NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT QUAD CITIES
Glynns Creek Golf Course
Long Grove, Iowa
June 7-10, 2004
HOFFMANN WINS FIRST AJGA TITLE AT NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT QUAD CITIES
Do wins girls division by a commanding 10 shots
LONG GROVE, Iowa – In just his third American Junior Golf Association tournament, Morgan Hoffmann from Wyckoff, N.J., fought through steady wind and rain to fire a final round 73 and win the boys division of the Nike Golf Junior at Quad Cities by two shots.
Hoffmann’s total of 5-under-par 211 was enough to hold off Minghao Wang of Bradenton, Fla., who shot a final round-low 70 to pull within two strokes. The duo was tied briefly on the back nine, but Wang bogeyed No. 17 and two groups later, Hoffmann put a pitching wedge from 115 yards to within two inches for a tap-in birdie. A par on No. 18 gave him the win.
In the girls division, Brianna Do from Lakewood, Calif., shot a final round 73 to finish at 3-under-par 213, giving the 14-year-old her first AJGA title.
The Nike Golf Junior at Quad Cities is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Glynns Creek Golf Course. The tournament features 84 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-15, from 24 states and Canada.
“This is my first AJGA win, and it’s the greatest win I’ve ever had,” Hoffmann said. “It’s the best I’ve ever played.”
Hoffmann held a one-stroke lead over Jace Long of Dixon, Mo., but birdies at No. 2 and No. 7 left him 2-under-par at the turn. Four bogeys to start the back nine, however, brought the leaders back within striking distance.
“I had a great front nine and managed the course really well,” Hoffmann said.
Hoffmann had never broken 80 in five previous AJGA rounds, but after working on his game last summer he cut his handicap from a 12 to scratch. Now, the 14-year-old has his sights set on even loftier goals – and this win represents the first step toward achieving them.
“I’m just going to keep plugging along until college and try to go pro,” he said. “That’s my goal. I admire the pros – their swings are just beautiful to watch.”
Brett Spencer from Plano, Texas, finished three strokes back in third at 216. Ty Spinella from Benbrook, Texas, Michael Garden from St. Albans, Mo., and Kent Bulle from Glasgow, Ky., joined Long in a tie for fourth at 217.
Do, who didn’t want to come to the tournament because she would miss her eighth grade graduation, could only smile upon leaving the eighteenth green and realizing she won.
“It was pretty rough out there – really cold, rainy and windy,” she said. “All I was concentrating on was making pars.”
Do held an eight-shot lead entering the final round, and ended up winning by 10. Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., shot a final round 71 to finish second. Mindy Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Tia Gannon of Hilton Head, S.C., finished in a tie for third.
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 AJGA has a 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 USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural 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 Nike Golf Junior at Quad Cities, contact the AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.