AJGA CLUBCORP JUNIOR AT MISSION HILLS
Mission Hills Country Club, Arnold Palmer Course
Rancho Mirage, California
June 24-27, 2002
HAN COMPLETES WIRE-TO-WIRE VICTORY
Lee wins Girls Division in sudden-death playoff
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Seung Su Han of Chino Hills,
Calif., won his second AJGA title of 2002 at the AJGA ClubCorp
Junior at Mission Hills. In the Girls Division, Jennie Lee
of Huntington Beach, Calif., defeated Allison Martin of Bakersfield,
Calif., on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim
her first national title of 2002. The pair of 15-year-olds
completed wire-to-wire victories to win their respective divisions.
The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
was held on the par-72 Arnold Palmer Course at Mission Hills
Country Club. The 84-player field featured players from eight
states, including 70 California natives and 15 Polo Golf Junior
Han, who set the tournament's scoring record, followed his
opening-round 66 with rounds of 67 and 69 to give him a three-day
total of 202 and a four-stroke victory in the Boys Division.
The rising sophomore won the inaugural Chrysler AJGA Boys
Invitational during the second week of June.
"I'm really happy and very hot right now," Han said.
"I got really tired during the last few holes but I told
myself that I had to keep going. This week I decided to go
for it all. I just didn't want to play safe and my plan worked
well for me."
Han finished the front nine at 4-under-par, but bogeys on
holes No. 10 and 11 slowed him down. He rebounded with a birdie
on the par-4, 369-yard 14th hole to claim the title.
"The only thing that bothered me about this week was
that I had way too many putts," Han said. "It was
a great tournament and it is really nice to win close to home.
This means a lot to me."
Daniel Im of La Mirada, Calif., finished second in the Boys
Division with rounds of 68-69-69-206. Phillip Telliard of
Riverside, Calif., finished third at 208, Kyle Gentry of Carmel,
Calif., placed fourth at 210, and Mark Lamb of Haddington,
Scotland, finished fifth at 212.
The Girls Division had a dramatic ending as Lee and Martin
went back to the No. 1 tee for a sudden-death playoff. Martin's
second shot sailed over the right bunker and she was forced
to chip and two-putt for bogey. Lee, who tallied a three-day
total of 68-73-74-215, landed her second shot within 25 feet
of the hole. She claimed victory as she two-putted for par.
"I was really scared and nervous the last few holes because
I was not playing that great," Lee said. "During
the playoff I just wanted to play it safe and relax. I thought
that I would have a good shot and it feels great to win."
Martin forced a playoff by firing a 4-under-par 68 in the
final round. She finished the front nine with two birdies
and an eagle on the par-5 472-yard sixth hole. The Polo Golf
Junior All-American and defending champion finished second
All-American and University of Arizona signee Whitney Welch
of Las Vegas, Nev., placed third with rounds of 73-74-69-216.
For more information about the AJGA ClubCorp Junior at Mission
Hills, or other AJGA events, please contact AJGA national
headquarters at (770) 868-4200, or visit the Association's
Web site at ajga.org.
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