ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Sunriver Resort – Crosswater Course
Sunriver, Oregon
July 5-9, 2004

PAYNE, PARK AND SMITH TIED AFTER FIRST ROUND OF ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Joh and Pandolfi share lead at two-under-par in the Girls Division

SUNRIVER, Ore. – In one of the American Junior Golf Association’s most prestigious championships, three players are tied atop the leader board in the Boys Division after the first day of the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Jordan Payne of West Memphis, Ark., Nicholas Park of Ithaca, N.Y., and Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., all shot 4-under-par 68s.

In the Girls Division, Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., and Jennifer Pandolfi of Navarre, Fla., both fired 2-under-par 70s to put them in a tie for the lead.

The Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole invitational stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Course. The tournament features 150 players, ages 12-18, from 32 states and seven foreign countries, including Canada, China, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay and South Africa.

The 2004 Rolex Tournament of Champions features 49 Rolex Junior All-Americans and past champions include the likes of Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, David Gossett, Grace Park and Beth Bauer.

Payne and Park both started their sub-par rounds early during the day’s first wave.  Payne opened with two straight birdies and attributed them to his success off the tee.

“It’s really important for me to get off to a good start,” Payne said. “This feels good and is the biggest tournament I’ve ever played in.”

Park played his entire round bogey-free, highlighted by four birdies.

“I putted pretty well,” Park said. “I have to stay focused for every shot and not worry about what I need to shoot.” 

As the wind picked up in the afternoon, Smith took advantage of the par 5 holes, playing them in 3-under-par.

“I played excellent in the wind,” Smith said. “I would have been happy with an even par in this weather.”

Six others are just one shot out of the lead at 3-under-par 69.

Coming off two straight wins, Joh continued her strong play by hitting all 14 fairways on the opening day.  Starting on hole No. 10, Joh birdied two of her first four holes and made the turn at 2-under-par.

“I was putting pretty well,” Joh said.  “It was still challenging adapting to the altitude and the wind.”

Soon to be a Duke Blue Devil golfer, Pandolfi started out slowly and made the turn at 1-over-par. She finished hot, though, making birdie on three of her last four holes.

“I was trying to shoot par and stay in it,” Pandolfi said. “I played patient and finally started to make some birdies.”
Rolex Girls Champion Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay, and Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., trail the leaders by just one stroke.  

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 largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior 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 second round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions begins Wednesday off tee Nos. 1 and 10 with two waves beginning at 7:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. For more information on the Rolex Tournament of Champions, please call tournament headquarters at (541) 593-3410.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Boys
Total
1
Davis Shore
134
2
Norman Xiong
139
3
Garrett Barber
140
Girls
Total
1
Yu Sang Hou
141
2
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
142
3
Gina Kim
143
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
*Robin Williams
206
2
Cooper Parks
206
3
Canon Claycomb
210
Girls
Total
1
Kanyanat Saithip
217
2
Kristin Engle
221
3
Yang Liu
225
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
*Cade Kiser
221
2
Pone Pyae Han
221
3
Kritchayapol Sinchai
222
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Levi
218
2
Beryl Wang
220
T
3
Brooke Tyree
222
T
3
Julia Johnson
222
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Gavin Noble
206
2
Benjamin James
209
T
3
Jackson Rivera
212
T
3
Nathan Han
212
T
3
Christopher Vandette
212
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
225
2
Jin Yu Wu
226
T
3
Emma Zhao
229
T
3
Brianna Park
229
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
210
2
Gunil Moon
214
3
Kristopher Stiles
216
Girls
Total
1
Yu Wen Lu
210
T
2
Natasha Andrea Oon
212
T
2
Therese Warner
212
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.