PRESLEY NAMED CHAMPION AT THE UNDER ARMOUR® / HUNTER MAHAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Hu steals top spot in Girls Division at TPC Craig Ranch
MCKINNEY, Texas — Andrew Presley of Fort Worth, Texas, birdied No. 18 to card a 3-under-par 69, in the Boys Division at the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship. His 54-hole total of 5-under-par 211, landed him his first victory. Bonnie Hu of Fremont, Calif., carded a final-round score of 73 to finish at 2-over-par 218 in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship featured 48 boys and 24 girls — ages 12-18 — from 13 states and Canada. The Boys Division played the course at 7,052 yards while the Girls Division played the course at 6,104 yards.
Presley approached this week's tournament with the determination to play well. He knew with the competitive field he would have to focus on hitting his targets and not focus solely on scores.
“I was playing the golf course and not the players,” Presley said. “Today with the wind I just took it one shot at a time and that really helped my game a lot.”
Presley, 17, finished second in both the Medicus Preseason Junior at Texarkana in 2007 and the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Horseshoe Bay Resort last year.
In the Boys Division, tied for second place are Alberto Sanchez of Nogales, Ariz., and Anton Arboleda of La Canada, Calif., who carded 2-under-par 214. In fourth is Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., who finished at even-par 216. Rounding out the top five at 1-over-par 217 are Gregory Yates of Mansfield, Texas and Mario Clemens of Beverly Hills, Calif.
Hu, 17, had a strong round today, making solid putts that scored her five birdies on Nos. 6, 8, 9, 10 and 14. Her strategy was to combat the wind today with a conservative game, avoiding hazards at all costs.
“Today was a big day for me considering I have never finished first in an AJGA event,” Hu said. “My long birdie putts really helped me on the front nine and I just tried to remind myself to play consistent golf despite the weather conditions.”
In the Girls Division, Hana Lee of Hacienda Heights, Calif., shot a three-round-total of 219 for second place. Tied for third are Emily Tubert of Burbank, Calif., Jade Staggs of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif., who carded a three-round-total 224.
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The 1999 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and three-time Rolex Junior All-American has provided the AJGA with more than $20,000 of Under Armour® merchandise in addition to his financial support of the tournament. Mahan was on site during the event and met the next generation of junior golfers.
On the PGA TOUR in 2008, Mahan was selected to the victorious Ryder Cup team, ended the season ranked No. 18 in the FedExCup point standings and earned more than $2 million for the second consecutive season.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 25 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
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