SPRINT JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTED BY THE LAS VEGAS
Boulder Creek Golf Club
Boulder City, Nevada
June 16-19, 2003
FLORES TAKES LEAD WITH COURSE RECORD AT BOULDER CREEK
Choe, Lee continue to top Girls Division
BOULDER CITY, Nev. -
Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., carded a 7-under-par
65 Wednesday and now leads the Boys Division of the Sprint
Junior Golf Championship hosted by the Las Vegas Founders
following the second-round. Flores' round of 65 set a new
course record from the AJGA tournament yardage, formerly held
by Jim Hadley. Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif., and Polo
Golf Junior All-American Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif.,
lead the Girls Division at even-par 144.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole
event is being held at the par-72 Boulder Creek Golf Club.
The field features 84 players, ages 13-18, from eight states,
including 12 Las Vegas-area residents.
Wednesday's round of 65 is Flores' career low round.
"I was hitting the ball pretty well today," commented
Flores. "I played smart off the tees and converted most
of my birdie attempts. Today I just stayed patient and let
The 16-year-old Flores' resume includes eight AJGA events
and one victory at last season's Junior All-Star Classic at
Cimarron in Cathedral City, Calif.
Erik Coover of Scottsdale, Ariz., carded four birdies compared
to only 2 bogeys en route to a 2-under-par 70. Coover now
stands in second place with a two-round total of 137.
"Today was definitely different than yesterday, but I
still managed," remarked Coover, who shot a 5-under-par
67 on Tuesday and held the lead after the first-round. "I
had a lot of good putts that didn't fall and I didn't take
advantage of the par 5s. Thursday I need to play my own game
and take it one shot at a time."
Ryan Block of Temecula, Calif., and Polo Golf Junior All-American
Chad Wilcox of Peoria, Ariz., are currently tied for third.
Block shot a 2-under-par 70 while Wilcox shot a 1-under-par
71, bringing their two-round totals to 139. Brett Kanda of
La Crescenta, Calif., and David McDaniel of Tucson, Ariz.,
each carded 72s, totaling 140 for the tournament and now stand
tied for fifth place.
Choe and Lee carded rounds of 1-over-par 73 Wednesday to stay
tied for the lead at even-par 144. Choe came in with four
birdies for the round
"Today went okay," remarked the 13-year-old."I
barely missed a lot of putts and sometimes my club selection
was a little off because of the wind, but I hit my driver
well and had an overall good round."
When asked about Thursday's final round, Choe remarked, "I
am just going to play against the course, not any of my competitors."
Despite double bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10, Lee still managed
to maintain her composure and finish strong.
"I had a lot of trouble with the wind," Lee said.
"I started out really well, but then struggled when the
wind picked up on my back nine. Luckily, I managed my holes
well and saved a couple of pars. Hopefully it won't be as
windy on Thursday and I'll play well."
Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., and Jane Chin of Huntington
Beach, Calif., are currently tied for third place with two-round
totals of 149. Chin carded the low round of the day with an
The final round of the Sprint Junior Golf Championship hosted
by the Las Vegas Founders begins Thursday with tee times starting
at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tee.
For more information on the Sprint Junior Golf Championship
hosted by the Las Vegas Founders, please contact tournament
headquarters at (702) 294-6534 or at ajga.org.