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Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz. • April 5 - 8

Morris holds on to first round lead at Longbow Golf Club

MESA, Ariz.  — Richard Lee of Chandler, Ariz., and Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif., both retain the lead in their divisions as they seek to claim their first AJGA crown of the 2007 season. Lee garnered nines of 37-32—69, giving him a two-day total of 133, five shots ahead of his nearest competitor. Morris fired a 1-under-par 70 and remains two shots ahead of the nearest competitor.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the ReBath Heather Farr Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 90 boys and 42 girls — ages 12-18 — from 17 states, Canada, the Cayman Islands and Mexico. The ninth annual event is being staged on the par-71, 6,999-yard Longbow Golf Club (Girls Division played at 6,146 yards). Past champions of the event include Hunter Mahan (1999), Philip Francis (2006), Amanda Blumenherst (2002) and Paula Creamer (2003, 2004).

After carding two bogeys on the front nine, Lee rebounded during his second half of the day with three birdies in a row beginning on No. 13. The 16-year-old, who currently is No. 6 in the Polo Golf Rankings, also almost drove the green on the 420-yard, par-4 No. 15. Sunday, Lee hopes he can get his drives back to his usual form.

“I want to concentrate on my drives for Sunday,” said Lee. “I couldn't get my drives to work today. It kept me in the desert today and hopefully I can stay out of it tomorrow.”

Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division are Stephen Carney of Tulsa, Okla., Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, Calif., and Michael Jae Woo Im of Fullerton, Calif., all tied for second with scores of 4-under-par 138. Alone in fifth place is Scott Pinckney of Anthem, Ariz.

Morris continued to dominate in the Girls Division with second-round scores of 34-36—70. Despite her being 2-over during her first three holes of the day, Morris overcame her nervousness a few holes later after she eagled the No. 9, 492-yard par 5.

“Eagling No. 9 definitely was the turning point for me,” Morris said. “I got more comfortable and this round was more of a mental victory because I was able to come back after starting the round so poorly.”

Heading into Sunday's final round, Morris' plan of attack is to keep focus and keep the same swing.

“I am hoping to play the same way I have played the past two days and stay strong,” she said.

Trailing by only two shots, Stephanie Kono of Honolulu finished Saturday's round with a 70, giving her a two-day total of 140 while fellow Hawaii native Kimberly Kim of Pahoa stands alone in third with a 141.

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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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

Final-round tee times for the ReBath Heather Farr Classic will begin at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Longbow Golf Club. A second wave of tee times will start at 11:15 a.m. also off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the ReBath Heather Farr Classic, please contact tournament headquarters at (480) 807-5400.