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ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Sunriver Resort – Crosswater Course

Sunriver, Oregon

July 5-9, 2004

 

LOVEMARK BREAKS TIE IN BIG WAY AT ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Pandolfi widens lead after even-par third round

 

SUNRIVER, Ore. On a day when no one seemed to be able to make a move, Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., found a way. He opened up a six shot lead heading into the final round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions Thursday.

 

Jennifer Pandolfi of Navarre, Fla., doubled her two-round lead to four shots by firing an even-par 72. She remains at 1-under-par 215 for the tournament.

 

The Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sunriver Resort – Crosswater Course. The field was cut after two days to the low 57 boys and 21 girls, including ties. The tournament features 150 players, ages 12-18, from 32 states and seven foreign countries, including Canada, China, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay and South Africa.

 

The 2004 Rolex Tournament of Champions features 49 Rolex Junior All-Americans, and past champions include the likes of Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, David Gossett, Grace Park and Beth Bauer.

  

Entering the third round tied for the lead with Dan Saltz of Scottsdale, Ariz., Lovemark became the only player beginning the day in the top 10 to improve his score from the previous day. After shooting two consecutive 70s, he fired the day’s low round of 5-under-par 67 to improve his tournament total to 9-under-par 207.

 

“I hit a lot of irons real close and I finally started making some putts,” Lovemark said.  “I played consistent and having no wind really helped.”

 

With Lovemark’s only bogey coming on the difficult 217 yard, par-3 No. 17, he carded six birdies, including four on the front nine.

 

In a four-way tie for second place are Saltz and David Dragoo, both of Scottsdale. Kevin Schultz of Richardson, Texas, and Greg Forest of Palm City, Fla., are also at 3-under-par 213.

 

Looking for her first AJGA Major title, Pandolfi has held or shared the lead at the end of every round thus far.  Starting off by birding two of her first three holes, missing an ace by nearly six inches on the par-3 third hole, Pandolfi played consistent golf to put her in prime position for the final round.

 

“All I can say is that I’ve been grinding it out and am going to continue to do so,” Pandolfi said.  “I’m happy with my attitude and have been scoring well.”

 

Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., is in second place with a 3-over-par 219. Vicki Yi of Bogart, Ga., Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., and Taylor Leon of Dallas are tied for third at 221.

 

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.

 

The final round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions will begin Friday at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Course. For more information on the Rolex Tournament of Champions, please call tournament headquarters at (541) 593-3410.