HOLZWORTH COMES FROM TWO BACK DURING WEATHER SHORTENED FINAL ROUND
Donovan holds off Concolino in the Girls Division for a two-stroke victory
BRASELTON, Ga. — David Holzworth, 17, of Chapel Hill, N.C., came from two shots back Sunday to win his first AJGA event, despite having only nine holes to do so. Holzworth carded a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine of Chateau Elan Resort's Chateau Course, bringing his tournament total to an even-par 107 after 27 holes. Due to the impending threat of severe afternoon weather, the final day was shortened to a nine-hole stipulated round in both the Boys and Girls Divisions. Kimberly Donovan of Hopkinton, Mass., also earned her first AJGA title with rounds of 69-38—107.
The Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was a 27-hole stroke play event that featured 89 boys and 42 girls — ages 12-18 — from 20 states. The 12th annual event was staged on the par-71, 7,071-yard Chateau Course (Girls Division played at 6,069 yards) at Chateau Elan Resort. The 2005 edition of the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan featured 28 Rolex Junior All-Americans. Past champions of the event and current PGA and LPGA players include Beth Bauer, Charles Howell III, Ryuji Imada, and Brittany Lincicome.
Holzworth (72-35—107) carded birdies on Nos. 2 and 4, highlighted by 15-foot putts on each occasion. A crucial moment during his round came when he hit his tee shot on the 188-yard, par-3 sixth into the left greenside bunker. Leading by a stroke, he played out of the bunker to 12 feet and sunk the putt to maintain his lead.
Despite three-putting on the 421-yard, par-4 seventh for his lone bogey on the day, Holzworth credited his putting as the difference in his round compared to his fellow competitors, he said.
“I was happy we played the front nine,” Holzworth said. “I just knew I could do well on that side.”
Holzworth previously had two fourth-place AJGA finishes at the Golf Pride Junior Classic (Charlotte, N.C.) and The Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior presented by St. Paul Travelers (Hartford, Conn.).
“This is a huge confidence boost, especially when I see the other great players who have won this event — but I still have a lot to prove,” he said. “This is mainly a confidence boost because this is a really strong field. Now I know I can play and win against the best.”
Corey Nagy of Charlotte, N.C., the first round leader after carding a 1-under-par 70 Saturday, fired a 2-over-par 38 to finish one stroke back with Drew Weaver (71-37—108) of High Point, N.C. Four players tied for fourth at 109: Philip Chauncey of Durham, N.C.; David Yujin Chung of Fayetteville, N.C.; Hudson Swafford of Tallahassee, Fla.; and Chase Carpenter of Salyersville, Ky.
In the Girls Division, which started on the back nine of the Chateau Course, Jacqui Concolino of Orlando, who started two shots back, pulled even with Donovan after four holes.
On the 151-yard, par-3 16th, Donovan garnered par while Concolino finished the hole with bogey, giving Donovan the lead for good. Concolino carded two more bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18, while Donovan ended par-bogey to put both their nines at 3-over-par 38, giving Donovan a two-shot victory at 107 and her first AJGA crown.
“Coming into today's round I knew it would be a tough because Jacqui is such a good player,” the Hopkinton High School sophomore said. “All I wanted to do today was play well and try to feel my swing.”
Finishing third and one shot behind Concolino at 110 was last year's champion, Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information about the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan or any other tournament, contact the National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
# AJGA #