AJGA MARSH JUNIOR AT BETHPAGE STATE PARK
Bethpage State Park, Red Course
Farmingdale, New York
August 6-9, 2001

PEFFLEY MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK TITLES WITH WIN AT BETHPAGE
Youngest Grzebien sister wins first career championship

FARMINGDALE, N.Y.-Blaine Peffley of Lebanon, Pa., earned his second AJGA tournament title in as many weeks Thursday after completing play at the AJGA Marsh Junior at Bethpage State Park with a three-day total of 6-under-par 204. In the Girls Division, Anna Grzebien of Saunderstown, R.I., became the third member of her family to win the event in the last three years by finishing first with a tournament total of 1-under-par 209.

Peffley and Grzebien, who both led the 54-hole tournament wire-to-wire, join Sergio Garcia, Grace Park and Brittany Straza as champions of the American Junior Golf Association's 12th annual metropolitan New York event. The AJGA Marsh Junior at Bethpage State Park featured a field of 99 players representing 19 states and Canada, including 28 juniors from the state of New York.

"I'm just amazed, I never thought I could do this-win an AJGA tournament, let alone two," Peffley said shortly after his 5-stroke victory. "After winning last week, it made me relax a little bit. This week, I had fun and really made the week special."

The 16-year-old Pennsylvanian began the week by posting a 4-under-par 66 that staked him to a lead he did not relinquish for the remainder of the tournament. Peffley punctuated his victory with a final round 2-under-par 68, which included four birdies. He credited his successful putting as the key to capturing his second consecutive title.

"I'm finally learning how to putt well and how to make the putts that count," he said.

He withstood a late charge from Greg Pieczynski, who finished tied for second with David Yoon of Irvine, Calif., at 1-under-par 209. Pieczynski of Kingston, Pa., won the Nabisco Oreo Cookie Low Final Round Award with a 3-under 67. He nearly made a double-eagle in Thursday's final round, hitting the flagstick on the 535 yard, par-5 16th hole with his second shot from 243 yards.

Brian Fitzpatrick of Harrison, N.Y., took fourth place at 2-over-par 212. Hoyt McGarity of Sagaponack, N.Y., John Michael Pelet of Atglen, Pa., Billy Stewart of Devon, Pa., and Matt McLean of Miami, Fla., tied for fifth at 3-over-par 213.

On the girls side, Grzebien joined sisters Lauren and Mary Ellen as champions of the AJGA's annual New York event. This year's winner, Anna, denied any sibling rivalry.

"I try to play my own game and see how I'm improving," Anna said. "I try not to pay attention to how I compare to them. I like to see how far I've come over the years."

Holding a 4-stroke lead entering Thursday's final round, Grzebien extended the margin over second-place finisher Theresa Paik to 10 shots. Paik, from Silver Springs, Md., wrapped up action with a third-round 75, finishing at 9-over-par for the tournament.

Grzebien capped her dominant week by also taking home the Nabisco Oreo Cookie Low Final Round Award after carding a final-round 69 that included four birdies and just one bogey. The 16-year-old sealed the win with an impressive performance down the stretch, shooting 2-under-par 33 on the final nine holes. She narrowly missed a birdie on the 18th hole, hitting the flagstick from 18 feet as she chipped on to the green.

"At first, I was playing too safe," she said. "On the back, I got more aggressive. I didn't really think about how far ahead I was. I just tried to go as low as I could."

The AJGA Marsh Junior at Bethpage State Park marks the first-ever AJGA title for the youngest Grzebien sister.

"It feels nice," the Rhode Islander said. "Especially because I was so close at (the AJGA Sand Barrens Junior Championship), but now I've finally got one."

Jenny Suh of Fairfax, Va., finished behind Grzebien and Paik in third with a three-day total of 13-over-par 223.

For more information on the AJGA Marsh Junior at Bethpage State Park or any AJGA event, contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Final results from the AJGA MARSH JUNIOR AT BETHPAGE STATE PARK conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Bethpage State Park, Red Course. Par: 35-35--70. Yardage: Boys: 6,814 Girls: 6,080


BOYS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

Blaine Peffley

(2002)

Lebanon

Pa.

