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July 13, 2007
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Girls' Division:
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12-YEAR OLD PHENOM, REIGNING WOMEN'S U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION,
TIED ATOP LEADERBOARD AT 2007 WESTFIELD JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
WESTFIELD CENTER, Ohio – After two quiet rounds of play, the girls' division took
center stage as 12-year-old Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla., and Kimberly Kim of Pahoa,
Hawaii, are tied going into the final round of the 32nd Westfield Junior PGA Championship.
Thompson, who was the youngest to ever compete in the Championship two years ago,
elevated her game Friday with a 5-under-par 66 in the third round to climb to forge a tie with Kim,
the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Champion, who came home with a 69.
Thompson, who began the day tied for ninth, played a steady front nine before exploding
for four birdies on the back nine, including three in a row from 15 to 17, to put her in position to
capture her first Junior PGA Championship.
"My ball striking has been great all week but the putts have not been falling," said
Thompson, who was the youngest-ever entrant when she competed in the U.S. Women's Open
Championship just two weeks ago. "My putter was really rolling well today, unlike the first two
days, and I am so happy about that."
Thompson says the experience at the Junior PGA Championship is much different then that
of Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., site of the Open.
"I am very comfortable here at this Championship," said Thompson, whose 66 is the lowest
girls' round thus far. "At the U.S. Women's Open I was more excited to sign autographs then play.
This is a fun golf tournament and they treat you perfect. Everyone from around the country comes
out to watch these girls play and it has been a great experience so far."
Cassandra Blaney of Davenport, Fla., climbed into sole possession of third place after a 68.
Blaney landed in Saturday's final pairing after hitting a 6-iron approach on 18 to within seven feet
of the hole, then draining the birdie putt. The ignition switch to her round, though, came when she
eagled the 474-yard, par-5 10th hole.
"I hit a really good shot and it caught the wind. I had about 140 yards in, and hit a 9-iron
downwind," said Blaney, a member of the 2006 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team and the 2005 and '06
Callaway Golf PGA Junior Series Player of the Year. "I had about an eight-footer left, and I kind of
willed it in."
Blaney, who has recorded victories on the Callaway Golf PGA Junior Series this summer,
with wins at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Ky. and the University of Georgia in Athens,
believes, that she has yet to have significant success in tournaments against a strong field.
"I have never really played very well in big tournaments," she said. "We have the best
players here, and I'm kind of a nobody. So, I figured it was my time to show I can play."
In the boys' division, Chris DeForest of Cottekill, N.Y., continued to build his lead, firing a
67 for a 54-hole total of 13-under-par 200, breaking the 1993 standard of 202, previously held by
Pat Perez. DeForest's consistent iron play and clutch putting leave him 18 holes away from
capturing his first Westfield Junior PGA Championship in five attempts.
He has made only two bogeys in 54 holes en route to a six-stroke margin over his closest
pursuer, Mark Johnson of Tulsa, Okla., who came in with a second straight 67 for a 206. Connor
Driscoll of Encinitas, Calif. and Luke Guthrie of Quincy, Ill., share third at 210.
"I came into this Championship with a strategy of eliminating bogeys that my father and I
came up with before the tournament, said DeForest, a 2004 Junior Ryder Cup team member. "I had
some jitters on the front nine but was able to compose myself and hit some really good shots on the
back nine."
The Westfield Junior PGA Championship, which has traditionally produced stellar golf
performances for more than three decades, brings together the best junior golfers to compete for the
Jack Nicklaus Trophy in the boys' division and the Patty Berg Trophy in the girls' division.
Since 1976, the Championship has been a stepping stone for competitors to either collegiate
or Tour professional careers. The list of past Champions includes some of the most prominent
current Tour professionals: Billy Andrade (1981), Billy Mayfair (1982), 2001 PGA Champion
David Toms (1984), Sean O'Hair (1998), reigning U.S. Women's Open Champion Cristie Kerr
(1995), Trevor Immelman (1996), Grace Park (1996), Aree Song (1999, 2000), In-Bee Park (2001,
'02) and Angela Park (2004).
