The Desert Mountain Club
July 7 - 12, 2002
FIRST MAJOR AT ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Blasberg holds on for Girls Division title
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --
Randy Lowry of Spring, Texas, carded a 1-under-par 71 to hold
his lead through the final round of the AJGA Rolex Tournament
of Champions, capturing the Boys Division crown. In the Girls
Division, Erica Blasberg of Corona, Calif., carded a 3-under-par
69 to claim the title.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 25th
annual Rolex Tournament of Champions was held on the par-72
Geronimo course at The Desert Mountain Club. The 72-hole event
featured 169 players - 109 boys and 60 girls - from 30 states
and five foreign countries, and included 57 Polo Golf Junior
All-Americans. Past champions include Charles Howell III,
David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Kellee Booth and Grace Park.
Lowry entered the final round with a four-stroke lead and
maintained the margin through the championship.
He started the day in solid fashion with an eagle on the 574-yard,
par-5 first hole. After finishing the front nine at even-par,
Lowry went on to birdie holes No. 12, 13, and 14 to finish
the championship with rounds of 69-65-71-71--276.
"My eagle on the first hole really got me going,"
Lowry said. "After that I was able to keep it at even-par
on the front nine. The three straight birdies on the back
nine gave me some confidence. At that point I tried to avoid
disasters and cruised the rest of the way."
The 15-year-old won three national titles during the 2000
season, but won his first major at Desert Mountain.
"It really feels great to win such a prestigious tournament,"
Lowry said. "A month ago I did not think that I would
be standing here. However, all aspects of my game came around
this week - my hard work in practice really paid off."
Taylor Wood of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Chris Kirk of Woodstock,
Ga., finished tied for second at 280. With a four-day total
of 281, Kevin Kisner of Aiken, S.C., finished fourth, and
Jessie Mudd of Louisville, Ky., and James Vargas of Miami,
Fla., finished tied for fifth at 282.
In the Girls Division, Blasberg carded five birdies during
the final round en route to posting a final-round 69. She
finished strong down the stretch with three birdies and only
one bogey on the back nine.
"Today I wanted to play safe and hit all my irons close,"
Blasberg said. "I gained confidence as the week progressed.
My irons were what helped me go low today. I was able to hit
them really close to the hole and give myself good birdie
The University of Arizona signee ended her AJGA career with
a bang, turning in rounds of 75-70-69-69--283 and finishing
three strokes ahead of the field.
"I have always played well at majors, but could never
win one," Blasberg said. "I came into this tournament
hoping to play well. This is a great way to end my junior
career and start a new one in college."
Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., finished second with
a four-day total of 286. Her final-round 69 was highlighted
by a hole-in-one on the 152-yard, par-3 seventh hole. Jane
Park of Beaumont, Calif., finished third in the Girls Division
with rounds of 76-74-72-68--290.
For more information about the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions,
please call AJGA national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
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