MeadowWood Golf Course
Liberty Lake, Washington
April 26-28, 2002

Even par 144 gives each player their first national victory

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Local boy Nicholas Grigsby of Veradale, Wash., Mitchell McCaughan of Sumner, Wash., and Jason Williams of Meridian, Idaho, all shot even par two-day tournament totals to take medalist honors at the AJGA Preseason Junior at Spokane Sunday.

Conducted by the American Junior Association, the Preseason Junior at Spokane took place at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake, Wash., April 27-28. A field of 83 boys (ages 13-18) representing 20 states and Canada competed in this 36-hole stroke-play competition. Seventeen juniors from Washington were included in the field.

Grigsby, a late addition to the tournament field, fired a disappointing 3-over-par 75 in his first round. He followed that up with a 3-under-par 69 Sunday to bring him back to even par for the tournament. Grigsby never felt like he was out of the tournament, after all MeadowWood is his home course. His low round - a 7-under-par 65 from the back tees. This confidence propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.

"It's really a thrill to win out here in front of all these people," Grigsby said. "The local knowledge definitely helped. I've played here enough to know every bump in the fairways and every movement on the greens."

McCaughan started the day five shots off the lead, carding a 76 in his first 18. He went out Sunday in 3-under-par 33 fashion and didn't look back. His back nine ended in 35, giving him a 4-under-par 68. He needed a flawless round to get close, and his five-birdie, one-bogey performance did just that.

"It feels really good right now," McCaughan said. "This makes all the hard work seem worth it. This is going to let me qualify for some bigger events and my new goal is to play well in the rest of my AJGA tournaments."

Williams started near the top of the leaderboard, so he knew a good round would yield a high finish. Starting two shots back, he began the day with four birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. After turning at 34, he eagled the par-5 12th, but bogeyed the par-4 13th and then double- bogeyed the par-4 15th to make him 1-over-par for the side. His 34-37-71 was exactly what he needed to stay tied for first.

"This proved to me that I can play and succeed at the national level," the Wright State University signee said. "I hope to gain even more experience this summer before I go to school - and winning a few more AJGA tournaments would be nice, too."

Jason Diamond of Lake Oswego, Ore., Daniel Brutocao of Spokane, Wash., and Denny Bae of Los Angeles rounded out the top five at 145 for the tournament.

The AJGA Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, a boys-only series, is expanding to eight tournaments in 2002 from the six featured last year. The series is designed to provide playing opportunities to juniors who have not yet played in an AJGA Tournament. Players who finish in the top 15, including ties, receive one, two or three automatic entries into future AJGA tournaments, depending on their finish.

For more information about the AJGA Preseason Junior at Spokane, or other AJGA events, please call the AJGA National Headquarters at 877-373-2542.


LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Final results from the Preseason Junior at Spokane conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at MeadowWood Golf Course. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6,880.

