JUSTIN LEONARD/DELOITTE & TOUCHE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Northwood Club
Dallas, Texas
June 18-21, 2001

ABEL AND WHEELER CLAIM FIRST AJGA TITLE AT JUSTIN LEONARD
DELOITTE & TOUCHE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Code sisters lead wire-to-wire to claim Girls Division title

DALLAS - Texans Derek Abel of Allen and Chris Wheeler of Plano made themselves right at home in Dallas, finishing the tournament at +23 after a final round +11 to come away with a one-point victory at the AJGA Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship. In the Girls Division, Tampa, Fla., natives Whitney and Mallory Code led wire-to-wire on their way to a four-point victory. The tournament's final round was marred by two rain delays.

The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Northwood Club, featured 88 players representing 16 states and Mexico, including 12 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. PGA Tour star Justin Leonard, a five-time AJGA All-American (1986-90) during his junior career, serves as honorary tournament chairman of the event. A Team Modified Stableford Scoring system replaced the traditional scoring format for the tournament, with points awarded as follows: double-eagle +8, eagle +5, birdie +2, par 0, bogey -1, and double-bogey or worse -3.

Wheeler carded six birdies on his round to lead the charge, including a heroic birdie on No. 18. Abel recovered from a double-bogey on No. 16 with pars on 17 and 18 to help secure victory. The duo held off Jeff Bell and Matthew Rosenfeld, both of Plano, Texas, who finished second at +22.

"I was nervous after the second delay," Wheeler said. "We knew we had a pretty big lead, but we were able to hold on and it feels good."

After birdies on Nos. 2 and 8, Wheeler started off the back with a birdie on the 377-yard, par-4 10th hole. Then after nearly driving the green on the 361-yard, par-4 13th hole, the Tulane signee hit the flagstick with his chip and tapped in for birdie. Another birdie on No. 14 put the duo in position to claim the title, but not before some great short-game work on the 18th green. Wheeler put his 3-wood off the tee to the left of the cart path and hit a punch 4-iron on the front-left fringe from 180-yards out and drained a 45-footer for his sixth birdie of the day.

Bell drained a 20-footer on No. 18 for birdie, while Rosenfeld added a 15-foot birdie putt to add to the drama, but the duo fell a point short of the title.

"We wanted this one bad," Bell said. "We did everything we could and we just came up short. We were both hitting the ball well, we just couldn't get any putts to fall. It was very frustrating."

T.J Blanford, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Ben Hayes of Scottsdale, Ariz., took third with a +10 after shooting a -1 in the final round.

The Code sisters overcame a rocky back nine and held off hard-charging Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas, and Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, to claim a four-point victory in the Girls Division. Lang and Knoll used a trio of birdies on the back to cut into the deficit, but the Codes were able to avoid the big mistake and not give the Texas duo an opening.

"We knew we'd have a chance if we played consistent and didn't make any big mistakes," Whitney said. "We're excited to win the title."

The pair of Polo Golf Junior All-Americans combined to shoot 0 for the day, with Whitney carding a +1 and Mallory a -1, to finish the tournament at -3. Whitney started the back nine with four consecutive bogeys, but recovered and finished her round with five pars as Mallory was able to par five of the last six holes to clinch the victory.

"This might be our last team event with Whitney going off to college," said Mallory of her sister who is headed to the University of Florida. "I really wanted this one and I'm happy we were able to win."

Guadalajara, Mexico, natives Alejanda Diaz and Devan Anderson combined for a +5 on the day to jump into third place with a total of -18 for the tournament.

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DALLAS - Final results from the JUSTIN LEONARD/DELOITTE & TOUCHE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Northwood Club. Par: 36-35--71. Yardage: Boys: 6,724 Girls: 5,791; Team modified Stableford System scoring as follows: double-eagle +8, eagle +5, birdie +2, par 0, bogey -1, double-bogey or worse -3.

