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ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

LPGA International – Champions Course

Daytona Beach, Florida

June 14-17, 2004

 

GRANADA TAKES TWO-STROKE LEAD AT LPGA INTERNATIONAL

Crawford remains at 5-under-par, two tied at 3-under

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.Rolex Junior All-American Julieta Granada of Asunción, Paraguay, fired a 3-under-par 69 Wednesday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship at LPGA International.

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole stroke-play invitational event is being held at LPGA International’s Champions Course, the same venue as the LPGA’s Qualifying School. The event features 77 girls from 21 states and four foreign countries (Canada, Japan, Mexico and Paraguay) who were invited based upon past top national junior golf tournament finishes.

 

The tournament, one of two girls-only AJGA Majors, brings 18 Rolex Junior All-Americans, including Granada, Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Florida natives Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Jennifer Pandolfi of Navarre, Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton and Dolores White of Lakeland. Granada, Blumenhurst, Lincicome and Pressel are all first-team Rolex Junior All-Americans.

 

Granada, who shot a 4-under-par 68 in Tuesday’s first round, recorded a two-day total of 7-under-par 137 to lead Laura Crawford of Lancaster, S.C., who heads into the final round with a two-day total of 139. Mallory Hetzel of Summerville, S.C., and Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., are each four shots back at 140.

 

Granada said she was pleased with her second-round score, the lowest of the day by any competitor, but was disappointed with her putting after hitting 17 greens in regulation.

 

“I was hitting it really solid but my putting wasn’t that good,” Granada said. “I think I could have gone a lot lower but I’m also happy because it’s not a bad score at all.

 

“Tomorrow I just have to get out there and play my game shot by shot. I’ll have to work on my putting tonight though.”

 

After shooting a 5-under-par 67 to lead the field in Tuesday’s first round, Crawford struggled early Wednesday, making bogeys at Nos. 4 and 7, but recovered on the back nine with three birdies to get back to 5-under-par for the tournament.

 

“After the turn, I just wanted to get in around par or even-par,” Crawford said. “I’m pretty happy with the way I closed. Julieta is a good player, so tomorrow I just have to keep the ball in play and stay focused.”

 

Hetzel, who has three AJGA victories and is committed to the University of Georgia as a rising senior in high school, carded a 1-under-par 71 in the second round and hopes to make a move in Thursday’s final round.

 

“Today I had chance after chance after chance on the greens, and it was kind of frustrating,” Hetzel said. “I know I’ve got a low round in me somewhere, I’ve just got to dig deep and find it.”

 

Joh shot a 2-under-par 70 to climb into a tie for third place with Hetzel heading into the final round. Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., and Amanda Blumenhurst of Scottsdale, Ariz., are locked in a three-way tie for fifth place at 142.

 

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 AJGA has a 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.

 

Final-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday off Nos. 1 and 10 tees.  For more information about the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, please contact tournament headquarters at (386) 274-1549.