The Apawamis Club

Rye, New York

July 19-22, 2004



Smith dominates the Girls Division with a 10-stroke victory


RYE, N.Y. – Peter Uihlein of North Dartmouth, Mass., fired his second-consecutive round of even par to win the Marsh Junior at Apawamis by five shots over Pete Alminas of East Longmeadow, Mass. Uihlein finished at 1-over-par 217.


For Nicole Smith of Riverside, Calif., a chip-in for birdie on the 18th hole completed a dominating performance in the Girls Division. She fired a 3-over-par 75 to win by 10 shots.


The Marsh Junior at Apawamis was a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y. The tournament featured 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 13 states, including 34 from New York.


Uihlein hit all nine greens in regulation on the front nine, with a birdie at the par-4 third hole. A double-bogey at hole No. 10 brought Alminas back into contention, but Uihlein responded with birdies at Nos. 11 and 13.


“I just kept hitting fairways and greens – that’s all you can do on this course,” Uihlein said. “I just got a new driving iron and I used that all the way around.”


But it wasn’t until No. 14 that Uihlein got the feeling he was going to win his first AJGA open event. After a quick-hook off the tee, Uihlein knocked a 3-iron onto the green from 240 yards out and two-putted for par. He would then par the remaining four holes.


“This feels pretty good,” said Uihlein, who won the Nike Golf Junior at South Padre Island earlier this year. “This win gets me into all of the other events I wanted to get in to. All of my friends at the David Leadbetter Academy have been to Thunderbird (International Junior) and Footjoy (Boys Invitational). Now I’ve qualified, too.”


In a tie for third, Carl Santos-Ocampo of Naples, Fla., and Christopher Gold of Haddonfield, N.J., shot tournament totals of 7-over-par 223 and Billy Macknis of West Chester, Pa., finished fifth with a 9-over-par 225.


Smith, who chipped in for birdie on hole No. 7 as well as No. 18, was the only player to fire three sub-80 rounds in the Girls Division. She finished at 11-over-par 227.


“I just wanted to go low today. I wasn’t paying much attention to anything else,” said Smith, whose previous best finish was second at the 2003 I.R.I Golf Group Arizona National Junior. “I didn’t go as low as I wanted, but it was enough.”


Smith had three birdies over a five-hole stretch in the middle of her round, putting her in control with eight holes still remaining.


“On the back nine I was just making putts for par,” Smith said. “I wasn’t putting well entering the tournament, but I made a lot of putts to save myself on the back. The chip-in on 18 was a great way to finish, especially because I didn’t have to pull my putter.”


Kasi Lee of Paramus, N.J., finished alone in second place at 237. Michelle Grilli of Lutherville, Md., finished third at 238.


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 on the Marsh Junior at Apawamis, please call AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.


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