POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC
Sea Island Golf Club - Seaside and Plantation Courses
Sea Island, Ga. • November 19 - 25
 

TOP SEEDS FALL ON DAY ONE OF MATCH PLAY AT POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC
Park cruises to quarterfinals in Girls Division; Lendl sisters to square off

SEA ISLAND, Ga. â€” Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Rory Hie of Lakewood, Calif., knocked off the top two seeds in the Boys Division during the first round of match play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic Wednesday. Stanley, a first-team Rolex Junior All-American, defeated stroke play medalist Ji Moon 3 & 2 in the first round. Hie, also a first-team selection, notched to a 2 & 1 victory over No. 2 seed Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif.

In the Girls Division, top seed In-Kyung Kim of Hilton Head Island, S.C., was defeated in the second round by Marika Lendl of Bradenton, Fla., while No. 2 seed Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., cruised to a pair of day-one victories.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Polo Golf Junior Classic, which has been held annually since 1978, marks the first tournament of the AJGA's 2006 season. The 159-player invitation-only field is made up of 87 boys and 72 girls, ages 12-18, from 28 states and six foreign countries (Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden).

The event consisted of 36 holes of stroke play, after which the field was cut to the top 32 boys and 32 girls. Match play then decides the champion in each division. Sea Island's Seaside (par 70) and Plantation (par 72) courses will be used during the stroke play rounds and the first round of match play. The Seaside will be the lone course utilized during the final four rounds of match play competition.

Hie, a member of the victorious 2005 West Canon Cup Team, followed his morning win with a 5 & 4 victory over Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China. Hie credited his strong play to his hot putter in both the morning and afternoon matches. Hie will take on Tadd Fujikawa of Honolulu, Hawaii, who defeated Spencer Cole in the round of 16.

“I had 37 putts yesterday, so I made some adjustments last night,” Hie said. “Today, I putted really well and made everything I looked at,” he added. “I did not miss a putt from inside 10 feet today.”

Also advancing to the quarterfinals in the Boys Division were Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who dispatched Stanley in the afternoon, Richard Lee of Chandler, Ariz., and Matthew Pierce, Jr., of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Chesson Hadley of Raleigh, N.C. Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla., the Rolex Junior Player of the Year, also advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating David Yujin Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., and Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas Wednesday.

Park, a three-time Rolex Junior All-American, cruised to victory over Patty Chawalitmetha of Bellflower, Calif., in the morning. She then made quick work of Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif., in the second round, defeating the No. 15 seed 6 & 5. Park only had three bogeys on the day and credited her steady play for her berth into the quarterfinals, where she will face Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif.

“It was cold this morning, but I played steady through both matches,” Park said. “I enjoy both courses, but I think the Seaside Course is fair and rewards both good players and good shots,” she said.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals in the Girls Division were both Isabelle and Marika Lendl. The Bradenton, Fla., sisters will face each other in quarterfinal play. Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., will face Anna Nordqvist of Eskilstuna, Sweden on Thursday morning. Angela Oh of Maple Shade, N.J., and Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., also advanced to the quarterfinals.

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 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 quarterfinals of match play competition begins at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at the Seaside Course. For more information about the Polo Golf Junior Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (914) 634-3190, or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.

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SEA ISLAND, Ga. â€” First- and second-round match play results from the Polo Golf Junior Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sea Island Golf Club â€” Seaside and Plantation Courses. Par: Seaside: 35-35—70; Plantation: 36-36—72. Yardage: Seaside: Boys: 6,846; Girls: 6,059. Plantation: Girls: 6,126.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS â€” BOYS DIVISION (Seaside Course)

(32) Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash. (2006) def. (1) Ji Moon, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007), 3 & 2.

(31) Rory Hie, Lakewood, Calif. (2006) def. (2) Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif. (2007), 2 & 1.

(3) Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla. (2007) def. (30) William Kropp, Edmond, Okla. (2008), 2-up.

(4) Philip Francis, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) def. (29) Roberto Galletti, Jr., Clayton, Calif. (2006), 3 & 2.

(5) Chesson Hadley, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) def. (28) Jeffrey Edelman, Southlake, Texas (2006), 24 holes.

(6) Peter Uihlein, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) def. (27) David Yujin Chung, Fayetteville, N.C. (2008), 2 & 1.

(7) Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C. (2007) def. (26) Eugene Wong, Vancouver, British Columbia (2008), 3 & 2.

(8) Richard Lee, Chandler, Ariz. (2009) def. (25) Tom Lo, Los Angeles, Calif. (2008), 4 & 3.

(24) Mike Stern, Miami, Fla. (2006) def. (9) Shunsuke Sonoda, Tokyo, Japan (2008), 19 holes.

(23) Tadd Fujikawa, Honolulu, Hawaii (2009) def. (10) Arnond Vongvanij, Bradenton, Fla. (2007), 6 & 5.