Mitchell McCaughan, Sumner, Wash. 76-68--144
Nicholas Grigsby, Veradale, Wash. 75-69--144
Jason Williams, Meridian, Idaho 73-71--144
Jason Diamond, Lake Oswego, Ore. 75-70--145
Daniel Brutocao, Spokane, Wash. 74-71--145
Denny Bae, Los Angeles, Calif. 71-74--145
Erich Schoen, Sylvania, Ohio 74-72--146
Joe Panzeri, Boise, Idaho 72-74--146
Tyler Hurst, Bakersfield, Calif. 74-73--147
Roberto Galletti, El Sobrante, Calif. 74-74--148
Jacob Lestishen, Lone Tree, Colo. 76-73--149
Chad Vivolo, Carmel, Calif. 75-74--149
Justin Silverstein, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 74-75--149
Tim Wheatley, Tawas City, Mich. 72-77--149
Jacob Kimball, Star, Idaho 77-73--150
Brandon Lee, Beaverton, Ore. 77-73--150
Reyn Tanaka, Kailua, Hawaii 75-75--150
Eric Hastings, Spokane, Wash. 74-76--150
Jesse Speirs, Bangor, Maine 73-77--150
Christopher Ross, Dundas, Ontario, Canada 71-79--150
Jimmy Winkley, Flower Mound, Texas 72-78--150
Grant Gates, Marion, Ohio 80-71--151
Seung Oh, Sarasota, Fla. 76-75--151
Marc Gladson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 76-75--151
David Marino, Cumberland, R.I. 76-75--151
Logan Toskey, Kirkland, Wash. 80-72--152
Young Paek, Los Angeles, Calif. 75-77--152
Danny Amundson, Sioux Falls, S.D. 74-78--152
Kevin Farmer, Blaine, Wash. 79-74--153
Tyler Smith, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 79-74--153
Trevor Owens, Boulder, Colo. 77-76--153
Erik Flores, Grass Valley, Calif. 76-77--153
Joseph Wieser, Las Vegas, Nev. 80-74--154
Jordan Burns, Longview, Wash. 76-78--154
Michael Song, Bradenton, Fla. 77-78--155
Peter Deltondo, Laguna Hills, Calif. 78-78--156
Sean Heath, Coto De Caza, Calif. 76-80--156
Matthew Rippy, Boise, Idaho 78-79--157
Dong Seol, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 76-81--157
Eli Hostetter, Landisville, Pa. 83-74--157
Dennis Marchetti, Jr, Long Grove, Ill. 82-76--158
Mark Michalak, Hayden Lake, Idaho 76-82--158
Jonathan Shea Bishop, Bartonville, Texas 78-81--159
Devin Guilliams, Plano, Texas 83-76--159
Scott Steger, Southlake, Texas 84-75--159
Marcus Birkeland, Enumclaw, Wash. 79-81--160
Avi Kaiser, Vallejo, Calif. 79-81--160
Chris Johnson, Highlands Ranch, Colo. 82-78--160
Johnny Mueller, Mesa, Ariz. 84-76--160
Keenan Voit, Las Vegas, Nev. 79-82--161
Matthew Wilson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 77-84--161
Jack Meehan, Sumner, Wash. 76-85--161
Jason Fair, Riverside, Calif. 81-80-161
Mick Partridge, Los Angeles, Calif. 82-79--161
David Lysaught, Denver, Colo. 83-78--161
Philip Lamb, San Dimas, Calif. 83-78--161
Daniel Gibson, Powell, Ohio 84-77--161
Trevor Loe, Sammamish, Wash. 74-87--161
Andy Haak, Andover, Mass. 80-82--162
Tyler Hartmann, Sumner, Wash. 81-81--162
Henry Rowland, Lake Bluff, Ill. 81-82--163
Max Draper, Southlake, Texas 81-82--163
Vishal Patil, Arlington, Mass. 81-82--163
Joseph Harrison, Boulder City, Nev. 81-83--164
Sean Riley, Kennewick, Wash. 82-82--164
Tom Will, Erie, Pa. 82-82--164
Alexander Smith, Toledo, Ohio 84-80--164
Paul Fromm, Arlington Heights, Ill. 84-80--164
Maximilian Faller, Coeur D'alene, Idaho 84-81--165
Mario Conte, Schaumburg, Ill. 88-77--165
Rollin Wood, Mukilteo, Wash. 82-84--166
Joshua Wagner, Fort Collins, Colo. 85-81--166
Jake Billmeyer, Ankeny, Iowa 81-86--167
Yazen Dides, Coppell, Texas 82-85--167
Ben Monson, Lone Tree, Colo. 83-85--168
Ryan Freeman, Woodinville, Wash. 85-85--170
Blake Isaacson, Lone Tree, Colo. 86-84--170
Benjamin Azzarito, Chewelah, Wash. 88-82--170
Jeffrey Gravina, Littleton, Colo. 88-83--171
Jeff Doebler, Roseville, Mich. 86-88--174
Drew Wandell, Aberdeen, Wash. 90-86--176
Trevor Creel, Las Vegas, Nev. 88-90--178
Tyler Maloney, Enumclaw, Wash. 97-93-190

Ryan Halvorson, Orono, Minn. WD
Michael Carl, Mendota Heights, Minn. WD

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