AJGA ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
LPGA International, Legends Course
Daytona Beach, Florida
June 9-12, 2003
CREAMER CAPTURES ROLEX GIRLS CROWN IN TWO-HOLE SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF
Jane Park places second in Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Paula Creamer, 16, of Pleasanton, Calif., captured the title at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship in dramatic fashion. Her tournament total 71-69-71211 tied her with Jane Park of Beaumont, Calif., for first place before beginning their fight for the championship in a two-hole sudden-death playoff.
The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 79 girls, representing 24 states, Mexico, and Japan. Held on the Legends Course at the LPGA International, 17 Florida residents were included in the field. The Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year, In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., and 22 other Polo Golf Junior All-Americans also participated.
Creamer, who qualified for the U.S. Womens Open on Monday, held the lead throughout the final round until a challenging lie on No. 17, where she carded her first bogey of the day. Park, however, posted a needed birdie on the same hole that moved her to the top of the leaderboard.
The focused Creamer did not waver as she drained a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to force the sudden-death playoff. After Parks par on the final hole, they were sent back to the 18th tee box to finish what they started.
Heading into the playoff, Creamer claimed it was the adrenaline from her clutch putt that her gave the energy to finish strong.
I felt great going into the playoff, Creamer said. That putt was key for me.
Park and Creamer were both relentless as they garnered matching pars on the first-hole of the sudden-death playoff. Creamer then drained a 15-foot putt for birdie on the second-hole of the playoff to clinch the win over Park.
I needed a birdie to win and I knew I could do it, she said. Jane is a great player and she challenged me.
Thursdays win in Daytona Beach marks Creamers sixth win in 2003 and her 10th AJGA career victory. After receiving a sponsor exemption, she will play in the Wegmans Rochester LPGA tournament next week.
Park, 16, the second-round leader, had a solid overall tournament performance, posting rounds 70-69-72211. She took runner-up honors after the two-hole sudden-death playoff against Creamer.
Rounding out the top-10 finishers, Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., carded a final round of 71 to finish in third place at 213, while recent U.S. Womens Open qualifier, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., finished fourth with a scores of 72-73-71216. Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., finished tied for fifth with tournament totals of 217. Tied for seventh place at 218 were Florida natives Christie Reed of Coral Springs and In-Bee Park of Eustis. Jackie Concolino of Orlando, Fla., and Mary Jacobs of Godfrey, Ill., shared ninth place honors after posting matching scores of 219.
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