CALLAWAY GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC AT
Midland Country Club
May 28-30, 2002
SCHULTZ, PARK CAPTURE FIRST
CAREER AJGA TITLES Park leads wire-to-wire to win by 10 strokes
in Girls Division
MIDLAND, Texas -
Kevin Schultz of Richardson, Texas, recorded his second-consecutive
70 to win the Boys Division of the Callaway Golf Junior All-Star
Classic at Midland with a 4-under-par 140. Angela Park of
Torrance, Calif., led wire-to-wire in the Girls Division to
claim the title with a 69-74--143. This is the first AJGA
title for both Schultz and Park.
The 36-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, featured 99 players representing 21 states and
Canada and included 55 Texas natives. Midland was the first
of seven stops for the Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series,
designed specifically for boys and girls ages 13-15.
Schultz, playing in the second-to-last group of the day, entered
the final round trailing by one stroke. He carded three birdies
and recorded only one bogey in the final round to jump into
the lead and eventually grab the title. The 15-year-old birdied
the 505-yard, par-5 fourth to get things rolling. After a
par on No. 5, he birdied the 374-yard, par-4 sixth to move
to 1-under-par at the turn.
Schultz continued his steady play on the back nine notching
a birdie on the 146-yard, par-3 11th. It proved to be enough
to edge Clayton Broyles (69-72--141) of West Monroe, La.,
and Guillermo Chavez (70-72--142) of Clovis, N.M., for the
"I played solid today," Schultz said. "I didn't
change a thing from yesterday. I wanted to hit a lot of greens
and knew the putts would fall."
Schultz was happy to be playing in the event and was grateful
he was able to climb to the top of the leaderboard.
"In the AJGA it is just hard to get into tournaments,"
he said. "I just tried to play well, get some exemptions
and have a good start to the summer."
Schultz took some added pleasure in his first win knowing
that he was not only taking a trophy home, but some bragging
rights as well.
"This means a lot to me," he said. "My two
older brothers played in a lot of these events and never won.
I know how hard and exclusive it is to win with such quality
players in the AJGA."
Bronson Burgoon (71-72--143) of The Woodlands, Texas, and
Mitch Kihara (69-75--144) of Vancouver, British Columbia,
rounded out the top five.
The only thing hotter than Park's game was the temperatures
in the 90s. The 13-year-old, playing in her first AJGA event,
scorched the field to win by 10 shots. She entered the day
with a seven-stroke lead but did not back off her aggressive
play knowing she could play conservatively and still have
a good chance to win.
"I expected to win," Park said. "I didn't think
any different than I did in the first round. I wanted to shoot
under par, but unfortunately I didn't. My putting was weak.
I tried to attack the flags, but it was just not working.
I hit a lot of greens in regulation, but I kept two putting."
Park recorded one birdie on the day but more importantly picked
up a lot of confidence with the win.
"I feel like I can compete with a lot of the other girls,"
Jennifer Hong (76-77--153) of Windermere, Fla., finished second
while Chaneng Joe of Poway, Calif., (81-73--154) and Meredith
McMahan (78-76--154) of San Antonio tied for third.
For more information regarding the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior
All-Star Classic at Midland, please contact our national headquarters
at (770) 868-4200.
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