AJGA MARSH KANSAS CITY JUNIOR
Milburn Country Club
Overland Park, Kansas
August 6-9, 2001

OKLAHOMA SHOOTOUT GOES THE DISTANCE
Unger last man standing in 18-hole battle

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Michael Unger of Edmond, Okla., dropped in "the hardest 2-foot par putt" of his life Thursday on No. 18 at the AJGA Marsh Kansas City Junior to secure victory over his fellow Oklahomans Ryan Henry of Broken Arrow and Bryan Vahlberg of Norman. The Girls Division saw Dana Je of Orlando, Fla., card a final-round 75 to take the championship.

The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the par-72 Milburn Country Club, featured 99 players representing 15 states and included 21 Kansas natives.

Unger and Henry began the day at 3-under-par through the first two rounds, one shot in front of Vahlberg. It took the entire 18 holes to claim a victor. With the lead changing hands nearly every hole, a two-putt par on 18 finally made Unger the outright winner.

His 40-foot lag left him a 2-footer for victory, a putt he'll never forget.

"That was the hardest 2-foot par putt of my life," he said. "I was thinking about back-handing it in like at home, like I've done a million times, but I thought I might regret it."

Unger's victory will allow him to have confidence when he's paired with the nation's best, he said. This was Unger's first AJGA victory. His 11th place finish at the AJGA Osso Junior at Oak Tree, his home course, was Unger's best showing prior.

"It feels awesome to win," he said after his 72-69-73--214 showing. "This will get me over the hump to start winning nationally."

Henry and Vahlberg finished tied for second at 215 with Martin Pillar of Duncanville, Texas, joining them by making a hard charge in the final round by carding a 3-under-par 69. Charlie Santaularia of Lawrence, Kan., and Brent Holmes of Glen Carbon, Ill., tied for 5th with 216 tournament totals.

Another first-time winner was Je in the Girls Division. Je was nothing but smiles as she collected her champion's hardware.

This was a goal of hers since coming to the United States from Seoul, South Korea, only one year ago. She's quiet as she strolls around the course, not because she chooses to be, but because the language is so new. As far as she's concerned, learning the English language is just as hard, if not harder, than winning nationally.

"My English is getting better," she said. "My school actually makes it harder for me to practice my golf. It's much easier to play golf."

Je sunk a 10-foot par putt on the 54th and final hole to claim the championship. Not knowing where she stood, that she had to make the putt to win, was a big help, she said.

"It feels great to win," Je said. "The putt felt good and felt like it was going to go in. I was a little nervous."

Jane Lee of Torrance, Calif., finished in 2nd at 225 and Ashley Rollins, of Austin, Texas, the first- and second-round leader, placed 3rd at 227.

For more information on the AJGA Marsh Kansas City Junior or any of our 65 events, please contact our national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Final results from the AJGA MARSH KANSAS CITY JUNIOR conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Milburn Country Club. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,785 Girls: 5,954.


BOYS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

Michael Unger

(2002)

Edmond

Okla.

72

69

73

214

T2

Martin Piller

(2004)

Duncanville

Texas

71

75

69

215

Ryan Henry

(2003)

Broken Arrow

Okla.

66

75

74

215

Bryan Vahlberg

(2002)

Norman

Okla.

69

74

72

215

T5

Charlie Santaularia

(2001)

Lawrence

Kan.

72

76

68

216

 

Brent Holmes

(2002)

Glen Carbon

Ill.

74

72

70

216

7

Barrett Martens

(2002)

Platte City

Mo.

71

73

73

217

T8

Matthew Ellis

(2002)

Ponca City

Okla.

76

74

68

218

 

Scott Gustafson

(2002)

Eden Prairie

Minn.

75

73

70

218

 

Vincent Aicale

(2002)

Orinda

Calif.

75

70

73

218

T11

Steven Rist

(2002)

Jenks

Okla.

72

76

71

219

John Kelly

(2003)

St. Louis

Mo.

76

72

71

219

Andrew Ahlering

(2003)

St. Louis

Mo.

74

72

73

219

T14

Preston Lancaster

(2002)

Dallas

Texas

78

70

72

220

 

Chase Cooper

(2003)

Guymon

Okla.

73

73

74

220

 

Chris Mabry

(2002)

Leawood

Kan.

70

74

76

220

 

Ross Hamann

(2002)

Lakeville

Minn.

73

72

75

220

T18

T.J. Redding

(2002)

Creston

Iowa

74

76

71

221

Phillip Telliard

(2003)

Riverside

Calif.

74

75

72

221

Scott Weber

(2002)

Lake Forest

Ill.

75

72

74

221

21

Adam Betz

(2001)

Manchester

Mo.

77

73

72

222

T22

Taylor Palmer

(2002)

Edmond

Okla.

75

77

71

223

Landon Ewing

(2003)

Montgomery

Texas

74

76

73

223

Conner McNair

(2002)

Fayetteville

Ark.

78

71

74

223

T25

Steve Gray

(2001)

Lee's Summit

Mo.

79

74

71

224

  

Daniel Kush

(2002)

Tustin

Calif.

75

75

74

224

  

Jesse Schulte

(2002)

Hutchinson

Kan.

75

74

75

224

T28

Tyler Symons

(2001)

Albuquerque

N.M.

76

76

73

225

Shane Sigsbee

(2003)

McKinney

Texas

72

78

75

225

Eric Chang

(2002)

Chino Hills

Calif.

75

73

77

225

T31

Tyler Dunn

(2003)

Godfrey

Ill.

75

81

70

226

 

Drew Reynolds

(2002)

Lee's Summit

Mo.

