MUMFORD NOTCHES FIRST AJGA VICTORY WITH A 2-UNDER-PAR 70
Weather conditions shorten Medicus Preseason Junior at Tapatio Springs
BOERNE, Texas â€” Despite cold, unseasonable conditions, Mark Mumford of Rye, N.Y., shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Medicus Preseason Junior at Tapatio Springs Sunday to win by two strokes. It is only his second American Junior Golf Association appearance and the first win of his AJGA career.
Conducted by the AJGA, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Tapatio Springs was an 18-hole stroke play shotgun event held at Tapatio Springs Resort & Conference Center. The first round was cancelled due to freezing temperatures and sleet. The 83-player field featured players from 21 states, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Mexico. The course played at 6,343 yards.
Mumford said he did not let the cold temperatures bother his game. He shot consistently, carding a 34 on the front nine and a 36 on the back nine to win the tournament.
â€śIt's hard to play when you can't feel your hands,â€ť Mumford said. â€śBut it warmed up so it was okay.â€ť
Mumford said No. 8, his fourth hole of the day, was key for him. He hit a 20-foot putt for par, and went on to birdie the next three out of four holes. Mumford was even-par through 11 holes and said his game felt good coming down the stretch, so the win was not much of a surprise.
â€śThe AJGA tournaments are the biggest tournaments so it feels good to win this kind of event,â€ť Mumford said.
Stanton Tondre of Castroville, Texas, Austen Hyde of Missouri City, Texas, and Peyton Vitter of New Orleans, La., tied for second with even-par 72s. Robert Davis of San Antonio and Joe Webber of Sandy, Utah, tied for fifth, carding 1-over-par 73s. Also of note, John Alvarez II of San Antonio made a hole-in-one on No. 11.
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