The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

June 7-10, 2004



Goldman of the Boys Division and Page of the Girls Division set new competitive course records


LUBBOCK, Texas- Guillermo Chavez and Noah Goldman made their way to the top of the pack in the Boys Division with two-day totals of 4-under-par 140s in the second round at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University.  For the Girls Division, Lauren Espinosa gained a one-stroke lead over her competitors, coming in with a two-day total of 1-under-par 143.      


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Lubbock Junior features 98 players from eight states, including 72 Texas natives. The event, which is being played for the first time, is being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The final round will begin on Thursday.


Goldman, 17, of Longwood, Fla., set the competitive course record with a second round score of 7-under-par 65.  He improved his first round score by 10 strokes and couldn’t have been any happier to be the new record-holder at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University.  The four birdies he carded on the front nine, followed by the three birdies he carded on the back nine, helped to send him to the top in round two.  


“I did very well today,” he said.  “I had a bogey-free round.  I’ve played about the same both days, but I didn’t have as many bad breaks today.  As long as I keep hitting the ball well, I’ll be in good shape.”


Goldman is looking forward to keeping up his lead in the final round. 


“My strategy for tomorrow is to play my own game,” he said.  “I’m going to treat it the same as all the others.”     


Chavez, 17, of Clovis, N.M., maintained his lead in round two with a score of 1-over-par 73, thanks to the three birdies he fired on the front nine.


“It was a tough day,” he said.  “Compared to yesterday, I had a few bad swings, but I was hitting the ball consistent all the way around.  Tomorrow I’m going to go out and do the best I can, and hopefully it’ll be enough to win.”


Following Chavez and Goldman are Colton Williams, 17, of Jacksboro, Texas, Luke Symons, 16, of Lone Tree, Colo., and Mark Jones, 16, of Odessa, Texas, with two-day totals of 3-under-par 141s, followed by Derek Meyer, 16, of Lake Charles, La., with a two-day total of 2-under-par 142, and Zach Fullerton, 17, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Kyle Yonke, 18, of Lubbock, Texas, with 1-under-par 143s.  


Lauren Espinosa, 17, of Hickory Creek, Texas, broke through the three-way tie from round one to shoot a two-under-par 70 in round two, giving her the outright lead in the Girls Division.  She is hoping to maintain this position through the final round.


“I’m happy with the way I played today,” she said.  “I started off really well.  My goal for tomorrow is to win and to shoot one better than today.  I’m really excited to play with Taylor Leon tomorrow because we work as teammates, pushing each other to play our best.”


Behind Espinosa are Stefanie Page, 17, of The Woodlands, Texas, with a two-day total of 144 and a new competitive course record of 3-under-par 69, Taylor Leon, 17, of Dallas, Texas, with a two-day total of 145, Melissa Fahey, 17, of League City, Texas, with a two-day total of 147, and Lucy Nunn, 17, of Lawton, Okla., with a two-day total of 152. 


Final round tee-times will run from 7-11:48 a.m., Thursday, June 10, at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University.


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 U.S.A., a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.


AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetz-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.


For more information on the AJGA Lubbock Junior Presented by United Supermarkets and Market Street, contact Tournament Headquarters at (806) 742-4680

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