BOYS DIVISION

Pos.
Player 1 Player 2
1

+23 Derek Abel (2001) Plano, Texas
(0*+7*+1)

Chris Wheeler (2001) Allen, Texas
(0*+5*+10)

2

+22 Matthew Rosenfeld (2002) Plano, Texas
(+2*+5*+5)

Jeff Bell (2002) Plano, Texas
(-1*+8*+3)

3

+10 T.J. Blanford (2001) Paradise Valley, Ariz.
(-4*+11*-8)

Ben Hayes (2001) Scottsdale, Ariz.
(+11*-7*+7)

4

+8 Randy Lowry (2005) Spring, Texas
(+5*-1*-3)

Shane Sigsbee (2003) McKinney, Texas
(+5*-1*+3)

5

+5 Ryan Moore (2001) Puyallup, Wash.
(+6*-2*0)

Michael Putnam (2001) Tacoma, Wash.
(+4*-2*-1)

T6

+4 Tyler Leon (2003) Dallas, Texas
(+2*+4*-5)

Jack Skirkanich (2001) Rumson, N.J.
(+1*+2*0)

+4 Trent Leon (2005) Dallas, Texas
(-3*+4*-12)

Drew Pigg (2002) Plano, Texas
(+2*+9*+4)

8

+3 Seiji Hirai (2003) Hagerstown, Md.
(0*+2*+5)

Bradford Tilley (2002) Chappaqua, N.Y.
(+4*-6*-2)

9

+2 Anthony Kim (2003) La Quinta, Calif.
(+5*+3*+7)

Chad Wilcox (2003) Peoria, Ariz.
(+2*-2*-13)

10

-1 Troy Denton (2001) Dallas, Texas
(0*0*+5)

Mark Sullivan (2001) Plano, Texas
(-6*+1*-1)

11

-3 Nico Bollini (2001) Yorba Linda, Calif.
(-2*0*+2)

Bradley Shaw (2001) Pacific Palisades, Calif.
(-1*-1*-1)

T12

-4 Andres Gonzales (2001) Olympia, Wash.
(-3*-4*+4)

Matt Brooks (2001) Mesa, Ariz.
(-2*+1*0)

  

-4 Will Armstrong (2002) Austin, Texas
(0*+3*0)

Andrew Dresser (2002) Carrollton, Texas
(+2*-3*-6)

14

-5 Ross Freeman (2002) Garland, Texas
(-11*-2*-4)

Chris Elliot (2002) Plano, Texas
(+4*+9*-1)

T15

-6 Jake Lambert (2003) Jackson, Miss.
(-3*-4*+2)

Roberto Castro (2003) Alpharetta, Ga.
(+1*+1*-3)

  

-6^ Evan O'Donnell (2002) Palestine, Texas
(+3*-5*-5)

Craig Trahan (2001) New Orleans, La.
(-3*+4*+2)

17

-7 Michael Douthit (2003) Palestine, Texas
(-4*0*+2)

Jeremy Frye (2003) Palestine, Texas
(-5*-2*+2)

18

-8 Will Dodson (2002) Tulsa, Okla.
(-4*-1*0)

Drew Hackler (2001) Tulsa, Okla.
(-8*+3*+2)

19

-9 Robert Stone (2002) Dallas, Texas
(+1*-1*0)

Chase Thomas (2002) Dallas, Texas
(-3*-2*-4)

20

-11 Nathan Smith (2002) Soquel, Calif.
(-6*-1*-2)

Kyle Gentry (2002) Carmel, Calif.
(-4*+6*-4)

21

-13^ Thomas Jordan (2002) Sea Island, Ga.
(-15*+11*-8)

Pat Patterson (2003) Sea Island, Ga.
(-1*+4*-2)

T22

-14 Ryan Blaum (2002) Coral Gables, Fla.
(-4*-3*-7)

Frank Buttacavoli (2001) Miami Beach, Fla.
(-7*+2*+5)

  

