl after windy day

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Despite windy conditions at the end of the final round, Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., maintained a steady performance to capture the Boys Division title at the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Cimarron. In the Girls Division, Sommer Scholl of Riverside, Calif., closed out the round with nine pars to take the crown with a tournament total of 74-70-144.

The 36-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was held on the par-71 Long Course at the Cimarron Golf Resort. The 84-player field features players from 18 states - including 51 California natives - and Canada and Japan.

The Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series was created to give 13- to 15-year-old AJGA members more opportunities to compete against players from across the country. The AJGA will conduct seven Junior All-Star series events in 2002, which is now in its fifth year of existence.

Tied for fifth at 1-under-par 70 heading into the final round, Flores jumped out to a solid start with a birdie on the par-4, 380-yard first hole. The 15-year-old managed two more birdies on Nos. 6 and 9 and only two bogeys on the day to finish at 70 for a two-day total of 140.

"I played really steady today," Flores said. "I only had two bogeys and I had a lot of birdie putts, so I wasn't stressing for par scores."

Flores attributed his final-round performance to mental preparation from the night before.
"Last night I was thinking that I don't have to drive every hole," he said. "I hit a lot of 2- and 3-woods, and only hit it in the wash once. I didn't make any huge mistakes."

Albert Lee of Los Angeles and Rory Hie of Lakewood, Calif., tied for second place with a tournament total of 141. Though Lee carded two birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 548-yard 13th hole to go 2-under-par on the back nine, his even-par round was one stroke short of forcing a playoff.

California natives Travis Esway of Granite Bay and Jason Kang of Torrance tied for fourth at 142 to round out the Boys Division top five.

In the Girls Division, Scholl scored a 1-under-par 70 for a two-day total of 144, capturing the title five strokes ahead of the field. The 15-year-old made birdies on holes No. 6, 8 and 9, and turned in a bogey-free back nine to claim her first AJGA title.

"Today I just wanted to hold second place and do my best to get into first," she said. "I started hitting fairways and greens and making birdie putts."

Scholl said the increasing winds did not affect her play as she carded even-par on the final nine holes of the round, including Nos. 15-18 on which she faced strong headwinds.

"It was windier today, but it benefited me because I'm used to playing in the wind," she said. "I just tried to keep the ball lower and made par on the last four holes."

Kimberly Meck of Austin scored a 3-over-par 74 for a tournament total of 149, good enough for second place. The 15-year-old matched two bogeys with two birdies on Nos. 10 and 15 to finish even-par on the back nine.

Jennifer Osborn of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Kelly Nakashima of Wailuku, Hawaii, tied for third place with a two-day total of 150.

For more information about the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series, contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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