CAMPBELL TAKES ONE-STROKE LEAD INTO FINAL
ROUND Martin jumps to the lead after second round 3-under-par
TEMPE, Ariz. - Peter Campbell of Encinitas, Calif.,
backed up his opening-round 68 with a 3-under-par 69 to grab
the second-round lead of the AJGA PING Phoenix Junior Championship.
In the Girls Division, Allison Martin of Bakersfield, Calif.,
also carded a 69 to lead the field by four strokes with one
round to play.
The 54-hole tournament, conducted by the American Junior Golf
Association, features 84 players representing 12 states and
Canada. Fifteen participants call Arizona home. It is being
held at the par-72 Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course.
Past champions include PGA TOUR player Tiger Woods (1991)
and LPGA tour players Heather Bowie (1991), Emilee Klein (1992)
and Grace Park (1994, '96).
Campbell (68-69-137), who had seven birdies during the first
round, lost some momentum as he bogeyed his second hole. The
17-year-old wasn't fazed and quickly got things going his
way with an eagle on the par-5, 527-yard 14th. Campbell left
his second shot short of the green but then dropped his 30-yard
chip in for eagle.
"My chipping was on," Campbell said. "From
20 yards out I was trying to hole it every time. I visualized
my shots and then they landed exactly where I wanted."
Campbell carries a one-shot lead into the final round and
will be playing in the final group for the second-consecutive
year. He said he wants to end this tournament a little better
than he did last year when he hit his ball into the water
on the final hole to finish in seventh place.
"It would be kind of nice to get something back,"
Campbell said. "I have to start off solid and keep it
One thing he has to his advantage is the course. Campbell
plays the tricky and sometimes deceiving Karsten track extremely
"I don't know what it is about this course, but I like
it," Campbell said. "It is a challenging course
that makes you think coming down the stretch. It definitely
helps if you stay positive when playing it."
Kevin Larsen of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Seung Su Han of
Chino Hills, Calif., sit in second place at 138. Zack Miller
of San Rafael, Calif., is alone in fourth two shots back.
Hochul Kim of Murrieta, Calif., and Jay Choe of Yorba Linda,
Calif., are tied for fifth place at 140.
In the Girls Division, Martin (70-69-139) turned in her second-consecutive
round under par and took control of the leaderboard. Her putting
enabled her to score low as she notched four one-putts on
the front nine.
"I struggled with my pitching and chipping today, but
my ability to make putts kept me in there," Martin said.
She slammed home a 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 9 to get
"That kind of jump-started my round," Martin said.
"Then I birdied No. 10 with a nine-foot putt after a
good shot into the green."
She birdied No. 11 for her third consecutive, and added another
on No. 17, her fifth birdie on a par 5 in two rounds.
"I am going to try and do the same thing tomorrow,"
Martin said. "I have to keep playing solid and not give
anything away. I am putting well, so if I can keep that up
tomorrow hopefully I can shoot low."
Esther Choe of La Quinta, Calif., is in second with a 143
and Tiffany Tavee of Gilbert, Ariz., rounds out the top three
Local product Lauren Todd of Phoenix aced the 150-yard, par-3
12th. She two-hopped her 5-iron into the cup for the hole-in-one.
Final-round action begins at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow off the Nos.
1 and 10 tees and runs until 8:27 a.m.
For more information on the PING Phoenix Junior Championship
please contact tournament headquarters at 480-968-7084, ext.
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