The Desert Mountain Club
Scottsdale, Arizona
July 7 - 12, 2002


Blasberg holds on for Girls Division title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Randy Lowry of Spring, Texas, carded a 1-under-par 71 to hold his lead through the final round of the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, capturing the Boys Division crown. In the Girls Division, Erica Blasberg of Corona, Calif., carded a 3-under-par 69 to claim the title.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 25th annual Rolex Tournament of Champions was held on the par-72 Geronimo course at The Desert Mountain Club. The 72-hole event featured 169 players - 109 boys and 60 girls - from 30 states and five foreign countries, and included 57 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. Past champions include Charles Howell III, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Kellee Booth and Grace Park.

Lowry entered the final round with a four-stroke lead and maintained the margin through the championship.
He started the day in solid fashion with an eagle on the 574-yard, par-5 first hole. After finishing the front nine at even-par, Lowry went on to birdie holes No. 12, 13, and 14 to finish the championship with rounds of 69-65-71-71--276.

"My eagle on the first hole really got me going," Lowry said. "After that I was able to keep it at even-par on the front nine. The three straight birdies on the back nine gave me some confidence. At that point I tried to avoid disasters and cruised the rest of the way."

The 15-year-old won three national titles during the 2000 season, but won his first major at Desert Mountain.

"It really feels great to win such a prestigious tournament," Lowry said. "A month ago I did not think that I would be standing here. However, all aspects of my game came around this week - my hard work in practice really paid off."

Taylor Wood of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga., finished tied for second at 280. With a four-day total of 281, Kevin Kisner of Aiken, S.C., finished fourth, and Jessie Mudd of Louisville, Ky., and James Vargas of Miami, Fla., finished tied for fifth at 282.

In the Girls Division, Blasberg carded five birdies during the final round en route to posting a final-round 69. She finished strong down the stretch with three birdies and only one bogey on the back nine.

"Today I wanted to play safe and hit all my irons close," Blasberg said. "I gained confidence as the week progressed. My irons were what helped me go low today. I was able to hit them really close to the hole and give myself good birdie opportunities."

The University of Arizona signee ended her AJGA career with a bang, turning in rounds of 75-70-69-69--283 and finishing three strokes ahead of the field.

"I have always played well at majors, but could never win one," Blasberg said. "I came into this tournament hoping to play well. This is a great way to end my junior career and start a new one in college."

Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., finished second with a four-day total of 286. Her final-round 69 was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 152-yard, par-3 seventh hole. Jane Park of Beaumont, Calif., finished third in the Girls Division with rounds of 76-74-72-68--290.

For more information about the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, please call AJGA national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.


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