(22) Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008) def. (11) Will Griffin, San Antonio, Texas (2006), 2 & 1.

(21) Lion Kim, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007) def. (12) Drew Kittleson, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007), 21 holes.

(13) Robbie Wight, West Palm Beach, Fla. (2005) def. (20) Jed Dirksen, Hampton, Iowa (2007), 1-up.

(14) Matthew Pierce, Jr., San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (2007) def. (19) William Johnson, Longview, Texas (2006), 6 & 5.

(15) Mu Hu, Shen Zhen, China (2008) def. (18) Andy Choi, Orlando, Fla. (2006), 7 & 6.

(16) Jamie Lovemark, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2006) def. (17) Bryant Lach, The Woodlands, Texas (2006), 2 & 1.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS â€” GIRLS DIVISION (Plantation Course)

(1) In-Kyung Kim, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2006) def. (32) Kimberly Kim, Pahoa, Hawaii (2009), 1-up.

(2) Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (2006) def. (31) Patty Chawalitmetha, Bellflower, Calif. (2006), 4 & 3.

(30) Won Joo Choi, Murrieta, Calif. (2009) def. (3) Kimberly Donovan, Hopkinton, Mass. (2007), 2 & 1.

(4) Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008) def. (29) Jenny Kim, Los Angeles, Calif. (2007), 3 & 2.

(5) Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (2008) def. (28) Candace Schepperle, Hoover, Ala. (2006), 4 & 3.

(6) Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2008) def. (27) Natalie Sheary, West Hartford, Conn. (2007), 2 & 1.

(7) Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif. (2006) def. (26) Kristin Ingram, Pasadena, Calif. (2006), 6 & 4.

(25) Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz. (2008) def. (8) Joanne Lee, San Carlos, Calif. (2007), 3 & 1.

(9) Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) def. (24) Courtney Ellenbogen, Blacksburg, Va. (2009), 6 & 5.

(23) Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (2007) def. (10) Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (2008), 2-up.

(22) Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif. (2008) def. (11) Vicky Hurst, Melbourne, Fla. (2008), 20 holes.

(21) Michelle Grilli, Lutherville, Md. (2006) def. (12) Anna Dahlberg-Soderstrom, Orebro, Sweden (2008), 1-up.

(20) Angela Oh, Maple Shade, N.J. (2006) def. (13) Joy Kim, Duluth, Ga. (2007), 1-up.

(14) Anna Nordqvist, Eskilstuna, Sweden (2006) def. (19) Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C. (2006), 4 & 3.

(15) Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2009) def. (18) Michelle Shin, Cape Coral, Fla. (2009), 6 & 4.

(16) Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) def. (17) Sarah Thead, Poway, Calif. (2007), 3 & 1.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS â€” BOYS DIVISION (Seaside Course)

(14) Matthew Pierce, Jr., San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (2007) def. (3) Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla. (2007), 4 & 3.

(4) Philip Francis, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2007) def. (13) Robbie Wight, West Palm Beach, Fla. (2005), 5 & 3.

(5) Chesson Hadley, Raleigh, N.C. (2006) def. (21) Lion Kim, Lake Mary, Fla. (2007), 4 & 2.

(6) Peter Uihlein, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) def. (22) Josh Jones, The Colony, Texas (2008), 1-up.

(23) Tadd Fujikawa, Honolulu, Hawaii (2009) def. (7) Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C. (2007), 1-up.

(8) Richard Lee, Chandler, Ariz. (2009) def. (24) Mike Stern, Miami, Fla. (2006), 3 & 2.

(31) Rory Hie, Lakewood, Calif. (2006) def. (15) Mu Hu, Shen Zhen, China (2008), 5 & 4.

(16) Jamie Lovemark, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2006) def. (32) Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash. (2006), 1-up.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS â€” GIRLS DIVISION (Seaside Course)

(16) Marika Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2008) def. (1) In-Kyung Kim, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2006), 21 holes.

(2) Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (2006) def. (15) Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2009), 6 & 5.

(20) Angela Oh, Maple Shade, N.J. (2006) def. (4) Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (2008), 2 & 1.

(5) Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (2008) def. (21) Michelle Grilli, Lutherville, Md. (2006), 2 & 1.

(6) Taylore Karle, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2008) def. (22) Brianna Do, Lakewood, Calif. (2008), 4 & 2.

(7) Sydnee Michaels, Temecula, Calif. (2006) def. (23) Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (2007), 3 & 1.

(9) Isabelle Lendl, Bradenton, Fla. (2009) def. (25) Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz. (2008), 1-up.

(14) Anna Nordqvist, Eskilstuna, Sweden (2006) def. (30) Won Joo Choi, Murrieta, Calif. (2009), 2-up.

 
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