NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
South Padre Island Golf Club
South Padre Island, Texas
April 30-May 2, 2004
UIHLEIN, PARK CONQUER WIND TO TAKE VICTORIES IN SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
Schnitzer and Arseneault finish with runner-up honors
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Amid gusting winds of up to 40 miles per hour Peter Uihlein of North Dartmouth, Mass., and So-Hyun Park of Bradenton, Fla., stayed resilient to walk away victorious from the Nike Golf Junior at South Padre Island. Uihlein fired rounds of 72 and 77 for a two-day total of 149 to win the Boys Division, while Park carded rounds of 77 and 86 for a 163 total to claim the title in the Girls Division.
The Nike Golf Junior at South Padre Island is a 36-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at South Padre Island Golf Club. The tournament features 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-15, from 21 states and Canada. This event is the first of nine regular-season events in the 2004 Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series.
Uihlein, who was tied for the lead after the first round, had a birdie and three bogeys on the front side card a 2-over-par 38.
“Considering the conditions today, I felt like I played pretty solid,” Uihlein said. “There was no single part of my game that saved me. I played pretty well all around.”
The 14-year-old had a rough stretch of holes through the middle portion of his round where he recorded consecutive bogeys on Nos. 9, 10 and 11. He righted the ship, however, with a par on No. 12 and a birdie on No. 13. This, coupled with pars on the next four holes, got Uihlein to 3-over-par before a double bogey on No. 18 left him with a 39 on the back nine and a 5-over-par round of 77.
“It would have been really easy to get frustrated after 9, 10 and 11, but I knew I had a lot of golf left to play and controlled my emotions well,” Uihlein said.
Finishing in second place, behind Uihlein was 13-year-old Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, Texas. Schnitzer fired a final round 76, which was the low score for the day, to give the junior a two-day total of 154.
“I was able to keep the ball low and shape shots into the wind, but the biggest key was all of the saving putts I made,” Schnitzer said.
Placing third in the Boys Division was Conrad Shindler of Coppell, Texas, with a two-day total of 155. Michael Im of La Habra, Calif., finished fourth with a 157 total, while Gregor Slabe of Bradenton, Fla., and Spencer Cole of Greer, S.C., rounded out the top five with two-day 160s.
Park, who was the first round leader in the Girls Division, began play on No. 10 in Sunday’s shotgun start. She started off her round with five consecutive pars before dropping off slightly to record a 5-over-par 41 on her first nine holes.
“I hit some good, low shots early in my round. I also made a few putts that helped keep my score down,” Park said.
The 15-year-old completed her round by carding a 45 on the front nine to give the junior an 86 for the round and a two-day tournament total 163.
“It was tough out there,” Park said. “The wind was taking the ball all over the place so I really had to focus on distance control.”
Placing second in the Girls Division was 15-year-old Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa. She also began her round on No. 10 and carded 44 on the back and 45 on the front for a final-round 89 to give her a two-day total of 169.
“I just tried to keep it in play today,” Arseneault said. “I would hit it and the wind would take it and that made some good shots bad.”
Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were In-Ah Park of Eustis, Fla., and Natalie Sheary of West Hartford, Conn., who tied for third with tournament totals of 172.
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 on the Nike Golf Junior at South Padre Island or any other AJGA event, contact the AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.