YUN-KIM DUO ON TOP AFTER BLUSTERY TWO ROUNDS AT ARIZONA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
Lim-Song trail by one shot at I.R.I./Srixon Mixed Team Championship hosted by Jim Furyk
TUCSON, Ariz. — Team AINOKEA, Rolex Junior All-Americans Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., and Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, fired a two-round total of 3-under-par 139 Saturday to grab a narrow, one-stroke advantage after a windy opening 36 holes at the I.R.I./Srixon Mixed Team Championship hosted by Jim Furyk.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the I.R.I./Srixon Mixed Team Championship hosted by Jim Furyk is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. The tournament field is comprised of 35 teams, each with one boy and one girl, and features players from eight different states. The girls are playing the Arizona National Golf Club at 5,945 yards, while the boys are playing it at 6,645 yards.
In the first round, Yun and Kim carded a solid 6-under-par 65 to open the day in the modified Scotch format and held a one-stroke edge going into the afternoon foursomes.
“We actually played pretty well this morning,” Kim said. “The main thing was putting and we made some big putts. I just wish I could hit the ball straight, especially with the wind like it was.”
“We struggled some early, but our scores came out nicely,” Yun added. “We were just hitting a lot of greens and grinding it out. This is a really fun tournament, a unique event, and I'm just glad to be out here driving a cart and having a good time.”
In the afternoon, Team AINOKEA posted a second-round 74 in the Foursomes format to seize the one-shot lead heading into the final round. In the same pairing, The Fullertoners, Hyun Seok Lim and Christine Song, both of Fullerton, Calif., are currently in second place at 2-under-par 140. They carded a matching second-round 74 following a 5-under-par 66 in the morning session.
Special K, Austyn and Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., are in the third spot at 143, while The DOminators, Max and Brianna Do of Lakewood, Calif., are in fourth place after a 145. King and Queen of Clubs, Ben Itterman of Carlsbad, Calif., and Danielle Frasier of Encinitas, Calif., are in fifth at 146.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 25 foreign countries.
I.R.I. Golf Group is a Southern California-based company that has been involved in the acquisition, development and management of more than 120 golf courses. Run by PGA golf professionals, I.R.I. brings practical, insightful knowledge to every aspect of creating and operating a golf course. It currently owns and operates 20 golf courses across the country, including Arizona National Golf Club.
SRIXON Sports USA, Inc., based in Lawrenceville, Ga., has been distributing premium golf balls and equipment in the U.S. since 1997 and is a subsidiary of SRI Sports Limited. SRI Sports Limited is the number one golf club manufacturer in the world's second largest market, Japan, and is one of the world's leading patent holders in golf ball technology. SRIXON golf balls earned 26 tournament victories on multiple professional tours around the world in 2006.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
Final-round tee times will run from 7-8:20 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Sunday at Arizona National Golf Club. For more information on the I.R.I./Srixon Mixed Team Championship hosted by Jim Furyk, please contact AJGA headquarters at (520) 749-3519.