Diablo Grande, The Ranch Course
Patterson, California
March 21-23, 2003

Low Round Sparked by Two Birdies on Front Nine, Eagle on No. 16

PATTERSON, Calif. - Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., fired a 1-under-par 71 to top the field in opening-round action at the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Diablo Grande. The 36-hole stroke play tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 90 boys, ages 13-18, representing six states and Canada. The tournament is being held on The Ranch Course at Diablo Grande.

The AJGA's Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series is a boys-only series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet participated in an AJGA Open event, AJGA Invitational or AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series event.

After an early bogey, Cox rallied for a birdie on No. 3. Following a long drive that split the fairway, he lofted a sand wedge to within 10 feet of the hole. After calmly sinking the ensuing putt, he followed up with a series of pars until another birdie on the par-5 ninth. Cox looked at the third hole as a spark plug for his first round in AJGA competition.

"After the bogey (on No. 2)," recalled the 14-year-old, "I thought if I could birdie the next hole I might be able to get something going. I felt good on the (birdie) putt, and that was when I settled in and relaxed."

A 35 on the front nine left him 1-under-par halfway through the opening round. Cox built upon a successful start and his confidence was brewing as he teed up on the 517-yard, par-5 16th. After hammering his drive, he knocked his 6-iron to within a few feet. An eagle now within reach, Cox rolled in his putt and would score an even-par 36 on his back nine.

Cox predicts a tough day on Sunday, considering the competition level.

"Anybody near the lead can go out and shoot a low round tomorrow," he said. "I'll just go out tomorrow and play my hardest, and hopefully end up on top."

Tyler Ichikawa is a stroke behind after shooting an even-par 72 with two birdies on the back nine. With a 1-over-par 73, Sihwan Kim of La Mirada, Calif., is two strokes off the lead. Six California residents share fourth place at 2-over-par 74, including: Keenan Kelly of Encinitas; Matt Grush of Los Angeles; Grahame Skytte of Alamo; Eric Mina of Freemont; Arthur Golden III of Long Beach; and Matthew Vickers of Suisun.

Now in its fourth year, the Ashworth Preseason/Postseason Junior Series grew from eight events in 2002 to 10 in 2003. The Series helps juniors gain the experience needed to compete at the national level.

The tournament will award three AJGA exemptions to the medalist, two to those who place in the top five and one to those who finish in the top 15.

The tournament concludes Sunday, as final-round tee times run from 8:30-10:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees on The Ranch Course at Diablo Grande.

For more information about the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Diablo Grande, please contact tournament headquarters at (209) 892-4653.

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PATTERSON, Calif. - First-round results from the Ashworth Preseason Junior at Diablo Grande conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Diablo Grande, The Ranch Course. Par: 36-36-72. Yardage: 6,697.

