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Tennessee National Golf Club
Loudon, Tenn. • August 4 - 7


Kiser wins third AJGA title of the year with 5-under-par 211


LOUDON, Tenn.Brian Langley of Blacksburg, Va., won the AJGA Knoxville Junior Open with a three-round total of 7-under-par 209 at Tennessee National Golf Club.  Victoria Kiser of Orlando, Fla., notched her third AJGA victory of 2008 with a score of 5-under-par 211.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Knoxville Junior Open was a 54-hole stroke play event held at Tennessee National Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 75 boys and 23 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states and Italy. The Boys Division played the par-72 course at 7,210 yards, while the Girls Division played at 6,187 yards.

Langley earned his first-career AJGA title with a round of 2-under-par 70 on Thursday that included three birdies on the final five holes.

“It’s pretty cool right now; it hasn’t really sunk in,” Langley said. “It proves a lot, and it lets me know that I can do it.”

Finishing in a tie for second place at 5-under-par 211 were Marshall Talkington of Jackson, Tenn., and Jacob Everts of Ooltewah, Tenn. Colin Chapman of Franklin, N.C., finished in fourth place at 4-under-par 212. Rounding out the top-five was John Skeadas of Savannah, Ga., at 3-under-par 213.

Kiser fired a round of even-par 72 on Thursday, tying for low-round of the day in the Girls Division. In addition to this title, Kiser captured the First American Title Junior Classic and The Club Car Junior hosted by Charles Howell III earlier this summer.

“I knew coming into the year that if I played my best I could win every week I played,” Kiser said.

Erica Popson of Davenport, Fla., finished in second place at 2-over-par 218.  In third place at 4-over-par 220 was Haley Stephens of Greer, S.C.   

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

            For more information on the AJGA Knoxville Junior Open, please call AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.