AJGA R.H. CROSSLAND FOUNDATION/ST. REGIS ASPEN JUNIOR CLASSIC
Aspen Golf Club
June 3-6, 2002
OGDEN EDGES OUT COAKLEY, PRUGH FOR ONE-STROKE
WIN Blumenherst claims second career Girls Division victory
ASPEN, Colo. - Clay Ogden of West Point, Utah, held
onto the top spot at the AJGA R.H. Crossland Foundation/St.
Regis Aspen Junior Classic, shooting an even-par 71 in the
final round to win his second career AJGA title. Amanda Blumenherst
carded a 4-over-par 75 to secure victory in the Girls Division
by 16 strokes.
The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
was held at the par-71 Aspen Golf Club. Ninety-nine total
participants represented 21 states, with 43 Colorado natives
and four Aspen locals.
Starting the day with a one-stroke lead, Ogden was neck-and-neck
with runner-up Kenny Coakley, of Lakewood, Colo., throughout
the round. Despite outstanding even-par performances from
both players, a 71 was just enough to give Ogden the Boys
"I didn't do anything overly great today," he said
after the round. "I just played a solid game."
Ogden maintained a steady pace with a par finish on the front
nine, and matched his bogey on hole No. 14 with a birdie on
the par-3 17th hole to finish with a three-day total of 69-71-71--212.
"I had nine pars on the front nine," he said. "After
Coakley missed his birdie putt [on No. 16], I knew I still
had a pretty good chance if I stayed consistent."
Coakley, of Lakewood, Colo., was 2-under headed into the back
nine, but bogeyed on holes No. 12 and 17 to fall from the
lead. Alex Prugh of Spokane, Wash., dropped two birdies on
the final nine to score the day's lowest round, 69, and tie
Coakley for second place at 213.
Danny Bowen of Albuquerque, N.M., shot a 2-over-par 73 to
take fourth place with a total of 215, and defending champion
Jake Hermes, of Durango, Colo., tied with Will Hanna of The
Woodlands, Texas, at 217 to round out the Boys Division top
In the Girls Division, Blumenherst, of Scottsdale, Ariz.,
got off to a rough start with two bogeys and one double-bogey
on the front nine. The 15-year-old, however, pulled herself
together and turned in a par finish on the back nine for a
three-day total of 67-71-75--213.
"Today I tried to forget about the first two days and
play one shot at a time," she said. "My putts were
falling [the first two days] and today they didn't. I think
I played my best game this week though."
The victory marks Blumenherst's second career AJGA title.
She captured the crown at the AJGA Arizona Junior Classic
"I've been playing well and see an improvement in my
game," she said. "My goal for the year was to win
two AJGA events and I can't believe I've already done it."
Tiffany Tavee of Gilbert, Ariz., scored a 5-over-par 76 to
take second place with a three-day total of 229. Emily Hoeper
of Kansas City, Mo., finished in third place with a total
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