McDONALD’S BETSY RAWLS GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

White Manor Country Club

Malvern, Pennsylvania

July 26-29, 2004

 

BLUMENHERST WINS FIRST AJGA MAJOR BY ONE STROKE

Granada places second after rally falls short

 

MALVERN, Pa.Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., fended off a late charge by Julieta Granada of Asunción, Paraguay, Thursday to win by one stroke her third AJGA title in the 2004 season and first AJGA major at the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship.

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke-play invitational event was held at the newly renovated White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa., home of the LPGA’s McDonald’s Classic from 1981-1986. The event featured 83 girls from 24 states, Canada and Paraguay who were invited based on past top national junior golf tournament finishes.

 

The tournament, one of two girls-only AJGA majors, brings 21 Rolex Junior All-Americans to the Philadelphia area, including Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., Julieta Granada of Asunción, Paraguay, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., and Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J.

 

Following frustrating first and second rounds, Blumenherst (73-71-70—214), was happy with the way she played during the final round. She had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 and then another birdie on No. 9 where she sunk an eight-foot putt.

 

“I hit the ball very well today,” said the 17-year-old. “I was anxious to get out and play because I’ve never won a Major championship.”

 

The first-team Rolex Junior All-American had already captured a pair of titles in the 2004 season, including a 10-stroke victory at the AJGA Southwestern Junior and another win at the PING Indianapolis Junior.

 

Runner-up Granada (71-73-71—215) birdied No. 15 after struggling with two bogeys during her round. The Rolex Junior All-American came on strong with another birdie on No. 17 to put herself only one stroke behind Blumenherst.

 

“I wanted to put pressure on Blumenherst,” said Granada. “But she made a great par putt on No. 18 to take the title."

 

The 17-year-old Granada won the AJGA’s only other all-girls event, shooting a 15-under-par 201 at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

 

In third, at 4-over-par 217 was Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., who was tied for third going into the final round.

 

Tied for fourth was Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y. (75-71-73—219), and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. (74-72-73—219).

 

Other top finishers included Tiffany Joh of San Diego (76-72-73—221), and Tiffany Chudy of Miramar, Fla. (75-69-77—221), who tied for sixth. Angela Park of Torrance, Calif. (76-72-74—222) and Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif. (75-71-77—222) tied for eighth.

 

Rounding out the top-10 finishers was Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J. (77-74-72—223).

 

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 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.

 

For more information about the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship or any of the AJGA’s events, contact AJGA national Headquarters at (877) 373-2542.

 
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