AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT LAKE
OF THE OZARKS
The Lodge of Four Seasons, Witch's Cove Course
Lake Ozark, Missouri
October 4-6, 2002
BOWMAN HOLDS ON TO TAKE TITLE OUTRIGHT
Oklahoma native wins first AJGA event at Lake of the Ozarks
LAKE OZARK, Mo. - Austin Bowman of Pryor, Okla., won
his first national victory at the AJGA Ashworth Postseason
Junior at Lake of the Ozarks shooting a final-round 75 on
Sunday for a two-day total of 146. Clark Brewer (71-79-150)
of Brentwood, Tenn., Bowman's co-leader coming into Sunday's
final round, finished four shots back in second place.
The 36-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
was held at the par-71 The Lodge of Four Seasons, Witch's
Cove Course in Lake Ozark, Mo. 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.
Thunderstorms rolled in early Sunday morning, bringing lightning
and rain. The weather delayed the final round for two hours.
The storms moved out of the area by mid-morning and the 73-player
field was able to get the final round underway.
The tournament field included players from 16 states and Canada.
Twenty-two Missouri natives were included in the field.
Bowman finished the day with eight consecutive pars after
making bogey at No. 10. Bowman came into Sunday's final round
with a share of the lead after shooting a tournament-low 71
"I was really nervous to be a leader today," said
Bowman. "I was so nervous on the 18th green that I was
Shaky or not, Bowman played the hole like he had been in the
situation a thousand times. He left a 30-foot birdie putt
within seven feet and was able to make par and finish the
"I kind of scrambled today and I didn't putt as well
as I did in the first round," said Bowman. "I did
my best to make conservative shots and keep the ball in play."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to play in some
more events," said Bowman. "I still have some work
to do, but this will help me to become a better player."
Rounding out the top five were Zach Pederson (79-74-153) of
Spring Hill, Kan., and Ty Sanders (78-75-153) of Tulsa, Okla.,
tied for third place, while Dustin Zhang (81-73-154) of Calgary,
Alberta, Canada, finished in fifth place.
The medalist of the event receives three automatic entries
into AJGA events in 2003. The top-five finishers receive two
automatic entries, while those who place in the top 15 are
automatically accepted into one AJGA tournament.
For more information on the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior
at Lake of the Ozarks or other AJGA events, please contact
our tournament headquarters at (770) 868-4200.