AJGA ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
The Westin Innisbrook Resort
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
July 9-13, 2001

SIMPSON, FERRERO ADD THEIR NAMES TO PRESTIGIOUS ROLEX WINNERS' LIST

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - Webb Simpson and Lisa Ferrero inked their names onto one of junior golf's most storied winners' lists Friday with wins at the 24th annual Rolex Tournament of Champions. Simpson fired the low round of the day on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course, a 3-under 68, to edge Kevin Na by one stroke. In the Girls Division, Ferrero posted an even-par 71 to record a four-shot win in her final AJGA event.

The 72-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Assocation at The Westin Innisbrook Resort, featured 170 players from 33 states and five foreign countries before a 36-hole cut reduced the field to 83 players for the third and fourth rounds. Previous champions include Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Leta Lindley and Grace Park. Innisbrook last played host to the event in 1995, when current professionals Ryuji Imada and Beth Bauer finished atop the leaderboard.

Simpson's low round score of 68 earned him his first AJGA victory. The Raleigh, N.C., native opened his round with birdies on the first two holes and added another birdie on the par-3 eighth hole to make the turn at 2-under 34. The 15-year-old then went on to birdie two of the first three holes on the back nine and converted a critical up-and-down on the 18th hole to earn the win.

"I was about 35-feet short and to the right," recalls Simpson on the tournament winning par save on the 72nd hole of the tournament. "I chipped it up to about four feet and made the putt.

"I only had one goal this week, and that was to put myself in position to have a chance to win today. It turned out to be the right goal, and it feels great to win here."

Na, of Diamond Bar, Calif., recorded a final-round 73 to earn sole possession of second place. The 17-year-old added another outstanding finish to his brilliant junior career. The first-team Polo Golf Junior All-American has already earned two national titles in the 2001 season.

Second-round co-leader Casey Wittenberg of Memphis, Tenn., posted a 1-over 72 Friday and earned third place. Wittenberg, who is currently the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index, was looking to win his second "major" of the 2001 season. He captured the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic back in November.

Reigning Polo Golf Boys Junior Player of the Year Matthew Rosenfeld of Plano, Texas, took fourth place while Ben Goforth of Shelby, N.C., rounded out the top five.

In the Girls Division, the University of Texas-bound Ferrero recorded an even-par 71 to cruise to the four-shot win. She stood at 3-under on her round through the first five holes and never looked back. The win is the second "major" win in her junior career; last August she won the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.

"Except for Canon Cup, this will be my last AJGA event so it feels great to win," said Ferrero, who graduated from Lodi High School in Lodi, Calif., last month. "The key this week was definitely my iron play. I stuck a lot of shots and gave myself great birdie chances throughout the week."

Carding the low round of the day in the Girls Division was Jackie Beers of Midlothian, Va., with a 68. After opening with a 76, Beers recorded rounds of 73-72-68 the rest of the way to catapult into second place.

Second-round leader Erica Blasberg of Corona, Calif., posted her second straight 75 to earn third-place honors. Three players tied for fourth place, including defending champion and local favorite Mallory Code. Code, of Tampa, joined Whitney Wade of Glasgow, Ky., and Nicole Melton of San Antonio, Texas, in a share of fourth place.

The 2002 Rolex Tournament of Champions, the 25th annual event, will be held the second week of July at The Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information, please contact AJGA Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. -- Final results from the AJGA ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Westin Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead Course. Players each played one round at the Island Course. Par 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,881; Girls: 5,942. Copperhead Course: Par: 36-35--71. Yardage: Boys: 7,084 Girls: 6,042.

BOYS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Rd4

Total

1

Webb Simpson

(2004)

Raleigh

N.C.

72

67

74

68

281

2

Kevin Na

(2002)

Diamond Bar

Calif.

69

68

72

73

282

3

Casey Wittenberg

(2004)

Memphis

Tenn.

71

66

74

72

283

4

Matthew Rosenfeld

(2002)

Plano

Texas

71

74

72

71

288

5

Ben Goforth

(2003)

Shelby

N.C.

67

75

71

76

289

T6

Craig Trahan

(2001)

Marrero

La.

73

74

70

73

290

Anthony Kim

(2003)

La Quinta

Calif.

73

72

72

73

290

Kevin Kisner

(2002)

Aiken

S.C.

70

74

71

75

290

T9

Ryan Cochran

(2002)

Paducah

Ky.

74

70

75

72

291

 

Henry Liaw

(2003)

Rowland Heights

Calif.

69

74

75

73

291

 

Roberto Castro

(2003)

Alpharetta

Ga.

72

74

72

73

291

 

Taylor Wood

(2002)

Laguna Niguel

Calif.

71

75

71

74

291

13

Brendon Todd

(2003)

Cary

N.C.

69

74

78

71

292

T14

Charlie Santaularia

(2001)

Lawrence

Kan.

72

73

75

73

293

 

Jeff Bell

(2002)

Plano

Texas

69

72

77

75

293

T16

Ryan Sypniewski

(2003)

Radford

Va.

74

71

76

73

294

Stuart Moore

(2001)

Gainesville

Ga.

74

72

73

75

294

Ryan Baca

(2001)

Richmond

Texas

71

72

73

78

294

T19

Alex Wilson

(2002)

Coral Gables

Fla.

75

73

72

75

295

 

Colby Beckstrom

(2002)

North Muskegon

Mich.

73

72

74

76

295

T21

Jeremy Alcorn

(2003)

Brownwood

Texas

75

71

76

74

296

Jeff Overton

(2001)

Evansville

Ind.

