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Paradise Point Golf Course-Gold Course
Camp Lejeune, N.C.
May 27-30, 2003

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.