AJGA HEATHER FARR CLASSIC
Vistal Golf Club
April 18-20, 2003
CREAMER CLAIMS FOURTH CROWN IN A ROW
Yoon fires consecutive 4-under-par 67s to take the Boys Division
PHOENIX- Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., fired
a 72 on Sunday at the AJGA Heather Farr Classic to claim her
fourth AJGA tournament in a row. David Yoon of Irvine, Calif.,
used a tournament total of 8-under-par 134 to take the title
in the Boys Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Heather Farr Classic featured 144 juniors, 102 boys and 42 girls, from 13 states and Canada. Thirty-eight Arizona natives and 19 2002 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans were included in the field.
Creamer, who began the season with a win at the prestigious AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic, birdied her final hole to take a one-shot victory in the Girls Division. This was her fourth national win of the year and her 13th of her career. The 16-year-old was conservative all day.
"Today I did not play very aggressive like I usually do," Creamer, a two-time first-team Polo Golf Junior All-America selection, said. "I did not hit the ball very well and I could not judge the wind very well. I lipped out so many putts. My putting was not very good today."
Creamer bogeyed Nos. 5-7 to make the turn at 2-over-par 37. She then parred every hole until she sunk her 10-foot putt on No. 18 for birdie.
"My first real birdie opportunity after my bogeys was at No. 11 from 15 feet and I just missed it," she said. "That was the turning point for my round and it gave me confidence."
"This win gives me confidence going into the summer," she continued. "My game is doing well and I just need to do a little fine tuning."
One shot off the pace with a tournament total of 1-under-par 141 was Tiffany Tavee of Gilbert, Ariz. Tied for third at 142 were Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., and Angela Park of Torrance, Calif. Amie Cochran of Torrance, Calif., and Marina Choi of Los Angeles round out the top five at 146.
In the Boys Division, Yoon continued his hot streak with another 4-under-par 67 to pick up his first national win. The turning point in the round for the 17-year-old was when he eagled No. 8 and then followed that up with consecutive birdies. He also birdied No. 18 to finish the day with an eagle and five birdies.
"I played well," Yoon said. "After I went eagle, birdie, birdie, I had a lot of confidence. I made a lot of long putts today and my iron play was good as well. My goal today was to hit fairways and greens and take it one shot at a time."
"Finally getting my first victory feels very good," he continued. "This gives me a lot of confidence entering the summer."
Taking runner-up honors four shots back at 3-under-par 139 was Marty Melcher of Redlands, Calif. Tom Glissmeyer of Colorado Springs, Colo., finished third at 140, while Jake Grodzinsky of Cornville, Ariz., Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., and Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., tied for fourth with tournament totals of even-par 142.
The AJGA is able to conduct the Heather Farr Classic with the continued support of Andrew Magee - an AJGA alumnus, PGA TOUR Player and former AJGA National Chairman - and the Santa Claus Classic, the fundraising pro-am tournament supported by many Phoenix area touring professionals. Heather Farr, a former AJGA and LPGA player, won the second-annual AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic and earned Player of the Year honors in 1980 and 1982. On November 20, 1993, Farr lost a valiant five-year battle with cancer.
For more information on the AJGA Heather Farr Classic, contact the AJGA's national headquarters at (877) 373-2542.