POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC

Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside and Plantation Courses

Sea Island, Georgia

November 20-26, 2004

 

THREE PLAYERS CLINCH SPOTS IN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES AT POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC

Granada and Pressel match called due to darkness, will resume at 7:30 a.m. Friday

 

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Three players overcame gusty winds to advance to the championship matches at the Polo Golf Junior Classic Thursday. James Lee of La Habra, Calif., and David May of Auburn, N.Y., will face off in the Boys Division title match, while Marika Lendl of Goshen, Conn., will face the winner of the semifinal match between Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay, and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. The match was all square through 20 holes as night fell over Sea Island Golf Club, and will resume at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

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.

Lee overcame a back-nine charge by Bradenton, Fla., native Arnond Vongvanij to claim victory in his semifinal match, 2-up. Lee was 3-up through 12 holes when Vongvanij made three straight birdies to tie the match. However, Lee won the final two holes to advance to the championship match.

“I was just playing for par and Arnond birdied three holes in a row,” Lee said. “I just hope it’s windy again (Friday). I love it.”

In the other Boys Division semifinal match, May defeated Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., 4 and 3.

“I played better than I did in the morning match,” May said. “I feel good about my game right now. Everything has gone very well this week and we’ll see what happens (Friday).”

In the Girls Division, Lendl advanced to the championship match by defeating Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y., 3 and 2.

“I played pretty well today,” Lendl said. “It was really tough out there, and I didn’t make many putts in the morning match. But, this afternoon, I drained everything.”

First-team Rolex Junior All-Americans Granada and Pressel will resume their semifinal match Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. Pressel drained a bunker shot for birdie on the 18th hole to extend the match.

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.

The Boys Division championship match will begin at 8 a.m., while the Girls Division championship match will begin at 8:15 a.m., both off the first tee at the Seaside Course.

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

 


SEA ISLAND, Ga.
– Results from the quarterfinal and semifinal matches of 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 – Quarterfinals

 

(17) Arnond Vongvanij (2007), Bradenton, Fla., def. (8) Cole Moreland (2005), Austin, Texas, 4 & 3.

 

(20) James Lee (2005), La Habra, Calif., def. (28) Matthew Swan (2005), Montgomery, Ala., 6 & 4.

 

(10) David May (2005), Auburn, N.Y., def. (15) Luke Hopkins (2005), Greer, S.C., 2 & 1.

 

(19) Jordan Cox (2006), Redwood City, Calif., def. (11) Mu Hu (2008), Shen Zhen, China, 1-up.

 

GIRLS DIVISION – Quarterfinals

 

(24) Nannette Hill (2005), Pelham Manor, N.Y., def. (1) Mina Harigae (2008), Monterey, Calif., 20 holes.

 

(29) Marika Lendl (2008), Goshen, Conn., def. (5) In-Bee Park (2006), Eustis, Fla., 1-up.

 

(15) Morgan Pressel (2006), Boca Raton, Fla., def. (23) Mallory Hetzel (2005), Summerville, S.C., 19 holes.

 

(27) Julieta Granada (2005), Asuncion, Paraguay, def. (3) Tiffany Joh (2005), San Diego, Calif., 2 & 1.

 

 

BOYS DIVISION – Semifinals

 

(20) James Lee (2005), La Habra, Calif., def. (17) Arnond Vongvanij (2007), Bradenton, Fla., 2-up

 

(10) David May (2005), Auburn, N.Y., def. (19) Jordan Cox (2006), Redwood City, Calif., 4&3

 

GIRLS DIVISION – Semifinals

 

(29) Marika Lendl (2008), Goshen, Conn., def. (24) Nannette Hill (2005), Pelham Manor, N.Y., 3&2

 

(15) Morgan Pressel (2006), Boca Raton, Fla., vs. (27) Julieta Granada (2005), Asuncion, Paraguay, all square through 20 holes.

 
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2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
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Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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