AJGA PING JUNIOR AT THE PENINSULA CLUB
The Peninsula Club
Cornelius, North Carolina
July 14-17, 2003

SOLAN COMES OUT AHEAD AFTER PLAYOFF
Park scorches Girls Division with 13-under-par

CORNELIUS, N.C.- After a three-way sudden death playoff, Ryan Solan of Charlotte, N.C., is the new champion in the Boys Division of the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club with a tournament total of 70-72-69-211. In the Girls Division, In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., distanced herself from the field, tying the tournament record of 13-under-par.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Junior at The Peninsula Club features 99 players, 81 boys and 18 girls from 21 states and France. Former champions in this event include Charles Howell III in 1995 and two-time winner and current LPGA player Beth Bauer in 1995 and 1996.

Solan had a steady round with one lone birdie on No. 10, hitting 13 greens and having 27 putts, but felt he came alive after he chipped-in for eagle on No. 18 to get into the sudden-death playoff with Ryan Holler of Morehead City, N.C. and Will Shambley of Cary, N.C.

"I had no idea I was tied for the lead," the 17-year-old said. "I was nervous through the playoff but knew I have been chipping and putting well lately which really helped me."

Shambley (69-71-71—211) was knocked out of the playoff after making par on the first hole. On the second hole, Holler (70-70-71—211) hit an errant second shot into the water guarding the green to make par for the hole giving Solan a tap-in birdie putt for the win. The tournament win marks Solan's first AJGA title.

Rounding out the Boys Division top-five was Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C. (75-69-70-214), and Walter Koelbel of Cherry Hills Village, Colo. (75-73-66-214).

In the Girls Division, 15-year-old Park (65-68-67—200) tied the AJGA Girls Division record for the largest winning margin record with her 16-stroke win.

The 2002 Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year had five birdies and one bogey in her final round for a tournament total of 17 birdies and four bogeys.

"My putting was good today," Park said. "I had a great experience this week and feel very honored to win this tournament."

The tournament marks Park's third AJGA win this season with her other victories coming at the Dunlop Carolina Junior and the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Rounding out the Girls Division top-three is Blair Lamb of Flat Rock, N.C. (74-73-69—216), Laura Crawford of Lancaster, S.C. (76-70-72—218) and Julie Bartholomew of Marietta, Ga., (75-70-73—218).

For more information about the AJGA PING Junior at The Peninsula Club, please contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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