McDONALDâ€™S BETSY RAWLS GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
White Manor Country Club
July 26-29, 2004
BLUMENHERST WINS FIRST AJGA MAJOR BY ONE STROKE
Granada places second after rally falls short
MALVERN, Pa. â€“ Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., fended off a late charge by Julieta Granada of AsunciĂłn, Paraguay, Thursday to win by one stroke her third AJGA title in the 2004 season and first AJGA major at the McDonaldâ€™s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke-play invitational event was held at the newly renovated White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa., home of the LPGAâ€™s McDonaldâ€™s Classic from 1981-1986. The event featured 83 girls from 24 states, Canada and Paraguay who were invited based on past top national junior golf tournament finishes.
The tournament, one of two girls-only AJGA majors, brings 21 Rolex Junior All-Americans to the Philadelphia area, including Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., Julieta Granada of AsunciĂłn, Paraguay, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., and Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J.
Following frustrating first and second rounds, Blumenherst (73-71-70â€”214), was happy with the way she played during the final round. She had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 and then another birdie on No. 9 where she sunk an eight-foot putt.
â€śI hit the ball very well today,â€ť said the 17-year-old. â€śI was anxious to get out and play because Iâ€™ve never won a Major championship.â€ť
The first-team Rolex Junior All-American had already captured a pair of titles in the 2004 season, including a 10-stroke victory at the AJGA Southwestern Junior and another win at the PING Indianapolis Junior.
Runner-up Granada (71-73-71â€”215) birdied No. 15 after struggling with two bogeys during her round. The Rolex Junior All-American came on strong with another birdie on No. 17 to put herself only one stroke behind Blumenherst.
â€śI wanted to put pressure on Blumenherst,â€ť said Granada. â€śBut she made a great par putt on No. 18 to take the title."
The 17-year-old Granada won the AJGAâ€™s only other all-girls event, shooting a 15-under-par 201 at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
In third, at 4-over-par 217 was Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., who was tied for third going into the final round.
Tied for fourth was Nannette Hill of Pelham Manor, N.Y. (75-71-73â€”219), and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. (74-72-73â€”219).
Other top finishers included Tiffany Joh of San Diego (76-72-73â€”221), and Tiffany Chudy of Miramar, Fla. (75-69-77â€”221), who tied for sixth. Angela Park of Torrance, Calif. (76-72-74â€”222) and Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif. (75-71-77â€”222) tied for eighth.
Rounding out the top-10 finishers was Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J. (77-74-72â€”223).
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 AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™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 about the McDonaldâ€™s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship or any of the AJGAâ€™s events, contact AJGA national Headquarters at (877) 373-2542.