CAULEY, WOODS CLAIM FIRST AJGA TITLES
Cauley wins wire-to-wire in Boys Division, while Woods overcomes a 2-shot deficit for victory
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Wire-to-wire leader Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, Fla., registered a final-round 70 to clinch his first AJGA title at the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville with a three-round score of 69-71-70-210. Cheyenne Woods of Phoenix, also claimed her first AJGA title, shooting a final-round 72 to complete the two-shot come-from-behind victory with a 73-75-72-220 total.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville is one of nine tournaments on the 2005 Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series schedule and highlighted 70 of the nation's best junior golfers. The 54-hole event was played on the Gold Course at Paradise Point—the oldest 18-hole golf course in the Marine Corps. The field featured junior golfers from 20 states, including 15 from the state of North Carolina.
Entering the final round of his last Nike event with a one-shot lead, Cauley recorded three consecutive birdies on the back nine to break away from the field.
“I made a good decision on No. 14 to kick-start my birdie run,” Cauley said of his decision to lay-up on the par-5, resulting in the first of three straight birdies. “It feels great to win, just so I can say I won an AJGA event.”
Morgan Hoffmann of Wyckoff, N.J., started the day in a tie for 11th and behind the strength of a bogey-free round of 66, surpassed the field and finished in second. The 6-under-par final round was the lowest of the tournament, and included six birdies and only 28 putts.
Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach, Va., and Tripp Mcallister of Lake City, S.C., tied for third at two-under-par 214, while Connor Green of Selma, Calif., Scott Saal of Virginia Beach, Va., and Alexander Sitompul of Bradenton, Fla., round out the top five with three-round scores of 217.
The Girls Division also crowned a new champion, as Woods' front-nine 33 helped her overcome a two-shot deficit. Overall, Woods recorded five birdies on the day, including a birdie on the par-3 17th to seal the victory.
“The birdies came to me today. I hit the ball and it just landed close to the hole,” Woods said. “The win feels good. It's good to know I can come back to win.”
Second-place finisher Courtney Ellenbogen of Blacksburg, Va., fired a final-round 70, the only sub-par round of the week in the Girls Division. Her total score of 77-75-70-222 fell only two shots behind Woods' pace. Louisa Yang of Suwanee, Ga., finished in third with a 76-75-72-223.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
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