AJGA STEEL CITY JUNIOR CLASSIC
Totteridge Golf Club
July 21-24, 2003
PULLS AHEAD FOR VICTORY ON FINAL HOLE
Hill finishes three-strokes clear of the field in the Girls
Pa. - Brian Belden of Emmaus, Pa.,
fired a one-under-par 71 in the final round of the AJGA Steel
City Junior Classic to pull one stroke ahead of his competition
and win his first AJGA title Thursday. Nanette Hill of Pelham
Manor, N.Y., carded a 3-over-par 75 on the day to take the
victory in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the tournament
featured 84 boys and girls, ages 13-18, representing 18 states.
The 54-hole event was held for the first time at the Totteridge
Golf Club in Greensburg, Pa.
Belden (74-72-71-217) had four birdies on the day to secure
his lead in the Boys Division.
"I didn't know where I stood today," the 15-year-old
said. "I figured I was one or two strokes behind. Then
I found out I was tied for first."
Belden entered the final round in a three-way tie for second
and came from behind to threaten Greg Rodgers' (70-73-75-218)
"The worst thing you can do in this kind of tournament
is worry about what other people are doing," Belden said.
"You can only control what you can do, not what others
do. Today, I won it on the greens. My goal going into the
tournament was not to have any three-putts and no doubles.
I only three-putted once today."
Rodgers, 18, of Phoenix, Md., felt he lost the tournament
on the greens. He two-putted for pars on the final three holes,
keeping him one stroke behind Belden.
"If you are going to win these tournaments, you've got
to get lucky," Rodgers said. "I just didn't get
lucky. I stayed patient all week and hoped something would
fall in, but I can't be disappointed because I played a solid
round of golf.
Placing third in the Boys Division with a 223 was John Sawin
of Haverford, Pa. Rounding out the top five were David May
of Auburn, N.Y., Donald Thomas of Export, Pa., and John Murphy
of Murphy, Conn., all carding 227 for the tournament.
In the Girls Division, Hill (79-78-75-232) was two strokes
behind Tiffany Tavee (77-76-84-237) starting on the back nine.
She started her comeback on the par-5 No. 12 hole, Hill drove
it into the fescue, recovered and knocked a 50-yard pitch
shot to within one foot of the hole for par. Hill went on
to birdie Nos. 14 and 15 to take the lead.
"I made all of my short putts today," the 16-year-old
said. "In fact, I putted well all week. That's what won
it. It feels awesome. Its my first win and only my second
Coming in second in the Girls Division was Tiffany Tavee of
Gilbert, Ariz., with a 237. Rounding off the top-three with
246s were Katie Miller of Jeanette, Pa., and Mayule Tomimbang
of Kissimmee, Fla.
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or any other AJGA events contact national headquarters at
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