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Boyne Highlands Resort, Heather Course
Harbor Springs, Michigan
July 7-10, 2003

Alafoginis soars to the top of the Boys Division after second round

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. - Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., fired an impressive round of 6-under-par 65 Wednesday, tying her career low round that she recorded last week at the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis. Frank Alafoginis of Potomac, Md., pulled ahead in the Boys Division after also carding a career low of 4-under-par 67.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the tournament features 143 boys and girls, ages 13-18, representing 25 states and Canada. The 54-hole event runs Tuesday through Thursday at the Boyne Highlands Resort, Heather Course in Harbor Springs, Mich.

Blumenherst (71-65-136) garnered seven birdies on the day to retain control of the Girls Division. Being in the lead is not a new feeling for the 16-year-old. She has already added three wins to her name at the AJGA Southwestern Junior Classic, AJGA PING/Marsico Funds Colorado Junior Roundup and last week at the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship.

"I played very well today," Blumenherst said. "I started off strong and kept on going. I nailed a 25-foot putt for birdie on No. 10 and it felt great. It's been awhile since I have done that."

Blumenherst's second round 65 not only tied her personal record, but also broke the women's competitive 18-hole record at the Heather Course by two strokes. AJGA members Jenny Tangtiphaiboontana of Long Beach, Calif., and Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., previously held the course record, which was posted last year.

"I focused on each shot and I just wanted to go out to play my best," Blumenherst said. "I also came here to win."
Challenging the Arizona native Blumenherst for the title with 152s are Allison Goodman of San Diego, Calif., and Jordyn Wells of Bethel Park, Pa.

Alafoginis (73-67-140) took the lead in the Boys Division after nailing five birdies. He also hit all 18 greens and had only one 3-putt.
"I hit my driver really well today," the 17-year-old said. "I never got into trouble. Irons tend to be my strength and if I can get off the tee, I won't miss the greens."

Alafoginis, a rising high school senior, indicated that he was nervous going into Wednesday's round after an awkward morning on the practice green and driving range.

"My swing felt bad warming up," he said. "It made me nervous because I wasn't sure how I'd play. It feels good to finally be in the lead. Tomorrow I hope to play well, but if I get beat, I get beat. I just don't want to give it away."

Michael Schachner (66-76-142) of Libertyville, Ill., carded a 5-over-par 76 to trail Alafoginis by two strokes.

"Today was a little more windy than yesterday," the 17-year-old said. "The course played tough. I played the exact same as yesterday from tee to green, but I had 10 more putts. Overall, I felt very well, but I started out with a 4-putt and I just couldn't get it back."

Also in contention for the Boys Division title at 143 is David Shearer of Charlevoix, Mich., while Kevin Bryce of Mississauga, Ontario sits at 144. Tied at 145 heading into the final round are Randy Hutchison of Traverse City, Mich., and Andrew Milloy of Lasalle, Ontario.

Final-round tee times will begin at 8 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Thursday off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Boyne Highlands Resort, Heather Course.

For more information on the AJGA Boyne Highlands Junior contact tournament headquarters at (231) 526-3105, Conference Room A.