ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Dalhousie Golf Club
Cape Girardeau, Mo. • June 30 - July 4
VOGEL'S 7-UNDER-PAR 209 LEADS HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND AT ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – T.J. Vogel of Cooper City, Fla., carded seven birdies and four bogeys to shoot a 3-under-par 69 in Friday's third round at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., also posted a 3-under-par 69 including five birdies and just two bogeys. It's fitting that both leaders are also 2008 first-team Rolex Junior All-Americans heading into Saturday's final round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Dalhousie Golf Club. The 144-player field features players from 30 states and six foreign countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course at 7,282 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 6,304 yards. This year marks the 32nd edition of the AJGA's flagship tournament. Past champions of this event include David Duval, Charles Howell III, Jamie Lovemark, Phil Mickelson, Leta Lindley, Grace Park, In-Bee Park and Morgan Pressel.
Vogel took over the lead with five birdies on the front nine and was able to hold on to that lead the rest of the round.
“I haven't made very many putts this week but when I made that birdie putt on No. 2 I got a little bit of confidence in me,” Vogel said. “I knew if I could keep my game stable today I would have a shot at the lead and sure enough I'm leading, right where I want to be.”
Tied for second two strokes behind Vogel at 5-under-par 211 are Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, who carded a 2-under-par 70, and Gavin Hall of Pittsford, N.Y., posting an even-par 72 in Friday's third round. In a three-way tie for fourth are Jeffrey Kang of Fullerton, Calif., Byeong-hun An of Bradenton, Fla., and Matthew Ceravolo of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., at 4-under-par 212.
Tanco came into the day with a one-stroke lead and kept that lead with Saturday's final round still to play.
“I hit a lot of shots really close to the pins today,” Tanco said. “Most of my birdie putts I was left with one or two feet from the hole, so I made some of those putts.”
Making a big move was Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., who fired a 6-under-par 66 to move into second. After starting Friday four strokes back Chung is now only one stroke back at 8-under-par 208. Tied for third at 2-under-par 214 are Ani Gulugian of Irvine, Calif., and Nicole Zhang of Calgary, Alberta.
Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. Along with sponsoring the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Rolex is also the title partner of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the proprietors of the Rolex Junior All-America Teams.
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 AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 25 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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 will run from 7 — 8:39 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Dalhousie Golf Club. For more information please contact Tournament Headquarters at 770-601-8922.
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