CHUNG WINS FIRST AJGA TOURNAMENT AT FURMAN GOLF CLUB
Meadow finishes second at AJGA Girls Championship
GREENVILLE, S.C. Second-round leader Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., shot a 1-over-par 73 to capture the title of the AJGA Girls Championship. Chung finished the tournament at 4-over-par 220, one stroke ahead of Stephanie Meadow of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland.
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Girls Championship was a
54-hole stroke play competition. The field featured 77 girls from around the world. In all, 13 states are represented along with players from Canada, Ireland and Paraguay. Competitors played the par-72 Furman Golf Club from 6,065 yards.
Chung, who is currently ranked No. 16 in the Polo Golf Rankings, picked up her first AJGA Open win on a course that played tough for most.
This is unbelievable for me, Chung said. I finally have a title to my name and it will give me great momentum going into The PING Invitational.
By staying calm and keeping her focus, Chung was able to card two birdies on the day, staying consistent throughout the tournament.
I could see ahead of me that Stephanie was playing well, Chung said. It definitely kept me focused. You can never doubt anyone.
Meadow, who finished one group ahead of Chung, carded an even-par 72 on the day and hoped that it would be enough for the title. As Chung came up No. 18, she successfully two-putted for par, clinching the title in the process. Meadow completed the tournament at 5-over-par 221, which earned her second place honors.
Shannon Aubert of Orlando, Fla., Anne Marie Covar of Edgefield, S.C., and Suzie Lee of East Northport, N.Y., all tied for third with 10-over-par 226s.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 25 foreign 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.
For more information on the AJGA Girls Championship, contact AJGA Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.