AJGA PRESEASON JUNIOR AT
University of Florida Golf Course
May 10-12, 2002
HOLDS ON FOR THE WIN IN GAINESVILLE
Fifteen juniors earn automatic entries into additional
2002 AJGA events
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Philip
Michael Giammaresi of Tampa, Fla., carded a 7-over-par 77
in the final round of the AJGA Preseason Junior at Gainesville
on Sunday to take medalist honors. He finished with a tournament
total of 2-over-par 142 and a four-stroke victory.
Conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Gainesville
held at the University of Florida Golf Course in Gainesville,
Fla., consisted of an 84-player boys-only field (ages 13-18)
representing 14 states and Canada. Eighteen juniors from Florida
competed in the 36-hole stroke-play event.
The 16-year-old Giammaresi's
strategy for the day was to hit fairways and greens.
"I knew today's round
would not be as good as yesterday's from the start,"
he said. "I was not trying to be aggressive."
After finishing the day with
only 11 pars, Giammaresi said his opening round 5-under-par
65 held him in contention.
"I struggled the whole
way around today," he continued. "I did not putt
very well and I was not hitting the ball nearly as good. The
course played a lot tougher today and it set up at least three
shots harder from the beginning. But the win does help my
Giammaresi is hoping his confidence
continues on Monday when he attempts to qualify for the U.S.
Finishing four shots off the
pace was Noah Goldman of Longwood, Fla., with a 76 for the
day and a 6-over-par 146 tournament total. Tied for third
at 147 were Matthew Pierce of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,
and Benjamin Kishigian of Warner Robins, Ga. Rounding out
the top five at 148 was Lee Keong Yang of Bradenton, Fla.
The AJGA Preseason/Postseason
Junior Series, a boys-only series, is expanding to eight tournaments
in 2002 from the six featured last year. The series is designed
to provide playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet
played in an AJGA tournament. Players who finish in the top
15, including ties, receive one, two or three automatic entries
into future AJGA tournaments, depending on their finish.