AJGA BANK OF MONTREAL FUTURE LINKS JUNIOR AT DUNCAN MEADOWS
Duncan Meadows Golf and Country Club
Duncan, British Columbia
August 19-22, 2002
HARLINGTEN CLUTCH IN FINAL ROUND TO CLAIM
VICTORY Paula Creamer wins wire-to-wire
DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Seann Harlingten of Rancho
Mirage, Calif., took home his first AJGA victory Thursday
at the AJGA Bank of Montreal Future Links Junior at Duncan
Meadows by carding a 2-under-par 69, totaling an even-par
213 tournament total. Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif.,
led start to finish and claimed her third AJGA title of 2002
at 6-under-par for the tournament.
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association in conjunction
with the Royal Canadian Golf Association, this tournament
field boasted some of the best juniors North America has to
offer. Eight states and four provinces were represented, including
20 British Columbia natives. This 54-hole event was held at
the par-71 Duncan Meadows Golf and Country Club on Vancouver
In the Boys Division, Harlingten, who won the Canadian Juvenile
Championship (16-and-under division) last week, stumbled a
bit as he came down the home stretch but got it together in
time to salvage victory. After looking at the leaderboard
on No. 17, he pulled his 4-wood out of his bag and topped
the ball just off the par-five's tee box.
"I was just like, 'Oh my gosh,'" he said. "But
I knew I could still make par."
He did just that and then again on No. 18 to maintain his
lead over Joseph Kim of Laguna Niguel, Calif., who finished
two back at 215 with rounds of 73-72-70.
Harlingten had previously finished sixth at the AJGA ClubCorp
Junior at Mission Hills earlier in the summer. He said it
was a tremendous weight off his shoulders now that he had
a win under his belt.
"I'm friends with [AJGA tournament winners] Randy Lowry
and Tarik Can, and they are always bugging me about when I
was going to win," he said. "Now, I know that I
can be grouped with them as a champion."
Behind Kim, Steven Dales of Abbotsford, British Columbia,
Marty Melcher of Redlands, Calif., Mitch Berg of Gresham,
Ore., and Matthew Fladwood of Remond, Ore., tied for third
at 5-over-par 218 for the tournament.
In the Girls Division, Creamer, who is becoming accustomed
to taking home trophies from AJGA events, shot the low final
round of the division with a 4-under-par 67. Her 70-70-67-207
tournament total put her ten shots ahead of Kelly Robb of
Concord, Mass. Robb fired a 3-under-par 68 the final round,
but Creamer was just too much.
"This helps my confidence a lot," she said. "I'm
hitting the ball better now than ever, so I'm looking forward
to the rest of the year."
Creamer went the entire tournament without three-putting a
single green. Her winning, she said, is just part of the on-going
pursuit of accomplishing her overall goals.
"I wanted to come out this summer and put up some good
numbers," she said. "For the most part, I've done
that. In the end I just want to play good golf and have fun."
Kristen Svicarovich of Hillsboro, Ore., finished in third
with rounds of 80-75 -77-232 tournament total.
For more information about the AJGA Bank of Montreal Future
Links Junior at Duncan Meadows, or any AJGA event, call the
AJGA National Headquarters at (877) 373-2542.
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