AJGA WINDY CITY JUNIOR

Winnetka Golf Club

Winnetka, Illinois

June 15-17, 2004

 

GOBIS STORMS BACK TO CAPTURE WINDY CITY JUNIOR

Hong erases 3-stroke deficit to capture Girls Division title

  

WINNETKA, Ill.Two turned out to be Peter Gobis’s lucky number as he entered the final round of the AJGA Windy City Junior trailing by two strokes, but the native of Racine, Wis., ended up capturing the Boys Division crown by two shots with a 2-under-par 211.

           

Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla., proved patience is a virtue by finally earning her first AJGA title in 17 tries.  Hong entered the round three strokes behind Lindsey Bergeon of Sarasota, Fla., but closed the gap quickly as she gained the lead by the end of her second hole and won the title with a 5-over-par 218.   

 

The AJGA Windy City Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Winnetka Golf Club. The tournament features 100 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 26 states and Canada.

           

Gobis, who will play college golf at Wisconsin-Green Bay, fired a closing round 70 that included three birdies and a 12-foot putt to make eagle on the par-5 No. 15.

           

“I knew I could play with these guys and just kept trying to hit the fairway and get the ball on the green,” Gobis said. “The putter got hot and it feels great to win and gain confidence for my next tournament.”

           

In a three-way tie for second place, Ryan Linton of Lake Forest, Ill., Charlie Hendrickson of Columbus, Ohio, and Cashel Rosier of Grand Ledge, Mich., finished at even par with a 213.  Four others tied for fifth at 2-over-par 215.

           

Thirteen one-putts saved Hong’s day as she capped off her second consecutive 1-over-par round of 72.

           

“I kept saying that today was my day and I believed it,” Hong said. “It is such a relief to finally win. 

 

“I just took one shot at a time and played pretty solid.”

           

Bergeon, along with Becca Huffer of Denver, Colo., tied for second at 9-over-par 222.

           

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 (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

           

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

           

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Christie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

           

 For more information about the AJGA Windy City Junior, please contact the AJGA at (847) 501-2050.

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1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
4. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
5. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
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1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
3. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Elizabeth Wang
San Marino, Calif.
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Weekly Results
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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