FOWLER RUNS AWAY WITH WIN AT HP BOYS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Jones finishes runner-up for second-straight year
ORLANDO, Fla. - Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., came out firing, finishing the final round of the HP Boys Junior Championship with a 5-under-par 67 to finish at 10-under-par and win by four shots. The win is Fowler's first American Junior Golf Association Invitational victory.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the HP Boys Junior Championship was a 72-hole event held at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge, home of the PGA TOUR's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Past champions of the event include Tiger Woods (1992), David Duval (1989), and Jim Furyk (1987). The tournament featured 84 boys, ages 14-18, from 23 states and Colombia. The field included 24 Rolex Junior All-Americans.
Fowler carded six birdies Friday, with three coming in consecutive order on hole Nos. 5, 6 and 7. Fowler said coming into the final round, he had confidence in his skills.
"After the first two days of play, I knew I had to come in and put up some scores," Fowler said. "I was confident, I knew I could play this course."
Fowler said the victory at the HP Boys Junior Championship was even more prestigious being played at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
"This course is awesome," Fowler said. "Last year was my first time here and I've loved it ever since."
"Knowing the PGA TOUR plays here, you really can't ask for more," Fowler said.
For the second year in a row, Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas, finished in second place. In 2005, Jones was beat by first-round leader Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash. Jones ended Friday's final round at 6-under-par 282. Jones carded four birdies and one eagle in the final round to earn second-place honors.
Stanley, who will return to Bay Hill in March to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, finished the final round at 5-under-par 283. The Clemson-bound senior earned rights to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational by winning the Southern Amateur in Birmingham, Ala., last week.
Tied for fourth was Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., and Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., with 2-under-par 286s. Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, Calif., and John Popeck of Washington, Pa., finished the tournament tied for sixth place with scores of 1-under-par 287. Wes Roach of Knoxville, Tenn., and John Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas, ended with even-par 288s, good enough for eighth place. Rounding out the top-ten leaderboard was Alexander Sitompul of Bradenton, Fla., finishing with a score of 289.
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 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, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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 Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
For more information on the HP Boys Junior Championship, please contact National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.