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LAS VEGAS FOUNDERS JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Angel Park Golf Club Mountain Course

Las Vegas, Nevada

June 21-24, 2004

 

LIM MAINTAINS BOYS DIVISION LEAD WITH A 6-UNDER TWO-DAY TOTAL

Chin stays on top of the Girls Division with a 140 two-day total

 

LAS VEGAS— Hot weather and heated competition didn’t stop Daniel Lim who defended his lead position in the Boys Division by shooting a 5-under-par 66 Wednesday for the second round of the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship.  Jane Chin shot a 1-over-par 72 and kept hold of her lead position in the Girls Division by one stroke. 

 

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship features 85 players from 11 states, including 11 Nevada natives. The event, being played for the 15th time, is a 54-hole, stroke play tournament that is being held at Angel Park Golf Club-Mountain Course and began on Tuesday.

 

Lim, 17, of Gilroy, Calif., said he got off to a slow start, but managed to pull through on the back nine to keep ahead of his competitors.  One birdie on the front nine led to five more on the back.   

 

“My first birdie of the day on No. 9 helped to pump me up and give me momentum,” he said.  “After yesterday’s round I realized that the back nine fits more with my game so I knew I could pick it up there.” 

 

As for the final round, Lim plans on keeping ahead by going as low as possible.

 

“I would like to finish on top,” Lim said.  “We’re all good players here.  It’s whoever makes good putts and stays mentally strong.”

 

Lim has a two-day total of 133.

 

Three strokes behind Lim is Brian Kim of Yorba Linda, Calif., with a two-day total of 136, followed by Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., with a 137.  Close behind Cox is Shane Mason of San Diego, and Estanislao Guerrero of San Diego, with two-day totals of 138s. 

 

Chin, 17, of Huntington Beach, Calif., finished the second round with a two-day total of 140. She said that she hopes that the final round will be a better round for her. 

 

“I’m playing pretty consistent,” she said.  “I just need to make sure I’m hitting fairways and greens.”

 

Chin said she is looking forward to the final round and hopes to finish in the top five.

 

Behind Chin is Tiffany Joh of San Diego, with a two-day total of 141, Katy Barrett of Las Vegas, with a two-day total of 150, and Brooke Schneider of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Kendra Little of Eugene, Ore., with two-day totals of 151s.

 

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 Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

For more information on the AJGA Las Vegas Founders Junior Golf Championship, contact Tournament Headquarters at (702) 967-3215