THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club, Raptor Course
Scottsdale, Arizona
May 23-26, 2003

HARMAN FINISHES AT 9-UNDER TO WIN HIS FIRST NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Knoll takes the title in the Girls Division

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., picked up his first national win Monday with a final round of 3-under-par 69 and he did it amongst the best junior golfers in the world at the Thunderbird International Junior. Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, took the title in the Girls Division for her first major championship.

The 54-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 84 players from 20 states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden. Sixty-six members of the Polo Golf Junior All-America teams were entered in the event held on the Raptor Course of Grayhawk Golf Club. The Thunderbirds, Grayhawk Golf Club, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation and the AJGA are all partners in the international event. Mickelson served as the honorary tournament chairman at his home course.

Harman, a lefty, entered the final round with a one-shot lead over Song Jeon of Ocala, Fla., while Anthony Kim of La Quinta, Calif., was three shots off the pace. Harman carded three birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 3-under-par 33. He then parred all the way in for the one shot win.

"I knocked down about a 20-foot putt for birdie on No. 6 and after that, I thought I would probably play pretty well," Harman said.

Harman held off a strong charge from Kim who carded six birdies on the day. Harman headed to the tee on No. 18 with a two-stroke lead. Kim hit the par-5 18th hole in two, while Harman played it safe. Kim had a 15-foot putt for eagle to send the championship to a playoff. He lipped out the putt and tapped in for birdie while Harman made his par putt.

"When it (the eagle putt) was about half way to the hole, I saw it had too much speed and I knew I had won it," Harman said.

"This tournament was No. 1 on my summer schedule and I was really looking forward to it," he continued. "This is the best field all year and I really wanted to do well here. This is probably the most stressful tournament I have ever played in, though."

Harman finished with a tournament total of 9-under-par 207, while Kim who fired a 67 in the final round, finished one shot back at 8-under-par 208. Tied for third at 213 were Song Jeon of Ocala, Fla., and Brendon Todd of Cary, N.C. Rounding out the top five was Joshua Wooding of Riverside, Calif.

In the Girls Division, Knoll played a steady round and carded an even-par 72 to finish the tournament at 3-under-par 213. She finished with three birdies on the day, including one on No. 15 that she said got her back on track.

"I thought if I shot even-par today that I would win," she said. "After the birdie on No. 15, I was just trying to get it to 1-under for the day. I was just playing the course and not worrying about the other people."

"This win feels awesome," the Oklahoma State-signee said. "I played three great rounds and I just feel honored to win such a great event."

Two shots back after carding a 1-under-par 71 on the day to finish at 1-under-par 215 was local talent Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale. Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., took third place with a tournament total of even-par 216. Hannah Jun of San Diego, Calif., placed fourth at 217 while Lauren Todd of Phoenix and Julieta Granada of Bradenton, Fla., round out the top five at 220.

 
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Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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