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HEATHER FARR CLASSIC
Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Arizona
April 9-11, 2004

 

HIE FIRES 64 TO TAKE COURSE RECORD AND FIRST-ROUND LEAD

Joh leads the Girls Division at 1-under-par

 

MESA, Ariz. – Rory Hie of Lakewood, Calif., shot a 7-under-par 64 to set the competitive course record and take the Boys Division lead at the Heather Far Classic.  Finishing with a 1-under-par 70, Tiffany Joh of San Diego leads the Girls Division going into the final round.

 

The Heather Farr Classic, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 120 players, ages 12-18, from 16 states and Canada. The 36-hole stroke play event is being played on the par-71 layout at Longbow Golf Club.

 

Hie hit eight greens on the front and was 6-under-par going into the back nine. After Hie’s lone bogey on No. 12, he hit six fairways and seven greens on the back en route to a personal best of 30-34—64. Hie finished the day with six birdies and one eagle.

 

“I got up-and-down on the first hole and then from there I just took off,” said 15-year-old Hie. “All of my iron shots were close and I made every putt inside of 10 feet.”

 

Hie, who finished in the top 10 three times at AJGA events in 2003, is in search of his first national victory.

 

“I felt very relaxed during the round,” said the leader. “I would like to go into the final round feeling just as relaxed and confident.”

 

Rounding out the Boys Division tied at 68 are California natives Tim Cha of Chino Hill, and Lucas Lee of Torrance. Tied for fourth are Tyler Matthews of Redmond, Wash., and Ryan Brooks of Mesa at 69.      

 

In the Girls Division, Joh took the lead after play was suspended for approximately an hour and a half.

 

Joh made five birdies, including a birdie on the final hole, which was played after the sun had set. The high school junior said the delay both helped and hindered her play.

 

 “I was really going for my shots up until the last hole,” said 17-year-old Joh. “But with the final hole being played in the dark, I was concentrating on keeping the ball in the fairway.”

 

Joh was even-par on the front nine with two birdies and hit five greens. On the back she carded three birdies and finished her round with 36-34—70.

 

Rounding out the Girls Division tied for second at 72 are Californians Esther Choe of LaQuinta, Paula Creamer of Pleasanton and Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach.

 

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The largest association of its kind, the AJGA has a junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.

 

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

 

The final round of the Heather Farr Classic will begin Sunday, April 11 with a 7 a.m. start at Longbow Golf Club.

 

For more information on the Heather Farr Classic, contact tournament headquarters at (480) 807-5400 and ask for AJGA Headquarters.