1 Jordan Cox, Redwood City, Calif. (2006) 35-36-71
2 Tyler Ichikawa, Los Altos, Calif. (2007) 36-36-72
3 Sihwan Kim, La Mirada, Calif. (2007) 35-38-73
T4 Keenan Kelly, Encinitas, Calif. (2004) 37-37-74
T4 Matt Grush, Los Angeles, Calif. (2005) 37-37-74
T4 Grahame Skytte, Alamo, Calif. (2004) 36-38-74
T4 Eric Mina, Fremont, Calif. (2007) 37-37-74
T4 Arthur Golden III, Long Beach, Calif. (2004) 38-36-74
T4 Matthew Vickers, Suisun, Calif. (2004) 35-39-74
T10 Connor Green, Selma, Calif. (2008) 38-37-75
T10 Michael Hansen, Mill Creek, Wash. (2005) 39-36-75
T10 Aaron Slonim, Las Vegas, Nev. (2005) 36-39-75
T10 Matt Hastings, West Vancouver, B.C. (2004) 35-40-75
T10 Keith Liao, Alameda, Calif. (2004) 39-36-75
T10 Max Schechter, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (2005) 35-40-75
T16 Larry Wong, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2005) 39-37-76
T16 Cameron DeVries, Santa Barbara, Calif. (2005) 37-39-76
T16 Kevin Horan, Marina Del Rey, Calif. (2004) 37-39-76
T16 Jeffrey Chen, Walnut, Calif. (2007) 39-37-76
T16 Robert Berton, Huntington Beach, Calif. (2006) 39-37-76
T21 Douglas Bischoff, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (2005) 35-42-77
T21 Andrew Patipaksiri, Cypress, Calif. (2006) 38-39-77
T21 Jon Krane, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (2005) 36-41-77
T21 J.T. Bryan, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2003) 40-37-77
T21 Phillip Lapuz, Carlsbad, Calif. (2003) 37-40-77
T21 Geoff Gonzalez, Diablo, Calif. (2006) 41-36-77
T21 Jared Wise, San Ramon, Calif. (2004) 39-38-77
T21 Will Holmes, Bellevue, Wash. (2003) 37-40-77
T29 John Mahler, Edgewood, Wash. (2005) 41-37-78
T29 Charlie Lakatos, Seattle, Wash. (2004) 39-39-78
T29 Joshua Walsh, Milpitas, Calif. (2003) 35-43-78
T29 Christopher Gilman, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2005) 40-38-78
T29 Kyle George, Azusa, Calif. (2004) 38-40-78
T29 Greg Gauvin, Valencia, Calif. (2004) 40-38-78
T35 Blair Myers, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2004) 40-39-79
T35 Brian Vediner, Fullerton, Calif. (2004) 41-38-79
T35 Keith Mattingly, Berkeley, Calif. (2004) 40-39-79
T35 Justin Wei, San Marino, Calif. (2006) 43-36-79
T39 Samuel Kim, Cerritos, Calif. (2006) 37-43-80
T39 Tyler Edwards, University Place, Wash. (2004) 37-43-80
T39 Jeffrey Dwyer, Napa, Calif. (2003) 42-38-80
T39 Shane Mason, San Diego, Calif. (2006) 39-41-80
T39 Russell Yu, Huntington Beach, Calif. (2004) 37-43-80
T39 Dean Tonneslan, Fresno, Calif. (2005) 38-42-80
T39 David Cline, Los Altos, Calif. (2003) 37-43-80
T46 Bryan Vencill, Danville, Calif. (2005) 43-38-81
T46 Jack Welch, Las Vegas, Nev. (2007) 41-40-81
T46 Trevor Carle, Santa Rosa, Calif. (2006) 38-43-81
T46 Cameron Burkett, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (2005) 43-38-81
T46 "A.J." Hohn, Lodi, Calif. (2004) 43-38-81
T46 Ross Takesue, Cerritos, Calif. (2003) 41-40-81
T46 John Wenger, Elk Grove, Calif. (2005) 39-42-81
T53 Thomas Logan, Santa Barbara, Calif. (2006) 38-44-82
T53 Michael Blodgett, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (2005) 41-41-82
T53 Brandon Kingsolver, Yuba City, Calif. (2004) 42-40-82
T53 Erik Jarvey, Palmdale, Calif. (2005) 40-42-82
T53 Kyle Takesue, Cerritos, Calif. (2005) 36-46-82
T58 Steven Hiraga, Torrance, Calif. (2004) 41-42-83
T58 Peter Romanowsky, San Jose, Calif. (2005) 43-40-83
T58 Aaron Edwards, Monrovia, Calif. (2005) 39-44-83
T61 Jason Gilbert, Woodland, Calif. (2004) 39-45-84
T61 Jesse Bibee, Gig Harbor, Wash. (2006) 44-40-84
T61 Chanin Pornbida, Pomona, Calif. (2006) 40-44-84
T61 Drew Nottenkamper, Delray Beach, Fla. (2006) 42-42-84
T61 Pat Murphy, Pleasanton, Calif. (2004) 38-46-84
T61 Eric Rasmussen, Canyon Lake, Calif. (2004) 41-43-84
T61 Jesse Chiero, Westerville, Ohio (2005) 38-46-84
T61 Andy Kim, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (2006) 41-43-84
T69 Ben Hunter, Davis, Calif. (2003) 38-47-85
T69 Landon Marsh, Salt Lake City, Utah (2003) 41-44-85
T69 John Yeun, Brea, Calif. (2006) 40-45-85
T69 Gregor Main, Danville, Calif. (2008) 43-42-85
T69 Taylor Hakes, Coronado, Calif. (2005) 40-45-85
T74 Andrew Grosshans, Pasadena, Calif. (2004) 41-45-86
T74 Alec Cohen, Santa Barbara, Calif. (2005) 42-44-86
T74 Mark Mogelnicki, Broken Arrow, Okla. (2004) 40-46-86
T74 Scott Qualle, Turlock, Calif. (2004) 41-45-86
T78 Kenneth McCready, Placerville, Calif. (2006) 44-43-87
T78 Connor Fehmel, Agoura Hills, Calif. (2007) 43-44-87
80 Tyler Matthews, Redmond, Wash. (2005) 41-47-88
T81 Geoffrey Lewis, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (2004) 42-47-89
T81 Bentley Eidsmo, Monterey, Calif. (2007) 44-45-89
T83 Ryan Sperry, Ukiah, Calif. (2004) 42-48-90
T83 Ryan Chase, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (2004) 47-43-90
85 Ross Pimentel, Monte Sereno, Calif. (2008) 48-52-100
86 Evan Brengman, Everett, Wash. (2004) 44-60-104
87 A.J. Jaroszek, Livingston, Calif. (2005) 51-55-106
Clay Rogers, Concord, Calif. (2004) WD
Michael Miller, Fresno, Calif. (2005) WD
Erick Thorson, Westlake Village, Calif. (2004) WD

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