THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club, Raptor Course
Scottsdale, Arizona
May 23-26, 2003

HARMAN FIRES A 6-UNDER-PAR TO SIT ATOP THE LEADERBOARD
Kemp ties women's competitive course record

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., scorched the Raptor Course Saturday in the desert heat for a 6-under-par 66 (34-32), one shot off the course record. In the Girls Division, Sarah Kemp of Melbourne, Australia, tied the competitive women's course record with a 4-under-par 68.

The 54-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 84 players from 20 states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden. Sixty-six members of the Polo Golf Junior All-America teams are entered.

Harman, who finished the day with six birdies and 12 pars, got his day off to a good start with birdies on Nos. 3 and 4, from 20 and 10 feet, respectively.

"I really struggled off the tee today," the third-team Polo Golf Junior All-American said. "I had a few good breaks and I only went into the desert once."

The highlight of the 16-year-old's day was making a 30-foot putt for par on No. 8.

"My putts were falling," he said. "I only missed one putt within 10 feet. I was hitting my irons well, too. My round today gives me a lot of confidence. For tomorrow, I just need to shoot another round in the 60s and I will still be up there."

One stroke back at 67 are Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., and Roberto Castro of Alpharetta, Ga. Tied for fourth with a round of 70 are Kevin Dore of Dundas, Ontario, and Anthony Kim of La Quinta, Calif.

In the Girls Division, Kemp will take a two-stroke lead into the second round after firing 33-35 for a 4-under-par 68.

"I drove the ball well and did not miss any fairways," the 17-year-old said. "I hit a couple of shots left, but I got up-and-down for par."

Kemp, who is the Australian Junior Champion and the top-ranked women's amateur in her country, bogeyed the first hole and then had three birdies in a row, starting at hole six. She finished the day with five birdies, 12 pars and one bogey.

"I have never played desert golf before and this is one of the hottest days that I have played," she said. "This is a nice course and it is a little longer than the courses in Australia."

This is only the second time Kemp has ever been to the United States and she noticed the balls go a little further here. Her 68 ties the competitive course record set by Kim Kouwabunpat and Brittany Lang at this event in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

"It's great to play so well here," Kemp said. "I am happy to be here, playing against the best juniors in the world."

Two shots back at 2-under-par 70 is Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, and Hannah Jun of San Diego, Calif. Tied for fourth at even-par 72 are defending champion Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas, the Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., and Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla.

Second round action will begin at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees, with the final round taking place on Monday.

For more information on the Thunderbird International Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (480) 502-3181.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
2. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
3. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
3. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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