TWAY FIRES 66 TO GO WIRE-TO-WIRE AT OSSO JUNIOR AT OAK TREE
Smith wins Girls Division by five strokes to claim first AJGA event
EDMOND, Okla. â€” Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla., fired a 4-under-par 66 in the final round and finished with a three-day total of 3-under-par 207 to win the Boys Division at the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree. Kristie Smith of Perth, Australia, shot a final-round score of 1-over-par 71 and finished with a three-round total of 222 to win the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the OSSO Junior at Oak Tree was held at Oak Tree Country Club. The par-70 course was set up at 7,034 yards for the Boys Division and 5,735 yards for the Girls Division. The tournament field consisted of 111 boys and 33 girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states and Australia, and included 62 Oklahoma residents.
Tway, a second-team Rolex Junior All-American, jump-started his day with birdies on hole Nos. 3, 4 and 9 to shoot an opening-nine total of 3-under-par 32. Tway's momentum continued on the back side with birdies on the 11th and 12th holes, and finished the back nine at 1-under-par 34 for a final-round score of 4-under-par 66. Tway said the calm playing conditions during the final round contributed to his low score.
â€śToday, you were able to hit at pins, and when you did hit good shots, you were rewarded for them,â€ť Tway said.
Jonathan Fly of Memphis, Tenn., finished the tournament with a three-day total of 215 to claim second place. Will Kropp of Edmond, fired a final-round 68 and finished the tournament with a three-round total of 216 to finish in third place. Steve Ziegler of Broomfield, Colo., Geoff Shaw of Edmond, and Brian Kim of Yorba Linda, Calif., finished the tournament tied for fourth with a three-day total of 217.
In the Girls Division, Smith played consistent golf on the front side, finishing the first nine with birdies on hole Nos. 8 and 9 to shoot an even-par 35. On the back nine, Smith would record par on eight of the nine holes, and finish with a 1-over-par 36 for a final-round score of 71. Smith, who is spending her summer playing golf tournaments in America, said the tournament was especially gratifying for her to win.
â€śIt feels good to win in Oklahoma because I came over here to visit Oklahoma State University, and I'll be attending there in January 2007,â€ť Smith said. â€śIt was good to have the coaches come watch me, and to win the tournament just tops everything off.â€ť
Christine Song of Fullerton, Calif., Amy Ruengmateekhun of Garland, Texas, and Paige Martin of Ardmore, Okla., finished tied for second with three-round totals of 227.
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.
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