AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR INVITATIONAL
Bellefonte Country Club
June 18-21, 2002
MUDD MAKES IT A KENTUCKY SWEEP IN A WIRE-TO-WIRE
WIN Wade Runs Away With Girls Division Title
ASHLAND, Ky. -- In a dramatic finish to the AJGA Henry-Griffitts
Bluegrass Junior Invitational, Jessie Mudd of Louisville,
Ky., captured the Boys Division crown and picked up his first
national win with a 64-68-70-202 Friday. In the Girls Division
second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American, Whitney Wade of
Glasgow, Ky., carded a 70-72-70-212 to win by six strokes.
The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, featured 120 players from 24 states and Mexico,
including 27 Kentucky natives.
Mudd, a second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American, led by
two strokes over high school teammate Michael Haverfield of
Louisville, Ky., and three strokes over Jared Jones of Kenova,
W. Va., after seven holes, but after a quintuple bogey on
No.8, a par-4, 338-yard hole, he fell behind Haverfield by
"I tried not to think about it," Mudd said. "I
whiffed on the ball in the rough, then I topped it and it
bounced off a branch and off my thigh. I just pretended like
it never happened. In my mind I made a par, and I moved on
with my round."
Leaving nothing to chance, Mudd staged a furious comeback
on the back nine as he carded a 31, which included four birdies
and five pars, to best the previous tournament record by two
"I don't hope for other players to mess up," Mudd
said. "I am the type of player that wants to go out and
Winning in Ashland is significant to Mudd who celebrated his
17th birthday with a win.
"This win means so much to me," Mudd said. "It's
not the most prestigious tournament that the AJGA holds, but
it's the first AJGA tournament I ever played in, it's held
in my home state, the community does such a great job and
(tournament co-chairmen) Bill and Mary Jo Thompson have always
treated me so well."
Jones matched Mudd shot-for-shot, but fell two strokes shy
to finish second (65-69-70-204). Will Osborne of Wichita Falls,
Texas, and Haverfield finished at 3-under-par 207 to tie for
third. Tied for fifth were Chris Wilson of Dublin, Ohio and
Brandon Lawson of Elburn, Ill., at 210.
In the Girls Division, the 16-year-old Wade remained consistent
in her play as she fended off numerous attempts at a comeback
by Lincicome. While no particular part of Wade's game carried
her to the win, her overall steady play was the key.
"I've just been pretty consistent," Wade said. "I
didn't do anything really well or anything really bad."
After a third place finish at the AJGA Golfweek Chicago Junior,
last week, Wade had a day off before participating in the
"I made a few changes in my one day off between tournaments,"
Wade said. "I practiced my chipping, my iron game and
my driving too."
Wade was visibly elated to clinch a title, her sixth national
victory, in her own backyard.
"This win is pretty big because it's in my home state,"
Wade said. "It shows that Kentucky has some great players."
Rounding out the top three girls were Lincicome at 218 and
Leah Wigger of Louisville, Ky., at 223.
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Invitational or other AJGA events, please contact our national
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