AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS BLUEGRASS JUNIOR INVITATIONAL
Bellefonte Country Club
Ashland, Kentucky
June 17-20, 2003

PUNTAWONG CLINCHES TITLE IN BATTLE AT BELLEFONTE
Wade defends title in Girls Division of Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational


ASHLAND, Ky. - Chanin Puntawong of Bradenton, Fla., took the Boys Division title at the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational with a dramatic birdie on No. 18 to avoid a sudden-death playoff and record a tournament total of 2-under-par 208. Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., successfully defended her title with a 54-hole total of 217 for a six-stroke margin on Friday at Bellefonte Country Club.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational featured 120 players, 93 boys and 27 girls, ages 13-18 from 21 states, including 32 from the state of Kentucky. This was the 20th anniversary of the tournament being held at Bellefonte.

Puntawong entered the final round at 1-under-par, just one stroke behind leader Cale Barr of Versailles, Ky., and fell to even-par for most of the round until No. 15 when he chipped in for birdie.

"I thought the ball was going to be short," said the 16-year-old. "I was just trying to make par and move on."

The clinching moment during Puntawong's round on Friday was a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to avoid a playoff with Jarred Texter of Millersville, Pa., and Matthew Scytkowski of South Hadley, Mass., who each carded 1-under-par 209 for the tournament.

Puntawong's putt caught the left edge of the hole and rolled in for his third career AJGA title.

"I almost hit it too soft," said Puntawong, a third-team Polo Golf Junior Golf All-American. "It just caught the left edge of the cup and went in."

Texter and Scykowski each finished in a tie for second at 1-under-par 209, Barr notched an even-par 210 for fourth. Charlie Holland of Dallas, Texas carded a final-round 66 for a fifth-place finish at 2-over-par 212.

TheAJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational crowd was treated to a rarity on the 131-yard, par-3 third hole, as Ben Leong of Bradenton, Fla., sank his first career hole in one with a pitching wedge. He finished Friday with a 1-over-par 71.

In the Girls Division, Wade, a recent U.S. Women's Open qualifier, took a focused approach to her final round of 71.

"I tried to make par on each hole and not worry about what other players were doing," said the 17-year-old first-team Polo Golf Junior All-American. "It is special to win this tournament because I am from the area."

Marci Turner of Tompkinsville, Ky., and 2001 Bluegrass Junior champion, finished in second and Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., in third.

For more information on theAJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational, contact the AJGA national headquarters at (877) 373-2542.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
4. Min Woo Lee
Perth, Australia
5. Wilson Furr
Jackson, Miss.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
4. Yujeong Son
(South Korea) Norman, Okla.
5. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
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AJGA Junior at Oak Tree
Boys
Total
1
Logan McAllister
196
T
2
Palmer Hays
205
T
2
Yuxin Lin
205
Girls
Total
1
*ShaeBug Scarberry
208
2
Joan Soewondo
208
T
3
Libby Winans
215
T
3
Yang Liu
215
AJGA City of London Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Andy Mao
203
2
Mason Lenhart
206
T
3
Sutthinun Sinsuntites
209
T
3
Austin Fulton
209
T
3
Ethan Shepherd
209
Girls
Total
1
Kristin Engle
209
2
Erica Shepherd
212
3
Katie Hallinan
217
AJGA Junior All-Star at Rush Creek
Boys
Total
1
Clay Merchent
204
2
Caleb VanArragon
209
T
3
Tucker Clark
215
T
3
Bobby Park
215
Girls
Total
1
Virginie Ding
220
2
Lauren Metcalf
222
3
Selina Li
224
AJGA Junior at Centennial
Boys
Total
1
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
206
2
Michael Zhang
207
T
3
Raymond Navis
209
T
3
Aaron Chen
209
Girls
Total
1
*Jo Hua Hung
211
2
Elizabeth Lu
211
3
Ziyi Wang
212
AJGA Philadelphia Junior
Boys
Total
1
Kyle Vance
211
2
Rij Patel
213
3
Ambrose Abbracciamento
215
Girls
Total
1
RuQing Guan
209
2
Holly McCann
221
3
Brynn Walker
222
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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