ARSENEAULT STORMS PAST FIELD TO CLAIM FIRST VICTORY
Davis wins rain shortened event
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Amid afternoon thundershowers and a two-hour rain delay, Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa, fired a final round 1-over-par 75 to earn her first AJGA victory at the Midwest Junior Championship at Rich Harvest Links.Second-round leader Kyle Davis was declared the winner of the Boys Division, after heavy rain forced the final round to be canceled.His tournament total of 142, 2-under-par, made him the only competitor in the field to finish under par for the tournament.
The Midwest Junior Championship at Rich Harvest Links is a 54-hole stroke-play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association.The tournament includes 110 boys and girls junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 19 states.Two Rolex Junior All-Americans and 61 Illinois residents highlight the field.
Entering the final round, Arseneault trailed Carly Truitt of Marysville, Ohio, by two strokes.After the rain delay and a slow start by Arseneault, including a double bogey on No. 3 and a bogey on No. 4, Truitt’s lead grew to four.Arseneault turned the tide quickly, making birdies on the par-3 seventh and par-5 eighth.After a par on No. 9, coupled with a bogey by Truitt, Arseneault had her first lead of the tournament.
“I got off to a really slow start after the rain delay,” Arseneault said.“The birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 really got my momentum going.”
A birdie by Truitt on the short par-5 11th got the two back to square for the tournament.However, Arseneault was able to pull away, making consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 13 through 15.After a drive in the fairway, she knocked a 7-wood to eight feet for birdie on the 13th.Her tee shot on the par-3 14th ended just five feet from the hole, and on the uphill par-5 15th, Arseneault got up and down for the third consecutive birdie.
Truitt made the final hole interesting knocking her second shot to ten feet for birdie.Nevertheless, Arseneault was able to save a bogey after hitting into the greenside bunker.Her tournament total of 7-over-par, 229 was good enough to capture the victory.Her previous best AJGA finish was at the 2004 Nike Golf Junior at South Padre Island where she finished second.
“It feels really good to win this event, I have been waiting a while,” Arseneault explained.“To win at such a tough golf course and against great competition, is even better.”
Truitt’s final round 78, gave her a tournament total of 230, and second place to herself.Kelly Calkin of St. Charles, Ill., finished the tournament at 237, and in sole possession of third place.
In the Boys Division, heavy rains and threatening weather conditions forced the cancellation of the final round.First place honors were awarded to second-round leader Davis of Kennett Square, Pa.His tournament total of 142, was three better than his nearest competitor.
“I am very happy to win this event,” Davis said.“I would have preferred to have played the final round to decide the outcome, however, this proves why it is important that you play well every day.”
Davis’ previous best finish in an AJGA event was a tie for 15th at the 2003 ClubCorp Junior Players Championship.He also has earned victories in the 2003 Pennsylvania Junior and the 2004 Pennsylvania State Match Play.
“This golf course is in great condition and very difficult.This win is definitely my biggest junior tournament win to date,” Davis commented.
Jeff Kaiser of Onalaska, Wis., finished in second place with a tournament total of 145.Andy Winings of Franklin, Ind., Craig Cerbins of Portage, Wis., and Peter Uihlein of North Dartmouth, Mass., all finished at 147, 3-over-par.Winings had the low round of the tournament with a 68, including a 31 on the back-nine.
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.
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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.