AJGA NIKE GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC AT AMES
Veenker Memorial Golf Course
Ames, Iowa
June 2-5, 2003

HU TOPS JONES FOR VICTORY IN AMES
Fish Records Low Score of Day en route to Girls Division win

AMES, Iowa - Mu Hu of Bradenton, Fla., carded a 1-over-par 73 Thursday to capture the title in the Boys Division of the AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Ames after defeating Mark Jones of Odessa, Texas, on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Edging out a win in the Girls Division was Shannon Fish of Spring, Texas.

The 54-hole event was held on the par-72 Veenker Memorial Golf Course at Iowa State University. Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Ames featured 87 players with boys and girls, ages 13-15, representing 26 states, including four juniors from Iowa.

Hu (69-72-73-214) felt confident and extended his lead to two strokes after the first hole but Jones remained close to the lead all day. After the 54th hole, Hu and Jones (69-73-72-214) were tied for the lead. In the playoff, Hu knocked a 3-wood from 250 yards out to within 15 feet of the hole on the par-5 18th. He two-putted for birdie to edge Jones and clinch the championship.

"Today my strength was putting under pressure," Hu said. "I sunk two 6 foot, left-to-right downhill putts."

Rounding out the top four in the Boys Division were Jonathan Khan of Tucson, Ariz., with a 73-72-72-217, and Arnond Vongvanij of Bradenton, Fla., with a 77-74-69-220. In a tie for fifth were Adam Hogue of Plymouth, Mich., with a 76-72-73-221, and Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., with a 72-71-78-221.

Fish, the champion of the Girls Division, gained momentum after recording a birdie on the first hole, a 400-yard par-4.

"I pitched in from 65 yards on the first hole," said Fish. "It really set the tone for the rest of the day."

Fish's final-round score of 77 was her best of the week.

"I stayed mentally stronger during this round," explained Fish. "My goal for today was to play good for myself and not worry about winning the tournament."

Finishing close behind the leader in the Girls Division were So-Hyun Park of Bradenton, Fla., (86-77-82-245) who finished in second, and Bethany Leclair of Scottsdale, Ariz., (83-78-85-246) who finished third.

Hu and Fish will receive two tournament exemptions into AJGA Open events and an invitation to the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship in Portland, Ore. The top-eight boys finishers and the top-three girls finishers 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 Ames, contact the AJGA at (877) 373-2542.

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