AJGA PING JUNIOR AT TROPHY LAKE
Trophy Lake Golf & Casting
Port Orchard, Wash.
June 17-20, 2002
CREAMER'S RECORD-BREAKING 67 SECURES SECOND
TITLE AT TROPHY LAKE
Can earns five-shot victory in Boys Division
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Paula Creamer of
Pleasanton, Calif., and Tarik Can of Douglaston, N.Y., sustained
their second-round leads Thursday to win their respective
divisions at the AJGA PING Junior at Trophy Lake.
The 54-hole stroke play tournament, one of five
American Junior Golf Association tournaments sponsored by
PING, includes 84 players from 12 states, Canada and Malaysia.
Trophy Lake Golf & Casting has hosted the event since
its inception in 1999.
Creamer, 15, fired a girls' tournament record
5-under-par 67 in the final round to run away with her second
straight title at Trophy Lake. Her three-round total of 71-69-67-207
set a girls' tournament record at 9-under-par and gave her
a nine-shot margin of victory. Creamer also added a fourth
AJGA title to her resume, to go along with two other national
junior tournament titles.
"I didn't feel much pressure," Creamer
said. "I had a four-shot lead going into the day, and
I felt that if I could make pars, I'd put the pressure on
With par as her goal, Creamer's round didn't
go exactly as planned. She birdied the first hole after hitting
her approach to three feet - her first of five birdies on
the day. Her second birdie came at No. 4, where she drained
a 35-foot putt. Another highlight came at the short par-4
15th, where Creamer drove the green with a 282-yard drive,
then two-putted for birdie.
"I had a lot of fun with the girls I played
with," said Creamer, a first-team Polo Golf Junior All-American.
"I played with Jennifer (Tangtiphaiboontana) everyday
and she was great. It helped to take away some of the pressure."
For the second straight year, Tangtiphaiboontana
finished runner-up to Creamer. This time, she carded three
consecutive rounds of even-par 72, finishing nine shots behind
Creamer. Katie Brophy of Spokane, Wash., placed third at 5-over-par
In the Boys Division, Tarik Can never fell out
of the lead during the final round. Beginning the final day
with a two-shot lead, the 17-year-old made a pair of early
bogeys, much like he did in the second round, before coming
back strong with a pair of birdies.
"I felt a little bit of pressure,"
Can said. "But I knew I played well on the back nine
yesterday, so I just stuck to that thought."
Can fired rounds of 71-69-73-213 to claim first
place at 3-under-par. The win was Can's third career AJGA
title, but his first since 2000, when he won two events.
Can echoed the words of many players after three
rounds on the scenic Trophy Lake Golf & Casting golf course.
"The golf course is beautiful. The greens
were perfect," said Can, a New York native making his
first trip to Washington. "I wanted to see Washington
and I thought it was beautiful."
Mike Fiedler of Faribault, Minn., placed second
at 73-69-76-218, five shots off the pace. Do Ha of Kent, Wash.,
finished six shots back at 3-over-par 219, while Alex Coe
of Danville, Calif., and Steven Dales of Abbotsford, British
Columbia, tied for fourth place at 5-over-par 221.
For more information about the PING Junior at
Trophy Lake, please contact the AJGA National Headquarters
at (877) 373-2542.