AJGA SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR CLASSIC
Isleta Eagle Golf Course
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 27-30, 2003

TOLAN EXTENDS LEAD IN SECOND-ROUND IN ALBUQUERQUE
Blumenherst races to top of Girls Division

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. - On the strength of his second straight 4-under-par 68, Derek Tolan maintained his lead at the AJGA Southwestern Junior Classic on Thursday. Amanda Blumenherst fired a tournament low 6-under-par 66 to climb to the top of the Girls Division leaderboard.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Southwestern Junior Classic features 102 players from 20 states, Canada, Peru and Puerto Rico. The 54-hole tournament is being conducted at the par-72 Isleta Eagle Golf Course in Albuquerque on May 27-30.

Tolan, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., took advantage of optimum scoring conditions. He picked up birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 6 and 9 before closing his round well with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. At 8-under-par, Tolan has recorded 11 birdies in the first two days of the tournament.

"I just see the greens really well," Tolan said. "I putt the greens really well. The course sets up good for me."
Thanks to the Boys Division best score of 67, Mitchell McCaughan, of Sumner, Wash., jumped from 15th into second place. Despite starting the day at 1-over-par, McCaughan improved to 4-under-par.

"Yesterday I didn't feel comfortable out there," McCaughan said. "I was too timid. I was kind of trying to steer the ball around the course. Today I just went after things and got a little more aggressive."

David McDaniel, of Tuscon, Ariz., who was tied for third after the first day, fired a 3-under-par 69 and played his way into Friday's final group. He ended his round with the shot of the day, burying his approach to the par-4 No. 18 for an eagle.

Blumenherst, who was tied for third after a first-round 73, rode her hot putter to a 32 on the front nine, carding four birdies on the first nine holes. Blumenherst punctuated her bogey-free day with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. On the 370-yard No. 18, she put her approach shot within four feet then pumped her fist in celebration after sinking the putt.

"I definitely putted very well," Blumenherst said. "I didn't three putt once today and that helped quite a bit. Putting was definitely my improvement from yesterday."

Blumenherst, who finished in second place last week at the Thunderbird International Junior in Pheonix, Ariz., said 66 is a personal best score.

First-round leader Michaela Cavener continued her solid play, shooting an even-par 72, and trails Blumenherst by two strokes. Amie Cochran will complete the leader group on Friday, after shooting a 4-under-par 68. She is also two shots behind the lead.

Final-round play will begin Friday at 7 a.m. For more information on the AJGA Southwestern Junior Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (505) 869-0950.


 
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Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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Weekly Results
Rolex Tournament of Champions
Boys
Total
T
1
Davis Shore
67
T
1
Norman Xiong
67
T
3
JonErik Alford
68
T
3
John Pak
68
Girls
Total
1
Gina Kim
69
2
Maria Balcazar
70
T
3
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
71
T
3
Xin (Cindy) Kou
71
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
Braden Jones
68
T
2
Robin Williams
69
T
2
Alex Jamieson
69
T
2
Max Ting
69
Girls
Total
1
Kristin Engle
70
T
2
Lauren Chappell
74
T
2
Kanyanat Saithip
74
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
Joey Kirkland
68
2
Pone Pyae Han
69
3
Cade Kiser
70
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
70
T
2
Brooke Tyree
72
T
2
Julia Johnson
72
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
T
1
Jimin Jung
69
T
1
Benjamin James
69
T
1
Jackson Rivera
69
T
1
Edward Wu
69
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
73
T
2
Selina Li
74
T
2
Brianna Park
74
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
68
2
Gunil Moon
69
T
3
Rohan Dalal
71
T
3
Ethan Ashbrook
71
Girls
Total
1
Natasha Andrea Oon
67
2
Yu Wen Lu
68
T
3
Alexa Melton
71
T
3
Therese Warner
71
T
3
Makenzie Niblett
71
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