FRIBBS CAPTURES MEDALIST HONORS AT 4-UNDER-PAR
Lowe and Vertz tie for second
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Derek Fribbs of Castle Rock, Colo., recorded a final-round 2-over-par 74 to finish with a tournament total of 4-under-par 140 Sunday, taking medalist honors at the Medicus Preseason Junior at Albuquerque.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Albuquerque was a 36-hole stroke play event held at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course. The 84-player field featured players from 20 states and Canada. The course was played at 6,881 yards.
After a very strong first round that gave him a five-stroke lead, Fribbs had one thought going into Sunday's final round; “Stay around par.”
Fribbs began with a steady front nine, carding six pars, two bogeys and one birdie, to make the turn at 1-over-par 37. He made par on No. 10, then rattled off two birdies on the next three holes to make things a little less stressful for the finish.
“Coming down No. 18 was the best,” Fribbs said. “When I knew I was three ahead of David (Lowe) and we both put our shots on the green. That's when I knew I won,”
David Lowe of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Ben Vertz of Coral Springs, Fla., tied for second with tournament totals of 2-under-par 142. Armando Villarreal of Tucson, Ariz., fired a 4-under-par 68 Sunday to take sole possession of fourth place at 1-under-par 143. Payne Wilkie of Austin, Texas, finished the tournament at even-par 144 to finish in fifth.
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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.
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AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
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