LOCKTON KANSAS CITY JUNIOR
Milburn Golf & Country Club
Overland Park, Kansas
August 9 -12, 2004
POTTS FINISHES AT 4-UNDER AND WINS FIRST AJGA TOURNAMENT
Yocum improves by two strokes and picks up second AJGA win
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— The par-4 18th hole was lucky for Brent Potts and Shannon Yocum, who both made birdie and picked up trophies for their wins in their respective divisions at the Lockton Kansas City Junior. Making pars and staying out of trouble was key for Potts, who snuck out from third to win his first AJGA tournament. In the final round, he shot a 1-under-par 71 and finished at 4-under for the tournament. Shannon Yocum fired a 2-under-par 70 and claimed her second AJGA victory this summer with a tournament total of 3-over-par 219.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lockton Kansas City Junior was a 54-hole stroke play event that featured 101 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 24 states and China, including 11 Kansas natives. The event was held at Milburn Golf & Country Club.
In his third AJGA tournament this summer, Potts, 17, of Broken Arrow, Okla., carded five birdies on Nos. 7, 9, 15, 17 and 18. He said he remained calm throughout the round and didn’t pay attention to the scores of the people he played with.
“I was really nervous off the first tee,” Potts said. “But after that I was fine. I was just trying to two-putt and keep my ball straight.”
A 20-footer for birdie on No. 18 sealed his first AJGA victory as he entered the scoring tent with a smile.
“I haven’t played in many tournaments this summer,” he said. “It feels really good to win one.”
Jeffrey Chen of Walnut, Calif., finished in second place with an even-par 216. In third place is Jace Long of Dixon, Mo., with a 1-over-par 217. In fourth place with a 2-over-par 218 is Jeffrey Dennis of Parkland, Fla. In a three-way tie for fifth place is Dodge Kemmer of Wichita, Kan., Nick Geyer of Agoura Hills, Calif., and Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China, with tournament totals of 4-over-par 220.
Comeback queen Yocum, 17, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., shot a 5-over-par 77 the first day and improved by five strokes the second day with an even-par 72. Shooting even lower in Thursday’s final round, Yocum carded six birdies to end with a 2-under-par 70.
“The course played to my liking,” Yocum said. “The greens were tough, but I finally got the hang of it. Getting familiar with them helped my game.”
Two highlights of Yocum’s final round came on Nos. 10 and 18. Yocum chipped in on No. 10 for birdie, which put her at even for the day.
“When I walked up to chip, I just knew what spin to put on the ball. I knew how to approach it,” she said. “That’s a great feeling to have for any shot.”
Yocum made a 35-footer for birdie on No. 18, which set her at five strokes ahead of Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., who finished in second place with an 8-over-par 224. In third place is Lucy Nunn of Lawton, Okla., with an 11-over-par 227.
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 largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a 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 U.S.A., a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an 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, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
For more information on the Lockton Kansas City Junior, contact Tournament Headquarters at (678) 617 - 2424.