AJGA FIRST STATE BANK SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR CLASSIC
Isleta Eagle Golf Course
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 28-31, 2002

LOWRY SHOOTS SOLID BACK NINE TO TAKE TOP SPOT
Rollins jumps ahead in Girls Division after second round

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Tallying a 4-under-par 68, Randy Lowry stepped into the lead after second round action at the AJGA First State Bank Southwestern Junior Classic. The 15-year-old from Spring, Texas, carded a 32 on the last nine holes to total 137 after two rounds of play. In the Girls Division, Ashley Rollins of Austin, Texas, shot a 5-under-par 67 to take the lead with a total of 138.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, this 54-hole, three-day event is being held at the par-72 Isleta Eagle Golf Course. The 99-player field features players from 15 states, including four Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. Twenty-one New Mexico natives are representing their home state.

Lowry, a Polo Golf Junior All-American, managed even-par on the front nine despite getting off to a slow start with bogeys on holes No. 1 and 8. He then birdied Nos. 10, 12, 14 and 15 to close out the second round at 68, moving up from his second-place first round finish.

"I felt good going into the round," Lowry said. "I bogeyed the first hole, but I stayed calm and patient. I was waiting for putts to drop, and they started falling in the back nine."

Holding a three-stroke lead, Lowry is looking for improvement in Friday's final round.

"I'm not going to think of a number, just keep making birdies," he said.

Trailing Lowry is Derek Tolan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., who birdied Nos. 11, 16 and 18 to finish at 3-under-par 69 for a two-day tournament total of 140. In third place at 141 is Kenny Coakley of Lakewood, Colo. Tied for fourth are Jeremy Alcorn of Brownwood, Texas, and Colter Kautzmann of Phoenix at 142.

On the girls' side, Rollins powered through the second round, carding only two bogeys and seven birdies to add to her first-round score of 71. Rollins scored the lowest round in the Girls Division in the tournament's 14-year history.

The 17-year-old attributes today's sub-par performance to an improved short game.

"I was making a lot of putts today," she said. "I hit shots a lot closer to the hole, too."

Tied for second place are Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Lauren Todd of Phoenix at 143. Despite a bogey on the fourth hole, Blumenherst found her way back into contention with an eagle and a birdie on Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.

Final-round action begins Friday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee of Isleta Eagle Golf Course's Mesa Course.

For more information about the AJGA First State Bank Southwestern Junior Classic, or any other AJGA events, please call tournament headquarters at 505-869-0590, or visit the Association's Web site at ajga.org.

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