Black Rock Golf Course
Hagerstown, Maryland
September 20-22, 2002

Fifteen juniors earn exemptions for 2003 season

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Brent Davis of Silver Spring, Md., shot a final-round 2-over-par 73 Sunday to capture medalist honors at the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Hagerstown. Davis trailed first round co-leader Clayton Rotz of Chambersburg, Pa., the entire day, but was able to make a critical par on No. 18 to vault past Rotz for the win.

The 36-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was held at the par-71 Black Rock Golf Course in Hagerstown, Md. The boys-only tournament is one of eight tournaments in the AJGA Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, designed to provide playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in an AJGA event. The 90-player event featured juniors ages 13-18 representing 14 states and Washington D.C.

Davis didn't hit a green in regulation until No. 7, but was able to rely on his short game to stay in contention. The 16-year-old recovered from a bogey on No. 3 by draining a 45-footer from the fringe for birdie on the next hole, but bogeys on No. 5 and 8 left him at 2-over-par at the turn.

"My game wasn't there today, but I didn't make any mental mistakes," Davis said. "I was able to grind it out and hang in there."

Davis birdied No. 14 to try and erase his one-shot deficit, but Rotz answered back with a 15-foot birdie to retain his lead. Davis made par the next three holes to remain one-shot down heading to No. 18.

Rotz found the water hazard with his approach to the green to open the door for Davis. Davis left his approach just off the green and got up and down for par and the victory.

"It feels good now," Davis said. "But I played sloppy all day. It was one of those days where your short game is your best friend.

"I shot 68 yesterday, so I think I proved I can play with almost anybody. I feel real good about the past two days."

Rotz ended the day with a 3-over-par 74 to finish a shot back at 142 for the tournament. Patrick Higgins of Phoenix, Md., placed third at 71-73--144. Chris Hass of Chevy Chase, Md., and David Holzworth of Chapel Hill, N.C., round out the top five at 145.

Travis Palladino of Kennett Square, Pa., fired the low round of the day with a 4-under-par 67 to jump from 50th place to seventh. He was the only player in the field to break par on the day.

The medalist of the event received three automatic entries into AJGA events in 2003. The top-five finishers received two automatic entries, while those who placed in the top 15 will be automatically accepted into one AJGA tournament.

For more information on the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Hagerstown, or other AJGA tournaments, please contact our national headquarters at (770) 868-4200, or log onto the Association's Web site at ajga.org.

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