BUICK JUNIOR OPEN PRESENTED BY GOLFWEEK
Spring Meadows Country Club
June 16-19, 2003
PRESSEL SETS COMPETITIVE COURSE RECORD
4-UNDER-PAR 68 IN SECOND ROUND
Klaasen leads Boys Division shooting 2-under-par 70 on
Linden, Mich. - Morgan Pressel of Boca
Raton, Fla., carded a second round 4-under-par 68 on Wednesday
to set a new competitive womens' course record at the Buick
Junior Open presented by Golfweek. Clark Klaasen of Grand
Rapids, Mich., pulled ahead of the Boys Division to top the
leaderboard after shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday for
a two-day total of 142.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Buick
Junior Open presented by Golfweek features 98 players with
boys and girls, ages 13-18, representing 21 states and Canada.
The 54-hole event is being held on the par-72 Spring Meadows
Country Club Golf Course.
Pressel's (72-68-140) key to setting the record was striking
the ball well. She shot 2-under-par on both the front and
back nines, and sits at 4-under-par 140 after two rounds of
"I hit my irons real close and didn't have to make any
long putts," the 15-year-old said. "I came out here
to win and play some good golf. My goal for the tournament
is to end up 8-under."
Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana (74-73-147) of Long Beach, Calif.,
shot a 1-over-par 73 on Wednesday to put her in second place.
She finished third in last year's Buick Junior Open.
"I just wanted to go out and play my best," the
18-year-old said. "I hit my driver well today. I usually
try to play it shot by shot and just see what happens."
Klaasen (72-70-142) demonstrated once again why he deserved
to play in the tournament on Wednesday. He qualified on Monday
by placing in the top-four of the Boys Division Qualifier.
Klaasen carded an impressive 2-under-par 70 on the day to
put him in first place after two rounds.
"I started out with a few bad drives," the 16-year-old
said. "I escaped that and got the feel of my swing back.
I hit lots of good irons, kept the ball in play and finished
the back nine much better than yesterday."
Cornelius Carroll of St. Simons Island, Ga., Kevin Grabeman
of Springboro, Ohio, and Dan Doyle of Rochester, Mich., reside
in second place at 1-over-par 145s for the tournament.
Carroll (71-74-145) carded a 2-over-par 74 on the day and
finished in a three-way tie for second place. He made three
birdies to shoot 35 on the back nine.
"I hit the ball everywhere today," the 16-year-old
said. "My short game really kept me in it. Tomorrow I'm
going to try and keep myself in position and not make any
big mistakes or put up big numbers. I've played well on the
back nine the last two days, so I should be able to hold on."
Grabeman (73-72-145) attributed his success to consistent
playing. He eagled the 502-yard, par-5 11th, which enabled
him to shoot a 1-under-par on the back nine.
"I felt great out there," Grabeman said. "I
kept with my game and set myself up for lots of birdie chances.
I played consistent and only missed three greens all day."
Doyle (74-71-145) posted a 1-under-par 71 on the day. He said
that his goal for Wednesday was to shoot in the 60s and secure
a place in one of the later groups.
"I did pretty well today," Doyle said. "I made
some good up-and-downs on holes No. 12 and 14 and then birdied
Nos. 15 and 16. It really got my momentum going."
Final-round tee times will begin Thursday at 7 a.m. off the
No. 1 tee at Spring Meadows Country Club.
For more information on the Buick Junior Open presented by
Golfweek, contact the AJGA at Spring Meadows Country Club
at (810) 735-4363, or visit our Web site at ajga.org.