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, Fla.

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 sank hers.

"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
Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
4. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
5. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
3. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
4. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
5. Yujeong Son
(South Korea) Norman, Okla.
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Weekly Results
Lessing's AJGA Classic
Boys
Total
1
Peter Bradbeer
209
T
2
Perry Xin
210
T
2
Ethan Ng
210
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Peter
214
2
RuQing Guan
217
3
Michelle Ching Suet Lee
222
Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior
Boys
Total
1
Viraj Garewal
215
2
Brooks Dyess
219
T
3
Peter Hinnant
220
T
3
JonErik Alford
220
Girls
Total
1
*Carly Burkhardt
219
2
Jenny Bae
219
3
Kayla Kozak
220
David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior
Boys
Total
1
Simms Abney
208
2
Jacob Bergeron
213
T
3
Tommy Boone
215
T
3
Logan Lockwood
215
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Jones
209
2
Abbey Daniel
221
T
3
Katie Yoo
222
T
3
Libby Winans
222
T
3
Anne Chen
222
Action Zone / Bob Estes Abilene Junior
Boys
Total
1
Parker Coody
207
2
Tucker Allen
208
3
Riley Casey
213
Girls
Total
1
Kathrine Chan
214
T
2
Shawnee Allen
223
T
2
Elina Sinz
223
the Memorial Junior presented by Ohio Christian University
Boys
Total
1
Cameron Frazier
208
2
Evan Yakubov
209
3
Palmer Jackson
210
Girls
Total
1
Ashley Gilliam
217
2
Kimberlee Tottori
220
T
3
Katie Hallinan
222
T
3
Madison Mcdanel
222
Enagic Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Matthew Lim
205
2
Vanchai Luangnitikul
207
3
Cameron Henry
208
Girls
Total
1
Crystal Wang
205
2
Yu Eun Eunice Kim
210
T
3
Jo Hua Hung
211
T
3
Alexa Melton
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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