66

70

68

204

T2

Greg Pieczynski

(2001)

Kingston

Pa.

69

73

67

209

David Yoon

(2004)

Irvine

Calif.

71

68

70

209

4

Brian Fitzpatrick

(2001)

Harrison

N.Y.

70

73

69

212

T5

Hoyt McGarity

(2002)

Sagaponack

N.Y.

74

71

68

213

John Michael Pelet

(2003)

Atglen

Pa.

75

69

69

213

Billy Stewart

(2002)

Devon

Pa.

73

70

70

213

Matt McLean

(2003)

Miami

Fla.

73

67

73

213

T9

Joe Scheffres

(2002)

Rockville

Md.

72

70

72

214

 

Jarred Texter

(2004)

Washington Boro

Pa.

71

70

73

214

T11

Dan Gabel

(2002)

Poughkeepsie

N.Y.

71

74

70

215

Jordan Hasbrouck

(2001)

Spring

Texas

69

70

76

215

T13

Tyler Randol

(2002)

Lawrence

N.Y.

74

73

69

216

 

Adam Cohan

(2004)

Wayne

Pa.

75

69

72

216

 

Chris McLaughlin

(2002)

Northport

N.Y.

67

73

76

216

T16

Tarik Can

(2004)

New York

N.Y.

78

72

68

218

Matt King

(2002)

Plattsburgh

N.Y.

75

75

68

218

Charles Deluca

(2001)

Saratoga Springs

N.Y.

74

75

69

218

Keith Tyburski

(2001)

Hamilton

N.Y.

77

71

70

218

Devin Drobbin

(2002)

Holmdel

N.J.

75

70

73

218

John Browndorf

(2002)

Rumson

N.J.

69

74

75

218

Kevin Crawford

(2002)

Lockport

N.Y.

70

73

75

218

23

Lake Myrick

(2002)

Virginia Beach

Va.

71

73

75

219

T24

Gary Barton

(2001)

Staten Island

N.Y.

76

74

70

220

Marc Mazza

(2002)

Elmira

N.Y.

72

74

74

220

Tim Connors

(2001)

Rye

N.Y.

71

71

78

220

T27

David Policano

(2002)

Ramsey

N.J.

80

72

69

221

 

Doug Anders

(2002)

Elkins Park

Pa.

77

74

70

221

 

Eamonn McLoughlin

(2002)

Amityville

N.Y.

77

70

74

221

 

Robby Walizer

(2003)

State College

Pa.

71

74

76

221

 

James Murphy

(2002)

Herndon

Va.

72

70

79

221

T32

Angelo Medico

(2003)

Coral Springs

Fla.

70

82

70

222

Rick Reissman

(2002)

Suffern

N.Y.

75

74

73

222

Bobby Bennett

(2003)

Wilmette

Ill.

81

68

73

222

David Larado

(2002)

Sayville

N.Y.

76

73

73

222

Benjamin Stranzl

(2002)

Cherryville

Pa.

74

73

75

222

Timothy Seeley

(2002)

Lake George

N.Y.

74

71

77

222

T38

Reed Darsie

(2003)

Chapel Hill

N.C.

74

77

72

223

 

John Sawin

(2003)

Haverford

Pa.

75

72

76

223

 

Adam Kaminski

(2001)

Commack

N.Y.

73

77

73

223

 

Brian Cawley

(2002)

Lynnfield

Mass.

75

74

74

223

 

Michael Jensen

(2004)

Los Altos

Calif.

77

72

74

223

 

Mike Aarts

(2002)

Pound Ridge

N.Y.

76

73

74

223

T44

Sean Seese

(2002)

Huntingdon Valley

Pa.

75

75

74

224

Axle Riley

(2002)

Pickering

Ontario

73

76

75

224

Chiho Kwak

(2002)

Jacksonville

Fla.

76

72

76

224

T47

Adam Smith

(2002)

Ellsworth

Maine

79

74

72

225

 

Kyle McGrady

(2002)

Manasquan

N.J.

79

73

73

225

49

Ryan Sullivan

(2002)

Nashua

N.H.

77

70

79

226

T50

Jeffrey Hamilton

(2001)

Belmont

Mass.

79

75

73

227

 

Lance McGray

(2001)

Harwinton

Conn.

