AJGA SLI JUNIOR CLASSIC AT NEW SEABURY
Country Club of New Seabury, Dunes Course
August 26-29, 2002
MERKOW CAPTURES SECOND WIN OF THE YEAR
AT NEW SEABURY
Yi picks up first national victory in her second event
MASHPEE, Mass. - David Merkow has been on a roll all
summer and he did not let up at the AJGA SLI Junior Classic
at New Seabury Thursday, capturing his second win of the season.
In the Girls Division, Songyi Yi was able to hold on for her
first career title.
The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
was held on the par-70 layout of the Dunes Course at the Country
Club of New Seabury. The national event featured 84 players,
ages 13-18, representing 21 states.
Merkow, of Hartland, Wis., was able to maintain his second-round
lead by firing a 2-over-par 72 in the windy conditions for
a three-round total of 2-over-par 212.
"Of the three (tournament) days, I hit the ball best
today," the 17-year-old said. "Putting and chipping
can cause you to lose strokes and I did not make the putts
today. I had a lot of tap-in pars and my longest putt was
from about five feet on No. 18."
He played the front nine well, making the turn at 1-under-par,
but struggled down the stretch, carding three bogeys in the
final eight holes.
"I was just trying to keep my head in because I knew
with conditions like this, one errant shot could be a two-stroke
penalty," he said. "I didn't let my guard down.
I didn't feel that I was firing on all cylinders with every
shot and I was constantly having to look out."
Merkow was very pleased with the win after making a triple-bogey
on the first hole of the tournament Tuesday. He is getting
used to the winner's circle, though, after taking top honors
at the only other non-invitational AJGA event he has played,
the AJGA Marsh Kansas City Junior.
Two strokes back at 214 in second place was Shawn Warren of
Windham, Mass. David May of Auburn, N.Y., finished third at
219, while David Dragoo of Scottsdale, Ariz., and John Sawin
of Haverford, Pa., tied for fourth at 220.
In the Girls Division, Yi, of San Diego, Calif., was able
to hold off a late charge from Anna Grzebien of Narragansett,
R.I., by carding a 5-over-par 75 for a three-round total of
224 in just her second AJGA tournament.
"The key to my game today was my chipping," Yi,
15, said. "I hit it close to the hole and I made several
key saves. If I missed the green, I made the save.
"My driver on the back nine was great," she continued.
"I never missed a fairway."
Grzebien finished one stroke back at 225, carding the low
final round of 73. Marina Choi of Los Angeles finished third
For more information on the SLI Junior Classic at New Seabury
or the AJGA, please contact the Association's national headquarters
at (770) 868-4200.