I.R.I. GOLF GROUP ARIZONA
July 7-10, 2003
CHOE AND LIM CLAIM FIRST
AJGA TITLES Cochran shoots course record 62
TUCSON, Ariz. - Thirteen-year-old Esther
Choe of La Quinta, Calif., carded a 72 Thursday en route to
claiming her first AJGA win at the I.R.I Golf Group Arizona
National. Amie Cochran of Torrance, Calif., shot a course
record 9-under-par 62 as she tied for second. The 9-under-par
62 also ties an AJGA tournament record for lowest round set
by Leigh Anne Hardin in 1997. In the Boys Division, Daniel
Lim of Gilroy, Calif., also claimed his first AJGA win with
an impressive 11-under-par 202 for the tournament.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole
event was held at the par-71 Arizona National. The field features
84 players, ages 13-18, from seven states and Mexico, and
includes 10 Tucson residents.
Cochran did all she could to catch up to Choe, but Choe's
consistency paid off. Choe tallied a tournament total 2-under-par
211 with rounds of 69-70-72. Thursday's round of 72 included
three birdies and four bogeys.
"I hit the ball pretty well today, but my putts weren't
falling," remarked Choe.
Despite her putting troubles, which caused all four bogies,
Choe kept her cool and claimed victory.
"It's very exciting to win an AJGA event because I've
always wanted to win one. I just didn't know that it would
come so quickly."
Choe's best finish prior to Tucson came at the 2003 Sprint
Junior Championship hosted by the Las Vegas Founders where
she took third.
Cochran's course record 62 broke Susie Redman's women's course
record of 65 at Arizona National. Cochran carded an eagle
on the 518-yard par-5 fifth hole and totaled seven birdies
with zero bogeys for the round. She also hit all 18 greens
in regulation, missing only one fairway. Cochran's 62 brought
her tournament total to 215.
"My goal today was to make birdies," Cochran said.
"I was just putting lights out; it was crazy. Everything
really came together today."
Cochran claimed her first AJGA victory on June 26th in at
the 2003 Lennar Junior at Mission Hills.
First round leader Nicole Smith of Riverside, Calif., carded
a 68 on her way to a tournament total of 215, tying Cochran
In the Boys Division, Thursday's theme of firsts continued
as Daniel Lim carded a 6-under-par 65 on his way to his first
AJGA win. Lim's previous best finish came at the 2001 Marsico
Funds Colorado Junior Roundup where he placed seventh.
Lim birdied four out of the last six holes coming down the
stretch, including a birdie on No. 18 to claim victory.
"I was really nervous coming down the stretch today,"
commented Lim. "It's just great to win an AJGA event.
I've been working really hard on my game and it feels good
to see it pay off."
Lim was tied for fifth place coming in to today's round after
carding a 69 on Tuesday and a 68 on Wednesday.
"I started out decent today by trying to par every hole,"
Lim said. "I knew the birdies would come."
The birdies did come as the 16-year-old carded six birdies
compared to zero bogeys for the round.
"I worked hard on my putting last night because my goal
was to make all of my birdie opportunities today," remarked
Lim. "I kept the ball in play all day and never saw the
Second round leader Kyle Dowden of Somis, Calif., and Danny
Buell of San Carlos, Calif., tied for second place with a
tournament total of 204. Laguna Niguel, Calif., native, Cameron
Tringale and first round leader Max Schechter of Rancho Santa
Fe, Calif., finished with tournament totals of 205, good for
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National or any AJGA event, please contact the association's
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