Arizona Silver Belle: Park wins by a stroke

TEMPE, Ariz. (Jan. 1, 2008) -- Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., fired an even-par 72 at the final round of the 38th annual Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship to hold on to a one-stroke victory. The 16-year-old finished at 4-under 212 (69-71-72), a stroke better than Katrina Hegge.

It was another major victory for Park, who at 14 became the fourth-youngest winner at the U.S. Girls' Junior in 2007 when she defeated Ayaka Kaneko 4 & 3.

Park, who has shown interest in attending USC when she graduates in 2010, is finished the season as the AJGA's No. 2 ranked junior in the country.

In the 19-23 division, Jane Chin was tops at 214, while Hegge won the 17-18 flight, Park took the 15-16 and Esther Lee, Lauren Kim and Lauren Salazar tied for the 13-14 title at 227.

ABOUT THE Arizona Silver Belle Championship

Prominent amateur golf tournament for junior girls and women 13 - 23 years of age who compete over 54 holes of stroke play. The field is flighted by age, but the overall champion may come from any age group.

Joanne Winter, one of 14 original Master Professionals in the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division, founded the Arizona Silver Belle 1971. Winter was a noted athlete before beginning her love affair with golf. She pitched with the Racine Belles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943-50 and later served as a consultant for the film, "A League Of Their Own," which chronicled the women's league. After retiring from the diamond, she turned to golf and won the Arizona State Women's Championship in 1962.

Entrants must provide a USGA Handicap Index of 15.0 or lower and supply a resume of tournament scores and other information as required by the golf registration system. The selection process is based upon this information and national ranking.

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