AJGA CHICAGO JUNIOR AT BOLINGBROOK
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Bolingbrook, Illinois
August 11-14, 2003

OBERGOENNER CHIPS PAST FIELD, WINS BOYS DIVISION
Freeman concentrates on final round to win Girls Division


BOLINGBROOK, ILL- Todd Obergoenner of Cape Girardeau, Mo., nudged past Eric Meierdierks of Wilmette, Ill., by one stroke to win the Boys Division of the AJGA Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook. Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., held her second-round lead in the Girls Division to win her first AJGA event.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook features 99 juniors, 75 boys and 24 girls, from 16 states and two from Canada. Forty-six of the juniors are from Illinois.

Obergoenner carded his lowest career round in an AJGA event, with his final round 5-under-par 67. His previous low came a few weeks ago at the AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior in Overland Park, Kan., where he carded a 2-under-par 70, good for a tie for seventh.

Entering Thursday, he was four shots off the pace set by Meierdierks, but was aided by a chip-in birdie on No. 13. Obergoenner was five feet off the green and on the opposite side from the hole.

"When I hit it, I knew it had to break for it to go in," said the 17-year-old. "It just caught the left edge and went in."

The win was Obergoenner's first AJGA title, but the win came at a small price.

"I am missing the first few days of school to win this tournament. It was well worth it."

Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division are Meierdierks at 2-over-par 218, in a tie for third are Andrew Shiels of Rockford, Ill., and Bobby West of Watertown, S.D., at 221 and in a tie for fifth are Kyle Shay of Peoria, Ill., and Daniel Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wis., at 222.

Freeman (81-73-75-229) credited her continued concentration on her victory.

"Every time I thought about walking down No. 18 with the lead, I made sure to snap out of it and focus on the next shot," said the 15-year-old. "I didn't realize I had won until Noriko [Nakazaki] congratulated me."

Freeman's previous top finish was at the AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior with a third place.

The Girls Division top three are Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill., at 233. In third place was Seul Ki Park of Wilmette, Ill., at 238.

For more information on the AJGA Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook, contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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1. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
3. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
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Canyon Lake, Calif.
5. Min Woo Lee
Perth, Australia
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(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Austin, Texas
3. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
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Newport Beach, Calif.
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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1
*Aidan Gavey
211
2
Peyton Callens
211
3
Robbie Latter
213
Girls
Total
1
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217
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Leila Dizon
217
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1
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225
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Chris Fosdick
228
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Cole Anderson
229
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T
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Boys
Total
1
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210
T
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210
T
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Lou Baker
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1
Victoria Tip-Aucha
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216
T
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