AJGA LOCKTON KANSAS CITY
Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate
Overland Park, Kansas
July 28-31, 2003
TAKAMATSU AND DUNN SHARE
LEAD AT LIONSGATE
Kobayashi sits atop Girls Division
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Rui Takamatsu
of Rowland Heights, Calif., and Tyler Dunn of Godfrey, Ill.,
share the lead in the Boys Division at the AJGA Lockton Kansas
City Junior following equal rounds of 4-under-par 68. Mayumi
Kobayashi of Santa Monica, Calif., carded a 1-under-par 71
to grab the lead in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
Lockton Kansas City Junior is being held at the par-72 Nicklaus
Golf Club at LionsGate and features a field of 68 boys and
18 girls from 21 states.
Sixteen-year-old Takamatsu hit every fairway in regulation
and carded one eagle, seven birdies and five bogeys en route
to his round of 68.
"By hitting every fairway I put myself in good position
all day," Takamatsu commented. "I was 5-under-par
on the four par-5s and that really helped."
Takamatsu is searching for his first career AJGA victory this
"I need to continue hitting fairways and making birdies
on the par-5s," Takamatsu remarked. "I've put myself
in a good position thus far but I'm not satisfied yet. It's
not a one-day tournament, so hopefully I can keep playing
Dunn, a University of Missouri signee, carded seven birdies
and three bogeys.
"I played pretty well today," Dunn said. "I
kept my focus and that really helped me a lot."
Dunn is looking to improve on his best AJGA finish, second
at the 2002 AJGA Buick Junior Open.
"I really hope to continue playing well and finish high,"
Fellow University of Missouri signee, John Kelly of St. Louis,
currently sits in a tie for third with 15-year-old Paul Haley
of Dallas and Pat Collogan of Ponca City, Okla., who carded
matching rounds of 3-under-par 69.
In the Girls Division, Kobayashi carded four birdies and three
bogies en route to her 1-under-par 71.
"I played pretty steadily on the front nine, but on the
back nine I lost concentration following a bad drive on No.
12," Kobayashi said.
"I got my game and my confidence back in order on the
next hole and finished strong."
Kobayashi, who looks to improve on her best AJGA finish, third
at the 2001 Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup, went on
to card three pars and two birdies to close out her round.
Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., currently sits in second
place following a 1-over-par 73 Tuesday. Freeman's round of
73 included three birdies and four bogeys.
"I tried to be patient and wait for the putts to fall,"
Freeman remarked on Tuesday's round.
Freeman tied for seventh at the 2002 Marsh
Kansas City Junior and looks to improve at this week's event.
"I want to keep playing steady golf, not see any big
numbers, putt well and finish strong," Freeman added.
Qualifier medalist, Ellen Hoeper of Kansas City, Mo., currently
sits in third place after carding a 3-over-par 75.
The second round of the Lockton Kansas City Junior begins
Wednesday with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off the first
For more information on the Lockton Kansas City Junior, please
contact tournament headquarters at (913) 402-1000 or visit
the American Junior Golf Association's Web site at ajga.org.