AJGA TOLDO GROUP EASTERN CANADIAN JUNIOR
Roseland Golf and Curling Club
June 24-27, 2002
HIATT WINS HIS FIRST AJGA TITLE IN DRAMATIC
Pressel continues to impress in clinching Girls Division
WINDSOR, Ontario - The final round of the Toldo Group
Eastern Canadian Junior was sent into overtime Thursday, as
Matthew Hiatt of Sylvania, Ohio, carded a 70-69-69-208 and
clinched the win on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
In the Girls Division, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla.,
rolled through the tournament as she shot 75-72-71-218.
The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, featured 99 players from 10 states, Canada and
Bermuda, including 34 Ontario natives.
Marc Mazza of Elmira, N.Y., went head-to-head with Hiatt in
the playoff, but Mazza missed a 3-foot putt for par on No.
18. With the miss, Hiatt clinched his first AJGA win in his
fourth career AJGA tournament.
"I'm so excited right now," Hiatt said. "Words
can't even describe how happy I am."
The 18-year-old Hiatt will attend Eastern Michigan University
in the fall on a golf scholarship, and his play this week
has boosted his confidence.
"I was hitting it well the first two days, but I didn't
start playing well until the back nine on the second day,"
Hiatt said. "Today I knew if I shot 68 or 69 that I would
have a good chance to win."
Mazza finished in second, followed by Matthew Harmon of Grand
Rapids, Mich., Bradley Moulton of Orangeville, Ontario, and
Jason Kokrak of Warren, Ohio, to round out the top five in
the Boys Division.
As the competition heated up, Pressel continued her impressive
play. She improved her score for the third consecutive day
in seizing the top spot.
"This is a very nice golf course," Pressel said.
"It's old style where you get what you see. I'm lucky
that I was able to play better and better each day."
There will be no rest for the 14-year-old Pressel as she heads
to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play in her next tournament Friday.
"I love golf so much that I want to play everyday,"
Pressel said. "At this point I don't think I'll ever
get tired of playing all the time."
Mandi McConnell of Grand Blanc, Mich., who led after the first
two rounds, finished five shots behind Pressel for second
place. Clare Lucey of Winnetka, Ill., finished in third.
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