AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT RANCHO MIRAGE
The Westin Mission Hills Resort, Gary Player Course
Rancho Mirage, California
September 12-14, 2003


LIPSKY USES FINAL-ROUND 71 TO TAKE TOP BILLING AT MISSION HILLS
Five juniors tie for second to earn AJGA tournament exemptions for 2004

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - David Lipsky of La Cañada, Calif., fired a final-round 71 Sunday to close the weekend at 4-under-par 140 and take medalist honors at the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage. The win is Lipsky's first national junior golf title and comes in his first career appearance in an AJGA event.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Ashworth Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage featured a field of 85 boys from eight states and Paraguay. The field, including 74 juniors from California, competed at The Westin Mission Hills Resort's Gary Player Course in 36 holes of stroke play. The AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Series, a boys-only series, is designed to provide more playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in an AJGA tournament. 2003 marks the fourth season of the AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, with ten tournaments in eight states.

"I'm really happy right now," the 15-year-old said, smiling. "This is better than any other win I've ever had before because it is so big. This is feeling pretty good right now."

Lipsky made just one bogey on the day, on the par-4 18th hole, to go along with two birdies. A conservative approach allowed him to play steady golf throughout Sunday's final round.

"I knew I had a lead midway through the round and I wanted to keep it," he noted. "I didn't want to make any mistakes, but just keep it in play. It was a steady round. I hit the greens and made some nice two-putts."

The win earns Lipsky three tournament exemptions for the 2004 AJGA season. He said he feels ready for the step up in competition to AJGA open events.

"I think I can compete," he said. "There are a lot of good players out there. I feel like I can play like I did this weekend all throughout next year. I'm hitting the ball well and putting well, I'm very happy with my game right now."

Also earning AJGA Performance-Based Entry tournament exemptions were Dean Tonneslan of Fresno, Calif., Cory Powell of Atascadero, Calif., Matthew Shaw of Clovis, Calif., Cody Schumacher of Riverside, Calif., and David Lieberman of Palm Springs, Calif. The five Californians shared second place with 36-hole totals of 1-under-par 143.

For more information on the AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Series or the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Rancho Mirage, contact the AJGA's national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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Rolex Tournament of Champions
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
274
2
John Pak
279
3
Kaiwen Liu
283
Girls
Total
1
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
283
2
Yu Sang Hou
286
T
3
Rachel Heck
289
T
3
Gina Kim
289
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
*Robin Williams
206
2
Cooper Parks
206
3
Canon Claycomb
210
Girls
Total
1
Kanyanat Saithip
217
2
Kristin Engle
221
3
Yang Liu
225
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
*Cade Kiser
221
2
Pone Pyae Han
221
3
Kritchayapol Sinchai
222
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Levi
218
2
Beryl Wang
220
T
3
Brooke Tyree
222
T
3
Julia Johnson
222
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Gavin Noble
206
2
Benjamin James
209
T
3
Jackson Rivera
212
T
3
Nathan Han
212
T
3
Christopher Vandette
212
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
225
2
Jin Yu Wu
226
T
3
Emma Zhao
229
T
3
Brianna Park
229
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
210
2
Gunil Moon
214
3
Kristopher Stiles
216
Girls
Total
1
Yu Wen Lu
210
T
2
Natasha Andrea Oon
212
T
2
Therese Warner
212
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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