Totteridge Golf Club
Greensburg, Pa.
July 21-24, 2003

Hill finishes three-strokes clear of the field in the Girls Division

GREENSBURG, 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) lead.

"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 AJGA tournament."

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.

For more information on the AJGA Steel City Junior Classic or any other AJGA events contact national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.


Polo Golf Rankings
1. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
2. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Norman Xiong
San Diego, Calif.
4. Eugene Hong
Orlando, Fla.
5. Khavish Varadan
(Malaysia) Wesley Chapel, Fla.
1. Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
(Thailand) Van Nuys, Calif.
2. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
3. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
4. Emilia Migliaccio
Cary, N.C.
5. Lucy Li
Redwood Shores, Calif.
Complete Rankings
Member Logins
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Member ID:
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant


The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
Polo Golf Junior Classic
Joseph Pagdin
Karl Vilips
Eugene Hong
Hye-Jin Choi
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
Youngin Chun
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and
development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.