ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
The Desert Mountain Club, Geronimo Course
July 7-12, 2002
LOWRY BOUNCES BACK TO MAINTAIN LEAD AT
Blasberg shoots low round in Girls Division to grab lead
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Randy Lowry of Spring, Texas,
recovered from a rough start to shoot a 1-under-par 71 in
the third round of the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions,
holding onto his lead in the Boys Division. Erica Blasberg
of Corona, Calif., fired a 3-under-par 69 to surge into the
Girls Division lead.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 25th
annual Rolex Tournament of Champions is being held on the
par-72 Geronimo course at The Desert Mountain Club. The 72-hole
event features 169 players - 109 boys and 60 girls - from
30 states and five foreign countries, and includes 57 Polo
Golf Junior All-Americans. Past champions include Charles
Howell III, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Kellee Booth and
On the second hole of the round, Lowry had two bad shots and
fought his way out of the desert to card a quadruple-bogey.
The 15-year-old, however, pulled his game together and landed
a birdie on No. 3.
"Let's just say that I got off to a shaky start,"
Lowry said. "I just tried to put it behind me and keep
going. I came back with a birdie on the next hole."
Lowry went on to birdie holes No. 6, 9, 12, 14 and 15, and
only dropped one bogey during the round, tallying a three-day
total of 69-65-71-205.
"I hit fairways and greens today, I wasn't thinking about
the lead at all," he said. "Tomorrow I'm going to
do the same thing that I did today."
Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga., James Vargas of Miami, Fla.,
and Taylor Wood of Laguna Niguel, Calif., are tied for second
place with three-day totals of 209.
Kirk, tied for fifth headed into the third round, opened up
with birdies on Nos. 1 and 3 and added three more birdies
and two bogeys to finish the round at 3-under-par 69. Despite
starting off with three consecutive bogeys on Nos. 2-4 and
a triple-bogey on No. 10, Vargas nailed four consecutive birdies
on Nos. 13-16 to score a 2-over-par 74 for the round and stay
in the Boys Division top five.
Kevin Kisner of Aiken, S.C., is in fifth place, shooting a
1-over-par 73 for a three-day total of 210.
Blasberg, who entered the day two shots off the pace, grabbed
a share of the lead early with birdies on her first two holes
to tie first-round leader Brittany Lincicome of Seminole,
Fla. Blasberg added another birdie on No. 7 to help her make
the turn at 1-under-par.
"My driver wasn't as strong today, but I kept myself
out of trouble," Blasberg said. "I made some putts
out there that were pretty key putts."
They 17-year-old had little trouble on the back nine, capping
off a string of three straight birdies by draining an 8-footer
on No. 16 to begin to pull away from the pack.
"I felt pretty comfortable at that point," said
Blasberg, who has signed with the University of Arizona. "This
tournament has meant a lot to me because it's my last AJGA
event. It would be great to start my college career by ending
my junior career with a win."
Blasberg holds a three-shot lead over Lincicome, who shot
a 74 to sit at 1-over-par 217 for the tournament. Amanda Blumenherst
rounds out the Girls Division top three at 220 after posting
a 2-over-par 74.
Final-round action begins Friday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 and
10 tees of the Geronimo course.
For more information about the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions,
please call AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (480) 488-1362