ASHWORTH JUNIOR AT CANNON RIDGE
Cannon Ridge Golf Club
April 23-25, 2004
STERLING FINAL ROUND LIFTS SKIDMORE TO TITLE IN FREDERICKSBURG
Buchanan finishes second, one stroke back
FREDERICKSBURG, Va.â€”On a day when low rounds were hard to come by, Matthew Skidmore of Oakland, Md., fired a course record 68 to take medalist honors at the Ashworth Junior at Cannon Ridge. Skidmoreâ€™s 68 gave him a two-day total of 141 and a one-stroke victory over John Buchanan IV of Fairfax, Va.
The Ashworth Junior at Cannon Ridge is a 36-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Cannon Ridge Golf Club. The tournament features 96 of the nationâ€™s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 20 states and Canada.
The AJGAâ€™s Ashworth Series is designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.
Skidmore, who carded a 2-over-par 73 in Saturdayâ€™s first round, sat three shots off the lead entering the final day of play.
The 16-year-old got off to a quick start by holing a 50-foot putt from just off the green on No. 1. He coupled that with a birdie on the par-4 second hole to get to 2-under-par after two holes.
â€śThe long putt on No. 1 really got me going,â€ť Skidmore said. â€śAfter that, I really had confidence in my putter and kept making putts.â€ť
With the exception of a bogey on No. 5, Skidmore finished out the front side with pars and completed his first nine holes with a 1-under-par 34.
The junior stayed at 1-under-par through his next five holes with a birdie on No. 12 alongside a bogey on No. 13. Skidmore then finished strong with a chip-in for birdie on No. 15 followed by another birdie on No. 18. The pair of birdies gave him a 2-under-par 34 on the back nine and a 3-under-par total of 68. When combined with Saturdayâ€™s 73, the 68 helped Skidmore to his tournament winning total of 141.
â€śI am totally shocked right now,â€ť Skidmore said. â€śI canâ€™t believe I won in a field with this many great players, and to set a course record on top of that is even more unbelievable.â€ť
Buchanan, who was playing in his first AJGA event, carded a 1-under-par 70 in Sundayâ€™s final round. This in addition to his 1-over-par 72 from the first round left the junior one stroke off the pace with a two-day total of 142.
It would have been nice to win, but this feels great,â€ť Buchanan said. â€śI played really consistent golf all weekend.â€ť
Finishing three strokes behind Skidmore in a tie for third place were Jack Schultz of Whitefish Bay, Wis., and Timothy Courtney of Midlothian, Va. Steve Kidron of Horsham, Pa., placed fifth with a two-day 145.
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 AJGA has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information on the Ashworth Junior at Cannon Ridge or any other AJGA event, contact the AJGAâ€™s National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.