SPRINT JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTED BY THE LAS VEGAS FOUNDERS
Boulder Creek Golf Club
Boulder City, Nevada
June 16-19, 2003
FLORES CLINCHES TITLE IN PLAYOFF AT BOULDER CREEK
Lee secures top honors in Girls Division
BOULDER CITY, Nev. -
Battling extreme winds, Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif.,
captured the title of the Sprint Junior Golf Championship
hosted by The Las Vegas Founders in dramatic fashion Thursday.
With tournament totals of 211, Flores and Brett Kanda of La
Crescenta, Calif., were forced into a sudden-death playoff
for first place. Polo Golf Junior All-American Jennie Lee
of Huntington Beach, Calif., took top honors with a 3-over-par
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole event was held at the par-72 Boulder Creek Golf Club. The field featured 84 players, ages 13-18, from eight states, including 12 Las Vegas-area residents.
With previous rounds of 71 and 65, Flores posted a 75 in his final round of tournament play with five bogeys and two birdies. Flores said the wind played a major role in his game Thursday.
"I played just as good as I did yesterday when I shot 65," Flores said. "But the wind was brutal today and I struggled to finish my up and downs"
Flores clinched his second-career AJGA win after making par on the first playoff hole, a 399-yard, par-4.
"I didn't do anything differently," Flores said. "I knew I could par that hole and I did."
Kanda bogeyed the sudden-death playoff hole after flying his 5-iron second shot over the green, leaving him in second place-his best AJGA finish to date.
"I played too much for the wind that time," Kanda said. "But overall, I am happy with my play this week."
Erik Coover of Scottsdale, Ariz., Derek Sipe of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Polo Golf Junior All-American Chad Wilcox of Peoria, Ariz., tied for third at 3-under-par 213.
Jennie Lee led the Girls Division all week and posted a 74 on Thursday to secure her first AJGA win of the season with a tournament total of 2-over-par 218. Lee struggled with the windy conditions, taking two double bogeys on the back nine. But with birdies on holes seven and 15, she was able to keep herself at 2-over-par.
"My putting was better than usual today," Lee said. "I had to use my putts to save strokes."
Lee will look to continue her success next week when she heads to the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills.
Joh rallied for second place, posting a final-round 70. After carding a birdie on the first hole, Joh went on to birdie three more holes in her final round. Joh played consistently throughout the round and credited Thursday's 1-under-par performance to her putting.
"My putting was on today," Joh said. "I made all my short putts and sank some longer ones too. I couldn't rely on my irons in this wind, so I had to rely on my putting to save me."
Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif., finished in third place at 6-over-par 222.
For more information on the Sprint Junior Golf Championship hosted by the Las Vegas Founders or any AJGA event, please contact the association's national headquarters at (770) 868-4200 or visit the American Junior Golf Association's Web site at ajga.org.