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POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC

Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside and Plantation Courses

Sea Island, Georgia

November 20-26, 2004

 

UPSETS FLOOD BOYS DIVISION AT POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC

Stroke play medalist Harigae still alive in the Girls Division

 

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – With the first two rounds of match play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic in the books, the field that started with 175 players is narrowed down to 16. Mina Harigae, the top seed in the Girls Division, remains in the hunt for the title while Roberto Galletti, Jr., the top seed in the Boys Division, fell in the first round.

The Polo Golf Junior Classic, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, is in its 27th year of showcasing the premier talent in the world of junior golf. Past champions include Aree Song (2001), Spencer Levin (2001), Casey Wittenberg (2000), Hunter Mahan (1998), Beth Bauer (1995, 1997), Grace Park (1994, 1996), Tiger Woods (1991), Stewart Cink (1989), Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (1988, 1989) and Heather Farr (1979).

This year’s field features 175 players from 35 states and eight foreign countries (Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, South Africa, Spain and Sweden). Ninety-seven of these players were honored as Rolex Junior All-Americans based on their performances at the national level during the 2004.

The stroke play portion of the tournament was contested on Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside and Plantation Courses for the first time in tournament history. The par-70 Seaside course played to 6,946 yards in the Boys Division and 6,057 yards in the Girls Division. The Plantation Course’s par-72 layout played to 6,966 yards in the Boys Division and 6,126 yards in the Girls Division.

The event consists of 36 holes of stroke play, from which the field was cut to the top 32 boys and 32 girls. Match play then determines the champion in each division. The Seaside Course is playing host to the final three rounds of match play.

Harigae, of Monterey, Calif., squeaked out a couple of close matches in the Girls Division, but held on as she will face Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y., in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

“I have a lot of experience in match play from USGA tournaments,” said Harigae. “I like match play a lot better than stroke play.”

The 15-year-old beat Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., 1-up in the first round and came back with another 1-up win over Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla., in the second round.

On the other side of the bracket, First-Team Rolex Junior All-Americans Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C., and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., will be facing off in the quarterfinals. They are not strangers to one another as they faced in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Polo Golf Junior Classic. Hetzel won that match 4 and 3.

Others advancing in the Girls Division are Marika Lendl of Goshen, Conn., In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., Tiffany Joh of San Diego, and Rolex Junior Player of the Year Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay.

Upsets flooded the bracket in the Boys Division as only six top seeds advanced in the 16 first round matches. Included was Matthew Pierce, Jr., of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., taking down top seed Galletti in 20 holes. Pierce lost his second round match to Arnond Vongvanij of Bradenton, Fla., 2 and 1 in the second round.

Vongvanij will face the highest remaining seed in Cole Moreland of Austin, Texas, in the quarterfinals. Moreland won 3 and 2 in his first round match and came out with a close win in a 2 and 1 victory over U.S. Junior Amateur champion Sihwan Kim of Fullerton, Calif., in the second round.

“I’m just trying to make par, take it one shot at a time,” said Vongvanij. “This is my first time in match play, but I have played a lot of playoffs, so I feel good about it.”

Also making their way into the quarterfinals are James Lee of La Habra, Calif., Matthew Swan of Montgomery, Ala., Luke Hopkins of Greer, S.C., David May of Auburn, N.Y., Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., and Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China.

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.

Tee times for quarterfinal matches will begin Thursday at 7 a.m. off the first tee of the Seaside Course. Semifinal matches will begin at 12:30 off the Seaside Course’s first tee.

For more information about the Polo Golf Junior Classic, please call AJGA Manager of Media Relations Matt Crouch at (770) 317-4076.

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SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Round of 32 match play results from the Polo Golf Junior Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside Course, Par: Boys: 35-35-70. Yardage: Boys: 6,864; Sea Island Golf Club - Plantation Course, Par: Girls: 36-36-72. Yardage: Girls: 6,126.

 

BOYS DIVISION – Round of 32 (Seaside Course)

 

(32) Matthew Pierce, Jr., (2007), San Juan Capistrano, Calif., def. (1) Roberto Galletti Jr., (2006), Clayton, Calif., 20 holes.

 

(31) Paul Haley (2006), Dallas, Texas, def. (2) Blake Trimble (2005), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 20 holes.

 

(3) Randy Lowry (2005), Spring, Texas, def. (30) Bronson Burgoon (2005), The Woodlands, Texas, 4 & 2.

 

(4) Rafael Lee (2005), Burnaby, British Columbia, def. (29) Cameron Tringale (2005), Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1-up

 

(28) Matthew Swan (2005), Montgomery, Ala., def. (5) Erik Flores (2005), Grass Valley, Calif., 4 & 3.

 

(27) Michael Green (2005), Augusta, Ga., def. (6) Scott Barton (2005), Dallas, Texas, 1-up.

 

(26) Lance Lopez (2006), Missouri City, Texas, def. (7) Lucas Lee (2005), Torrance, Calif., 20 holes.

 

(8) Cole Moreland (2005), Austin, Texas, def. (25) Drew Weaver (2005), High Point, N.C., 3 & 2.

 

(24) Sihwan Kim (2007), Fullerton, Calif., def. (9) Ji Ho Moon (2007), Lake Mary, Fla., 3 & 2.

 

(10) David May (2005), Auburn, N.Y., def. (23) Matt Savage (2005), Louisville, Ky., 2-up.

 

(11) Mu Hu (2008), Shen Zhen, China, def. (22) Kyle Nielsen (2006), Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 3 & 2.

 

(21) Rory Hie (2006), Lakewood, Calif., def. (12) Brian Locke (2005), Los Angeles, Calif., 3 & 2.

