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Applewood Golf Course

Golden, Colorado

August 9, 2004



Washington native shoots 5-under-par 65

 GOLDEN, Colo. – John Wise of Issaquah, Wash., swept the field in Monday’s Transamerica Junior at Hiwan Qualifier.  The medalist carded an impressive 5-under-par 65 to finish the day three shots ahead of the rest of the field.  Finishing in second place was Patrick Tom of Norwalk, Calif., after firing a 68.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Transamerica Junior at Hiwan Qualifier was held at the Applewood Golf Course.  Sixty boys from 13 states, including 27 Colorado natives, competed for 14 spots in this week’s 54-hole tournament, which will be held at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colo.

The 17-year-old Wise’s round included birdies on Nos. 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 and 18.  In his first nine holes alone, the medalist recorded four birdies as well as five pars.  Wise attributes his success to his crisp fairway shots throughout the round.

“I was able to hit a lot of straight iron shots right at the flag and I was able to recover from some rough drives,” Wise said.  “I just took it one shot at a time and tried to keep a solid round going.”

Wise hopes that entering this week’s tournament with added confidence will lead to success at the Transamerica Junior at Hiwan.

“I really look forward to playing with such a strong field this week,” the rising senior remarked.  “Hiwan is a longer and faster course so it should be fun.”

Tom, the second-place finisher, recorded a 2-under-par 68 on the day.  Playing in his second AJGA qualifier, the California native carded seven birdies.  Despite the impressive showing, Tom said there was room for improvement.

“I feel like I could have played a lot better today than I did,” Tom said.  “I tried to press too hard on a few holes and ended up having to make some good bunker shots.”

Also earning spots in this week’s tournament are Paul Berry of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Taylor Hakes of Coronado, Calif., Gunner Wiebe of Aurora, Colo., Richard Lee of Bellevue, Wash., Jiweon Seo of Buena Park, Calif., Chase Wirtz of Westlake Village, Calif., Chris Cho of San Diego, Calif., Eric Taylor of Federal Way, Wash., Tyler Weir of Boulder, Colo., Chris Hirahatake of Irvine, Calif., and David Duarte  of Fountain, Colo., and Klinton Kreiger of Cheyenne, Wyo.  Kreiger qualified via a seven hole sudden death playoff.

Andrew Douthit of McKinney, Texas and Tyler Parsloe of Littleton, Colo., opted to take one AJGA tournament exemption in lieu of playing in the Transamerica Junior at Hiwan.

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 has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. 

First-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday off the No. 1 tee at Hiwan Golf Club. For more information about the Transamerica Junior at Hiwan Qualifier, please contact tournament headquarters at (303) 674-3369, ext. 328.