HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans Named by AJGA - October 2004

Twenty junior golfers honored by the AJGA, HP for achievements on the golf course and in the classroom

Twenty of the nation’s top junior golfers were named HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans by the American Junior Golf Association and HP Tuesday. The 2004 team, sponsored for the 10th consecutive year by HP, consists of 10 young men and 10 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom. These outstanding individuals will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the Polo Golf Junior Classic, Nov. 21 at Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.

In order to be eligible for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boy members had to place in the top 10 of an AJGA event, while girls had to post a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade-point average, class rank, leadership skills, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay or poem no longer than 400 words that creatively focused on the game of golf.

This year’s essay winner was Ali Bode of Pittsburgh. Upper St. Clair High School, Bode’s high school, will receive a computer compliments of HP.

To view the list of this year's HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans, click here.

Winning Essay

“The Game”
by Ali Bode

He proudly walks to the tee with a gait that only hints of the battle he has fought these last two years.

Though his physical stature is now somewhat smaller from the effects of his treatments, the largeness of his presence is easy to feel as I stand in his shadow.

Gently, he places his tee into the ground, nodding a silent acknowledgement to me that he is back.

Without worry as to the result he watches his ball fly from the clubface and feels his unleashed passion for the game soar into the air.

He looks back at me in obvious pleasure. The game begins.We walk the fairways together, speaking of our love for the game, not with words we say, but through the unspoken competition that goes on between us.

We laugh as one another makes an unexpected putt, and forget to write down the scores.

He shows some fatigue as the holes begin to pass, but his determination to finish is evident.

I had feared this day might never come and now I wished it would never end.The round over, we sit for a few minutes and he tells me he thinks I won this time.

I smile as I look back into his eyes. For me, it hadn’t been about the strokes.

It was all about playing the game.

Dedicated to my grandfather, Jim Keogh.