AJGA BOYNE HIGHLANDS JUNIOR
Boyne Highlands Resort – Moor Course
Harbor Springs, Michigan
July 26 – 29, 2004
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — Justin Hull of Royal Oak, Mich., fired a 8-under-par round of 64, to take the lead of the AJGA Boyne Highlands Junior at Boyne Highlands Resort – Moor Course. The score not only set a tournament record for low round, but breaks the previous course record at the Moor Course. Carling Coffing, Anita Gahir, and Katie Sylvan share the 36-hole lead at 148 in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Boyne Highlands Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at the Boyne Highlands Resort – Moor Course. The tournament features 144 of the nation’s premier junior golfers from 17 states and Canada.
Hull, who teed off the back-nine first, started his record setting day early, by making a birdie on his opening hole, sticking his approach shot to within 10 feet. After pars on holes Nos. 11, 12, and 13, he was able to reach the par-5 14th in two and make birdie. Following another birdie on No. 16, Hull again took advantage of his length and accuracy off the tee, only having to hit a 9-iron second shot into the 523-yard par-5 18th hole. He rolled in his 20-foot eagle putt for a front side 31, 5-under-par.
“I tried to stay really aggressive off the tee and I made a lot of putts today,” Hull explained. “I putted until dark last night, and I think I might have figured it out.”
Hull kept with his aggressive approach and solid putting, by birding his first hole on the back nine to move to 6-under-par. On No.3, he was able to get up-and-down from the front greenside bunker for a birdie four. His final birdie came at the eighth hole, where he again reached a par-5 in two and managed to get down in two shots for his 64 and tournament total of 136.
“It feels really great,” Hull laughed. “This course is in such great shape, and to have shot 64 here, is awesome. I have been playing well, but I’ve never hit the ball like this before.”
Hull, who will be attending the University of Toledo this fall, bested his previous low round by one stroke. In this event last year, he was able to finish in a tie for 10th, which marks his best finish in an AJGA tournament.
Trailing Hull by one-stroke is Andy Connell of Lima, Ohio, who recorded a 5-under-par 67, making his tournament total 6-under-par, 137. First-round leader Josh Thompson of Indianapolis, Ind., shot a 71 to finish the day in third. Tied for fourth are Brandon Pike of Huntington, Ind., Ryan Linton of Lake Forest, Ill., and Clark Klaasen of Grand Rapids, Mich., with a two-day total of 3-under-par, 141.
In the Girls Division, a trio of players was able to take the lead at 4-over-par. Coffing of Middletown, Ohio, followed her opening round 71 with a 77 on day two. She felt she hit the ball really well, but must make more birdie putts tomorrow. San Diego, California native, Katie Sylvan, recorded a second round 75, bringing her tournament total to 148 as well. Although she did not hit many fairways on her opening nine, she putted well leading to three birdies.
Also at 148, and tied for the lead is Gahir of Thornhill, Ontario, shooting the low second round in the Girls Division with a 74. She carded three birdies on the day, but also recorded a triple bogey on the 16th hole. She will rely on her length and try to remain consistent in the final round tomorrow.
The final round of the AJGA Boyne Highlands Junior will begin Thursday at 7:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tee.
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.
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