Grand View Lodge, The Pines Course
Nisswa, Minnesota
July 15 - 18, 2002


Jacobs cruises to her first AJGA title by eight strokes

NISSWA, Minn. -- As the threat of looming thunderstorms subsided, Minnesota native Patrick Herzog of Red Wing, won the hp Junior Classic at The Pines Thursday with rounds of 72-72-75--219. Mary Ellen Jacobs dominated the Girls Division from start to finish as she took the crown by eight shots with scores of 72-76-79-227.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the hp Junior Classic at The Pines featured 84 players, both boys and girls, representing 21 states with 32 participants hailing from Minnesota.

Ever the even-keeled player, the 17-year-old Herzog remained relaxed even after clinching the title.

"Of course I wanted to win this. You're always excited when you win," Herzog said. "But I just try to play the game and enjoy it. There's no sense doing something I don't like."

Herzog didn't play his best golf on the final day, but he managed to grind out the win as he maintained a level of consistency to trump his previous best of a fourth-place finish at the AJGA Golfweek Chicago Junior in June.

"I was happy with how I hit it, but I didn't score well," Herzog said. "I can get pretty intense, but today I was more focused and that took some pressure off me."

Despite incurring a stroke penalty on No. 11 while incorrectly taking relief what he thought to be casual water, Herzog maintained his composure and birdied two of the next three holes.

"It was pretty tough to get penalized," Herzog said. "If I had a temper, I don't think I would've had a chance today."

Michael Haverfield of Louisville, Ky., and Eric Deutsch of Rochester, Minn., finished in a tie for second at 223. Mike Fiedler of Faribault, Minn., Chris Baker of Brownstown, Ind., and Derrick Whiting of Carlos, Minn., finished at 224 to tie for fourth.

Jacobs sat atop the Girls Division by 11 strokes as play began, and she made the lead stand in winning her first AJGA event.

"My goal this summer was to win an AJGA event," Jacobs said. "From being looked at by college coaches to becoming exempt for all the big tournaments. This is where it's all at."

Despite holding a commanding lead on the girls' field, the 18-year-old Jacobs admitted to feeling uneasy before her round began.

"Even though I was up by 11 shots, I was still nervous because anything can happen," Jacobs said. "I struggled today and I wish I could've played my usual game, but I made a lot of key putts that saved me. I'm really excited to have won, though. It's a great feeling."

Brittany Adams of Huntington, W.Va., finished alone in second place with a three-round total of 235. Kelly Weisgarber of Fargo, N.D., rounds out the top three as she carded a 237 total.

For more information on the hp Junior Classic at The Pines or any other AJGA event, please call the national headquarters at (877) 373-2542.


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