74

76

77

227

T52

Jason Robertson

(2001)

Virginia Beach

Va.

77

79

72

228

Dan Walters

(2002)

Landisville

Pa.

78

77

73

228

Daniel Berger

(2002)

Ellenville

N.Y.

77

78

73

228

Jay Pannone

(2002)

East Greenwich

R.I.

80

73

75

228

Matt Uretsky

(2003)

Linwood

N.J.

74

77

77

228

David Lane

(2001)

Fairfield

Conn.

75

75

78

228

T58

Christopher Fenimore

(2002)

Great Falls

Va.

77

83

69

229

 

Chaki Kobayashi

(2002)

Newington

Conn.

79

76

74

229

 

Michael Belich

(2002)

West Allis

Wis.

79

76

74

229

 

Will Shriver

(2003)

Silver Spring

Md.

75

78

76

229

 

Jared Miller

(2003)

Schnecksville

Pa.

73

79

77

229

T63

Van Espiritu

(2005)

Nutley

N.J.

78

78

74

230

Ryan Stewart

(2002)

Merrick

N.Y.

80

75

75

230

David Nardy

(2001)

Southampton

N.Y.

77

76

77

230

Jason Gambonini

(2001)

Encinitas

Calif.

75

76

79

230

T67

Brian McArdle

(2002)

Huntington

N.Y.

80

75

76

231

 

Jason Paul

(2002)

Patchogue

N.Y.

81

73

77

231

 

Michael Ciccarelli

(2001)

Commack

N.Y.

76

74

81

231

T70

Mark Eisenacher

(2002)

New Canaan

Conn.

80

78

75

233

Bob Hennefer

(2002)

Cherry Hill

N.J.

80

75

78

233

T72

Josh Notes

(2002)

Marriottsville

Md.

79

77

78

234

 

Darin Dolezal

(2002)

Hicksville

N.Y.

78

77

79

234

74

Bill McCrary

(2003)

Houston

Texas

74

81

80

235

75

John Patinella

(2002)

Phoenix

Md.

78

83

75

236

T76

Danny Barretta

(2002)

Upper Montclair

N.J.

83

77

77

237

Mark Zbrzeznj

(2002)

Lafayette Hill

Pa.

76

82

79

237

T78

Charles Kerecz

(2002)

Dobbs Ferry

N.Y.

78

82

78

238

 

Nick Eckerd

(2002)

Owasso

Okla.

76

76

86

238

80

Ryan Fritz

(2001)

Rancho Mirage

Calif.

80

80

79

239

81

Paul Kress

(2002)

Northport

N.Y.

79

82

79

240

T82

Paul Bertoli

(2002)

Concord

Mass.

83

81

77

241

Billy Paulson

(2002)

Virginia Beach

Va.

80

81

80

241

84

Andrew Parisi

(2001)

Flushing

N.Y.

83

82

78

243

GIRLS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

Anna Grzebien

(2003)

Saunderstown

R.I.

70

70

69

209

2

Theresa Paik

(2003)

Silver Springs

Md.

75

69

75

219

3

Jenny Suh

(2003)

Fairfax

Va.

76

74

73

223

4

Clare Lucey

(2002)

Winnetka

Ill.

75

77

76

228

5

Jessica Shapiro

(2002)

Ponte Vedra Beach

Fla.

82

77

74

233

T6

Katie Stepanek

(2003)

Guilford

Conn.

83

75

77

235

Mary Ellen Grzebien

(2001)

Saunderstown

R.I.

80

77

78

235

8

Meredith Godwin

(2004)

Swarthmore

Pa.

82

80

79

241

9

Brenna Gibson

(2002)

Dalton

Ga.

80

82

80

242

T10

Stephanie Lue

(2002)

Houston

Texas

85

80

79

244

 

Ashley Frey

(2002)

Katy

Texas

86

77

81

244

12

Tracy Bolger

(2002)

Haddonfield

N.J.

83

80

82

245

Jessica Reno

(2003)

Wilmington

Del.

84

85

WD

Leslie Wall

(2003)

Dallas

Texas

81

WD

Beth Marushak

(2002)

Northampton

Pa.

81

WD

 

 
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