69

72

77

78

296

T23

Chad Wilcox

(2003)

Peoria

Ariz.

75

72

75

75

297

 

Matt Brooks

(2001)

Mesa

Ariz.

71

73

77

76

297

 

Nathan Lashley

(2001)

Scottsbluff

Neb.

76

72

72

77

297

 

Kevin Silva

(2002)

New Bedford

Mass.

75

70

75

77

297

 

Benjamin Spitz

(2002)

Norwell

Mass.

72

72

75

78

297

 

Butler Melnyk

(2001)

Jacksonville

Fla.

77

69

73

78

297

T29

Zack Robinson

(2001)

Fort Worth

Texas

74

72

76

76

298

Jesse Mueller

(2001)

Mesa

Ariz.

74

71

80

73

298

Jay Choi

(2002)

Buena Park

Calif.

74

73

77

74

298

Matt Every

(2002)

Daytona Beach

Fla.

73

75

77

73

298

Troy Denton

(2001)

Dallas

Texas

71

76

72

79

298

Jonathan Moore

(2004)

Portland

Ore.

77

70

71

80

298

T35

Kyle Metzler

(2002)

Rancho Murieta

Calif.

77

70

74

78

299

 

Derek Abel

(2001)

Plano

Texas

73

75

72

79

299

 

Ryan Keeney

(2002)

Redmond

Wash.

73

74

73

79

299

 

Kevin Larsen

(2003)

Santa Barbara

Calif.

75

73

77

74

299

T39

Garrett Chaussard

(2001)

Millbrae

Calif.

74

73

76

78

301

Jason Louth

(2002)

Victoria

Texas

74

74

77

76

301

T41

Drew Pigg

(2002)

Plano

Texas

74

69

80

79

302

 

Randy Lowry

(2005)

Spring

Texas

74

74

75

79

302

 

Joel Gibbons

(2001)

Ocala

Fla.

72

75

77

78

302

44

Brett Carter

(2002)

Phoenix

Ariz.

71

74

83

76

304

45

John Poucher

(2001)

Santa Barbara

Calif.

72

76

81

76

305

46

Matt Kern

(2001)

Castro Valley

Calif.

72

76

81

77

306

47

Tatsuya Sato

(2003)

Chiba

Japan

76

70

86

77

309

GIRLS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Rd4

Total

1

Lisa Ferrero

(2001)

Lodi

Calif.

74

68

72

71

285

2

Jackie Beers

(2002)

Midlothian

Va.

76

73

72

68

289

3

Erica Blasberg

(2002)

Corona

Calif.

67

74

75

75

291

T4

Whitney Wade

(2003)

Glasgow

Ky.

72

70

79

71

292

Nicole Melton

(2001)

San Antonio

Texas

71

71

77

73

292

Mallory Code

(2003)

Tampa

Fla.

72

72

72

76

292

7

Elizabeth Janangelo

(2002)

West Hartford

Conn.

72

72

74

75

293

8

Cindy Shin

(2003)

Coppell

Texas

75

72

72

75

294

9

Ashley Hoagland

(2001)

Palmetto

Fla.

78

72

73

73

296

T10

Jane Lee

(2004)

Palm Desert

Calif.

71

76

75

75

297

Lani Elston

(2001)

Spokane

Wash.

73

73

75

76

297

Paula Creamer

(2005)

Pleasanton

Calif.

73

74

76

74

297

Stella Lee

(2001)

Irvine

Calif.

74

72

72

79

297

T14

Brittany Lincicome

(2004)

Pinellas Park

Fla.

76

74

73

75

298

  

Anna Grzebien

(2003)

Narragansett

R.I.

75

76

74

73

298

  

Brittany Lang

(2003)

McKinney

Texas

76

76

76

70

298

T17

May Wood

(2002)

Signal Mountain

Tenn.

74

77

69

79

299

Aimee Cho

(2002)

Orlando

Fla.

74

74

77

74

299

T19

Allison Martin

(2003)

Bakersfield

Calif.

73

73

78

77

301

  

Jane Park

(2005)

La Crescenta

Calif.

74

78

78

71

301

21

Maria Eugenia Martinez

(2001)

Zulia

Venezuela

76

76

75

75

302

22

Whitney Welch

(2002)

Las Vegas

Nev.

74

75

77

77

303

23

Whitney Code

(2001)

Tampa

Fla.

77

76

74

77

304

24

Dayna Burleigh

(2002)

Horsham

Pa.

76

77

78

74

305

T25

Seiko Onoue

(2002)

La Habra

Calif.

74

77

77

78

306

Julieta Granada

(2005)

Bradenton

Fla.

73

77

79

77

306

Eom Ji Park

(2003)

Vancouver

British Columbia

78

75

78

75

306

28

Darby Sligh

(2001)

North Augusta

S.C.

79

73

79

76

307

29

Erica Battle

(2002)

Columbia

S.C.

78

74

75

81

308

T30

Lisa Tyler

(2002)

Lighthouse Point

Fla.

76

73

80

80

309

  

Alejandra Diaz

(2003)

Mexico City

Mexico

73

78

80

78

309

  

Candy Herrera

(2002)

Apple Valley

Calif.

78

75

79

77

309

T33

Perry Swenson

(2001)

Charlotte

N.C.

71

77

77

85

310

Yunny Cho

(2001)

Bradenton

Fla.

76

76

79

79

310

35

Mary Ellen Grzebien

(2001)

Narragansett

R.I.

79

69

79

84

311

Dana Je

(2003)

Orlando

Fla.

79

73

78

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