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 Junior Championship
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 for tomorrow."
Trailing Park by one stroke are Amie Cochran of Torrance, Calif., and Sukjin Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J., at 3-under-par 69.
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 so exciting."
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 Country Club.
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday from Nos. 1 and 10 tees of the LPGA International's Legends Course.
For more information on the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship, contact tournament headquarters at (386) 274-1674.