AJGA BOYNE HIGHLANDS JUNIOR
Boyne Highlands Resort, Heather Course
Harbor Springs, Michigan
July 7-10, 2003
BLUMENHERST TIES CAREER
LOW 65 WHILE DOMINATING DIVISION IN HARBOR SPRINGS
Alafoginis soars to the top of the Boys Division after
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. - Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale,
Ariz., fired an impressive round of 6-under-par 65 Wednesday,
tying her career low round that she recorded last week at
the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship in Lake Geneva,
Wis. Frank Alafoginis of Potomac, Md., pulled ahead in the
Boys Division after also carding a career low of 4-under-par
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the tournament
features 143 boys and girls, ages 13-18, representing 25 states
and Canada. The 54-hole event runs Tuesday through Thursday
at the Boyne Highlands Resort, Heather Course in Harbor Springs,
Blumenherst (71-65-136) garnered seven birdies on the day
to retain control of the Girls Division. Being in the lead
is not a new feeling for the 16-year-old. She has already
added three wins to her name at the AJGA Southwestern Junior
Classic, AJGA PING/Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup and
last week at the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship.
"I played very well today," Blumenherst said. "I
started off strong and kept on going. I nailed a 25-foot putt
for birdie on No. 10 and it felt great. It's been awhile since
I have done that."
Blumenherst's second round 65 not only tied her personal record,
but also broke the women's competitive 18-hole record at the
Heather Course by two strokes. AJGA members Jenny Tangtiphaiboontana
of Long Beach, Calif., and Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif.,
previously held the course record, which was posted last year.
"I focused on each shot and I just wanted to go out to
play my best," Blumenherst said. "I also came here
Challenging the Arizona native Blumenherst for the title with
152s are Allison Goodman of San Diego, Calif., and Jordyn
Wells of Bethel Park, Pa.
Alafoginis (73-67-140) took the lead in the Boys Division
after nailing five birdies. He also hit all 18 greens and
had only one 3-putt.
"I hit my driver really well today," the 17-year-old
said. "I never got into trouble. Irons tend to be my
strength and if I can get off the tee, I won't miss the greens."
Alafoginis, a rising high school senior, indicated that he
was nervous going into Wednesday's round after an awkward
morning on the practice green and driving range.
"My swing felt bad warming up," he said. "It
made me nervous because I wasn't sure how I'd play. It feels
good to finally be in the lead. Tomorrow I hope to play well,
but if I get beat, I get beat. I just don't want to give it
Michael Schachner (66-76-142) of Libertyville, Ill., carded
a 5-over-par 76 to trail Alafoginis by two strokes.
"Today was a little more windy than yesterday,"
the 17-year-old said. "The course played tough. I played
the exact same as yesterday from tee to green, but I had 10
more putts. Overall, I felt very well, but I started out with
a 4-putt and I just couldn't get it back."
Also in contention for the Boys Division title at 143 is David
Shearer of Charlevoix, Mich., while Kevin Bryce of Mississauga,
Ontario sits at 144. Tied at 145 heading into the final round
are Randy Hutchison of Traverse City, Mich., and Andrew Milloy
of Lasalle, Ontario.
Final-round tee times will begin at 8 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
on Thursday off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Boyne Highlands
Resort, Heather Course.
For more information on the AJGA Boyne Highlands Junior contact
tournament headquarters at (231) 526-3105, Conference Room