FRANCIS FALLS TO FOWLER DURING QUARTERFINALS, FACES UIHLEIN IN SEMIFINALS
The Thanksgiving morning quarterfinal matches at the Polo Golf Junior Classic were full of excitement and defeat as the brackets continue to narrow down. The Boys Rolex Junior Player of the Year Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., was defeated by the No. 2 Polo Golf Ranked Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif. The Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year Esther Choe also of Scottsdale, won her quarterfinal match and is on her way to the semifinals.
The Polo Golf Junior Classic, which has been conducted annually since 1978, marks the first tournament of the AJGA’s 2007 season. The stroke play portion of the tournament included 162 boys and girls ages 12-18 from 29 states and seven foreign countries. Former champions include Stewart Cink (1989), Trevor Immelman (1995), Tiger Woods (1991), Paula Creamer (2002), Grace Park (1994, 1996) and Morgan Pressel (2004).
In the Boys Division, Morgan Hoffmann of Wyckoff, N.J., won his third match in a row to advance to the semifinals. After going up by five holes at one point during his match against Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., Hoffmann began to slip as the final holes approached. He regained his game and won the match 4 and 3.
“I got anxious toward the end,” said Hoffmann. “I knew going into the week that I was playing well, so it’s exciting to go into the afternoon and play Andrew.”
Fowler defeated Francis 1-up in order to advance to the next round. Fowler will face off against the 2005 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla. Peter won his morning match against Sam Chien of San Diego, Calif., 4 & 2.
In the Girls Division, Choe defeated Marta Silva Zamora of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 3 & 1. She will face Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, during the semifinals. In the other Girls semifinal match, Cydney Clanton of Concord, N.C., will face Won Joo Choi of Temecula, Calif.
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 more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 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 is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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 Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.
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For more information about the Polo Golf Junior Classic, contact Drea Braxmeier in tournament communications at (610) 417-1107 or visit the tournament Web site at http://www.ajga.org/2006polo.