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Castlewood Country Club
Pleasanton, Calif. • July 20 - 23


Baraquiel holds a 2-shot lead in the Girls Division at the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst

PLEASANTON, Calif.Yi Keun Chang of Walnut, Calif., posted a 2-under-par 68 in the second round of the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst, bringing his two-day total to 4-under-par 136, giving him sole possession of the lead going into Thursday’s final round. In the Girls Division, Sunshine Baraquiel of Chatsworth, Calif., holds her lead at 5-over-par 145 and will look to add a third AJGA title to her résumé. 
       Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Castlewood Country Club – Hill Course. The 99 player field features players from seven states,
Chile, Thailand, Argentina, New Zealand and Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the par-70 course at 6,215 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,659 yards.
       Chang has stayed steady both rounds, playing a conservative game and relying on the basics to keep him in contention. After finishing one stroke behind first-round leaders Matthew Seramin of
San Geronimo, Calif., and Matthew Hansen of Los Osos, Calif., Chang knew he needed to play smart and capitalize on every opportunity.
       “I wanted to play it safe out there – hit it straight, get on the green and two-putt,” Chang said. “It worked well. After a birdie on No. 10, my momentum picked up and putts started to drop.”
       Chang recorded four birdies on the back nine, putting him one stroke ahead of the competition going into final-round play.
       Seramin and Matthew Negri of
El Cajon, Calif., are close contenders, sitting in second place with 3-under-par 137s. Shotaro Ban of San Jose, Calif., and Daniel Slovis of Woodland Hills, Calif., are tied for fourth with 2-under-par 138s.
       Baraquiel, ranked No. 60 in the Polo Golf Rankings, wasn’t particularly happy with her round after shooting seven strokes higher than her first-round score.
       “A 76 isn’t what I wanted to go into the final round with,” Baraquiel said. “My driver was off today so I’m going to work on adjusting that for tomorrow. I need to just play my game and cut back on bad decisions.”
       The highlight of Baraquiel’s round came on the par-4 No. 9 where she sank a 30-foot putt for birdie.
       “I just need to do that tomorrow,” she said. “My goal is to get the Scotty Cameron putter cover for low final-round. If I do that, the win will come along with it.”
       Sisters Jessica and Jacqueline Chulya of
Bangkok, Thailand, sit in second and third place respectively, with Jessica one stroke ahead of her younger sibling at 7-over-par 147.
       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 30 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 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 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. off the No. 1 tee at Castlewood Country Club – Hill Course. For more information, please contact Tournament Director Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana at (678) 617-2424.