-14 Tyler Symons (2001) Albuquerque, N.M.
(-4*-5*-5)

Brian Thornburg (2001) Albuquerque, N.M.
(-1*+1*0)

24

-15 Ryan Henry (2003) Broken Arrow, Okla.
(+1*-9*+3)

Josh Wilburn (2003) Tulsa, Okla.
(-8*+2*-4)

25

-18 Kyle Nathan (2002) Winnetka, Ill.
(-3*-4*-7)

Andrew Vitt (2001) Kenilworth, Ill.
(+1*+4*-9)

26

-22 Leo Corrigan (2002) Dallas, Texas
(-6*+2*-4)

Ryan Posey (2002) Dallas, Texas
(-5*-7*-1)

T27

-32 Dwight Rogers (2001) Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
(-10*-4*-4)

Alex Wilson (2002) Miami, Fla.
(-10*-3*0)

  

-32 Ashdon Woods (2001) Lander, Wyo.
(-3*-3*0)

Chris Manning (2002) Cody, Wyo.
(-8*-6*-12)

29

-34 Jonathan Lenz (2002) San Antonio, Texas
(-8*-5*-5)

Jason Louth (2002) Victoria, Texas
(-5*-5*-6)

30

-36 Ryan Baca (2001) Richmond, Texas
(-3*-2*+3)

Jordan Hasbrouck (2001) Spring, Texas
(-9*-14*-11)

31

-39 Russell Helson (2003) Georgetown, Texas
(-12*-4*-3)

Jeff Neimeyer (2002) Georgetown, Texas
(-14*-4*-2)

32

-46 Scott Barton (2006) Dallas, Texas
(-11*-9*-10)

Jeffrey Edelman (2006) Southlake, Texas
(-2*-6*-8)

33

-56 Matthew Espinosa (2002) Irving, Texas
(-7*-12*-3)

Gene Hardin (2004) Dallas, Texas
(-11*-12*-11)

34

-58 Rory Smith (2002) Big Sandy, Texas
(-12*-7*-7)

Rafferty Smith (2004) Big Sandy, Texas
(-8*-9*-15)

GIRLS DIVISION

Pos.
Player 1 Player 2
1

-3 Mallory Code (2003) Tampa, Fla.
(-4*0*-1)

Whitney Code (2001) Tampa, Fla.
(+1*0*+1)

2

-7 Ashley Knoll (2003) The Woodlands, Texas
(-3*-4*+1)

Brittany Lang (2003) McKinney, Texas
(-7*+4*+2)

3

-18 Devan Anderson (2002) Guadalajara, Mexico
(-6*-2*-2)

Alejandra Diaz (2004) Guadalajara, Mexico
(-11*-4*+7)

4

-22 Paula Creamer (2005) Pleasanton, Calif.
(+2*-3*-2)

Taylor Leon (2005) Dallas, Texas
(-6*-11*-2)

5

-40 Stephanie Lue (2002) Houston, Texas
(-5*-2*-6)

Nicole Melton (2001) San Antonio, Texas
(-11*-9*-7)

6

-49 Gena Johnson (2001) Hot Springs, Ark.
(-10*-8*-12)

Brooke Shelton (2001) Plano, Texas
(-7*-12*0)

7

-51 Joni Gossett (2001) Germantown, Tenn.
(-15*-5*-14)

Veronica Yatco (2001) Monroe, La.
(-9*-4*-4)

8

-57 Kelley Louth (2004) Victoria, Texas
(-8*-6*-23)

Heather Wright (2004) Houston, Texas
(-15*-2*-3)

9

-95 Holly O'Gorman (2002) Plano, Texas
(-21*-19*-22)

Ashlea Deener (2001) Dallas, Texas
(-10*-13*-10)

10

-138 Brittany Spieth (2002) Montgomery, Texas
(-13*-18*-17)

Lauren Dodge (2003) Montgomery, Texas
(-22*-35*-33)

^ Team received a one point penalty for pace of play violation

 
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