AJGA McDONALD'S BETSY RAWLS GIRLS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DuPont Country Club
July 28-31, 2003
JANE PARK CARDS 8-UNDER-PAR
134 TO HOLD ON TO LEAD AT BETSY RAWLS
Creamer fires a 6-under-par 136 after two rounds in Wilmington
- Jane Park of Beaumont, Calif., shot a 2-under-par 69 in
the second round of the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls
National Championship to retain her top spot on the leader
board. Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., also carded a
2-under-par 69 to move two strokes behind Park.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the tournament features 71 girls, ages 13-18, representing 20 states and Canada. The 54-hole event is being held at the par-71, 6,036-yard DuPont Course at the DuPont Country Club. The invitation-only tournament also features 20 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans.
"I played consistent," Park said. "I hit greens and fairways all day."
Park, who placed 14th in this tournament two years ago, had three birdies on the day but wasn't pleased with her putting.
"I three-putted No. 16 for par and then went on to three-putted the next hole," she said. "Those were two very bad shots. I just wasn't thinking. But there are a lot of putts to be made tomorrow so we'll see what happens."
Creamer, on the other hand, accredits her good round to her short game.
"My short game saved me," Creamer said. "I didn't hit the ball well and was constantly long. I must have been judging the wind too much."
Creamer birdied Nos. 9, 11 and 15 and only had one bogey Wednesday. The 16-year-old is looking for her seventh national victory of 2003. She also recently made the cut in two LPGA Tour events and will be competing in the U.S. Women's Amateur next week.
"I definitely want to win this tournament," she said. "But I also just want to play good golf. If someone plays better, so be it. It's a strong field and the scores show it. It is going to take three back to back rounds to know who is going to win."
Following one stroke behind Creamer with a 5-under-par 137 is another California native, Amie Cochran of Torrance.
"I only had one bogey and only missed one green and that was on the first hole," the 17-year-old said. "Everything just kind of fell into place today. I'm going to go into the final round with the ultimate goal of winning. I'll do the best I can and that's good enough for me."
Sitting three spots behind Park at 4-under-par 138 is Sukjin Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J. Just behind Wuesthoff are In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., and California natives Angela Park of Torrance and Ki-Shui Liao of Alameda all at 144.
Final-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday off the No. 1 tee at the DuPont Course at the DuPont Country Club.
For more information on the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship, contact tournament headquarters at (302) 428-1012.