 

(20) James Lee (2005), La Habra, Calif., def. (13) Cornelius Carroll (2005), Windermere, Fla., 4 & 3.

 

(19) Jordan Cox (2006), Redwood City, Calif., def. (14) Tim McKenney (2006), Scottsdale, Ariz., 3 & 2.

 

(15) Luke Hopkins (2005), Greer, S.C., def. (18) Nicholas Smith (2005), Ocala, Fla., 2 &1.

 

(17) Arnond Vongvanij (2007), Bradenton, Fla., def. (16) Kyle Davis (2005), Kennett Square, Pa., 2 & 1.

 

 GIRLS DIVISION – Round of 32 (Plantation Course)

 

(1) Mina Harigae (2008), Monterey, Calif., def. (32) Ashley Freeman (2006), Belleville, Ill., 1-up.

 

(2) Catherina Wang (2006), Orlando, Fla., def. (31) Kristina Wong (2009), Vestal, N.Y., 22 holes.

 

(3) Tiffany Joh (2005), San Diego, Calif., def. (30) Jennifer Osborn (2005), Huntington Beach, Calif., 2 & 1.

 

(29) Marika Lendl (2008), Goshen, Conn., def. (4) Stephanie Kono (2008), Honolulu, Hawaii, 1-up

 

(5) In-Bee Park (2006), Eustis, Fla., def. (28) Kasi Lee (2005), Paramus, N.J., 4 & 3.

 

(27) Julieta Granada (2005), Asuncion, Paraguay, def. (6) Jacqui Concolino (2005), Orlando, Fla., 4 & 3.

 

(26) Amber Lundskog (2005), San Diego, Calif., def (7) Amanda Blumenherst (2005), Scottsdale, Ariz., 2 & 1.

 

(8) Stefanie Page (2005), The Woodlands, Texas, def. (25) Ki-Shui Liao (2005), Alameda, Calif., 2 & 1.

 

(24) Nannette Hill (2005), Pelham Manor, N.Y., def. (9) Sooji Cho (2005), Glendale, Calif., 19 holes

 

(23) Mallory Hetzel (2005), Summerville, S.C., def. (10) Angela Park (2006), Torrance, Calif., 1-up.

 

(22) Belen Mozo (2006), Cadiz, Spain, def. (11) Esther Choe (2007), La Quinta, Calif., 3 & 1.

 

(21) Stephanie Connelly (2005), Pasadena, Md., def. (12) Kimberly Kim (2009), Pahoa, Hawaii, 1-up.

 

(20) Jennie Arsenault (2006), Grinnell, Iowa, def. (13) Dolores White (2006), Lakeland, Fla., 2 & 1.

 

(14) Megan Grehan (2007), Mamaroneck, N.Y., def. (19) Alina Lee (2006), Evans, Ga., 1-up.

 

(15) Morgan Pressel (2006), Boca Raton, Fla., def. (18) Kimberly Donovan (2007), Hopkinton, Mass., 3 & 1.

 

(17) Jennifer Hong (2005), Windermere, Fla., def. (16) Jane Rah (2009), Torrance, Calif., 2 & 1.

 

 SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Round of 16 match play results from the Polo Golf Junior Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside Course, Par: Boys 35-35-70, Girls 35-35-70; Yardage: Boys: 6,864; Girls: 6,057.

 

BOYS DIVISION – Round of 16

 

(17) Arnond Vongvanij (2007), Bradenton, Fla., def. (32) Matthew Pierce, Jr., (2007), San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 2 & 1.

 

(8) Cole Moreland (2005), Austin, Texas, def. (24) Sihwan Kim (2007), Fullerton, Calif., 2 & 1.

 

(20) James Lee (2005), La Habra, Calif., def. (4) Rafael Lee (2005), Burnaby, British Columbia, 1-up.

 

(28) Matthew Swan (2005), Montgomery, Ala., def. (21) Rory Hie (2006), Lakewood, Calif., 2 & 1.

 

(15) Luke Hopkins (2005), Greer, S.C., def. (31) Paul Haley (2006), Dallas, Texas, 3 & 1.

 

(10) David May (2005), Auburn, N.Y., def. (26) Lance Lopez (2006), Missouri City, Texas, 1-up.

 

(19) Jordan Cox (2006), Redwood City, Calif., def. (3) Randy Lowry (2005), Spring, Texas, 2 & 1.

 

(11) Mu Hu (2008), Shen Zhen, China, def. (27) Michael Green (2005), Augusta, Ga., 4 & 2.

 

GIRLS DIVISION – Round of 16

 

(1) Mina Harigae (2008), Monterey, Calif., def. (17) Jennifer Hong (2005), Windermere, Fla., 1-up.

 

(24) Nannette Hill (2005), Pelham Manor, N.Y., def. (8) Stefanie Page (2005), The Woodlands, Texas, 4 & 3.

 

(29) Marika Lendl (2008), Goshen, Conn., def. (20) Jennie Arsenault (2006), Grinnell, Iowa, 6 & 4.

 

(5) In-Bee Park (2006), Eustis, Fla., def. (21) Stephanie Connelly (2005), Pasadena, Md., 19 holes.

 

(15) Morgan Pressel (2006), Boca Raton, Fla., def. (2) Catherina Wang (2006), Orlando, Fla., 4 & 2.

 

(23) Mallory Hetzel (2005), Summerville, S.C., def. (26) Amber Lundskog (2005), San Diego, Calif., 19 holes.

 

(3) Tiffany Joh (2005), San Diego, Calif., def. (14) Megan Grehan (2007), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2-up.

 

(27) Julieta Granada (2005), Asuncion, Paraguay, def. (22) Belen Mozo (2006), Cadiz, Spain, 2 & 1.