AJGA BUICK JUNIOR OPEN
Boyne Highlands Resort, Moor Course
Harbor Springs, Mich.
August 20-23, 2001

RIM RISES FROM SEVEN-STROKES DOWN TO CLAIM AJGA BUICK JUNIOR OPEN
Creamer grabs fourth national title of the year in the Girls Division

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. - Mike Rim of Lakewood, Calif., outlasted Colby Beckstrom of North Muskegon, Mich., through a one-hole sudden-death playoff to claim the 17th annual AJGA Buick Junior Open. Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., held off Lisa Tyler of Lighthouse Point, Fla., for a two-stroke victory in the Girls Division.

The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Boyne Highlands Resort, par-72 Moor Course, featured 99 players from 19 states and included 33 Michigan natives. Past winners include Phil Mickelson and Mt. Pleasant, Mich., native Kelly Robbins.

Rim fired a low-tournament round of 6-under-par 66 to jump atop the leaderboard. The 17-year-old carded five birdies, including three consecutive on Nos. 8, 9 and 10. Rim's round was highlighted with an eagle on the 533-yard, par-5 14th hole. The 17-foot eagle putt gave Rim a share of the lead.

"I just kept playing the course after that," Rim said. "I knew if I could par out, I would have a chance."

Beckstrom started off hot with four birdies in the first eight holes to move up the leaderboard. The 2000 runner-up clung to a share of the lead until a late bogey on the 17th hole. Needing a eagle to win and a birdie to tie with Rim, who was in the clubhouse at 215. Beckstrom landed his second shot 5-iron from 190 yards out to within 20-feet on the par-5 18th hole. His eagle putt slid left for a tap-in birdie to force a sudden-death playoff.

"I thought my eagle putt would straighten-up about three feet from the hole," Beckstrom said. "It had the right speed and was right at the target but it broke left."

Rim and Beckstrom headed to the 399-yard, par-4 10th hole for the sudden-death playoff. Both second shots missed the green with Beckstrom forced to chip from the front-side hazard. His third shot fell short of the green and Rim's chip trickled six feet past the hole. Needing a chip-in to save par, Beckstrom went for the flagstick and nearly holed his fourth shot but missed right. Rim saved his par and claimed his first AJGA title.

"I'm thrilled with the victory," said Rim, who finished at 70-79-66--215. "Top-3 was my goal so I definitely exceeded my expectations."

Beckstrom carded a 72-73-70--215 for his second consecutive runner-up finish at this tournament. David Huestis of Worthington, Ohio, claimed third place at 217. Jesse Dixon of Ann Arbor, Mich., finished four strokes back at 219. Jim Roney of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., and Ryder Frerichs of Edina, Minn., rounded out the top-5 at 220.

Creamer held off a late charge by honorable mention Polo Golf Junior All-American Tyler. The pair headed down the 502-yard, par-5 18th hole with Creamer clinging to a one-stroke lead. Both stuck their third shots within 10 feet of the hole, with Tyler needing a birdie for a possible playoff. Her putt went left and Creamer needed only a two-putt to win but rolled in the birdie to claim her fourth national title this year.

"After Lisa birdied the 17th hole, it gave her a lot of confidence but it also picked me up," Creamer said. "It was definitely a battle going down 18."

Creamer hit 17 of 18 greens and missed only three fairways. The 15-year-old recovered nicely from a front-side 42 in the second round with a 1-under-par 35.

"I'm pleased with how this year has went," Creamer said. "I hope I can carry this momentum into next year."

Beth Marushak of Northampton, Pa., finished four strokes back at 226.

For more information on the AJGA Buick Junior Open, please contact AJGA headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

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HARBOR SPRIGS, Mich. -- Final results from the BUICK JUNIOR OPEN conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Boyne Highlands Resort, Moor Course. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,802 Girls: 5,910


BOYS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

# Mike Rim

(2002)

Lakewood

Calif.

70

79

66

215

2

Colby Beckstrom

(2002)

N. Muskegon

Mich.

72

73

70

215

3

David Huestis

(2001)

Worthington

Ohio

74

70

73

217

4

Jesse Dixon

(2002)

Ann Arbor

Mich.

