ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT HAGERSTOWN
Black Rock Golf Course
October 3-5, 2003
GRABS MEDALIST HONORS IN HAGERSTOWN
Victory caps successful season for high school junior
Md. -- Completing a 2003 season that saw success nearly
at every turn, June Lee of Burke, Va., took medalist honors
at the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Hagerstown. Lee
crafted rounds of 74-72-146 to win by one stroke over Joseph
Gross, Jr., of LaPlata, Md.
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.
Coached by Brian Choi, who also teaches first-round leader
Jake An, Lee overcame a 3-stroke deficit to claim his first
"I improved my rhythm and tempo this morning on the
practice range," Lee said. "My putting was better
yesterday but my shot-making skills were better today."
Playing against a stiff wind under sunny skies, Lee made
an eagle on the par-5 third hole. After hitting his approach
to 20 feet, Lee sank the putt to kick-start a round that
included two birdies.
After An began to fade during his round, Lee learned on
No. 13 he was tied with Gross, who was paired with Lee for
the final round. The two remained tied for the remainder
of the round, until both players found trouble on the final
Lee sent his tee shot behind a tree and had to wrap his
approach around a tree, sending it into a bunker. After
Lee chipped and two-putted for bogey, Gross missed a slippery
down-hill putt that would have tied him with Lee.
Lee's first AJGA win concludes a 2003 season in which he
claimed five victories, including top honors at the Curtis
Strange Invitational in August. He was also the No. 1-ranked
junior in Korea in 2001 and 2002.
Earning two exemptions with a top-five finish are Gross,
Jimmy Arbes of Westfield, N.J., who finished third, and
Chris Breed of Waynesboro, Pa., Aaron Eckstein of Salem,
Va., and Shane Brant of Latrobe, Pa., who all tied for fourth.
The following players each earned one exemption for a top-15
finish. Tied for seventh are Ryan Schneiter of Lebanon,
Pa., Nick Pokora of Agawam, Mass., Kevin Reiber of Waynesboro,
Pa. Tied for 10th are Matthew Skidmore of Oakland, Md.,
John Shicko of Longmeadow, Mass., and Jake An of Chantilly,
Va. Tied for 13th are Tommy Hanna of Bozman, Md., James
McDonough of Milton, Mass., and Brandon Detweiler of Lancaster,
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 the
Association's headquarters at 877-373-2542.