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Trophy Lake Golf & Casting
Port Orchard, Wash. • June 18 - 21


Dong closes in to claim first AJGA trophy at Trophy Lake Golf & Casting

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – After shooting 78-69 on the first two days of the tournament, Paul Mitzel of Mercer Island, Wash., fired an even-par 72 in Thursday’s final round for a three-day total of 219 to claim the victory in the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch and bring home his first career American Junior Golf Association title. In the Girls Division, Tiffany Dong of Sacramento, Calif., also claimed her first AJGA victory, shooting even-par 72 for the final round and 75-71-72—218 for the tournament.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch was a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 57 boys and 21 girls. Included in the 78-player field were 18 players from Washington and 40 from California. The Boys Division played from tees set at 6,969 yards and the Girls Division plays from tees set 5,904 yards.

Mitzel said his stomach was in knots all day, but decided to take a risk and play his own aggressive game during the final round. It was that aggressive game that helped him tally five birdies on the day.

“The whole back-nine today was a turn-around for me,” Mitzel said. “I played aggressive through the whole tournament and just kept scrambling around. Things just really started working today.”

Jose Contreras of El Paso, Texas, and Zach MacDougall of Coquitlam, British Columbia finished the tournament tied for second place with tournament totals of 8-over-par 221. Tying for third place were Ty Chambers of Brush Prairie, Wash., and C.J. Kim of Chandler, Ariz., at 9-over-par 222.

In the Girls Division, a birdie on No. 14 put Dong in position to take the lead. She said she entered the final-round with a different mindset than she had the previous two rounds and kept reminding herself to have fun and enjoy the beautiful golf course.

“I kept score on every hole, but I wasn’t adding it up,” Dong said. “I didn’t really pay attention to what I had. I never really knew whether or not I was going to win. I just wanted to enjoy today.”

In the Girls Divison, Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., finished second with a tournament total of 222. In third, Michelle Yang of Los Angeles, Calif., finished with a 225.

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 49 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, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

For more information about the Pacific Northwest International Junior presented by Jeff Troesch, contact AJGA Headquarters at (770) 868-4200 .