GRAND BLANC'S MACK IN CONTROL HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
Hauser leads by one in Girls Division
GRAND BLANC, Mich. â€” Willie Mack III of Grand Blanc, Mich., fired an even-par 72 to lead the Boys Division with a tournament total 140 after the second round of the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek. In the Girls Division, Jessica Hauser of Hartland, Wis., carded a 1-under-par 71 for a tournament total of 142 and sole possession of first place.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek is a 54-hole stroke play event and is being held at the Flint Elks Lodge 222 Golf Club. The tournament features 81 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 15 states, Canada and Chile.
Mack shot a 38 on the front nine and a 34 on the back side. Although the 16-year-old heads into the final round of his first AJGA event with the lead, Mack was disappointed with his performance on the course.
â€śI felt like I played pretty poorly today,â€ť Mack said. â€śI was all over the place.â€ť
The roughest point of Mack's round came at the end of the front nine, where he bogeyed Nos. 6, 7 and 8. Mack said he was shaken up, but regained his composure to make three consecutive birdies on Nos. 9, 10 and 11. He carded pars for the rest of the round to finish with a 72.
Currently tied for second place with two-day totals of 143 are Mike Frizzell of Waterford, Mich., Andrew Hopkins V of Maumelle, Ark., and Kelly Kretz of Antigo, Wis. Alberto Belan of Las Condes-Santiago, Chile, Mitchell Gregson of Waterloo, Ill., Andrew Miller of Oakland Township, Mich., and Brandon Lemons of Portage, Mich., are tied for fifth with tournament totals of 144.
Hauser's 71 featured a 36 on the front nine and a 35 on the back side with four birdies and three bogeys. The 18-year-old said she felt she played well despite some trouble off the tee. Hauser hit only five fairways on the day. The key to her round, she said, was that she was able to recover nicely and hit 15 greens, giving herself some opportunities.
â€śIt was a day of scrambling,â€ť Hauser said. â€śI was getting up and down a lot. Hopefully tomorrow I can hit more fairways and play consistently.â€ť
Hauser, who will play golf for The Ohio State University in the fall, heads into Friday's final round looking for her first AJGA victory. One stroke behind is first round leader Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla., after shooting a 1-over-par 73 for a tournament total 143. Defending champion Dolores White of Lakeland, Fla., stands four strokes behind with a second round even-par 72 and two-day total of 146.
The second round received a jolt of excitement when Fletcher Coonan of Maitland, Fla., made his second career hole-in-one on the third hole from 156 yards with an 8-iron.
The official car of the PGA Tour and the PGA of America, Buick is the title-sponsor of three PGA Tour events in 2005: The Buick Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. (January 17-23); the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. (July 25-31); and the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Conn. (August 22-28). Through its title-sponsored PGA Tour events Buick has donated more than $30 million to local charities in its tournament cities since 1982.
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, the largest Association of its kind, 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.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Final-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. on the No. 1 tee at Flint Elks Lodge 222 Golf Club. For more information about the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek, contact tournament headquarters at (678)617-2425.