AJGA NEEDHAM SAN JOSE JUNIOR CLASSIC
Almaden Country Club
San Jose, Calif.
Aug. 12-15, 2002

IM COMES FROM FOUR BACK TO WIN INAGURAL SAN JOSE TITLE
Liao holds on to win Girls Division by one

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Daniel Im of La Mirada, Calif., erased a four-stroke, final-round deficit as he shot 7-under-65 to win the AJGA Needham San Jose Junior Classic. In the Girls Division, Ki-Shui Liao of Alameda, Calif., led wire-to-wire as she too claimed her first AJGA title.

The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 players representing 10 states and included 72 California natives. The inaugural event was held at the par-72 Almaden Country Club.

Im entered the final round without any aspirations of winning. He was hoping to capture a top five finish and add some polish to his game before he plays in some season-ending tournaments. All of that thinking changed after Im got through his first five holes. The 17-year-old eagled his first hole and then birdied his third as he decided to make a run for the title.

"After that eagle on No. 1 I realized I was only two-strokes back," Im said. "I decided to play as hard as I could from there on out."

Im, who has four top five finished this year and recently helped the West team secure the coveted Canon Cup, said his ability to hit greens in regulation was the difference today.

"The first day I hit 10 greens and the second I hit 11," Im said. "I was kind of mad after that but today I was flagging my shots."

Anthony Kim of La Quinta, Calif., and Jay Choe of Yorba Linda, Calif., had the opportunity to force a playoff with Im, but it was not meant to be. Kim missed his 20-foot eagle putt to the right and Choe left his chip for eagle short securing the title for Im.

"I was so nervous watching Anthony putt," Im said. "I still can't believe it. It is slowly sinking in."

Kim finished in second at 206 and Choe ended up in third with a 207. David Yoon of Irvine, Calif., placed third with a 209 and Josh Esler of Wauconda, Ill., rounded out the top five with a three-day total of 210.

In the Girls Division, Liao notched her third-consecutive round under par as she won her first AJGA title in only her second event.

The 14-year-old entered No. 18 tied with Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif., at 5-under-par. Lee parred the hole and Liao drained a 13-foot birdie putt to grab her first title. Liao did not even know she had to make the putt to win.

"I thought I was two strokes ahead," Liao said. "I didn't even know how important her putt turned out to be."

Liao (69-71-70-210) said it was probably a good thing she did not know her and Lee were tied.

"I was not even nervous," Liao said. "If I had known I had to make the putt to win then I probably would have missed it."

Liao said she was still in disbelief that she won.

"It might sink in once I get home," Liao said. "I might not sleep tonight. When I came here I didn't even think about going under par. I have never played that well before and then suddenly I win."

Lee finished in second at 211 and Hannah Jun of San Diego, Calif., placed third with a total of 213.

For more information regarding the Needham San Jose Junior Classic please contact our national headquarters at (877) 373-2542.

 
Sponsors
Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
 
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Center:
Member ID:
Password:
 
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
 
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
 
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Andy Zhang
Reunion, FL
2. Sam Burns
Shreveport, LA
3. Jorge Garcia
Miami, FL
4. Austin Connelly
Irving, TX
5. KK Limbhasut
Loma Linda, CA
Girls
1. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, CA
2. Bethany Wu
Diamond Bar, CA
3. Megan Khang
Rockland, MA
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, TX
5. Amy Lee
Brea, CA
Complete Rankings
Foundation

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
   
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant

ACE

The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala - Marion Sports Commission
Boys
Total
1
Luis Gerardo Garza
209
2
Austin Hitt
211
T
3
Gabriel Lench
212
T
3
Won Jun Lee
212
T
3
Tyler Bakich
212
Girls
Total
1
Emma Albrecht
215
2
Amy Zhang
217
3
Taylor Tomlinson
222
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
206
2
Oliver Simonsen
207
T
3
Zach Norris
209
T
3
Austin Squires
209
Girls
Total
1
Sophia Schubert
204
2
Angella Then
219
3
Kimberlee Tottori
221
AJGA Junior at Southwind presented by True Temper
Boys
Total
1
Trey Winstead
212
2
Drew Jones
213
T
3
Braden Thornberry
214
T
3
Michael Feagles
214
T
3
Logan Watkins
214
Girls
Total
1
Mia Ayer
215
2
Jiayu Kong
218
3
Olivia Cason
226
Lockton / Samsung Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Kory Franks
218
2
Wells Padgett
219
T
3
Walker Kesterson
221
T
3
Cole Dillon
221
Girls
Total
1
Amy Matsuoka
216
2
Anna Zhou
220
3
Anabelle Chang
221
Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic
Boys
Total
1
Joshua Suh
211
T
2
Wocheng Ye
214
T
2
Eric Ghim
214
T
2
Puwit Anupansuebsai
214
Girls
Total
1
Benyapa Niphatsophon
206
2
Clare Amelia Legaspi
209
3
Alyaa Abdulghany
211
AJGA Philadelphia Junior
Boys
Total
1
Isaiah Logue
213
2
Will Bernstein
217
T
3
Davis Lamb
218
T
3
Brent Ito
218
Girls
Total
1
Brynn Walker
231
2
Madelein Herr
235
3
Amy Ding
236
FJ Live Scoring
AJGA U
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.