PING INDIANAPOLIS JUNIOR

The Bridgewater Club

Carmel, Indiana

June 7-10, 2004

 

VONGVANIJ LEADS AFTER SECOND ROUND OF PING INDIANAPOLIS JUNIOR

Blumenherst and Grehan lead Girls Division

 

CARMEL, Ind. – After another hot day in Indiana, Arnond Vongvanij of Bradenton, Fla., leads the Boys Division of the PING Indianapolis Junior with a two-day total of 144 after rounds of 76-68.  The Girls Division is currently led by Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., who hold a three-stroke lead following the second round. 

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Indianapolis Junior features 100 players – ages 12-18 – from 22 states, Argentina and Canada. The 54-hole stroke play event is being held at the challenging par-72 Bridgewater Club.

 

Fifteen-year-old Vongvanij entered Wednesday’s action tied for fifth, but a solid round that included five birdies brought him to the top of the leader board entering the final round.

 

“I got up-and-down in important situations and I didn’t make any mental mistakes,” said Vongvanij, who hit 10 fairways and 14 greens on the day.  “My short game helped me a lot.  I hit my iron shots pretty close to the flag sticks which set up easy putts.”

 

In a three-way tie for second with matching two-day totals of 146 are Chris Smith of Alpharetta, Ga., Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C., and George Gandranata of Bradenton, Fla.  Cincinnati’s Brian Keating trails the leaders by three strokes after rounds of 72-75—147.

 

Currently sharing the lead in the Girls Division is Blumenherst, 17, and Grehan, 15, each with a two-round total of 150. 

 

“It is taking me a few days to adjust to the different variables on the course.  I definitely could have hit the ball better today,” stated Blumenherst, who entered today’s round tied for first after carding a 75.

 

Grehan, who carded an impressive even-par-72 in the second round said, “I played really well today.  I had trouble in the middle of the round with putting, but I was able to come back with two birdies and get my confidence back up.”

 

Following Blumenherst and Grehan are Julia Potter of Granger, Ind. at 153, Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa at 154, and Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla. at 155. 

 

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.  The AJGA has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

 

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989.  Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

 

The final round of the PING Indianapolis Junior begins Thursday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at The Bridgewater Club. 

 

For more information about the PING Indianapolis Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (317) 867-4653.

 
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Shreveport, La.
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Sanford, Fla.
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Canyon Lake, Calif.
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(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
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Corinth, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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Hermosa Beach, Calif.
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Austin, Texas
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
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Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
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Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
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