AJGA NIKE GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC AT JACKSONVILLE
Paradise Point Golf Course-Gold Course
Camp Lejeune, N.C.
May 27-30, 2003

O'CONNELL FOLLOWS UP WITH A 72 TO HOLD THE LEAD IN JACKSONVILLE
Concolino takes charge with Yi in a close second for the Girls Division

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Kevin O'Connell of Raleigh, N.C., carded a 1-over-par 72 to control the Boys Division during the second round of play at the AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Jacksonville. Jacqui Concolino of Orlando, Fla., took the advantage in the Girls Division with a 1-over-par 72.

The 54-hole event is being conducted on the par-71 Gold Course at Paradise Point Golf Club at Camp Lejeune. Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Jacksonville features 75 players with boys and girls, ages 13-15, representing 19 states, including 21 juniors from North Carolina.

O'Connell's (70-72-142 ), goal for Thursday's round was to get himself in solid title contention for the final round on Friday.

"I played well with my irons today," the 15-year-old O'Connell said. "The par-4 tenth hole got my game going with a birdie followed by two other birdies on Nos. 12 and 16."

Patrick Rada, 15, stated that he couldn't get anything to fall on the front nine, but picked up three birdies to finish on the back, including a 10-foot putt on No. 17.

Texas natives Ross Mizell of The Woodlands and Luis Lemus of Mission round out the top leaders for the Boys Division after two days at 144.

Making a move above Wednesday's leader in the Girls Division, Concolino (70-72-142), was very happy with her performance.

"My putter was really working for me today, but not as good as yesterday," said 15-year-old Concolino.

After bogeying No. 1, the Florida native gained her momentum after her 12-foot putt on No. 2 for par.

"The only hole that really upset me was No. 18 when I bogeyed it by going in the water," she said.

Georgia native Vicki Yi of Athens, who shot a 68 Wednesday, was not pleased with her round.

"Nothing was working for me, but I kept the ball in the fairway," the 15-year-old said.

Yi (68-75-143) trails Concolino by one stroke heading into Friday's final round and plans for a solid performance.

At 146, both Laura Ormson of Granger Ind., Tia Gannon of Hilton Head Island, S.C., follow Yi while Mallory Blackwelder of Versailles, Ky., round out the top five with 147.

The winners from this week's event will receive two tournament exemptions into AJGA Open events and an invitation to the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship in Portland, Ore. A top-eight finish for the boys and a top-three finish for the girls in any Nike Junior All-Star Classic Series event will receive an invitation to the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship.

Final round tee times will begin on Friday, May 30 at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 and 10 tees at Paradise Point Golf Club, Gold Course.
For more information on the AJGA Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Jacksonville, contact tournament headquarters at (910) 451-2273.

 
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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
1
Davis Shore
134
2
Norman Xiong
139
3
Garrett Barber
140
Girls
Total
1
Yu Sang Hou
141
2
Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
142
3
Gina Kim
143
AJGA Junior at Owensboro
Boys
Total
1
*Robin Williams
206
2
Cooper Parks
206
3
Canon Claycomb
210
Girls
Total
1
Kanyanat Saithip
217
2
Kristin Engle
221
3
Yang Liu
225
St. Francisville Area Foundation Junior at The Bluffs
Boys
Total
1
*Cade Kiser
221
2
Pone Pyae Han
221
3
Kritchayapol Sinchai
222
Girls
Total
1
Hannah Levi
218
2
Beryl Wang
220
T
3
Brooke Tyree
222
T
3
Julia Johnson
222
Windham Mountain Resort Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Gavin Noble
206
2
Benjamin James
209
T
3
Jackson Rivera
212
T
3
Nathan Han
212
T
3
Christopher Vandette
212
Girls
Total
1
Phoebe Brinker
225
2
Jin Yu Wu
226
T
3
Emma Zhao
229
T
3
Brianna Park
229
AJGA Junior All-Star at Diablo Grande
Boys
Total
1
Brian Stark
210
2
Gunil Moon
214
3
Kristopher Stiles
216
Girls
Total
1
Yu Wen Lu
210
T
2
Natasha Andrea Oon
212
T
2
Therese Warner
212
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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