NIKE GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR
CLASSIC AT KINGWOOD
Kingwood Country Club - Island Course
July 14-17, 2003
BROWN, LONG CROWNED KINGS OF ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Both competitors record first AJGA victory
KINGWOOD, Texas - Ginny Brown of Austin, Texas, had
just enough to hold off a competitive field in Thursday's
final round and garner her first AJGA victory at the Nike
Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Kingwood. In the Boys Division,
Jace Long of Dixon, Mo., shot his second 1-over-par 73 of
the week and won by one stroke as well.
The 54-hole Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Kingwood,
conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was held
at Kingwood Country Club's Island Course. The 99-player field
consisted of boys and girls, ages 13-15, from 16 states and
Brown entered the final round leading by three shots, but
her lead shrank as a result of three double bogeys. However,
Brown answered with birdies on the first and 12th holes. Brown
fired scores of 4-over-par 40 on both nines for an 8-over-par
80 and a three-day total of 22-over-par 238.
"I had a good time, and it's going to be a good experience,"
Brown said. "I think I learned a lot about my own playing."
Yuki Sakurai of Kyoto, Japan, had a chance to tie for the
lead on the majestic, but difficult par-5 18th, but she ran
her downhill par putt past the hole. Sakurai finished the
day with an 6-over-par 78 and a three-day total of 23-over-par
Brown also survived a charge from Alexandrea Schulte of Broken
Arrow, Okla. Schulte, who previously won the Nike Golf Junior
All-Star Classic at Jackson presented by the Mississippi Farm
Bureau, fired a 1-under-par 35 and finished with a 4-over-par
76. She finished third with a three-day total of 24-over-par
240. Ami Nakagawa of Osaka, Japan, also finished third with
a three-day total of 24-over-par 240.
In the Boys Division, Long, who recently turned 13 years old,
played solid golf all day Thursday as he made par on his final
seven holes. Long also added two birdies en route to a 1-over-par
73. Long's three-day total of 10-over-par 226 put him clear
of the field by one shot.
"It's amazing," Long said. "I'm just 13 and
all the rest of the people are a lot older than me. So, I'm
just excited. I never thought I could win one of these, actually."
Long, who began the day three shots behind second-round leader
David Holmes of Knoxville, Tenn., also shot a 73 in the first
round. Long made seven birdies in the tournament, which tied
him for second best.
Kyle Peterman of Springfield, Ill., shot 1-over-par 37 on
both nines and finished in second place with a 11-over-par
227. First-round leader Wyatt Ramey of Houston, Texas, took
third with a 13-over-par 229. Ramey shared third place honors
with Holmes, who shot a final-round 7-over-par 79.
Andrew Frame of Manteno, Ill., and Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale,
Ariz., rounded out the top five with a 14-over-par 230. Hunter
Bronson of Mobile, Ala., fired the only sub-par round of the
tournament, a 1-under-par 71, to earn the Low Final Round
For more information on the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic
at Kingwood, call national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Noah Goodwin
2. Davis Shore
3. Norman Xiong
San Diego, Calif.
4. Eugene Hong
5. Ricky Castillo
Yorba Linda, Calif.
|| 1. Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
|| 2. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
|| 3. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
|| 4. Muni He
(China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
|| 5. Emilia Migliaccio
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