LEIN, ORIDE CONTINUE TO TOP THE LEADERBOARD AT TIJERAS CREEK
Lein 9-under-par going into the final round of the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — Benjamin Lein of Diamond Bar, Calif., shot a 1-under-par 71 in the second round of the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank to bring his tournament total to 9-under-par 135. He leads the Boys Division by three strokes. Kelli Oride of Lihue, Hawaii, continues to lead the Girls Division going into the final round after shooting a second-round score of 4-under-par 68.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank is being held at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club. The tournament field consists of 57 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from seven states, China and Thailand. Sixty-four hail from the home state of California. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 layout at 6,834 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 6,019 yards.
After coming within two strokes of the Tijeras Creek course record of 10-under-par 62 in Tuesday's first round, Lein tried to focus on each individual hole in round two.
“I tried to think about yesterday's round as little as possible,” Lein said. “I just forgot about it and tried to focus on the basics — fairways, greens, and putts.”
Michael Yiu of Laguna Hills, Calif., sits three stokes back from Lein in second with a two-day total of 6-under-par 138. Tied for third are Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., and Blake Waller of West Des Moines, Iowa, with 5-under-par 139s. Mike Basco of Scottsdale, Ariz., sits in fifth with a 2-under-par 142.
For the Girls Division, Oride shaved two stokes off of her first round score of 2-under-par 70 to extend her lead by eight strokes.
“I committed a lot less errors today,” Oride said. “I didn't get in as much trouble by taking it one shot at a time, and I only had one bogey.”
Oride tallied five birdies on the day including a 4-foot putt on No. 2 after using her gap wedge to approach the green.
Tied for second in the Girls Division with 2-over-par 146s are Robyn Kim of Cypress, Calif., and Kristina Nhim of Buena Park, Calif., who both shot 3-over par 75s in Wednesday's second round.
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 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, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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.
Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, just minutes from Orange County's John Wayne Airport, the Ted Robinson-designed Tijeras Creek Golf Club is the tale of two nines. The distinctive course layout at Tijeras Creek opens with a demanding front nine that is highlighted with shimmering water features that come into play on four out of the first nine holes. The back nine holes are legendary for the breathtaking scenery, and awe-inspiring elevation changes that wind through old growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral. In fact, hole number sixteen was voted one of Orange County's Best 18 Holes. A popular venue for many prestigious outings and events, Tijeras Creek has played host to the Women's Pac-10 Championships, along with the Men's and Women's Big West Championships. In addition, Tijeras Creek Golf Club is one of only four daily fee facilities in the state to have hosted the Southern California Amateur Open.
Tijeras Creek Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 29 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and Mexico. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information on OB Sports, visit www.obsports.com or call (480) 948-1300.
For tee times and more information about Tijeras Creek visit www.tijerascreek.com, or call (949) 589-9793.
Final-round tee times for the CORE Realty Holdings Junior presented by TomatoBank will run from 7 — 8:48 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club. For more information please contact Tournament Director Rob Ockenfuss at (678) 425-4976.