Shuttle Meadow Country Club

Kensington, Connecticut

August 2-5, 2005



Lee inches closer to title with 1-over-par round


KENSINGTON, Conn.     Stacked amongst a talented field, three players are tied atop the leader board in the Boys Division at the Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior presented by St. Paul Travelers.  Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China, and Tim McKenney of Scottsdale, Ariz., are all at 2-under-par 140 after two rounds of action.


  Kasi Lee of Paramus, N.J., remained in control in the Girls Division by firing a 1-over-par 72, increasing her lead to two strokes over Mayule Tomimbang of Kissimmee, Fla.


 The Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior presented by St. Paul Travelers is a 54-hole tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, Conn. The tournament features 99 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 14 states and three countries, including 31 from Connecticut.


Getting off to a rough start, Curran bogeyed his first two holes, only to bounce back with a birdie on hole No. 3.  Curran made the turn at 3-over-par before shooting an even-par back nine to finish the day at 3-over-par 74.


“I feel pretty good,” said Curran, a second-team Rolex All-American. “It’s good being out here and I am just having a good time.”


Coming off a U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying victory Monday, Hu continued his excellent play with a 2-over-par 73. With eight one-putts and five birdies scattered throughout his round, Hu erased a one-stroke deficit after the first day.


“I putted really well,” Hu said.  “I just need to do better on the par 3s.”


McKenney, who was paired up with Curran the first two rounds and will be again for the final day, also made use of five birdies to fire a 2-under-par 69 and jump five spots in the standings.


“It’s always good to play with a friend,” McKenney said. “I think I play well and thrive under the pressure.


 “Putting is the key on this course. You just need to let it happen.”


David Holzworth of Chapel Hill, N.C., is just one shot back in fourth, and Adam Lewicki of Avon, Conn., and Garrett Wentzell of Worcester, Mass., are tied for fifth at even par.


Lee, vying for her first AJGA victory, propelled herself into the final round after shooting a 1-under-par 33 back nine. She stands at 3-over-par 145 for the tournament.


“I really want to win,” Lee said.  “I haven’t played well in AJGA events, so I don’t want to get my hopes up and say anything until the last putt drops on the last hole.


“I am looking forward to tomorrow.”


Stalking Lee and Tomimbang is Rolex All-American Megan Grehan of Mamaroneck, N.Y., who is in third place at 6-over-par 148.


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, Christie Kerr and Beth Bauer.


Final-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. For more information about the Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior presented by St. Paul Travelers, please contact tournament headquarters at (860) 225-7030.


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