THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club, Raptor Course
May 23-26, 2003
LINCICOME SETS NEW GRAYHAWK RECORD TO SHARE
FIRST WITH KNOLL IN GIRLS DIVISION
Lefthanded Harman holds on to lead in Boys Division at
Phil Mickelson's home course
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Brittany Lincicome of Seminole,
Fla., established a new course record Sunday at Grayhawk Golf
Club's Raptor Course to move into a tie for the lead with
Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, in the Girls Division
of the Thunderbird International Junior. Brian Harman of Savannah,
Ga., maintained the lead in the Boys Division as he posted
a second-round score of even-par 72.
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.
The 17-year-old Lincicome shot a round of 5-under-par 67 to
bring her 36-hole total to 141. Her day included seven birdies
to offset two bogeys. Knoll, 18, fired a second-round 71 to
also stand at 3-under-par 141. In third place is Hannah Jun
of San Diego, Calif., who carded a second-round 73 and is
at 1-under-par 143 with 18 holes remaining. Scottsdale's own
Amanda Blumenhurst is in fourth place at even-par 144. Day
one leader Sarah Kemp of Melbourne, Australia, shares fifth
place with Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., at 1-over-par
"It feels great to break the course record, especially
after yesterday's round," Lincicome said. "I was
just trying to break par, but I kept knocking it close. I
kept putting my wedges and 9-irons within five feet."
The duo leads the field by two strokes and will face off in
the final girls' group of Monday's action, beginning play
from the No. 1 tee at 8:21 a.m. Lincicome aims for her second
straight victory after winning the AJGA Taylor-Made-adidas
Golf Junior at Chateau Elan last month, while Knoll looks
for her second career victory.
"I'm just going to play the course and try to take it
low tomorrow," said Knoll, who has signed a National
Letter-of-Intent with Oklahoma State. "I'm not going
to worry about what the other players shoot, but just try
to beat the course."
A lefty for the new generation continues to lead the Boys
Division as Brian Harman moved 18 holes closer to etching
his name on the Phil Mickelson Trophy. The 16-year-old from
Savannah, Ga., totaled a second-round 72 and is at 6-under-par
138 after 36 holes. Mickelson serves as the honorary tournament
chairman for the Thunderbird International Junior, which is
being contested at the PGA TOUR professional's home course.
His lone blemish on the day came on the 502 yard, par-5 seventh
hole where he made double bogey. Despite taking a seven, Harman
still made a masterful shot out of the desert just left of
the fairway between trees and cacti.
"I was just trying to hack it out and hit it into the
fairway," the second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American
said about his second shot on the seventh hole. "I got
a couple bad breaks out there today so I'm very happy to walk
away with a 72."
Trailing Harman in second place is Song Jeon of Ocala, Fla.,
who used a 68 to move into second place at 5-under-par 139
for the tournament. Anthony Kim from La Quinta, Calif., occupies
third place at 3-under-par 141. Joshua Wooding of Riverside,
Calif., and Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., are tied for fourth
place at 2-under-par 142.
The final round of the Thunderbird International Junior gets
underway Monday at 7 a.m. from the first and 10th tees on
the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club.