AJGA CALLAWAY GOLF JUNIOR ALL-STAR SERIES
ChampionsGate Golf Resort, The International
November 27-30, 2002
ZEGA, LEE ROAST THE INTERNATIONAL FOR BOYS
DIVISION LEAD AT CHAMPIONSGATE
Florida native Hong heats up in the Girls Division at AJGA
Junior All-Star Championship
CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla. - More than just
turkey and dressing was cooked on Thursday at ChampionsGate
Golf Resort at the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series
Championship. Alex Zega of Louisville, Ky., Albert Lee of
Los Angeles, and Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla., baked
up a recipe of their own, elevating them to the top of their
respective divisions after the first round of play at the
third-annual Junior All-Star Series Championship.
The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, features 78 boys and girls (13-15 years olds)
representing 19 states and Canada. To qualify for this season-ending
championship, the participants in the boys division needed
to garner a top-10 finish in a 2002 Junior All-Star event
and a top-five finish in the girls division.
The putter was the secret ingredient for both Zega (37-33-70)
and Lee (35-35-70). Zega nailed a 60-foot putt on the 437-yard,
par-4 15th, which maintained his confidence level heading
down the home stretch.
"That putt on No. 15 was awesome," the 14-year-old
Zega said. "I couldn't believe that I made that long
of a putt and it definitely energized me for my last couple
Like Zegas, the California native Lee putted flawlessly.
"I had a 19-foot par putt on No. 12. I was pretty excited
that I did not three putt one time today," Lee said.
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division include Bronson
Burgoon of The Woodlands, Texas, at even-par 72, while California
natives Travis Esway of Granite Bay (36-37-73) and Erik Flores
of Grass Valley (37-36-73) are tied for fourth.
In the Girls Division, 15-year-old Hong (37-33-70), who mistook
Thursday's first round as the tournament practice round, got
things started early as she almost carded a hole-in-one on
No. 11, a 158-yard par-3, her second hole of the day.
"Almost acing No. 11 really got me fired up," Hong
said. "I just played solid all day."
Solid is an understatement as Hong carded four birdies on
Nos. 9, 11, 14 and 15.
"I made a lot of short putts for birdies, which really
helped my score," she said. " I am very pleased
with today's performance and I plan to play just as consistent
Trailing Hong by three strokes is fellow Florida native Lauren
Mielbrecht of Gulfstream, while Stefanie Page of The Woodlands,
Texas, and California natives Tiffany Joh of San Diego and
Jennifer Osborn of Huntington Beach all sit tied for third
with a 74.
The Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series was created in 1998
to give younger AJGA members more opportunities to play competitive
golf. This collection of events, designed for boys and girls
13-15, was a resounding success in its first year and it expanded
to six events in 1999. In 2002, there were six tournaments
that featured a Day of Education, conducted by the AJGA and
David Leadbetter Golf Academy staff, and two days of stroke-play
Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday, November
29 off the No. 1 and 10 tees at ChampionsGate Golf Resort.
For more information on the AJGA Callaway Golf Junior All-Star
Series Championship, please contact tournament headquarters
at (678) 617-2426.