ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF TRAIL JUNIOR
Magnolia Grove Golf Club – Falls and Crossings Course
September 3-6, 2004
PARK HOLDS OFF PRESSEL IN PLAYOFF FOR SECOND AJGA VICTORY
Haley downs Kim on first playoff hole for Boys Division championship
MOBILE, Ala. – With a successful two-putt on the first playoff hole, Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., overcame a strong charge by Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., to capture the second AJGA victory of her career. A playoff also decided the Boys Division as Paul Haley of Dallas defeated Lion Kim of Lake Mary, Fla., to seize his second AJGA win of the year.
Originally scheduled as a 54-hole event concluding Monday, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to the approach of Hurricane Frances, which is expected to begin affecting the Mobile area on Monday.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior was played on the Falls and Crossings Courses at Magnolia Grove Golf Club. Ninety-nine boys competed at the Falls Course, while the Crossings Course hosted 57 girls. Twenty-nine states and two foreign countries were represented at the event, which marked the end of the AJGA summer schedule.
Already in the clubhouse at 7-under par for the tournament, Park watched her lead dwindle as the day passed. Her 68-69—137 was eventually matched by Pressel, who fired a girls tournament record-low round of 66 for a 71-66—137 to force a sudden-death playoff.
Both players’ approach shots landed more safely on the green on the first playoff hole. Park’s first putt stopped within a foot of the hole, while Pressel left herself 10 feet for par. The 10-footer stopped on the lip of the hole, and Park finished out for a par and the victory.
"I was kind of surprised that par was good enough to win it on No. 18," admitted the 16-year-old Park. "I thought I would have to make birdie to win, considering how good of a player Morgan is."
Pressel’s final-round 66 earned her sole possession of second place, while Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay, finished in third place with a tournament total of 71-71—142.
Both Haley and Kim made runs towards the top of the leaderboard with birdies late in their rounds. Haley made birdie on holes No. 16, 17 and 18, while Kim birdied No. 17—both ended their round at 1-under par.
"I thought 1-under par might win it and I managed to birdie the last three holes to make it into a playoff," said the 16-year-old Haley.
On the first playoff hole, Haley stuck his approach five feet from the cup, while Kim found trouble in the fairway bunker. Haley made his birdie putt for the win, his second of the year.
"It’s really satisfying to win one of the most prestigious tournaments with one of the strongest fields that the AJGA has," Haley said. "It’s a great feeling."
Kim finished alone in second place, while first-round leader Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Glenn Northcutt of Dothan, Ala., finished tied for third place with tournament totals of even-par 144. Finishing alone in fifth place at 1-over-par 143 was Luke Hopkins of Greer, S.C.
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For more information on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Junior, contact AJGA national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.