AJGA HARGRAY JUNIOR CLASSIC
Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
June 24-27, 2003
PUNTAWONG TORCHES HARGRAY FIELD WITH 65
FOR BOYS DIVISION WIN
Granada outlasts Park for Girls Division title
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Chanin Puntawong scorched
the Golden Bear Golf Club, tying a course record, with a final-round
65 for the Boys Division title in the AJGA Hargray Junior
Classic. Julieta Granada of Bradenton, Fla., out-dueled In-Bee
Park of Eustis, Fla., in the first hole of a sudden-death
playoff in the Girls Division on Friday.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
Hargray Junior Classic at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo
Run, featured 84 players, 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 13 to
18, from 17 states, Chile and South Korea, including nine
from South Carolina. The tournament field also included 12
Polo Golf Junior All-Americans.
Puntawong, winning for the second consecutive week, entered
the final round at 1-under-par 143, five strokes behind leaders
Gin Kim of South Korea and James Dickey of Pembroke Pines,
Puntawong quickly advanced to 5-under-par through 12 holes
and was unaware of where he stood on the leaderboard.
"I had no idea where I stood until I asked a rules official
after No. 13," said the 16-year-old. "He said the
leader was at 7-under-par and I knew I needed to play aggressively."
The leader at that time was Martin Ureta of Santiago, Chile,
who finished in second at 7-under-par 209. Ureta had an opportunity
to tie Puntawong, but missed his birdie opportunity, which
would have forced a sudden-death playoff.
Puntawong (70-73-65-208) understood the situation Ureta was
in. Last week, Puntawong sank a 15-foot birdie putt for the
AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational title.
"Last week was a harder situation because I had to make
it happen. This week I had no control over how it was going
to unfold," said Puntawong.
The final members of the top five of the Boys Division was
Kim at 6-under-par 210 in third, Andor Pruitt of Cayce, S.C.,
at 3-under-par 213, and in a four-way tie for fifth was Mark
Anderson of Beaufort, S.C., Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla.,
Ryan Hillstrom of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Ryan Leveque
of Charlotte, N.C., at even-par 216.
Granada, a second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American, held
a three-stroke advantage over Park through 16 holes, but missed
a short par putt for the win on No. 18.
"I never miss short par putts like that," said 16-year-old
Granada. "If I didn't win in the playoff, I knew I had
played my best to get to this point."
Granada captured the title when Park, the reigning Polo Golf
Junior Player of the Year, missed a short par putt and Granada
"I knew if I played a shot at a time, I would give myself
a chance for the win," said Granada.
Rounding out the Girls Division top three was Christie Reed
of Coral Springs, Fla., at 7-over-par 223. For more information
on the AJGA Hargray Junior Classic or other AJGA events, contact
AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Eugene Hong
2. Davis Shore
3. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
4. Noah Goodwin
5. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
|| 1. Kaitlyn Papp
|| 2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
|| 3. Kristen Gillman
|| 4. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
|| 5. Yujeong Son
(South Korea) Norman, Okla.
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* Won via sudden-death playoff