SOLUTIONS CONSULTING JUNIOR CLASSIC

Totteridge Golf Club

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

July 12-15, 2004 

 

TWO FIRST TIME WINNERS AT TOTTERIDGE

Gold captures Boys Division title; Nochta tops Girls Division

 

            GREENSBURG, Pa.   Scattered showers throughout the day did little to dampen the spirits and play of juniors at Totteridge Golf Club as two first time winners claimed victory at the Solutions Consulting Junior Classic. Christopher Gold of Haddonfield, N.J., fired a final round even-par 72 to come from five shots back to grab first place. Laura Nochta of Cortland, Ohio, captured her first AJGA victory by firing a low-final round 77.

 

The Solutions Consulting Junior Classic was a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Totterridge Golf Club. The tournament featured 99 players, ages 12-18, from 16 states and Canada, including 41 players from Pennsylvania.

 

Heading into No. 18, Gold was one stroke behind second round leader Jamie Wallace of Moorestown, N.J.

 

“I hit it into the hazard on No. 17 but I was still able to make bogey,” Gold said. “On No. 18, I knew what I needed and I got it done.”

 

Following 18 holes of play with matching tournament totals of 221, a playoff with friend and fellow New Jersey native Wallace was necessary. A par on the second sudden-death playoff hole sealed the victory.  

 

“Jamie and I play against each other a lot,” Gold said. “He’s a great player, so it is very exciting to come out with the win.”

 

This was Gold’s first AJGA victory, improving on his previous best AJGA finish, ninth at the 2004 Randall Parker Shootout at Fieldstone.

 

“This tournament was a great experience and it will definitely help boost my confidence.”

               

                Following a round of five-over-par 77 and the sudden-death playoff, Wallace placed second behind Gold. Clayton Rotz of Chambersburg, Pa., grabbed third with a tournament total of 222. Christopher Barach of Niskayuna, N.Y., Ji Ho Moon of Ellicott City, Md., William Miller of McMurray, Pa., and Mike VanSickle of Wexford, Pa., all tied for fourth with matching tournament totals of 226.

 

In only her second AJGA event, Nochta used consecutive birdies on Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8 to card a 77 on her way to victory at Totteridge Golf Club.

 

“I just stuck it close and made all of the putts on Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8, ” Nochta said. “I knew that the back nine would be tough so I tried to go as low as I could on the front nine. By going low on the front I knew that I could stay in the 70s and possibly be in contention.”

 

Coming into the Solutions Consulting Junior Classic, Nochta was hoping for a top-5 finish.

 

“I really felt no pressure or stress out there,” the 16-year-old commented. “I’m still young and I never expected to do so well. It feels great to win.”

 

Second-round leader Katie Trachok of Pittsburgh, Pa., carded a final-round 82 to place second with a tournament total 243, one stroke back of Nochta. Jordan Craig of Connellsville, Pa., took third place with a total of 246.

 

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 a junior 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 Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

 

For more information about the Solutions Consulting Junior Classic or the AJGA, please call our National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 

 
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1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
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Corinth, Texas
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Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
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Austin, Texas
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(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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(South Korea) Norman, Okla.
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Lessing's AJGA Classic
Boys
Total
1
Peter Bradbeer
209
T
2
Perry Xin
210
T
2
Ethan Ng
210
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Peter
214
2
RuQing Guan
217
3
Michelle Ching Suet Lee
222
Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior
Boys
Total
1
Viraj Garewal
215
2
Brooks Dyess
219
T
3
Peter Hinnant
220
T
3
JonErik Alford
220
Girls
Total
1
*Carly Burkhardt
219
2
Jenny Bae
219
3
Kayla Kozak
220
David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior
Boys
Total
1
Simms Abney
208
2
Jacob Bergeron
213
T
3
Tommy Boone
215
T
3
Logan Lockwood
215
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Jones
209
2
Abbey Daniel
221
T
3
Katie Yoo
222
T
3
Libby Winans
222
T
3
Anne Chen
222
Action Zone / Bob Estes Abilene Junior
Boys
Total
1
Parker Coody
207
2
Tucker Allen
208
3
Riley Casey
213
Girls
Total
1
Kathrine Chan
214
T
2
Shawnee Allen
223
T
2
Elina Sinz
223
the Memorial Junior presented by Ohio Christian University
Boys
Total
1
Cameron Frazier
208
2
Evan Yakubov
209
3
Palmer Jackson
210
Girls
Total
1
Ashley Gilliam
217
2
Kimberlee Tottori
220
T
3
Katie Hallinan
222
T
3
Madison Mcdanel
222
Enagic Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Matthew Lim
205
2
Vanchai Luangnitikul
207
3
Cameron Henry
208
Girls
Total
1
Crystal Wang
205
2
Yu Eun Eunice Kim
210
T
3
Jo Hua Hung
211
T
3
Alexa Melton
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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