NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT JACKSONVILLE
Paradise Point Golf Course â€“ Gold Course
Jacksonville, North Carolina
June 14-17, 2004
CHUNG AND KIM SHARE FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT FOUR-UNDER-PAR
Clanton paces Girls Division with 71
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. â€“ David Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., and Lion Kim, of Lake Mary, Fla., posted four-under-par 68s to take a share of the first-round lead in the Boys Division of the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville. Another North Carolina native, Cydney Clanton, fired a score of one-under-par 71, to take an early two-stroke lead in the Girls Division.
The third-annual Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville is a 54-hole stroke-play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Paradise Point Golf Course. The tournament includes 84 boy and girl junior golfers from 21 states.
The Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12-15. The competition provides an opportunity for younger AJGA members to develop their skills and earn entry into open tournaments.
Chung, 14, followed an even-par 36 on the front side with a four-under 32 on his back nine. After pars on Nos. 10 and 11, he birdied four out of his next five holes, including a chip-in on No. 15 from 20-yards out.
â€śI really focused well today,â€ť Chung said. â€śI have been working on drills to improve my putting and it really showed, especially with all of the five-footers I made.â€ť
Kimâ€™s 68 included a front side 33 and a one-under 35 on his final nine. Besides hitting 16 greens, he birdied every par five on the Gold Course. The fifteen-year-old Kim already has a top-five finish this year, tying for third at the Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by the Mississippi Farm Bureau in Jackson, Miss.
â€śI am pretty satisfied with the way I played today,â€ť Kim said. â€śMy all around game was solid and when I needed to save par I was able to come up with it.â€ť
Trailing the leaders after shooting a three-under-par 69 is Joseph Barr from Versailles, Ky. In a tie for fourth, Jake An of Chantilly, Va., and Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas each recorded a 70. In all, there were nine boys who finished the first round under-par.
In the Girls Division, Clanton, from Concord, N.C., got off to a sizzling start, recording two birdies and an eagle on her first six holes. Starting on the back nine, Clanton birdied hole No. 11, bogeyed No. 12 but recovered well making eagle on No. 14 and a birdie on No. 15 to post a 34. After a slow start to her final nine, including two bogies on the first three holes, she played one-under-par on her final six holes. Clantonâ€™s best tournament finish was a tie for ninth at the 2003 Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville.
â€śI really focused on staying positive today and playing the best I could,â€ť the Clanton explained. â€śEarly on, I wasnâ€™t rolling my putts very well, but my solid driving and iron play kept me in position,â€ť the fourteen-year old explained
Jennifer Adyorough of Atlanta trails the leader by two-strokes after carding a 73, recording three birdies on the back nine. The final birdie came on No. 18, when her approach shot struck the flagstick and finished four feet from the hole. Earlier this year, Adyorough had her best AJGA finish, a tie for fourth at the Nike Golf Junior at Colonial presented by the Mississippi Farm Bureau in Jackson, Miss. Two Texans, Caitlin Bliss of Katy, Texas, and Shannon Fish of Spring, Texas, are tied for third after matching rounds of two-over-par 74.
The second round of the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville will continue Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10.
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 AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information about the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville, please contact tournament headquarters at (910) 451-5445 or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.