I.R.I. GOLF GROUP ARIZONA
July 7-10, 2003
DOWDEN TAKES LEAD AT ARIZONA
Choe tops Girls Division
TUCSON, Ariz. - Kyle Dowden of Somis,
Calif., carded a 65 Wednesday and leads the Boys Division
of the I.R.I. Golf Group Arizona National with an 8-under-par
134 following the second-round. Esther Choe of La Quinta,
Calif., took a commanding lead the Girls Division at 3-under-par
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole
event is being held at the par-71 Arizona National. The field
features 84 players, ages 13-18, from seven states and Mexico,
and includes 10 Tucson residents.
Wednesday's round of 65 marks Dowden's personal best competitive
"My goal was to have no bogeys today, and I did that,"
Dowden said. "I felt great out there today; everything
Leading the field by one-stroke, Dowden looks to capitalize
on his strong play in the final round.
"A score like today's gives me a lot of confidence,"
Dowden said. "Tomorrow I have to take it one stroke at
a time, like I did today. I just want to play well and try
not to get too caught up in my score."
Max Schechter of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., carded four birdies
compared to only two bogeys en route to a 2-under-par 69.
Schechter now stands in second place with a two-round total
of 135. Schechter says he is pleasantly surprised with his
position going into the final round of his first AJGA event.
"I am very happy with my play," remarked Schechter,
who on Tuesday shot a 5-under-par 66 and shared the lead after
the first-round. "I am looking at tomorrow as a whole
new round, rather than the last of three. I'll try not to
think about the last two days during the final round, I just
want to relax and play good golf."
Fresno State signee, Danny Buell of San Carlos, Calif., and
Indiana University bound Andrew Temple of Berkley, Calif.,
are currently tied for third. Buell shot 1-under-par 70 while
Temple shot a personal best 6-under-par 65, bringing their
two-round totals to 136. Cameron Tringale of Laguna Niguel,
Calif., and Daniel Lim of Gilroy, Calif., carded a 69 and
68, respectively, totaling 140 for the tournament and now
stand tied for fifth place.
Esther Choe shot a 1-under-par 70 and currently holds an 8-stroke
lead in the Girls Division. The highlight of Choe's day came
with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7, after carding her
only bogey on No. 3. Choe played consistently Tuesday, finishing
the round with a flawless back nine at even-par.
"I'm hitting fairways and greens, but I didn't make as
many putts as I wanted today," remarked 13-year-old Choe.
"If I keep hitting the ball like today and yesterday,
it will be good. I just want my putts to fall."
Choe looks to finish strong tomorrow and take home her first
"I've been in the final group twice before, but I wasn't
ready to win then," Choe said. "I think I'm ready
Riverside, Calif., natives Nicole Smith and Sommer Scholl
are currently tied for second place with a two-round total
The final round of the I.R.I Golf Group Arizona National begins
Thursday with tee times starting at 7 a.m. off the first and
For more information about the AJGA I.R.I Golf Group Arizona
National, please call tournament headquarters at (520) 749-3636
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4. Noah Goodwin
5. Norman Xiong
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|| 3. Kristen Gillman
|| 4. Jaravee Boonchant
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|| 5. Yujeong Son
(South Korea) Norman, Okla.
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* Won via sudden-death playoff