The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Copperhead and Island Courses
Palm Harbor, Florida
July 27-August 1, 2003

Gandranata finishes one shot off the pace

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - In just his second AJGA event, Tom Davis of Burgengary, Australia, took the Copperhead Course by storm in Friday's final round of the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship. Davis' 2-under-par 69 was enough to earn him championship honors with a four-day total of 2-over-par 287.

The 72-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, featured 143 boys from 29 states and two foreign countries. The event was held at the Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort, Copperhead and Island Courses. Past champions of the event include David Duval, Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods.

Coming into the final round, Davis was four shots behind third-round leader Trent Leon of Dallas. He played in the third to last group on Friday and came into the day with a target score in mind.

"At the start of the day I just thought if I could get to 1-over par, I would have a good chance to win; maybe a playoff at worst," Davis said.

Davis started the day at 4-over-par for the tournament and wasted no time charging toward his goal. Davis birdied the first two holes en route to a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine.

"I started birdie birdie and just played pretty steady after that," Davis said. "I wasn't hitting the driver great, but I got a few good breaks and capitalized with my putter."

Davis continued his solid play on the back nine, collecting birdies on hole nos. 12 and 13. However, an errant tee shot on the par-4 18th found Davis in trouble to the right of the fairway. Davis had to navigate his second shot underneath a set of overhanging branches to have a shot at par. He was able to hit the front of the green; however a three-putt resulted in a bogey on the last final hole.

Fortunately, the bogey was just enough to ensure the one-shot victory.

"It's great to win," Davis said. "It still hasn't sunk in yet because I kind of came from nowhere; and all of a sudden I've won."

"These events are really fun, you don't know how good you have it over here," Davis said. "I advise everyone to come over here from back at home."

Finishing one shot behind Davis was George Gandranata of Bradenton, Fla., whose 1-over-par 72 left him with a four-day total of 3-over-par 288.

Third-round leader Leon was in position to win coming down the stretch. However, Leon's final-round 4-over-par 75 was not enough to overcome the streaking Davis. Leon's four-day total of 4-over-par 289 earned him a third-place tie with Kevin Schultz of Richardson, Texas. Schultz fired a 1-over-par 72 in the final round. Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C., rounded out the top five with a 3-over-par 74 on Friday, finishing at 5-over-par 290 for the tournament.

For more information on the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship, contact the Association's National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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