75

73

71

219

T5

Jim Roney

(2002)

Grosse Pointe Farms

Mich.

71

77

72

220

 

Ryder Frerichs

(2002)

Edina

Minn.

73

74

73

220

T7

Jeff Nichols

(2002)

Rochester Hills

Mich.

77

73

71

221

Joshua Dean

(2002)

Richmond Hill

Ontario

76

72

73

221

Danny Zimmerman

(2004)

Verona

Wis.

70

72

79

221

Clark Klaasen

(2005)

Ada

Mich.

73

71

77

221

11

Steve Sass

(2002)

Mequon

Wis.

76

75

71

222

T12

Justin Bratkovich

(2002)

Hamilton

Ontario

77

73

73

223

Ryan Lenahan

(2002)

Grosse Pointe Shores

Mich.

70

73

80

223

14

Creighton Page

(2001)

Louisville

Ky.

77

73

74

224

T15

Tristan Lester

(2003)

Plymouth

Mich.

79

75

71

225

Clay Poff

(2002)

Mio

Mich.

78

74

73

225

Christian Vozza

(2002)

Traverse City

Mich.

74

74

77

225

T18

Matt Neusel

(2003)

Dearborn

Mich.

74

77

75

226

 

Patrick Wilkes-Krier

(2002)

Ann Arbor

Mich.

76

74

76

226

T20

Ryan Brehm

(2004)

Mount Pleasant

Mich.

72

83

72

227

Eric Chang

(2002)

Chino Hills

Calif.

77

77

73

227

Patrick Weibel

(2001)

Grand Rapids

Mich.

77

74

76

227

T23

Michael Belich

(2002)

West Allis

Wis.

81

76

71

228

 

Kyle Underwood

(2003)

Adrian

Mich.

79

75

74

228

T25

Corey Rudd

(2002)

Baudette

Minn.

84

75

70

229

Jon Boguth

(2002)

Sterling Heights

Mich.

80

76

73

229

Steven Bullock

(2002)

Dove Canyon

Calif.

75

77

77

229

David Merkow

(2003)

Hartland

Wis.

74

76

79

229

Pepper Pharr

(2003)

Derby

N.Y.

79

70

80

229

T30

Eamonn McLoughlin

(2002)

Amityville

N.Y.

79

78

73

230

 

Bruce Svechota- Kingsbury

(2002)

Ann Arbor

Mich.

77

77

76

230

 

Mitch Pierce

(2002)

Fenton

Mich.

75

78

77

230

 

Matthew Myers

(2002)

St. Joseph

Mo.

80

72

78

230

 

Matt Harmon

(2003)

Grand Rapids

Mich.

76

73

81

230

35

Daniel Kim

(2004)

Cerritos

Calif.

79

75

77

231

T36

Brian Riley

(2002)

Rochester

N.Y.

78

79

75

232

 

Cole Isban

(2003)

South Bend

Ind.

76

80

76

232

T38

Kelbi Lee

(2004)

Billings

Mont.

75

79

79

233

Kyle Marcolla

(2004)

Chillicothe

Mo.

76

77

80

233

40

Andrew Parr

(2002)

London

Ontario

81

75

78

234

T41

Matt Bartnick

(2002)

Livonia

Mich.

87

75

73

235

Adam Jagelewski

(2002)

Walkerton

Ontario

79

79

77

235

Steve Colnitis

(2001)

Baldwin

Md.

77

80

78

235

Tyler Randol

(2002)

Lawrence

N.Y.

79

76

80

235

T45

Justin Tulk

(2002)

Cheboygan

Mich.

76

80

80

236

 

Renzi Lee

(2002)

Billings

Mont.

75

78

83

236

47

James Song

(2002)

Oxnard

Calif.

79

78

80

237

T48

John Sessions

(2003)

Wheaton

Ill.

82

82

75

239

 

Eddie Hsu

(2002)

Diamond Bar

Calif.

78

80

81

239

 

Brandon Duff

(2002)

Goodrich

Mich.

84

73

82

239

T51

Michael Hornung

(2002)

Hartland

Wis.

86

78

76

240

Scott Larson

(2002)

Aurora

Colo.

