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Rotz plays big at Ashworth Junior

September 23, 2002

Fourteen-year-old Clayton Rotz, of Chambersburg, is maturing pretty quickly on the junior golf circuit.

Rotz, an eighth-grader at Faust Junior High School, finished second Sunday in the American Junior Golf Association's second annual Ashworth Postseason Junior at Black Rock Golf Course with an even-par 142. Brent Davis, 16, of Silver Spring, Md., shot a 141 to take top honors.

There were 90 boys (ages 13-18) - representing 15 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada - in the 36-hole, two-day competition.

Rotz said competing against older players doesn't really faze him.

"I play with a lot of older kids around (Chambersburg) and practice with the high school kids a good bit," he said. "My goal going in was to get top 15. But after I played a good round Saturday, I put myself in position to win. I wanted to finish first, but second is pretty good."

Rotz and Davis broke away from the rest of the field Saturday, each shooting a 3-under par 68s for a share of the lead.

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"I putted pretty well Saturday and hit a lot of greens in regulation. I was pretty aggressive," said Rotz. "I was pretty aggressive (Sunday) and hit a lot of bad drives that cost me, like the last hole."

Rotz parred the 13th hole Sunday to take a one-shot lead on Davis and held it through 17. However, a double-bogey on 18 cost him the title.

"I just hooked a drive and hit a tree and it kicked about 30 yards back," said Rotz. "I was kind of devastated after that, and (Davis) got up and down after that for par.

"But it was a good experience. I learned a lot."

Other area golfers included Waynesboro's Kevin Reiber (150, tied for 13th), Martinsburg's Trevor Hodges (153, tied for 21st) and Hagerstown's Kellen Seligman (162, tied for 68th).

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