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Spring Meadows Country Club
Linden, Michigan
June 16-19, 2003

Klaasen leads Boys Division shooting 2-under-par 70 on the day

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 play.

"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.