Since 2001, Westfield Group Country Club, owned by title sponsor Westfield Insurance,
has been home to the Westfield Junior PGA Championship. The site features the most Tour-like
experience in junior golf for players and attendees.
Golf Channel will present a highlight show from the Westfield Junior PGA Championship
at a date to be determined.
The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization, comprised of
28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and
managing the game of golf, while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections
nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position
in a $62 billion-a-year industry by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events,
world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives and
award-winning golf promotions. Today's PGA Professional is the public's link to the game, serving
an essential role in the operation of golf facilities throughout the country.
32nd Westfield Junior PGA Championship
Westfield Group Country Club
Westfield Center, Ohio
Boys 16-18 Division
1. Chris DeForest, Cottekill, N.Y.
65-68-67-200
2. Mark Johnson, Tulsa, Okla.
72-67-67-206
3. Connor Driscoll, Encinitas, Calif.
68-71-71-210
3. Luke Guthrie, Quincy, Ill.
71-68-71-210
5. John Popeck, Washington, Pa.
74-73-65-212
5. Jacob Burger, Orangeburg, S.C.
71-72-69-212
5. Jed Dirksen, Hampton, Iowa
73-70-69-212
8. John Hahn, Kent, Ohio
73-72-68-213
8. Connor Arendell, Cape Coral, Fla.
72-72-69-213
8. Albert Kilgore, Corona, Calif.
71-71-71-213
8. Joe Monte, Chantilly, Va.
71-68-74-213
12. Devin Miertschin, El Paso, Texas
72-73-69-214
13. Wesley Bryan, Chapin, S.C.
74-71-70-215
13. Anthony Paolucci, Dallas, Texas
75-67-73-215
15. Bradley George, Marion, Iowa
75-73-68-216
15. Chan Kim, Chandler, Ariz.
72-74-70-216
15. Robbie Ziegler, Canby, Ore.
72-72-72-216
18. Sean Brannan, Hollidaysburg, Pa.
70-77-70-217
18. Kyle English, Bloomington, Ill.
71-75-71-217
18. Andrew Yun, Chandler, Ariz.
71-74-72-217
18. Brinson Paolini, Virginia Beach, Va.
69-75-73-217
18. Ryan Dorner, Glenview Ill.
73-69-75-217
23. Parker Hewit, Westfield Center, Ohio
75-76-68-219
23. Matthew Porter, Cortland, N.Y.
74-77-68-219
23. Jason Chun, Virginia Beach, Va.
75-71-73-219
23. Craig Kublin, Needham, Mass.
73-73-73-219
23. Brady Keegan, Eau Claire, Wis.
70-76-73-219
28. Tommy Higham, Shelley, Idaho
72-76-72-220
28. Austin Gutgsell, Mandeville, La.
77-71-72-220
28. Aaron McConley, Alexandria, La.
69-78-73-220
28. Blake Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz.
71-74-75-220
28. Harold Varner III, Gastonia, N.C.
70-72-78-220
DID NOT MAKE 54-HOLE CUT
Gaston DeLaTorre, Brush Prairie, Wash.
73-76-72-221
Taylor Zimmerman, State Road, N.C.
72-76-73-221
David Zhang, South Glastonbury, Conn.
73-74-74-221
Josh Dupont, Poway, Calif.
70-73-78-221
Zach Glassman, Highland Hts., Ohio
77-72-73-222
Jared Walahoski, Urbandale, Iowa
76-76-70-222
Jake Katz, Williamsville, N.Y.
76-77-69-222
Robert Greenleaf, Makawao, Hawaii
71-76-76-223
Ryan Peterson, Eagan, Minn.
73-73-77-223
Blake English, Charlotte, Mich.
