ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
LPGA International, Legends Course
Daytona Beach, Florida
June 9-12, 2003
FIRES 68 FOR THE FIRST-ROUND LEAD IN DAYTONA BEACH
Cochran, Wuesthoff trail by one stroke at AJGA Rolex Girls
BEACH, Fla. - Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., sits atop
the leaderboard after the opening day of the AJGA Rolex Girls
Junior Championship after shooting 4-under-par 68 Tuesday
on the LPGA Internationa's Legends Course in Daytona Beach,
Fla. Her first round 68 also places her name among nine others
with the lowest round in the 11-year tournament history.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex
Girls Junior Championship features 80 girls, representing
24 states, Mexico, and Japan. Seventeen Florida residents
are included in the field. The Polo Golf Girls Junior Player
of the Year, In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., and 22 other Polo
Golf Junior All-Americans are among the title contenders.
After making birdie on her first hole of the day, Angela Park
knew she had a chance at carding a low score, but in order
to do so, her strategy was to remain calm and patient.
"I didn't try to go for every green, I tried to play
it safe," the 14-year-old said.
And she did just that. Park went on to par the next five holes
before garnering another birdie on No. 7, and finished out
the front nine with two pars for a 2-under-par 34. She played
the back nine in similar fashion, with seven pars and two
birdies for another 34.
Moving into second-round play on Wednesday, Park refuses to
get too comfortable in her first-place position.
"The 68 doesn't affect me," Park said. "Even
if I shoot bad, I feel the same. I can't have high expectations
Trailing Park by one stroke are Amie Cochran of Torrance,
Calif., and Sukjin Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J., at 3-under-par
Other top finishers include Jane Park of Beaumont, Calif.,
Taylor Leon of Dallas, and Brittany Lincicome of Seminole,
Fla., who find themselves in a three-way tie for fourth place
after posting a first round of 70.
In other first-round highlights, Kimberly Meck of Austin,
Texas, nailed a hole-in-one on the 157-yard, par-3 seventh
hole using a 3-wood.
"I couldn't see the ball from the tee," Meck said.
"I heard people clapping, but I didn't know if it went
in. I couldn't believe it when I walked up to the green. It's
Also included in the field are Paula Creamer of Pleasanton,
Calif., and Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., who qualified
Monday for the 2003 U.S. Women's Open, held at Heathrow Golf
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday
from Nos. 1 and 10 tees of the LPGA International's Legends
For more information on the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship,
contact tournament headquarters at (386) 274-1674.
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Noah Goodwin
2. Davis Shore
3. Norman Xiong
San Diego, Calif.
4. Eugene Hong
5. Khavish Varadan
(Malaysia) Wesley Chapel, Fla.
|| 1. Paphangkorn Tavatanakit
(Thailand) Van Nuys, Calif.
|| 2. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
|| 3. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
|| 4. Emilia Migliaccio
|| 5. Lucy Li
Redwood Shores, Calif.
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