NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT TOFTREES RESORT
Toftrees Resort & Four Star Golf Club
State College, Pennsylvania
August 9â€“12, 2004
KELLY LEADS BY THREE STROKES AT TOFTREES
Oh sits atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. â€“ As the field struggled to break par and battle a 39-minute weather delay, Staten Island, N.Y., native Timothy Kelly broke free from the rest of the Boys Division Tuesday to take an early three-stroke lead following the first round of the Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort. In the Girls Division, Angela Oh of Maple Shade, N.J., carded a 2-over-par 74 to grab the lead.
The second installment of the Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The tournament features 95 of the nationâ€™s premier junior golfers, ages 12-15, from 21 states and Canada. The Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series, created in 1998, is a collection of 10 events designed to give younger AJGA members an opportunity to play competitive golf.
The 15-year-old Kelly carded six birdies compared to only three bogeys during his first-round 32-37â€”69. Kellyâ€™s bogey-free front nine was highlighted by four birdies, starting with the first hole.
â€śThat birdie on the first hole really got my momentum going,â€ť Kelly said. â€śI hit a lot of good wedge shots today and my putter was working very well for me.â€ť
In his seventh AJGA event, Kelly hopes to improve on his best AJGA finish, 10th at last yearâ€™s Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort.
â€śI only made one mistake today by getting above the flagstick on No. 13,â€ť Kelly commented. â€śIâ€™m hoping to not make any mistakes tomorrow and to shoot a similar round. I really want to be in the leader group on Thursday.â€ť
William Miller, 15, of McMurray, Pa., currently sits in second place following his even-par 72.
â€śI played pretty well today,â€ť Miller said. â€śI got a double bogey on No. 4 but I was able to finish my front nine strong with birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 and a par on No. 9.â€ť
Miller, whose previous best AJGA finish came at the 2004 Solutions Consulting Junior Classic when he tied for fourth, is looking for consistency Wednesday.
â€śIâ€™m hoping for a more steady round Wednesday with no double bogeys,â€ť Miller remarked.
Robert Shogry of Pittsburgh, Michael Soowal of Blue Bell, Pa., Samuel Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., and Stephen Markovitz of Bridgeville, Pa., carded matching 2-over-par 74s and currently sit tied for third following Tuesdayâ€™s action.
In the Girls Division, Ohâ€™s 2-over-par 74 was good enough for a three-stroke lead. Oh post ceded a bogey on No. 1 by recovering with an eagle on No. 2, draining a 17-foot putt. The 15-year-old went on to par Nos. 3 and 4.
â€śMy eagle on the second hole really set the tone for the rest of the day,â€ť Oh said. â€śI putted very well and my second shots really helped me a lot.â€ť
Ohâ€™s roller coaster-round continued throughout the day as she finished with a double bogey on No. 18.
â€śI drove the ball in the woods off of the tee and then had to take an unplayable,â€ť Oh remarked. â€śI hope that my last shot doesnâ€™t carry over to tomorrow.â€ť
Oh is making her 2004 AJGA debut and looking to improve on her third-place finish at last seasonâ€™s Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort.
â€śI expect to do better Wednesday,â€ť Oh commented. â€śIâ€™m hoping to play more steadily and continue putting well.â€ť
Natalie Sheary of West Hartford, Conn., is currently three strokes back of Oh following a 5-over-par 77. Kate Durnan of Mendham, N.J., and Kaitlin Conway of Wading River, N.Y., carded first-round 78s and are presently tied for third.
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 AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
Second-round tee times begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Nike Golf Junior at Toftrees Resort, please contact tournament headquarters at (814) 238-6951.