AJGA NIKE GOLF JUNIOR
ALL-STAR CLASSIC AT COLONIAL
PRESENTED BY THE MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU
Colonial Country Club - Jackson Course
June 30-July 3, 2003
KIM FIRES 68, JUMPS TO TOP OF LEADERBOARD
Gannon and Schulte maintain share of first place in Girls
JACKSON, Miss. - Sihwan Kim of La Mirada, Calif.,
came from three shots behind the leaders to take control of
the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Colonial presented
by Mississippi Farm Bureau on Wednesday. Kim's 4-under-par
68 tied him for the low round of the tournament and left him
two shots clear of the field.
In the Girls Division, first-round co-leaders Tia Gannon of
Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Alexandrea Schulte of Broken
Arrow, Okla., carded identical rounds for the second straight
day, firing rounds of 2-over-par 74.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Nike
Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Colonial presented by the
Mississippi Farm Bureau consists of 84 players from 26 states.
The tournament is being contested at Colonial Country Club,
Jackson Course, which plays to 6,578 yards for the boys and
5,790 yards for the girls.
In the Boys Division, four players started Wednesday tied
for first place at 3-under-par 69. However, Kim, who shot
an even-par 72 in the first round, came out firing, making
birdies on four of his first six holes. Kim finished the day
with eight birdies, negating four bogeys that he scattered
throughout his second round.
"I tried to stay focused and just tried to hit the ball
straight," Kim said after the round.
When asked how he would translate his success to the final
round, Kim said continuing to practice hard and focusing on
the mental side of the game would be key.
Two players trail Kim by a pair of strokes going into the
final day. Robert Womble of Raleigh, N.C., matched Kim's tournament-low
score of 68 to accumulate a two-day total of 2-under-par 142.
First-round co-leader Paul Haley of Dallas, struggled on the
front nine but pulled his round together on the back to fire
a 1-over-par 73, good enough for a share of second.
Heejoo Son of Carson, Calif., also utilized a solid second
nine to move up the leaderboard. Son's 1-under-par 71 moved
him into sole possession of fourth place. First-round co-leader
Martin Bunt of Pensacola, Fla., Scott Barton of Dallas, and
Raj Nahal of Longwood, Fla., are all tied for fifth place
at 2-over-par for the tournament, four shots behind Kim.
In the Girls Division, Gannon tallied three birdies on the
day en-route to shooting a 74. Gannon credited her consistency
as the reason for her success in the first two rounds.
"My drives were in the fairway and I made a lot of putts,"
Gannon said. "I'm just going to play the same way (Thursday)
as I did (Wednesday)."
Schulte was also solid throughout the second round, matching
Gannon by carding an even-par 36 on the front nine before
shooting a 2-over-par 38 on Colonial's inward nine. Together,
Gannon and Schulte have a three-shot lead going into Thursday's
"Everything has been right on the dot," Schulte
said. "I'm very pleased with the way I'm playing this
whole week. I don't see any improvements I need to make, just
keep plugging away and just hope for a good round and see
what the other girls can shoot."
Ashley Lance of Franklin, Tenn., carded a 3-over-par 75 on
Wednesday and trails the co-leaders by three shots.
The final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. Tee times
will continue on No. 1 and No. 10 until 9:27 a.m. For more
information on the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Classic at Colonial
presented by the Mississippi Farm Bureau, contact AJGA tournament
headquarters at (601) 956-8567.