KHAN, CHOE WIN IN COLORADO
Inclement weather forces cancellation of final round
EVERGREEN, Colo. — Inclement weather, including rain and hail, forced the cancellation of the final round of the Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding. Second round leaders Jonathan Khan of Tucson, Ariz., and Esther Choe of Scottsdale, Ariz., claimed their respective division titles.
Players were able to complete four holes on Friday morning and were then forced to wait 45 minutes for a rain delay. Players returned to the course to fit two more holes in and again had to be brought back inside to wait for the final decision to cancel the final round.
Hiwan Golf Club was the host of this year's Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding, which was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The tournament was comprised of 99 boys and girls ages 12-18 from 14 states, including 40 golfers from Colorado.
Khan shot a 69 the first day and began the second day with a 2-under-par 33 on the front nine, which included five pars and three birdies, but followed it with a 41 on the backside for a 74. Khan's two day total of 143 led him to his first AJGA tournament win.
“I was really hoping the weather would be okay today because I would have liked to play,” he said. “I was disappointed, but I guess the cancellation was good for me in the end.”
Andrew Storm of Omaha, Neb., and Tyler Parsloe of Littleton, Colo., tied for second place with matching 146s. Samuel Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas, and Riley Pumphrey of Georgetown, Texas, tied for fourth place at 147.
In the Girls Division,15-year-old Choe improved her first round score of 76 by three strokes carding a 3-over-par 73 in the second round of competition, giving her a 149 tournament total and her third national win.
“I was really sad that the final round got cancelled because I was looking forward to playing well and beating the course today,” she said. “I know a lot of girls also wanted to better their scores, but I guess it's all part of the experience.”
Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa, took second place after shooting a 4-over-par 74 Thursday for a 151 tournament total. Tied for third at 153 were Christine Cho of Kent, Wash., and Stephanie Kono of Honolulu.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
For more information about the Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding or the American Junior Golf Association, contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200 or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.