AJGA NIKE GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC AT JACKSONVILLE
Paradise Point Golf Course-Gold Course
Camp Lejeune, N.C.
May 27-30, 2003

CONCOLINO NIPS YI IN GIRLS DIVISION AT AJGA NIKE GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC
O'Connell holds off Rada for Boys Division crown

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Jacqui Concolino of Orlando, Fla., edged Vicki Yi of Athens, Ga., by one stroke in the Girls Division of the AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Jacksonville. In the Boys Division, Kevin O'Connell of Raleigh, N.C., shot a third round score of 1-under-par 70 for the title.

The 54-hole event was conducted on the par-71 Gold Course at Paradise Point Golf Club at Camp Lejeune. Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Jacksonville featured 74 players with boys and girls, ages 13-15, representing 19 states, including 21 juniors from North Carolina.

Concolino and Yi matched each other through the final round with each carding a 1-over-par 72, but Concolino's one stroke advantage from the second round gave her the victory, 214 to 215. Concolino felt the final pairing helped her keep her focus in a pressure-filled situation.

"I loved playing with Vicki," said the 15-year-old. "I had two nerve-wracking putts, one on 14 for par and one on 16 for birdie, but I kept my focus for both and knocked them in."

Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division, Laura Ormson of Granger, Ind., and Tia Gannon of Hilton Head Island, S.C., tallied 220.

O'Connell took charge of the Boys Division by defeating Patrick Rada, 15, of Anderson, S.C., by four strokes. O'Connell birdied three holes (Nos. 6, 12, and 14) and shot par on 13 holes.

"My iron play was solid the entire tournament," said the 15-year-old O'Connell. "I was very consistent today. I made a lot of pars and hit 16 greens."

The remaining top eight in the Boys Division include North Carolina native Chesson Hadley of Raleigh, Paul Woodbury of Lake City, S.C., Ross Mizell of The Woodlands, Texas, and Tal Everett of Sea Island, Ga., all tied for third with 217. In a tie for seventh, Matthew Loftus of Ridgefield, Conn., and Luis Lemus of Mission, Texas carded 218.

The winners from this week's event will receive two tournament exemptions into AJGA Open events and an invitation to the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship in Portland, Ore. A top-eight finish for the boys and a top-three finish for the girls in any Nike Junior All-Star Classic Series event will receive an invitation to the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship.

For more information on the AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Jacksonville, or any other AJGA event, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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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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