AJGA PING PHOENIX JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
QUALIFIER Pepsi Qualifier Series presented by ClubCorp
Karsten Golf Course at ASU
August 22, 2001
CHANG SURVIVES HEAT, PLAYOFF TO MEDAL
IN GIRLS DIVISION Yoon shoots 70 to medal in Boys Division
TEMPE, Ariz. - Surviving a sudden-death playoff
for the lone spot available in the Girls Division, Moah
Chang of Los Angeles, earned a spot in the AJGA PING
Phoenix Junior Championship Wednesday. In the Boys Division,
David Yoon of Irvine, Calif., fired a 2-under-par 70
to gain medalist honors and a place in the tournament.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
the AJGA PING Phoenix Junior Championship features a
field of 84 junior golfers, ages 13-18, representing
13 states and includes 10 players from Arizona. Included
in this week's field at the Karsten Golf Course at ASU
are seven Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. Past winners
of this event include Tiger Woods, Emilee Klein, Grace
Park and Heather Bowie.
Chang, who shot a 1-over-par 73, was paired with Carling
Cho of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in a sudden-death
playoff. Chang was able to first tame her nerves and
than an up-and-down from a bunker on No. 10 to save
par and a spot in the field.
"I was really nervous heading into the playoff,"
said the 17-year-old Chang. "After I hit my shot
out of the bunker, it really calmed me down."
Withstanding the 100 degree temperatures to even get
into the playoff proved to be quite an accomplishment
for both players.
"I played earlier this summer at Ohio and it was
really humid there," said Chang. "I just wanted
to play well, not think about the heat and don't give
"My driver was pretty good today and I hit every
green with my irons. I 3-putted twice, but I didn't
think about it because I knew I could make it up at
the next hole."
In the Boys Division, Yoon who is coming off of a second-place
finish at the AJGA Legendary Headwear San Diego Junior,
used a 2-under-par 70 to grab the top spot and an entry
into the field.
"I just played my game," said the 15-year-old
Yoon. "I putted much better on the back side and
I was hitting my iron shots really well today."
After a double bogey on No. 15, Yoon, who started on
No. 12, finished 3-under-par from that point on, including
an eagle on the 323-yard, par 4 No. 2.
Also qualifying from the boys field were Trev Schultz
of San Dimas, Calif., at 71, Robby Stratton of Glendale,
Ariz., and Kenny Kim of Cerritos, Calif., at 72, Ryan
Brooks of Mesa, Ariz., Billy Moon of Irvine, Calif.,
Kenta Minejima of Irvine, Calif., John Gray of Vista,
Calif., Preston Lancaster of Dallas, and David Dragoo
of Scottsdale, Ariz., at 73. Kevin Chen of Alamo, Calif.,
and Will Haydon of Palo Alto, Calif., both qualified
via a sudden-death playoff after shooting 74.
First-round action will begin on Friday with tee times
running from 6:30-8:27 a.m. off of the No. 1 and 10
tees. For more information on the AJGA PING Phoenix
Junior Championship, please contact our tournament headquarters
at (480) 968-7084.
TEMPE, Arizona -- Qualifier results from the
AJGA PING PHOENIX JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER conducted
by the American Junior Golf Association at Karsten Golf
Course at ASU. Par: 35-37--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,899
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