81

79

80

240

Jacob Abramson

(2002)

Saint Clair

Mich.

83

76

81

240

Alex Bidelman

(2001)

Cornelius

N.C.

77

79

84

240

T55

Graham Bell

(2002)

Sarnia

Ontario

80

83

78

241

 

Cean Geronimo

(2002)

Redondo Beach

Calif.

84

77

80

241

 

Danny Allen

(2001)

Palm Harbor

Fla.

82

79

80

241

 

Mike Wolgast

(2003)

Harbor Springs

Mich.

80

79

82

241

59

Matt Amen

(2002)

Anaheim

Calif.

79

83

80

242

T60

Will Cox

(2002)

Paducah

Ky.

82

84

78

244

 

Ralph Martello

(2002)

White Lake

Mich.

82

83

79

244

 

Garrett Green

(2004)

East Aurora

N.Y.

77

87

80

244

 

Trevor Firstbrook

(2002)

Collingwood

Ontario

85

76

83

244

64

Tyler Wright

(2003)

Walden

N.Y.

79

85

81

245

65

Chris Schuler

(2001)

Minot

N.D.

77

87

82

246

T66

Daniel Miller

(2002)

Paducah

Ky.

80

86

81

247

Reid Hartley

(2003)

Aurora

Ontario

83

81

83

247

T68

Nils Homer

(2002)

Brampton

Ontario

85

84

80

249

 

Clark Stevenson

(2002)

Grand Rapids

Mich.

92

76

81

249

 

Chad Horner

(2002)

Essexville

Mich.

82

80

87

249

T71

Mike Gaffin

(2002)

Kentwood

Mich.

85

81

84

250

Benjamin Miller

(2002)

Palos Verdes Estates

Calif.

81

85

84

250

T73

Chad Selzler

(2003)

Osceola

Wis.

81

84

86

251

 

Scott Szurek

(2002)

Bloomfield Hills

Mich.

81

80

90

251

75

Shaun Jahn

(2002)

Grand Blanc

Mich.

89

78

85

252

76

David Shearer

(2003)

Charlevoix

Mich.

86

80

88

254

77

Nick Wunder

(2001)

Cincinnati

Ohio

90

83

84

257

78

Todd Barkelar

(2003)

Schofield

Wis.

85

88

86

259

79

Ryan Otto

(2003)

St. Joseph

Mich.

86

89

87

262

Adam Dyer

(2002)

Clarksburg

W.Va.

DQ

Matthew Mills

(2002)

Bradenton

Fla.

WD

GIRLS DIVISION

Pos.

Name

Class

City

State

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Total

1

Paula Creamer

(2005)

Pleasanton

Calif.

72

78

72

222

2

Lisa Tyler

(2002)

Lighthouse Point

Fla.

75

76

73

224

3

Beth Marushak

(2002)

Northampton

Pa.

76

76

74

226

T4

Kelly Robb

(2003)

Concord

Mass.

80

74

77

231

Erin Borowiec

(2001)

South Lyon

Mich.

77

75

79

231

6

Elena Kurokawa

(2002)

Redondo Beach

Calif.

78

77

77

232

7

Mandi McConnell

(2003)

Grand Blanc

Mich.

83

75

76

234

8

Seema Sadekar

(2003)

Bradenton

Fla.

76

80

80

236

9

Jenna Walter

(2002)

Burton

Mich.

78

77

86

241

T10

Samantha Braschler

(2002)

Red Wing

Minn.

81

82

82

245

 

Caroline Haase

(2002)

Culver

Ind.

88

76

81

245

12

Gretchen Zoeller

(2002)

Floyds Knobs

Ind.

87

83

76

246

13

Caitlan Carr

(2002)

Portage

Mich.

83

83

82

248

14

Kristen Polanski

(2003)

Livonia

Mich.

83

82

87

252

15

Meredith Johnson

(2001)

Fargo

N.D.

89

82

82

253

16

Moira O'Connel

(2001)

Bloomfield

Mich.

83

87

92

262

17

Heather Scholten

(2003)

Grand Rapids

Mich.

86

93

89

268

18

Katie Strawser

(2003)

Flushing

Mich.

93

88

89

270

 

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