75-74-75-224
Drew Miller, Clarksville, Tenn.
78-71-75-224
Matt Moot, Johnstown, Pa.
78-73-73-224
Johnny Burke, Bay Village, Ohio
77-76-71-224
Ernesto Marin, Miami, Fla.
75-73-77-225
Nicholas Sheppard, Springfield, Miss.
73-76-76-225
Alexander Gutesha, Greenwood Village, Colo. 75-75-75-225
Justin Lower, Canal Fulton, Ohio
72-76-78-226
Alex Bungert, Orange, Calif.
70-80-77-227
Jeffrey Hamm, Danville, Calif.
79-71-77-227
Hunter Brown, Richardson, Texas
79-72-76-227
Miguel Calif.mitoc, Hayward, Calif.
73-79-75-227
David Fink, Kailua, Hawaii
75-78-74-227
David Watkins, Hamlet, N.C.
79-81-68-228
Donald DeN.Y.se III, Albany, N.Y.
76-77-76-229
Austin Zimmerman, Lincoln, Neb.
79-77-73-229
Zahkai Brown, Arvada, Colo.
73-80-77-230
Michael Miller, Brewster, N.Y.
77-77-76-230
Matt Nagy, Buena Vista, Ga.
80-75-75-230
Mark Rocker, Millen, Ga.
74-80-77-231
Brenden Beeg, Littleton, Colo.
77-78-76-231
Trent Hillis, Poplar Bluff, Miss.
79-74-79-232
Jake An, Centerville, Va.
73-81-79-233
Chad Bryant, Newcastle, Okla.
80-78-75-233
Mike Smith, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
76-78-80-234
Thomas Tatum, Dallas, Texas
77-81-76-234
Yong Wang, Mahwah, N.J.
82-79-73-234
Eric Meier, Villa Hills, Ky.
80-76-79-235
Eric Ong, Carmel, Ind.
79-82-77-238
Tyler Hawk, Batavia, Ohio
79-82-77-238
Matthew Barnes, Birmingham, Ala.
82-80-76-238
Jack Dressen, Edina, Minn.
79-77-83-239
Jordan Rodgers, Salt Lake City, Utah
81-77-81-239
Taylor Johnson, Oconomowoc, Wis.
81-76-84-241
Mike Amole, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
83-81-81-245
Johnathan Sloss, Alamo, Texas
86-83-77-246
Philip Scheuerman, Leawood, Kan.
82-80-87-249
Girl's Division - Par 71 - 6,022 Yards
1. Alexis Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.
75-73-66-214
1. Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii
73-72-69-214
3. Cassandra Blaney, Lady Lake, Fla.
73-74-68-215
4. Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla.
81-68-67-216
5. Kristina Wong, Bradenton, Fla.
73-74-71-218
6. Alexandra Bodemann, Palm City, Fla.
73-78-68-219
7. Lee Lopez, Whittier, Calif.
78-72-70-220
7. Sarah Brown, Stewartsville, N.J.
74-72-74-220
9. Allie White, Lancaster, Ohio
77-74-70-221
9. Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif.
75-72-74-221
9. Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery, Texas
76-70-75-221
12. Kyndall Ardoin, Gibsland, La.
75-75-72-222
12. Jennifer Johnson, La Quinta, Calif.
75-75-72-222
12. Cheyenne Woods, Phoenix, Ariz.
72-75-75-222
15. Katie Detlefsen, Eagan, Minn.
74-78-71-223
15. Jennifer Hirano, Pinole, Calif.
75-76-72-223
15. Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz.
75-75-73-223
15. Lindsey Solberg, Verona, Wi.
74-76-73-223
19. Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va.
