ASHWORTH PRESEASON JUNIOR AT MARYLAND
University of Maryland Golf Course
College Park, Maryland
April 4-6, 2003

HEDGE GARNERS PAR TO TAKE HOME FIRST AJGA CROWN
Montana native battles chilly and windy conditions at AJGA Ashworth Preseason Junior at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Josh Hedge of Billings, Mont., captured the title at the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Maryland with a final-round, even-par 71. His two-day tally of 144 left him 2-over-par for the tournament. The 36-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 83 boys, ages 13-18, representing 18 states and Canada. The tournament was held at the University of Maryland Golf Club.

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.

Hedge, 16, only wanted to protect his one-stroke lead coming into Sunday's final round. He was able to do just that as he maintained a steady game and even pace in order to be in contention for the tournament honors.

"I am excited that I played well enough both days considering that I really only started playing two weeks ago. I am sure that most of the players this weekend thought the weather was tough to play in, but I thought it was perfect coming from Montana," he said.

The high school sophomore's final-round performance included two birdies on Nos. 9 and 11 and draining several 8-foot putts to save par.

"My putting game was definitely much better than yesterday. This is my first AJGA event and I can't believe that I won," Hedge said.

Richard Brazeau of Portsmouth, N.H., fired a final-round of 76 to finish in second at 152 behind Hedge while Pennsylvania native Tyler Brewington of Orangeville finished in third place at 153 after a 74 in the final round. Rounding at the top 5 include Jeffrey Varga of Monroeville, Pa.; Danny Weisenberg of Sarasota, Fla.; Andrew Osofsky of Huntington, N.Y.; and Maryland natives Dennis Kwon of Rockville; Michael Manders, Michael Doyle, Jr., and Adam Krainson all of Potomac.

The tournament awarded three AJGA exemptions to the medalist, two to those who placed in the top five and one to those who finished in the top 15.

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 Ashworth Preseason Junior at Maryland completed the Series.
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Sanford, Fla.
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Canyon Lake, Calif.
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Shreveport, La.
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(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
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Knoxville, Tenn.
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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Newport Beach, Calif.
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Boys
Total
1
Braden Jones
68
T
2
Robin Williams
69
T
2
Alex Jamieson
69
T
2
Max Ting
69
Girls
Total
1
Kristin Engle
70
T
2
Lauren Chappell
74
T
2
Kanyanat Saithip
74
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
Joey Kirkland
68
2
Pone Pyae Han
69
3
Cade Kiser
70
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
70
T
2
Julia Johnson
72
T
2
Brooke Tyree
72
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
T
1
Jimin Jung
69
T
1
Benjamin James
69
T
1
Jackson Rivera
69
T
1
Edward Wu
69
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
73
T
2
Selina Li
74
T
2
Brianna Park
74
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
68
2
Gunil Moon
69
T
3
Rohan Dalal
71
T
3
Ethan Ashbrook
71
Girls
Total
1
Natasha Andrea Oon
67
2
Yu Wen Lu
68
T
3
Therese Warner
71
T
3
Alexa Melton
71
T
3
Makenzie Niblett
71
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