Han fires 62, takes 7-stroke lead at Castlewood Country Club - Hill Course
Suh still atop Girls Division at Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Ryan Han of Hollister, Calif., fired a bogey-free, 8-under-par 62 to grab a commanding lead of the Boys Division entering the final round. Hannah Suh of San Jose, Calif., shot a 2-over-par 72 to extend her lead in the Girls Division.
The Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Castlewood Country Club — Hill Course in Pleasanton, Calif. The tournament field features 72 boys and 24 girls from ten states and four countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-70 course at 6,220 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 5,565 yards.
Han, who was 8-under through his first 11 holes, was one stroke away from tying the all-time low for an 18-hole score in an AJGA tournament. Han began his back nine by eagling the par-4 No. 10.
“Mainly, it was my putter. I made nearly all of my putts inside 15 feet,” Han said. “I've gone 7-under a few times, but this is my best.”
Ryan Knop of Pleasanton, Calif., Cody Blick of Danville, Calif., and first-round leader Peter Thorseth of Richmond, Texas, are tied for second with tournament totals of 1-under-par 139. Tied for fifth are Travis Rowney of Pleasanton, Calif., and Richard Ayala of Hillsborough, Calif., at even-par 140.
Suh, the first-round leader, recorded two birdies on the day and extended her lead to five strokes. Entering the final round, Suh's tournament total is even-par 140.
“I putted just as well as yesterday, but the birdies weren't falling,” Suh said. “I'm happy with how I played, but tomorrow I just want to go out there, hit it solid and be confident about everything.”
Cha Cha Willhoite of Palm Desert, Calif., sits alone in second place with a 5-over-par 145 tournament total. Katherine Sborov of Pleasanton, Calif., will enter the final round in third place, at 6-over-par 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 provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 40 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, 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. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Final-round tee times for the Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst are from 7:00 a.m. — 12:10 p.m. off the No. 1 tee, Thursday at Castlewood Country Club — Hill Course. For more information about the Trader Joe's Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst, contact tournament headquarters at (678) 617-2425.