76-75-74-225
19. Becca Huffer, Denver, Colo.
75-74-76-225
19. Brooke Beeler, Butler, Ill.
71-76-78-225
22. Tessa Teachman, Baton Rouge, La.
75-79-72-226
22. Brittany Altomare, Shrewsbury, Mass.
76-76-74-226
22. Lindy LaBauve, Scottsdale, Ariz.
78-72-76-226
22. Katie Conway, Wading River, N.Y.
72-76-78-226
26. Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.
75-78-74-227
26. Andrea Watts, Bradenton, Fla.
77-76-74-227
26. Rachel Rohanna, Waynesburg, Pa.
77-73-77-227
29. Kristina Merkle, Honolulu, Hawaii
77-80-71-228
30. Kayla Mortellaro, Phoenix, Ariz.
78-78-74-230
DID NOT MAKE 54-HOLE CUT
Samantha Troyanovich, Grosse Pte. Shores, Mich. 82-77-72-231
Carly Werwie, Kenosha, Wis.
80-79-72-231
Haley Millsap, Pace, Fla.
82-75-74-231
Kylie Fuller, Temecula, Calif.
78-76-78-232
Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif.
76-78-78-232
Kyle Roig, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
80-77-76-233
Karisa Akin, Elizabethtown, Ky.
78-82-73-233
Amelia Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla.
81-75-77-233
Nikki Koller, Lewisburg, Ky.
83-78-72-233
Marissa Steen, WestChester, Ohio
78-75-80-233
Tracy Martin, Tyngsboro, Mass.
79-79-76-234
Haley Sanders, Rogers, Ark.
77-79-78-234
Melissa Martin, Grand Junction, Colo.
78-74-82-234
Heather Lott, Baton Rouge, La.
81-76-79-236
Mariah Stackhouse, Riverdale, Ga.
77-82-77-236
Crystal Lee, Mahwah, N.J.
77-78-81-236
Hillary Gerster, Andover, Minn.
83-77-77-237
Kendall Wright, Duluth, Ga.
75-78-84-237
Erica Creed, Kernersville, N.C.
81-79-79-239
Meghan Chapman, Seminole, Fla.
77-84-79-240
Morgan Hale, Tallahoma, Tenn.
81-80-79-240
Jordan Ontiveros, Alamo, Calif.
84-79-77-240
Mary Narzisi, Omaha, Neb.
79-80-82-241
Caitlin Bliss, Katy, Texas
82-80-79-241
Anne Ormson, Granger, Ind.
79-82-81-242
Alei Mitchell, Waycross, Ga.
81-81-80-242
Hanule Seo, St. Louis, Mo.
83-82-78-243
Sarah Freeman, Goodyear, Ariz.
90-78-75-243
Katie Jurenovich, Warren, Ohio
82-80-82-244
Shelby Phillips, Gilbert, Ariz.
84-82-78-244
Lauren Greenlief, Oakton, Va.
85-75-85-245
Rebecca Lederhausen, Hinsdale, Ill.
80-80-85-245
Stephanie Corey, Burien, Wash.
81-83-81-245
Paige Spiranac, Monument, Colo.
82-83-80-245
Samantha Formeck, Northern Cambria, Pa.
83-83-79-245
Ashley Mooney, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
79-89-77-245
Madeleine Sheils, Boise, Idaho
84-81-82-247
Samantha Schuffenecker, Oswego, N.Y.
84-80-84-248
Katie Skinner, Boise, Idaho
84-80-84-248
Whitney Schrader, Marshalltown, Iowa
82-83-83-248
Jennifer Clark, Kansas City, Kan.
82-87-79-248
Kc Cain, Marion, Ind.
85-87-82-254
Erin Misheff, Silver Lake, Ohio
85-84-86-255
Sara Eichelberger, Rochester, N.Y.
89-85-81-255
Katelynn Mannix, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
83-88-84-255
Emily Copier, Sandy, Utah
93-84-79-256
Brooke Stepanek, Guilford, Conn.
87-87-88-262
Chanet Fiorina, Santa Fe, N.M.
93-81-92-266
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