ASHWORTH JUNIOR AT HOT SPRINGS
Hot Springs Country Club – Majestic Course
Hot Springs, Arkansas
April 16-18, 2004
FIRST EVER GIRLS ASHWORTH EVENT SEES LUA TAKE MEDALIST HONORS
Henriques victorious in Hot Springs Boys Division
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.–- Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif., had a scorching front nine and coasted in on the back side to card a 2-under-par 70 and take the medalist honors in the Girls Division of the Ashworth Junior at Hot Springs. In the Boys Division, first-round leader, Nuno Henriques of Bradenton, Fla., struggled slightly, but managed to card a 3-over-par 75 in the final round to hold on for a wire-to-wire victory.
The second-annual Ashworth Junior at Hot Springs was a 36-hole stroke-play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Hot Springs Country Club’s Majestic Course. The tournament featured 96 boy and girl junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 21 states and Canada. It is the first Ashworth Preseason event to feature both male and female juniors.
The AJGA’s Ashworth Junior Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.
Lua, who entered the second day just one shot off the lead after a first-round 75, got off to a slow start with a bogey on her first hole, No. 18. From there however, the tables turned as she birdied four of her next eight holes and fired a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine to sit at 2-under-par after 10 holes.
“I had a great front nine today,” Lua said. “I made several good approach shots and made two big birdie putts on Nos. 7
The 13-year-old continued her hot play on the back nine with a birdie on the par-4 11th, but gave that stroke back with a bogey on No. 13. That accompanied with the bogey on No. 18 gave her a 37 on the back side and a 2-under-par total of 70. Lua’s 70 which was the only round under par all weekend in the Girls Division, gave her a two-day total of 145, and a four-shot victory.
“I really enjoyed my first AJGA event,” Lua said. “I am even more excited to play in my next one.”
Finishing in second place behind Lua was 17-year-old Kristin Ingram of Pasadena, Calif. Ingram shot a final-round 75, which along with a first-round 74 gave her a two-day total of 149.
“Overall, I am very happy with my play for the weekend,” Ingram said. “My putts just didn’t fall today.”
Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Brooke Goodwin of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and Rachel Ingram of Jonesborough, Tenn., who tied for third with two-day totals of 154.
In the Boys Division, Henriques’ play slipped slightly from his 2-under-par 70 on Saturday, but his 75 was good enough for a two-day 145 and a one-stroke victory.
“My long game wasn’t that good today, but I made a lot of putts that really saved me,” Henriques said.
Henriques, got off to a good start with birdies on Nos. 1, 4 and 5. This along with a bogey on No. 3 left the junior at 2-under-par after five holes. The 16-year-old encountered a few problems through the middle portion of his round, but got his game back together and birdied Nos. 14 and 17 to get back to 3-over-par, where he finished the round.
“I had a really up and down tournament,” Henriques said. “I made a bunch of birdies, but I made several bogies too.”
Finishing second in the Boys Division was 15-year-old Cole Fisher of Hot Springs, Ark. The hometown junior shot a 77 in the first round, but came back strong with a tournament low 3-under-par 69 in the final round.
“I had some trouble yesterday, but came back and played well today,” Fisher said. “It feels great to play well at home.”
Rounding out the top five were Kevin Kring of Springfield, Mo., with a two-day 147, Andrew Yun of University Place, Wash., with a 148, and Sean Madgett of Sammamish, Wash., with a 149.
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 has a 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information about the Ashworth Junior at Hot Springs or any other AJGA event, please contact AJGA Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.