AJGA MCDONALD'S BETSY RAWLS GIRLS NATIONAL
DuPont Country Club, DuPont Course
July 29 - August 1, 2002
JANANGELO CAPTURES BETSY RAWLS CROWN IN
Connecticut native becomes first back-to-back champion
since Grace Park
WILMINGTON, Del. - Two resilient young
players went head-to-head Thursday as defending champion Elizabeth
Janangelo of West Hartford, Conn., and U.S. Girls Junior champion
In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., battled for the AJGA McDonald's
Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship crown. The 18-year-old
Janangelo fired a 3-under-par 68 to come back from a seven-stroke
deficit and capture the title again in dramatic fashion.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the McDonald's
Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship featured 62 girls,
representing 26 states and Mexico and was held on the par-71,
6,017-yard DuPont Course at the DuPont Country Club.
Everything started to click for Janangelo today as she was
hitting greens and the putts were falling.
"I had a good feeling when I made the turn," Janangelo
said. "I had a couple of birdies and just tried to plug
The win came as a big surprise for Janangelo as the Connecticut
native was only hoping for the best - a second-place finish.
"I really did not expect to be in this position,"
Janangelo said. "My goal coming into today was to finish
After the tournament, Janangelo showed some classy sportsmanship
as she approached Park to shake her hand and give the 14-year-old
words of encouragement.
"In-Bee is so young and has so many tournaments ahead
of her," Janangelo said. "I think experience has
a lot to do with it and how you close the match. She will
gain that experience one day."
Janangelo ends her regular AJGA season with another major
title as she heads to college to play for the Duke Blue Devils
"This has always been a fun tournament for me,"
Janangelo said. "The atmosphere is wonderful and the
volunteers are great. That's what makes this tournament different
from the others."
After posting under-par scores in the first two rounds, the
14-year-old Park struggled in the final round and carded four
bogeys and two double bogeys on the day. The Florida native
gave up a five-stroke lead to finish in second with a 71-67-79-217
"I don't know what happened today," Park said. "I
tried to play my best but everything went wrong."
Last year's runner-up Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas, finished
in third after carding a 72 in the final round for a 69-78-72-219
total. May Wood (76-72-72) of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and
Whitney Wade (73-74-73) of Glasgow, Ky., carded a three-round
total of 220 to tie for fourth and round out the top five.
For more information on the McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls National
Championship or other AJGA events, please contact the Association's
national headquarters at (877) 373-2542.