AJGA GOLFWEEK CHICAGO JUNIOR
Winnetka Golf Club
June 11-14, 2002
PERSONS CLINCHES BOYS TITLE BY ONE STROKE
Ashley Knoll claims her second AJGA Girls Division title
WINNETKA, Ill. -- Players and spectators braved through
delays and intermittent thunderstorms Friday during the final
round of the AJGA Golfweek Chicago Junior at Winnetka Golf
Club in Winnetka, Ill. Josh Persons of Fargo, N.D., won his
first AJGA title by one stroke in a very close battle. Texas
native Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands maintained her lead to
claim her second AJGA individual title.
The 54-hole tournament hosted by the American Junior Golf
Association, featured 99 players from 19 states and Canada,
including 42 Illinois natives.
Josh Persons remained under-par through most of the day but
almost lost his momentum. Persons started off the day a little
shaky, and carded four bogeys and one birdie. In the end,
the 18-year-old prevailed shooting a three round total of
70-69-73-212, to claim his first AJGA victory.
"It feels great to win," Persons said. "There's
nothing better than winning."
Hometown local, Matthew Slovitt, gave Persons some tough
competition as the two tipped the scale in an up-and-down
game that was anybody's for the taking. Slovitt finished second
at even par 213.
"It was frustrating," Slovitt said. "I tried
to play the course and not the player. [Persons] definitely
won the match today."
Fellow Illinois native Rob Grube of Hinsdale shot a 4-under-par
216 to finish in third place. Patrick Herzog of Red Wing,
Minn., finished alone in fourth at 217. Defending champion
Randy Lowry of Spring, Texas, and Kyle Nathan of Winnetka,
Ill., tied for fifth and rounded out the top five boys at
Honorable mention Polo Golf Junior All-American Ashley Knoll
dominated the Girls Division in all three rounds to take medalist
honors. The 17-year-old struggled in the final round carding
three bogeys, but was able to keep pace ahead of the competition
and win her second AJGA title.
"My goal was to play consistent," Knoll said. "I
wanted to come in with a solid round and make the other players
"I've been looking for my second win and this feels awesome,"
Noriko Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill., and Second-Team Polo
Golf junior All-American Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., finished
second and third, respectively.
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