AJGA SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR
Isleta Eagle Golf Course – Lakes and Mesa
Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 1-4, 2004
EDELMAN OUTLASTS BROWN IN SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF
Blumenherst defends title at AJGA Southwestern Junior
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Jeffrey Edelman came out on top after a sudden-death playoff to pick up the Boys Division title at the AJGA Southwestern Junior. Both Edelman and Zen Brown finished the tournament with 6-under-par 210s. Edelman used a par to claim the title on the fourth playoff hole. With a three-day total of 4-under-par 212, Amanda Blumenherst picked up the Girls Division title for the second consecutive year.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Southwestern Junior featured 99 players from 17 states, including 18 New Mexico natives. The tournament, being played for the 20th time, was held for the fifth year at Isleta Eagle Golf Course, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Edelman, 16, of Southlake, Texas, earned his first AJGA win after he finished the final round at three-under-par 69. Edelman carded four birdies with only one bogey on No. 16.
“It feels pretty good to come out on top,” Edelman said. “I hit it pretty good today. I knew I had to play well because I was four behind.”
Edelman used his experience from the past two rounds to work to his advantage.
“I played consistent all three rounds,” he said. “I played the same every day except I made more putts as the rounds went on. My goal was to shoot three rounds under par and I accomplished it.” Edelman finished with rounds of 71-70-69.
Zen Brown, 16, of Arvada, Colo., tied for first in the final round, but bogeyed the fourth playoff hole to finish in second. Cornelius Carroll, 17, of Windermere, Fla., Steve Saunders, 17, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Tom Glissmeyer, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colo., all finished one stroke behind Edelman with 5-under-par 211s.
Blumenherst, 17, of Scottsdale, Ariz., picked up her seventh career AJGA title by winning the AJGA Southwestern Junior for the second year.
“It’s very exciting to come as a defending champion and take the trophy home,” she said. “I hit the ball very well all three rounds. My driver, irons and fairway woods were all very good and my putting came back on the back nine in this round.”
Blumenherst said she’s very proud of the way the tournament turned out for her. She carded three birdies in the final round.
“On the back side, I putted very well. I made every putt within 10 feet,” she said. “I shot 33 on the backside.”
After claiming the title for the second time, Blumenherst knows how to stay on top.
“The most important thing is to always play my game and play the golf course,” she said. “I take it one shot, one hole at a time and I don’t think about the competition.”
Coming in behind Blumenherst with a three-day total of 222 is Kristin Ingram, 17, of Pasadena, Calif. Behind Ingram with a tournament total 223 is Jane Rah, 13, of Torrance, Calif.
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