NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT JACKSONVILLE
Paradise Point Golf Course – Gold Course
Jacksonville, North Carolina
June 14-17, 2004
AN SHATTERS TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORD IN JACKSONVILLE
Adyorough strides past the field to capture Girls crown
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Jake An of Chantilly, Va., fired a scorching 67 in the final round of the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville to claim the Boys Division crown by one stroke. An’s tournament total of 207 was five shots lower than the previous tournament scoring record, set by Kevin O’Connell at four-under par in 2003. Jennifer Adyorough of Atlanta, captured the Girls Division championship with a 54-hole sum of 214, 2-under-par for the championship.
The third-annual Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville was a 54-hole stroke-play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Paradise Point Golf Course. The tournament included 84 boy and girl junior golfers from 21 states.
The Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15. The competition provides an opportunity for younger AJGA members to develop their skills and earn entry into open tournaments.
An, 14, entered the final round tied for third, trailing the leader by one stroke. After a front nine of even-par 36 made him three strokes down at the turn, An caught fire. Following birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, An knocked his approach shot to 10 feet from the flagstick and drained the remaining putt.
“I hit a great approach shot out of the rough on No. 10 and made a good putt for birdie,” An said. “After I sank the ten foot putt on No. 12, I knew this was my big chance to win.”
An added two more birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 to jump to 9-under-par and take the tournament lead, which he would not relinquish.
“Starting the day I was only one shot back, so I knew I had a opportunity to win,” An said. “I have a lot of confidence after winning this tournament against a great field and I feel I can compete with anyone.”
Trailing An was second-round co-leader Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas, who posted a final-round 3-under-par 69 to finish one stroke back at 208. Joseph Barr of Versailles, Ky., and Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., matched three day totals of 210 to finish in a tie for third. Rounding out the top five was Benjamin Murray from La Quinta, Calif., who shared a piece of the second-round lead, at 211, 5-under-par.
In the Girls Division, Adyorough, 15, tied two Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville scoring records. Her final round 68 tied the lowest round recorded and her three day total of 214, 2-under-par, tied the Girls Division record for low 54-holes. Adyorough carded five birdies on Thursday, including a chip-in from the back of the green on hole No. 18 to finish her tournament, and only one bogey.
Adyorough showed no signs of feeling pressure, as she birdied her first hole of the day. “My tee-shot off of No. 1 was poor, but I was able to recover and make a birdie,” Adyorough explained. “After my birdie on hole No. 13, I felt I needed to play even-par golf the rest of the way in and I would win.”
After a front side 1-under-par 35, Adyorough distanced herself from the field, firing a bogey-free back nine of 33, including birdies on Nos. 10, 13 and the birdie chip-in on No. 18. “That birdie chip on the 18th hole was really cool and was a great way to finish my round.”
“Coming in, Cydney (Clanton) and Shannon (Fish) were playing well, so I knew I had to play well to win,” Adyorough said. “This is my first big win, and it will give me a lot more confidence to know that I can play with these great girls out here.”
Second-round co-leader Cydney Clanton of Concord, N.C., recorded a final-round 74 to finish in second-place with a tournament total of 220. Shannon Fish of Spring, Texas who also came into the final round with a share of the lead, carded a round of 5-over-par 77, and Amber Littman of Stoney Creek, N.C., who posted a 73.
The top six Boys Division finishers and top three placers in the Girls Division will receive invitations to the end of the year Nike Golf Junior Championship at Langdon Farms in Aurora, Ore.
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.
For more information on the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville or the AJGA, please call National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200 or visit ajga.org.