The Lodge of Four Seasons, Witch's Cove Course
Lake Ozark, Missouri
October 4-6, 2002

Oklahoma native wins first AJGA event at Lake of the Ozarks

LAKE OZARK, Mo. - Austin Bowman of Pryor, Okla., won his first national victory at the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Lake of the Ozarks shooting a final-round 75 on Sunday for a two-day total of 146. Clark Brewer (71-79-150) of Brentwood, Tenn., Bowman's co-leader coming into Sunday's final round, finished four shots back in second place.

The 36-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was held at the par-71 The Lodge of Four Seasons, Witch's Cove Course in Lake Ozark, Mo. The boys-only tournament is one of eight tournaments in the AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, designed to provide playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in an AJGA event.

Thunderstorms rolled in early Sunday morning, bringing lightning and rain. The weather delayed the final round for two hours. The storms moved out of the area by mid-morning and the 73-player field was able to get the final round underway.

The tournament field included players from 16 states and Canada. Twenty-two Missouri natives were included in the field.

Bowman finished the day with eight consecutive pars after making bogey at No. 10. Bowman came into Sunday's final round with a share of the lead after shooting a tournament-low 71 on Saturday.

"I was really nervous to be a leader today," said Bowman. "I was so nervous on the 18th green that I was shaking."

Shaky or not, Bowman played the hole like he had been in the situation a thousand times. He left a 30-foot birdie putt within seven feet and was able to make par and finish the round strong.

"I kind of scrambled today and I didn't putt as well as I did in the first round," said Bowman. "I did my best to make conservative shots and keep the ball in play."

"I am excited to have the opportunity to play in some more events," said Bowman. "I still have some work to do, but this will help me to become a better player."

Rounding out the top five were Zach Pederson (79-74-153) of Spring Hill, Kan., and Ty Sanders (78-75-153) of Tulsa, Okla., tied for third place, while Dustin Zhang (81-73-154) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, finished in fifth place.

The medalist of the event receives three automatic entries into AJGA events in 2003. The top-five finishers receive two automatic entries, while those who place in the top 15 are automatically accepted into one AJGA tournament.

For more information on the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Lake of the Ozarks or other AJGA events, please contact our tournament headquarters at (770) 868-4200.


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