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Black Rock Golf Course
Hagerstown, Maryland
October 3-5, 2003

First round of Ashworth event features rain, cold and wind

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Jake An of Chantilly, Va., shot an even-par 71 to take a 3-stroke lead after the first round of the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Hagerstown. An overcame low temperatures, rain and wind en route to the first-round lead.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Hagerstown was held at the par-71 Black Rock Golf Course and featured a field of 68 boys from 11 states.

An eight grader at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, An credited solid drives and approaches for his even-par performance.

"I missed a couple of short putts, but I was hitting good drives and good approaches," An said.

Despite the early morning rain, the Black Rock greens dried quickly and presented several problems for the golfers, including An.
"It was tough," An said. "The greens were tricky, it was hard to control the distance."

The 14-year-old made two birdies and two bogeys on both the front and back nines to earn his even-par 71.

He took up golf five years ago after going to a driving range with his dad in Korea. An, his mom and sister moved to America so he could pursue his dream of playing golf, a dream he hopes to take to the professional level.

For Sunday's final round, An hopes to again keep the ball in the fairway and on the green as he works for his first AJGA win.

In a three-way tie for second at three-over-par 74 are Tony Jaffa of Owings Mills, Md.; Brandon Detweiler of Lancaster, Pa.; and June Lee of Berke, Va.

The AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason series is a boys-only series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those who have yet to compete in an AJGA Open event, AJGA invitational or AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event. For those who are eligible, participation is limited to one Preseason event and one Postseason event per calendar year as long as the junior did not participate in any of the aforementioned events.

Now in its fourth year, the series has grown to 10 events nationally, all conducted by the AJGA. Other Postseason events are located in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; South Padre Island, Texas; Gainesville, Fla.; and Norman, Okla.

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. The largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership of approximately 5,000 juniors (boys and girls ages 13-18) from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

For more information on the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Hagerstown, or any other AJGA event, please call tournament headquarters at (240) 313-2820.