ASHWORTH PRESEASON JUNIOR AT HOT SPRINGS
Hot Springs Country Club, Arlington Course
Hot Springs, Arkansas
March 28-30, 2003

TEXAS NATIVE GAMMON HOLDS ON FOR WIN AT HOT SPRINGS
17-year-old edges Davis by one stroke

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Michael Gammon of Garland, Texas, started the final round of the AJGA Ashworth Preseason Junior at Hot Springs a lot better than the first. The 17-year-old carded a 78 Sunday to claim his first AJGA win with a tournament total of 152.

The 36-hole stroke play tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 boys, ages 13-18, representing 16 states. The tournament, which was the first-ever AJGA event in the state of Arkansas, was held on the Arlington Course at Hot Springs Country Club.

Gammon carded a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine to take a five-stroke lead over Reed Davis of Cordova, Tenn., as he made the turn. Bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 and birdies by Davis on those holes made things interesting on the back nine.

"I started off better today," said Gammon, who was 4-over-par through the first two holes in his opening round. "I played well on the front nine but I did not play as well on the back nine. I ran into some trouble on No. 18. My goal today was just to beat my playing partners."

Gammons' second shot on the par-5, final hole was front right of the green. He then hit his approach shot 50 yards over the green and got up and down for a bogey and the win.

"Winning this tournament gives me confidence," Gammon said. "I am excited to get an opportunity to play in other AJGA events."

Davis finished one stroke back with a tournament total of 153, while Josh Bain of Abilene, Texas, placed third at 154. Rounding out the top five were Jason Cuthbertson of Conway, Ark., and Mu Hu of Bradenton, Fla., at 155 and 156, respectively.

The medalist, Gammon, earned three AJGA tournament exemptions. Those who placed in the top five earned two AJGA tournament exemptions, while one exemption was awarded to those who finished in the top 15.

The AJGA's Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series is a boys-only series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event.

Now in its fourth year, the Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series grew from eight events in 2002 to 10 in 2003. The Series helps juniors gain the experience needed to compete at the national level.

For more information about the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Hot Springs, please contact the AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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Weekly Results
Preseason Junior at Fieldstone
Boys
Total
1
Thomas Sullinger
145
T
2
Chase Lakari
149
T
2
Jack Kunkel
149
Girls
Total
1
Tabytha Robinson
160
T
2
Samantha Kellstrom
161
T
2
Marissa Kirkwood
161
AJGA Junior at The Legends presented by Plaza Motors
Boys
Total
1
Matthew Liston
140
2
Varun Chopra
144
3
Pierce Aichinger
146
Girls
Total
1
Micheala Williams
147
2
Kailie Vongsaga
149
T
3
Madasyn Pettersen
150
T
3
Belinda Hu
150
T
3
Amy Matsuoka
150
Junior All-Star at Forsgate
Boys
Total
1
*Brandon Yoon
142
2
Joe Parrini
142
T
3
Ethan Ng
144
T
3
Alexander Yun
144
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Peter
144
2
Yoonju Shin
147
T
3
Mallory Lovell
148
T
3
Crystal Wang
148
Preseason Junior at Chesapeake Bay presented by Golf Performance Center
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Total
1
Brady Pevarnik
147
T
2
Bruce Shober
148
T
2
Michael Sydnes
148
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Muhlbauer
154
2
Carolyn Wang
159
3
Lauren Freyvogel
161
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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