STARS OF TEXAS JUNIOR
PRESENTED BY PARTY CITY

The Hills Country Club - Flintrock Falls Course
Austin, Texas • August 3 - 6
 

KESTERSON TAKES OVER LEAD IN BOYS DIVISION AFTER SECOND ROUND
Mai maintains lead at Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City

AUSTIN, Texas — Tanner Kesterson of Plano, Texas, shot an even-par 72 in the second round of the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City to sit atop the Boys Division leaderboard with a two-day total of even-par 144 heading into the final round. Brittany Mai of Poway, Calif., shot a second round 4-over-par 76 to keep her one-shot lead in the Girls Division with a two-day total of 5-over-par 149 heading into the final round at The Hills Country Club — Flintrock Falls Course.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City is a 54-hole stroke play event, with a 36-hole cut, being held at The Hills Country Club — Flintrock Falls Course. The tournament field features 105 boys and 36 girls, ages 13-18, from 13 states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,960 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the Jack Nicklaus design at 6,008 yards.

Kesterson started the day with a game plan of finding even-par on the tough Flintrock Falls course. The 16-year-old shot a very consistent round that included five birdies. He is looking forward to finishing his third event in as many weeks and making his way home. Kesterson is hoping for his first AJGA win and will keep pushing as he gets his mind set right for the last tee-time of Thursday's final round.

“My secret is to act like I'm down a couple of shots,” Kesterson said. “I'm up by one stroke so I'll probably think to myself that I'm down two or three shots. I just want to accomplish something I've never done before.”

The Boys Division leaderboard remains crowded with Tad Darland of Henderson, Nev., Manuel Lavin of Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Chris Contreras of San Antonio, are all tied for second with two day totals of 1-over-par 145. Tied for fifth with 3-over-par 147s are Greg Polledri of Southlake, Texas, Juan Espiga of Katy, Texas, and Curtis Donahoe of League City, Texas.

Mai, who shot a first round 1-over-par 73, was pleased with her ball striking and hit more greens than she did in the first round. Her lone birdie of the day came on the par-4 fifth hole where she made a close putt after sticking her approach shot to eight feet. The 16-year-old believes her biggest obstacle is her putting and plans to work on her short game in preparation for the final round. So far she has met her goal for the week of staying patient when playing and not giving up. Mai is in position to win her second AJGA event of the summer after winning the Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu in a sudden-death playoff in June.

“Winning Havasu gave me lots of experience of learning how to win and play my best,” Mai said. “Right now I'm enjoying the challenge of this competition and I'm going to be patient and have fun tomorrow.”

One stroke back of Mai in second is Erin Jang of College Station, Texas, with a two-day total of 6-over-par 150. Katelyn Sepmoree of Tyler, Texas, who gained entry into the tournament through the K12 Qualifier, and Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, are tied in third after two rounds each with an 8-over-par 152.

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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and more than 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 for the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City will run Wednesday from 7:30 — 9:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (678) 386-1487 or visit the AJGA Web site

KESTERSON TAKES OVER LEAD IN BOYS DIVISION AFTER SECOND ROUND

Mai maintains lead at Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City

AUSTIN, Texas — Tanner Kesterson of Plano, Texas, shot an even-par 72 in the second round of the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City to sit atop the Boys Division leaderboard with a two-day total of even-par 144 heading into the final round. Brittany Mai of Poway, Calif., shot a second round 4-over-par 76 to keep her one-shot lead in the Girls Division with a two-day total of 5-over-par 149 heading into the final round at The Hills Country Club — Flintrock Falls Course.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City is a 54-hole stroke play event, with a 36-hole cut, being held at The Hills Country Club — Flintrock Falls Course. The tournament field features 105 boys and 36 girls, ages 13-18, from 13 states and Mexico. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 6,960 yards, while the Girls Division is playing the Jack Nicklaus design at 6,008 yards.

Kesterson started the day with a game plan of finding even-par on the tough Flintrock Falls course. The 16-year-old shot a very consistent round that included five birdies. He is looking forward to finishing his third event in as many weeks and making his way home. Kesterson is hoping for his first AJGA win and will keep pushing as he gets his mind set right for the last tee-time of Thursday's final round.

“My secret is to act like I'm down a couple of shots,” Kesterson said. “I'm up by one stroke so I'll probably think to myself that I'm down two or three shots. I just want to accomplish something I've never done before.”

The Boys Division leaderboard remains crowded with Tad Darland of Henderson, Nev., Manuel Lavin of Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Chris Contreras of San Antonio, are all tied for second with two day totals of 1-over-par 145. Tied for fifth with 3-over-par 147s are Greg Polledri of Southlake, Texas, Juan Espiga of Katy, Texas, and Curtis Donahoe of League City, Texas.

Mai, who shot a first round 1-over-par 73, was pleased with her ball striking and hit more greens than she did in the first round. Her lone birdie of the day came on the par-4 fifth hole where she made a close putt after sticking her approach shot to eight feet. The 16-year-old believes her biggest obstacle is her putting and plans to work on her short game in preparation for the final round. So far she has met her goal for the week of staying patient when playing and not giving up. Mai is in position to win her second AJGA event of the summer after winning the Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu in a sudden-death playoff in June.

“Winning Havasu gave me lots of experience of learning how to win and play my best,” Mai said. “Right now I'm enjoying the challenge of this competition and I'm going to be patient and have fun tomorrow.”

One stroke back of Mai in second is Erin Jang of College Station, Texas, with a two-day total of 6-over-par 150. Katelyn Sepmoree of Tyler, Texas, who gained entry into the tournament through the K12 Qualifier, and Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, are tied in third after two rounds each with an 8-over-par 152.

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 largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and more than 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 for the Stars of Texas Junior presented by Party City will run Wednesday from 7:30 — 9:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (678) 386-1487 or visit the AJGA Web site.

 
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