AJGA PING/MARSICO FUNDS COLORADO
Walking Stick Golf Course
June 3-6, 2003
RAIN, WIND, COLD AND BLUMENHERST
DOMINATE THE FIELD
Tolan climbs into boys' lead at PING/Marsico Funds Colorado
PUEBLO, Colo. - The story of the day
at Walking Stick Golf Course was not the harsh weather, but
rather the ability of Amanda Blumenherst and Derek Tolan to
overcome it. Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
the second round of the PING/Marsico Funds Colorado Junior
Roundup was completed amid an abundance of rain showers, frigid
temperatures, burly winds and a weather delay that lasted
more than an hour in the early afternoon.
Taking the headlines away from the weather was Blumenherst,
of Scottsdale, Ariz., who shot the low round of the day in
either division. Blumenherst came in with a score of 70, bringing
her tournament total to 143, which leads the Girls Division
by nine shots. Blumenherst was 5-under-par at the turn, and
added her sixth birdie of the day on the 10th hole to move
to 6-under-par for the day.
"My front nine was amazing, probably the best nine I
have ever played," remarked Blumenherst.
As Blumenherst approached the back nine, the rain became heavier
and conditions worsened.
"I don't mind playing in the wind, but I sometimes get
rattled by rain," said Blumenherst, who lost her momentum
with bogeys on holes 11 through 14. "When it started
raining I lost focus. The delay came at a good time because
it allowed me to regain my focus and finish strong on the
last few holes."
Following the delay, Blumenherst promptly made her career-high
seventh birdie of the day at No. 15.
Heather Wright of Houston is in second place in the Girls
Division. Wright's round of 3-over-par 75 brought her two-round
total to 152, trailing Blumenherst by nine shots. Also with
a 3-over-par 75, Ashley Rollins of Austin, Texas, brought
her total score to 154, good for third place.
In the Boys Division, Tolan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., shot
the low round of the day and leads with an even- par 142,
following Wednesday's 1-over-par 72. When Tolan teed off in
the morning in miserable weather conditions, he was looking
to shoot in the mid to high 70s.
"Considering the conditions, this was one of the hardest,
yet best rounds of competitive golf I have ever played,"
said Tolan. "The course was very tough. On holes where
I would usually use a driver and a wedge, I was using a driver
and a 3-iron. It was crazy!"
After firing a 2-over-par 73, Geoff Mead of Rapid City, S.D.,
is in second place at 143. He is followed in third by first-round
leader Jake Hermes of Durango, Colo., who shot a 6-over-par
77 and has a two-round score of 145. Like Tolan, Hermes thought
the conditions were extremely harsh.
"The combined rain, wind, and cold temperatures made
the back nine the toughest nine holes of golf I have ever
played, nearly impossible," said Hermes. "For most
of the nine holes I was just trying to hold on for dear life
Three juniors are tied for fourth place in the Boys Division.
Chris Huffer of Denver came in with a score of 74 for the
round, bringing his total to 149. John Philpy of Eads, Colo.,
recorded a score of 79, also totaling 149. Tied with Huffer
and Philpy with an overall score of 149 is Ryan Husted of
Highlands Ranch, Colo. Husted shot a 2-over-par 73.
The tournament concludes Friday with final-round tee times
beginning at 7 a.m. off the first and 10th tees.
For more information on the PING/Marsico Funds Colorado Junior
Roundup, please contact tournament headquarters at (719) 584-3400