GOLF PRIDE JUNIOR CLASSIC
The Peninsula Club
Cornelius, North Carolina
July 19-22, 2004
Oâ€™MAHONY CONTINUES TO ROLL TO WIN FIRST AJGA EVENT
Crawford comes from behind to win in Girls Division
CORNELIUS, N.C. â€“ Greg Oâ€™Mahony of Tequesta, Fla., fired a final round 1-under-par 70 to take the title at the Golf Pride Junior Classic Thursday with a three-day total of 12-under-par 201. In the Girls Division, Laura Crawford of Lancaster, S.C., came from three strokes back to win by five shots.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Golf Pride Junior Classic was held at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, N.C. The 54-hole stroke play event featured 99 of the nationâ€™s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 13 states, including 41 North Carolina residents. The Boys Division was played at 6,972 yards (par 71), while the Girls Division was played at 5,979 yards (par 72).
Oâ€™Mahony, playing in his last AJGA event before he heads to the University of South Florida in the fall, lead wire-to-wire, carding rounds of 66-65-70â€”201. He entered the round with the goal of hitting 14 fairways and 18 greens and even though he did not do that, he still managed four birdies, including a 40-footer on No. 9.
â€śToday I did not get ahead of myself and I just took it one swing at a time,â€ť the 17-year-old Oâ€™Mahony said. â€śI did not make any mental mistakes.
â€śI really like this course and every tee shot sets up for me perfectly. The greens were in perfect shape and the golf course was unbelievable all week.â€ť
The victory was the first national win for Oâ€™Mahony, whoâ€™s previous best finish in an AJGA event was a tie for 17th at the PING Junior at Mirasol earlier this summer.
â€śThis win gives me a lot of confidence going into my next event and starting college,â€ť Oâ€™Mahony said. â€śItâ€™s great to know that I can compete with the top juniors in the world.â€ť
Finishing in a tie for second was Will Shambley of Cary, N.C., and Hayes Brown of Atlanta at 212. Rounding out the top five in a tie for fourth place at 213 was Peter Malnati of Dandridge, Tenn.; Michael Muscatell of Lake Wylie, S.C.; and David Holzworth of Chapel Hill, N.C.
In the Girls Division, Crawford carded six birdies en route to a 5-under-par 67 and a tournament total of 2-under-par 214. She birdied Nos. 9 and 10 and made a 20-footer for par on No. 11 to gain momentum on the back nine.
â€śI hit the ball pretty well to give myself birdie opportunities and I was able to make the putts,â€ť the 18-year-old Wake Forest signee said. â€śAfter Nos. 9-11, I just kept the momentum going from that and I tried to focus on making pars. This tournament showed me what I can do when I make putts, which will help in college.â€ť
Crawfordâ€™s previous best finish was second at the Hargray Junior Classic earlier this month and she finished third at the Golf Pride Junior Classic in 2003.
â€śThis win feels good,â€ť Crawford said. â€śThis is one of my last junior events and to shoot 67, my lowest tournament round, feels great.â€ť
Finishing five strokes back at 219 for second place was Dori Carter of Valdosta, Ga., while Angela King of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., was third with a 221 total.
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