BOWEN WINS SAP JUNIOR OPEN IN EXCITING PLAYOFF OVER CRESS
Teachman runs away with Girls Division at Red Tail Golf Club
Avon, Ohio — Wilson Bowen of Winnetka, Ill., won a sudden-death playoff over Michael Cress of Dublin, Ohio, to win the Boys Division of the SAP Junior Open at Red Tail Golf Club Thursday. Bowen won on the third playoff hole with a par on the par-3 No. 17. Tessa Teachman of Baton Rouge, La., won the Girls Division after posting a three-round total 212.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the SAP Junior Open was held at Red Tail Golf Club. The tournament field consisted of 78 boys and 24 girls from 21 states and one foreign country. The Boys Division played at 6,758 yards and the Girls Division at 5,967 yards.
Bowen and Cress carded 4-over-par 220 tournament totals. On the first playoff hole, Bowen felt some pressure when Cress landed his approach shot close to the hole and Bowen landed in a backside bunker. Bowen was able to get up and down for the par to continue the playoff.
“I just wanted to get myself in a good spot on the green for par,” Bowen said. “I knew Cress put his shot about 15 feet away. When I made the par I felt like I kind of had the momentum.”
Bowen was tied for the lead after the first round when he posted a 2-under-par 70. A 1-under-par 71 Wednesday kept him atop the leaderboard. Bowen never changed his strategy of playing against the golf course. He wanted to hit fairways, greens and make his putts.
Matthew Thompson of Battle Creek, Mich., and Jordan Higgins of Vandalia, Ohio, tied for third in the Boys Division after recording three-day totals of 5-over-par 221. Michael Kinkopf of Hilliard, Ohio, Wes Denny of Cincinnati, Jack Schultz of Whitefish Bay, Wis., Donnie Shin of Columbia, Md., Sam Jandel of Dayton, Ohio, and Chase Lovett-Woodsum of Boston, tied for fifth with three-day 6-over-par 222s.
In the Girls Division, Teachman was at or under par for all three days, shooting rounds of 71-69-72. Teachman is off to a great start this summer, finishing second last week in the Fidelity Investments Junior Championship and now winning her first AJGA tournament. The leader coming into the final round, Teachman knew she wanted to play smart, steady golf and play against the course and not worry about her competitors. While other players struggled on the difficult course, Teachman played solid all week.
“I hit my irons great all week and I had a lot of looks at birdies,” Teachman said. “I putted well and that gave me lots of opportunities.”
Stephanie Wagstaff of Asheville, N.C., finished second in the Girls Division after posting an 8-over-par 224 for the tournament. Emma Talley of Princeton, Ky., Meredith Swanson of Roanoke, Va., and Ellie Arkin of Reedsburg, Wis., tied for third with 9-over-par 225s.
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 countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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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