PING PHOENIX JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
ASU Karsten Golf Course
Tempe, Ariz.
Aug. 22-25, 2002

CAMPBELL TAKES ONE-STROKE LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND
Martin jumps to the lead after second round 3-under-par 69

TEMPE, Ariz. - Peter Campbell of Encinitas, Calif., backed up his opening-round 68 with a 3-under-par 69 to grab the second-round lead of the AJGA PING Phoenix Junior Championship. In the Girls Division, Allison Martin of Bakersfield, Calif., also carded a 69 to lead the field by four strokes with one round to play.

The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 84 players representing 12 states and Canada. Fifteen participants call Arizona home. It is being held at the par-72 Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course. Past champions include PGA TOUR player Tiger Woods (1991) and LPGA tour players Heather Bowie (1991), Emilee Klein (1992) and Grace Park (1994, '96).

Campbell (68-69-137), who had seven birdies during the first round, lost some momentum as he bogeyed his second hole. The 17-year-old wasn't fazed and quickly got things going his way with an eagle on the par-5, 527-yard 14th. Campbell left his second shot short of the green but then dropped his 30-yard chip in for eagle.

"My chipping was on," Campbell said. "From 20 yards out I was trying to hole it every time. I visualized my shots and then they landed exactly where I wanted."

Campbell carries a one-shot lead into the final round and will be playing in the final group for the second-consecutive year. He said he wants to end this tournament a little better than he did last year when he hit his ball into the water on the final hole to finish in seventh place.

"It would be kind of nice to get something back," Campbell said. "I have to start off solid and keep it going."

One thing he has to his advantage is the course. Campbell plays the tricky and sometimes deceiving Karsten track extremely well.

"I don't know what it is about this course, but I like it," Campbell said. "It is a challenging course that makes you think coming down the stretch. It definitely helps if you stay positive when playing it."

Kevin Larsen of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Seung Su Han of Chino Hills, Calif., sit in second place at 138. Zack Miller of San Rafael, Calif., is alone in fourth two shots back. Hochul Kim of Murrieta, Calif., and Jay Choe of Yorba Linda, Calif., are tied for fifth place at 140.

In the Girls Division, Martin (70-69-139) turned in her second-consecutive round under par and took control of the leaderboard. Her putting enabled her to score low as she notched four one-putts on the front nine.

"I struggled with my pitching and chipping today, but my ability to make putts kept me in there," Martin said.

She slammed home a 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 9 to get everything going.

"That kind of jump-started my round," Martin said. "Then I birdied No. 10 with a nine-foot putt after a good shot into the green."

She birdied No. 11 for her third consecutive, and added another on No. 17, her fifth birdie on a par 5 in two rounds.

"I am going to try and do the same thing tomorrow," Martin said. "I have to keep playing solid and not give anything away. I am putting well, so if I can keep that up tomorrow hopefully I can shoot low."

Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif., is in second with a 143 and Tiffany Tavee of Gilbert, Ariz., rounds out the top three at 144.

Local product Lauren Todd of Phoenix aced the 150-yard, par-3 12th. She two-hopped her 5-iron into the cup for the hole-in-one.

Final-round action begins at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees and runs until 8:27 a.m.

For more information on the PING Phoenix Junior Championship please contact tournament headquarters at 480-968-7084, ext. 227.

 
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