Isleta Eagle Golf Course
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 27-30, 2003
TOLAN ACES HIS WAY TO SECOND
STRAIGHT SOUTHWESTERN TITLE
Blumenherst fends off Cochran for Girls' Title
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. - Derek Tolan of Highlands
Ranch, Colo., successfully defended his title at the AJGA
Southwestern Junior Classic on Friday firing a 2-under-par
70 to finish the tournament at 10-under-par, two shots better
than his winning total from 2002. In the Girls Division, Amanda
Blumenherst finished the tournament at 6-under-par to claim
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Southwestern
Junior Classic featured 102 players from 20 states, Canada,
Peru and Puerto Rico. The 54-hole tournament was conducted
at the par-72 Isleta Eagle Golf Course in Albuquerque on May
Tolan, who finished five shots clear of the field, fed off
the energy of five birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3
sixth hole to run away with the championship.
"It sort of shook me up a little bit, but I birdied the
next hole. It was great," said Tolan. "I finally
scored well, and that's what I've been struggling to do for
a long time. Nothing really that fancy or great. I just put
it in the hole."
Will Osborne of Wichita Falls, Texas, charged to the second
place position after carding a 5-under-par 67, the low round
of the day. Mitchell McCaughan of Sumner, Wash., and Jace
Moore of Southlake, Texas, finished in a tie for third place,
six shots behind Tolan. David McDaniel of Tucson, Ariz., rounded
out the top 5.
In the Girls Division, Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz.,
fired a 1-under-par 71 to hold off Amie Cochran of Torrance,
Calif., and Michaela Cavener of Ponca City, Okla., by two
shots. Blumenherst, who came from five shots behind after
the first round to claim the title, sank a 15-foot par putt
on the closing hole to put a stranglehold on the victory.
The putt occurred after Cochran, who was one shot back at
the time, knocked her second shot to within 10 feet on the
par-4 No. 18. Blumenherst missed the green to the right but
was able to save par after sinking the dramatic putt. Cochran
bogeyed the hole to finished tied for second with first-round
"Its always nice when you can finish on a good note.
I putted well and hit the ball solid and it was just a pretty
good round all together," said Blumenherst, who placed
second at the Thunderbird International Junior last week in
Phoenix. This was her first victory of 2003 and her third
career national win.
For more information on the AJGA Southwestern Junior Classic,
please contact tournament director Andrew Greenfield at (770)