NIKE GOLF JUNIOR AT LAS CRUCES
Picacho Hills Country Club
Las Cruces. New Mexico
June 21-24, 2004
LEE SETS AJGA RECORD FOR MARGIN OF VICTORY IN LAS CRUCES
Karle walks away with 14-shot victory in the Girls Division
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Only three rounds were shot below 70 all week. Richard Lee of Vancouver, British Columbia, had all three.
Lee scorched the 68 player Boys Division in his AJGA debut and cruised to an AJGA record 15-stroke victory at Picacho Hills Country Club in the Nike Golf Junior at Las Cruces. He finished at 13-under-par 203.
Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., capped off her first AJGA victory in blowout fashion. Karle recorded the only two sub-par rounds all tournament in the Girls Division and finished at 3-under-par for a 14-stroke victory.
The Nike Golf Junior at Las Cruces is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Picacho Hills Country Club. The tournament featured 80 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-15, from 13 states and Canada.
Coming into the final round with a 7-shot lead, Lee never let up as he entered the turn at 4-under-par and finished with a 6-under-par 66.
“I’m satisfied,” Lee said. “It feels good to win. I just played it simple and safe. Putting was key. I made a lot of putts.”
Lee’s record margin of victory topped the previous record of 13, set by Jeff Bell at the 2003 Abilene Reporter-News Junior.
Tommy Chung Hao Mou of Bradenton, Fla., finished second at 2-over-par 218. Cody Gribble of Dallas, Texas, placed third at 219 while Jordan Russell of College Station, Texas, and David Lipsky, of La Canada, Calif., tied for fourth.
Karle’s victory ranks ninth on the all-time margin of victory list in the Girls Division. Her final- round 2-under-par 70 was on the mark as she hit 13 of a possible 14 fairways and carded five birdies.
“It is relieving to win,” Karle said. “I made more putts for birdies today and definitely had fun playing. I was just trying to shoot red numbers.”
Wonjoo Choi of Murrieta, Calif., finished second at 227 and Jenny Kim of Los Angeles, Calif., placed third with a 229.
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.
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 about the Nike Golf Junior at Las Cruces, please contact the AJGA at (770) 868-4200.