82

73

71

226

 

Monte Hertach

(2001)

Hutchinson

Kan.

75

77

74

226

 

Gary Woodland

(2002)

Berryton

Kan.

76

74

76

226

 

Jeremy Reed

(2003)

Houston

Texas

74

76

76

226

T36

Derek Smith

(2003)

Elk City

Okla.

78

74

75

227

Drew Stoltz

(2002)

Fort Collins

Colo.

76

76

75

227

Judd Cornell

(2002)

Omaha

Neb.

74

75

78

227

T39

Jeff Delaney

(2002)

Bartlesville

Okla.

81

77

70

228

 

Will Hanna

(2002)

The Woodlands

Texas

80

72

76

228

T41

Tim Zande

(2002)

Overland Park

Kan.

76

77

76

229

Spencer Wilson

(2002)

Lawrence

Kan.

77

75

77

229

T43

Michael Park

(2002)

La Crescenta

Calif.

76

78

76

230

 

Parker LaBarge

(2002)

St. Louis

Mo.

73

76

81

230

T45

Chris Myers

(2003)

Southlake

Texas

79

81

71

231

Brett Myers

(2003)

Broken Arrow

Okla.

76

78

77

231

Tyler Docking

(2002)

Overland Park

Kan.

75

79

77

231

Devon Wegner

(2003)

Kearney

Neb.

75

79

77

231

T49

Eric Deutsch

(2002)

Rochester

Minn.

77

83

72

232

 

Ryan Beachler

(2002)

Omaha

Neb.

78

80

74

232

 

Scott Seibert

(2002)

Chesterfield

Mo.

80

75

77

232

 

Joe Colbert

(2002)

Ardmore

Okla.

77

77

78

232

 

Paul Jabour

(2001)

Clive

Iowa

79

74

79

232

T54

Zane Burgess

(2002)

Richland

Mo.

78

80

76

234

Brett Barkelar

(2001)

Schofield

Wis.

77

83

74

234

Jon Deines

(2002)

Beatrice

Neb.

78

78

78

234

T57

Yuta Kajiyama

(2003)

Palm Springs

Calif.

81

79

77

237

 

Robert Rice

(2003)

Wichita

Kan.

79

81

77

237

T59

Brad Gershon

(2004)

Overland Park

Kan.

82

80

76

238

Dean Merrill

(2004)

Kansas City

Mo.

81

77

80

238

61

Cole Chmielewski

(2003)

Shawnee

Kan.

81

78

80

239

T62

Andrew Nieland

(2003)

Edina

Minn.

87

79

74

240

Nathaniel Spencer

(2004)

Lawrence

Kan.

80

82

78

240

T64

Brandon Graspointner

(2002)

Turlock

Calif.

81

82

78

241

 

Matt Warnock

(2002)

Liberty

Mo.

84

77

80

241

 

Justin Setser

(2002)

Eldon

Mo.

80

77

84

241

T67

John Newcomer

(2003)

Topeka

Kan.

80

84

78

242

Alexander Downing

(2002)

Lee's Summit

Mo.

78

85

79

242

69

Kyle Hattock

(2003)

Raymore

Mo.

88

79

76

243

70

Michael Robben

(2003)

Overland Park

Kan.

82

84

79

245

71

Mike Lueders

(2001)

St. Louis

Mo.

81

83

82

246

T72

Jay Burkhardt

(2002)

Tulsa

Okla.

87

84

77

248

Scott Bennett

(2003)

Pueblo West

Colo.

84

82

82

248

Jay Kerrigan

(2002)

Oklahoma City

Okla.

82

82

84

248

75

Cliff Ward

(2002)

Troy

Ill.

84

80

86

250

76

Blake Olney

(2002)

Wichita

Kan.

89

79

83

251

77

Craig Fisher

(2003)

Overland Park

Kan.

83

83

87

253

78

Dodge Kemmer

(2005)

Wichita

Kan.

86

89

84

259

Ryan Davis

(2002)

Overland Park

Kan.

79

WD

Hiroaki Hirai

(2002)

Ibaraki

Japan

WD

GIRLS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

Dana Je

(2003)

Orlando

Fla.

77

72

75

224

2

Jane Lee

(2004)

Torrance

Calif.

78

75

72

225

3

Ashley Rollins

(2003)

Austin

Texas

74

75

78

227

T4

Jessica Lovell

(2002)

Birmingham

Ala.

80

78

73

231

Stephanie Ruiz

(2001)

Edmond

Okla.

76

75

80

231

Courtney Jones

(2002)

Lake Quivira

Kan.

76

77

78

231

Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana

(2003)

Long Beach

Calif.

75

76

80

231

T8

Mary Ellen Jacobs

(2003)

Godfrey

Ill.

81

80

76

237

 

Courtney Mahon

(2002)

Topeka

Kan.

80

82

75

237

10

Emily Hoeper

(2003)

Kansas City

Mo.

86

87

75

248

11

Lauren Phlegar

(2001)

Lawrence

Kan.

88

81

80

249

12

Lindsey Letzig

(2002)

Richmond

Mo.

84

85

82

251

T13

Ashley Kelley

(2002)

Edmond

Okla.

84

82

86

252

 

Lauren Dodge

(2003)

Montgomery

Texas

84

85

83

252

15

Annie Giangrosso

(2004)

Prairie Village

Kan.

94

78

82

254

16

Jennifer Pokrzywinski

(2002)

Lakeville

Minn.

84

87

84

255

17

Whitney Stromgren

(2002)

Topeka

Kan.

84

86

86

256

Kelli Strubinger

(2002)

Weldon Spring

Mo.

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