CHRYSLER AJGA BOYS INVITATIONAL
The Cardinal Golf & Country Club
Greensboro, North Carolina
June 9-13, 2003
HARMAN CRUISES TO SECOND CONSECUTIVE
MAJOR VICTORY AT THE CHRYSLER
Suh takes second; Todd, Grube and Barr claim third place
GREENSBORO, N.C.--Brian Harman of Savannah,
Ga., has shifted his golf game into high gear over the last
month, but it was cruise control that helped him take the
title at the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational. The 16-year-old
posted a bogey-free round Friday to finish at 5-under-par
275 and claim his second AJGA major championship in three
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Cardinal Golf and Country Club, the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational included 99 boys participating in 72 holes of stroke play. The four-day event featured golfers from 21 states, Chile and Japan. Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer served as the honorary tournament chairman for the event in Greensboro, N.C.
Seventeen-year-old Giwon Suh of Orlando, Fla., was runner-up at 1-over-par 281 after a final round of 74 (+4). Claiming a tie for third place were Brendon Todd of Cary, N.C., Rob Grube of Hinsdale, Ill., and Dustin Barr of Mooresville, N.C., at 2-over-par 282.
The win at The Cardinal is just the second AJGA victory of Harman's career, but both have come at major championships against elite fields. Last month, he won the Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"I'm awestruck," he said after shooting 2-under-par 68 in Friday's final round. "My first two AJGA victories come at two major championships. To beat this many good people is amazing."
The duo of Harman and Suh entered the day tied at 3-under par, the only members of the field under par. The two appeared primed for a neck-and-neck finish as the day began, but Harman pulled ahead of Suh with a smooth round that showcased steady and conservative golf.
Friday saw the 16-year-old from Georgia card two birdies and 16 pars. He consistently placed his ball in the middle of the fairway and the middle of the green, consciously avoiding trouble. Harman uncharacteristically altered his style of play to be more conservative on the Pete Dye design Friday, he said.
"I never got in trouble and tried to hit it in the middle of the green," he said. "I was just thinking middle all day. I have to really swallow my pride to play conservatively-and I did today."
After two bogeys on the first seven holes, Suh pulled himself to within one shot of Harman after an eagle on the 418-yard, par-4 eighth hole. From 160 yards out, Suh knocked his second shot from the edge of the fairway onto the green at the flagstick. The ball then rolled three feet and dropped into the cup, giving Suh the day's first eagle and just the sixth of the tournament.
But it was two double bogeys by Suh on holes No. 14 and 15 that put Harman ahead for good.
"I made some horrible mistakes on the back nine," Suh said about hitting his tee shots into the water hazard on both holes. "The two double bogeys really hurt me a lot. It's a really great tournament here. I still finished second, but my goal was to win this tournament. After two days, I felt like I could do it."
Last year's event saw Harman race to the lead after two rounds before coming up short and finishing tied for 16th. He said last year's performance weighed on him as he returned to Greensboro this year.
"I thought about (last year) a bit yesterday before I teed off and said to myself, 'Gosh, I hope I don't shoot 74 today,'" Harman admitted. "But it never entered my mind today-especially after I shot 67 yesterday."
Rain peppered the golf course for the second straight day, but play was never delayed during Friday's final round.
For more information on the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational or any other AJGA event, contact the association's national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.