PRESSEL, HEDGE COAST TO VICTORY AT THE DOMINION COUNTRY CLUB
Presselâ€™s 16-stroke margin of victory ties Girls Division record
SAN ANTONIO â€“ Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., picked up her seventh AJGA victory in dominant fashion Thursday, shooting a tournament total of 4-under-par 212 and tying the AJGA Girls Division record for margin of victory with a 16-stroke win at the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout. In the Boys Division, Josh Hedge of Billings, Mont., put the finishing touches on a brilliant week, shooting a 1-over-par 73 and capturing his first win in an AJGA Open tournament by four strokes.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout was a 54-hole, stroke play event featuring junior golfers from nine states and Mexico. 101 Texans were among the 120 juniors, who range in age from 12-18.2004 marked the 13th year the AJGA has staged the event in the San Antonio area.
Pressel, who led the field by 12 strokes after two days, shot even-par 72 in Thursdayâ€™s final round, capping off an impressive stretch for one of the AJGAâ€™s hottest players. Last week, Pressel won the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Sunriver, Ore., her first major victory.
â€śToday I just tried to put the ball on the fairway and on the green,â€ť Pressel said. â€śI actually ended up hitting only seven fairways but I was able to score.
â€śI hope I can keep the ball rolling â€“ my goal is to win every tournament I play in. Iâ€™m not making too many mistakes and if I do, I try to handle them well and not make huge numbers.â€ť
Caney Hines of San Antonio finished in second place with a tournament total of 228, and Tamara Campbell of Lawton, Okla., placed third with a tournament total of 232.
In the Boys Division, Hedge, who led by six strokes entering Thursdayâ€™s final round with a two-day total of 10-under-par 134, never relinquished the lead, shooting a steady even-par 36 on the front nine and carding a 1-over-par 37 on the back side.
â€śI never really felt pressure out there or heat from the groups ahead of me,â€ť Hedge said. â€śI still played really aggressive but never felt like it was closing up.â€ť
The win was Hedgeâ€™s best finish in an AJGA event since placing 12th at the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship in June.
â€śThis was a very surprising victory. But the way Iâ€™ve been hitting it, Iâ€™m not surprised at how I scored,â€ť Hedge said. â€śThe first two days I played two of the better rounds Iâ€™ve ever played â€“ I felt like I was rolling, the putter was really working, and it was just a lot of fun.â€ť
Robby Ormand of Austin, Texas, shot a 2-under-par 70 to finish second with a tournament total of 5-under-par 211. Tying for third place were K.T. Livingston of Midland, Texas, and Geoff Howard of San Antonio, each carding tournament totals of even-par 216. Nick Olivarri of San Antonio came in fifth place with a tournament total of 217.
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development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.