AJGA NEEDHAM JUNIOR AT DIABLO GRANDE
Diablo Grande - The Legends West Course
August 11-14, 2003
JOH FIRES 67 TO TAKE LEAD
AT DIABLO GRANDE Puterbaugh and Sharp share lead in Boys Division
PATTERSON, Calif. - Tiffany Joh of
San Diego carded a 5-under-par 67 Tuesday, and sits atop the
leaderboard of the Girls Division at the AJGA Needham Junior
at Diablo Grande. Jamie Puterbaugh of Carlsbad, Calif., and
Brady Sharp of Port Orchard, Wash., also carded rounds of
5-under-par 67 Tuesday and share the lead in the Boys Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
Needham Junior at Diablo Grande is being held at the par-72
Diablo Grande - The Legends West Course and features a field
of 72 boys and 27 girls from 10 states and South Korea.
Joh's career-low round 67 included an eagle, five birdies
and two bogeys, which puts her 4 shots ahead of Da-Sol Chung,
who shot 71.
"Usually I save strokes with my putts," commented
Joh, who said putting was the key. "But today I was able
to capitalize on the greens that I hit. I typically putt well,
but I was striking the ball great and that made it happen."
An eagle on the par-5, 487-yard No. 2 highlighted Joh's round.
"I chipped from fringe and I thought I hit it too hard,
but it hit the pin and went in," Joh remarked. "I
was shocked at first, then really excited."
As the week continues, Joh looks to improve on her best AJGA
finish, third at the 2003 Heather Farr Classic.
"I'm nervous, but I want to win if I have this type of
lead to go on," Joh said.
Joh is followed in second place by Da-sol Chung of Seoul,
South Korea, who has spent the last month in the United States
and is participating in her first AJGA event. Chung's round
included four birdies and three bogeys.
"I need to work on my iron-play for tomorrow," Chung
said. "Besides my iron-play, everything went well. The
landing areas are tough here, making it a tough course overall."
The Korean native, Chung, is no stranger to success. Thus
far in 2003, Chung has already conquered the British Junior
Open and the Korean Junior Open, winning both. Chung has also
participated in the U.S. Junior Championship and made the
cut at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., and Sommer Scholl of Riverside,
Calif., carded even-par 72s and are currently tied for third.
In the Boys Division, Puterbaugh, 18, carded six birdies compared
to only one bogey, en route to his round of 67.
"I made a lot of putts today and didn't make many mistakes,"
The San Diego State signee is coming off a recent break from
the junior golf circuit and is playing in his first AJGA tournament
since the AJGA Heather Farr Classic in mid-April.
"It's shocking and kind of weird to be playing this well
and sitting in first place after such a long break,"
Sharp's round of 67 included five birdies, one eagle and two
"I started off well and played solidly all day today,"
commented Sharp, who was even on the front-nine and five-under-par
on the back.
Sharp looks improve on his best AJGA finish, 10th at the AJGA
2002 Spokane Junior Classic.
"I just want to go out and have fun,"
Sharp said. "It would be great to finish strong and have
a good week."
Louie Bishop of Murrietta, Calif., and Kyle Stanley of Gig
Harbor, Wash., carded equal rounds of 4-under-par 68 and currently
stand in third place.
With matching 2-under-par 70s, four juniors are tied for fifth
following Tuesday's first round. Michael Jensen of Los Altos,
Calif., Billy Olsen of Fountain Valley, Calif., Kyle Takesue
of Cerritos, Calif., and Chris Wells of Mobile, Ala., all
carded matching rounds of 2-under-par.
The second round of the AJGA Needham Junior at Diablo Grande
begins Wednesday with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off the
For more information on the AJGA Needham Junior at Diablo
Grande, please contact tournament headquarters at (209) 892-4653.
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