THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club, Raptor Course
Scottsdale, Arizona
May 23-26, 2003

LINCICOME SETS NEW GRAYHAWK RECORD TO SHARE FIRST WITH KNOLL IN GIRLS DIVISION
Lefthanded Harman holds on to lead in Boys Division at Phil Mickelson's home course

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., established a new course record Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course to move into a tie for the lead with Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, in the Girls Division of the Thunderbird International Junior. Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., maintained the lead in the Boys Division as he posted a second-round score of even-par 72.

The 54-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 84 players from 20 states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden. Sixty-six members of the Polo Golf Junior All-America teams are entered.

The 17-year-old Lincicome shot a round of 5-under-par 67 to bring her 36-hole total to 141. Her day included seven birdies to offset two bogeys. Knoll, 18, fired a second-round 71 to also stand at 3-under-par 141. In third place is Hannah Jun of San Diego, Calif., who carded a second-round 73 and is at 1-under-par 143 with 18 holes remaining. Scottsdale's own Amanda Blumenhurst is in fourth place at even-par 144. Day one leader Sarah Kemp of Melbourne, Australia, shares fifth place with Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., at 1-over-par 145.

"It feels great to break the course record, especially after yesterday's round," Lincicome said. "I was just trying to break par, but I kept knocking it close. I kept putting my wedges and 9-irons within five feet."

The duo leads the field by two strokes and will face off in the final girls' group of Monday's action, beginning play from the No. 1 tee at 8:21 a.m. Lincicome aims for her second straight victory after winning the AJGA Taylor-Made-adidas Golf Junior at Chateau Elan last month, while Knoll looks for her second career victory.

"I'm just going to play the course and try to take it low tomorrow," said Knoll, who has signed a National Letter-of-Intent with Oklahoma State. "I'm not going to worry about what the other players shoot, but just try to beat the course."

A lefty for the new generation continues to lead the Boys Division as Brian Harman moved 18 holes closer to etching his name on the Phil Mickelson Trophy. The 16-year-old from Savannah, Ga., totaled a second-round 72 and is at 6-under-par 138 after 36 holes. Mickelson serves as the honorary tournament chairman for the Thunderbird International Junior, which is being contested at the PGA TOUR professional's home course.

His lone blemish on the day came on the 502 yard, par-5 seventh hole where he made double bogey. Despite taking a seven, Harman still made a masterful shot out of the desert just left of the fairway between trees and cacti.

"I was just trying to hack it out and hit it into the fairway," the second-team Polo Golf Junior All-American said about his second shot on the seventh hole. "I got a couple bad breaks out there today so I'm very happy to walk away with a 72."

Trailing Harman in second place is Song Jeon of Ocala, Fla., who used a 68 to move into second place at 5-under-par 139 for the tournament. Anthony Kim from La Quinta, Calif., occupies third place at 3-under-par 141. Joshua Wooding of Riverside, Calif., and Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., are tied for fourth place at 2-under-par 142.

The final round of the Thunderbird International Junior gets underway Monday at 7 a.m. from the first and 10th tees on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club.

 


 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
2. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
3. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
3. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
4. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
1
Ashkaan Hakim
219
T
2
Mitchell Cornell
220
T
2
Joey Burlison
220
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Belinda Hu
227
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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