AJGA ASHWORTH PRESEASON
JUNIOR AT MARYLAND
University of Maryland Golf Course
College Park, Maryland
April 4-6, 2003
HEDGE FREEZES HIS WAY TO OPENING-ROUND
LEAD WITH 73
Damp weather holds 84 players above par at the AJGA Ashworth
Preseason at Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wet and cold weather conditions
challenged the 84 players who invaded the fairways of the
University of Maryland Golf Course Saturday for the first
round of the AJGA Ashworth Preseason Junior at Maryland. But
Josh Hedge of Billings, Mont., captured first round honors,
despite the undesirable playing temperatures.
The AJGA Ashworth Preseason at Maryland, conducted by the
American Junior Golf Association, is a 36-hole stroke play
tournament that consists of a boys-only field (ages 13-18)
representing 18 states and Canada, including 10 Maryland natives.
The 16-year-old Hedge (35-38-73) began his solid round with
an impressive up-and-down from a downward slope on No. 11,
which was his second hole of the day. He then continued to
steady his play by making several 6-foot putts and two birdies.
"I played very well even though the course was so wet.
I really hit it well off the tee and was able to finish off
most of my putts," Hedge said.
Being a Montana native certainly had its advantages for his
2-over-par 73 performance in Saturday's round.
"I really started playing about two weeks ago because
of the snow. I am certainly used to this type of weather,"
he said. "This is the first tournament I have competed
in this year and it feels good to be out here playing."
For tomorrow's round, the high school sophomore Hedge plans
to play consistent and take any chances when needed.
"I just want to play my game and try not to let my head
get too big," Hedge said.
Trailing by one stroke behind the leader are Bill McCrossan
of Newtown Square, Pa., and Andrew Osofsky of Huntington,
N.Y. Rounding out the top five with 75s includes Maryland
native Adam Kraison of Potomac; David Miller of Chillicothe,
Ohio; Danny Weisenberg of Sarasota, Fla.; and Charlie Thompson
of Naperville, Ill.
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.
The tournament will award three AJGA exemptions to the medalist,
two to those who place in the top five and one to those who
finish in the top 15.
The tournament concludes Sunday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start
at the University of Maryland Golf Course.
For more information about the Ashworth Preseason Junior at
Maryland, please contact tournament headquarters at is (301)