LEADERBOARDS TIGHTEN AT WINDY LONG COVE
36-hole cut lessens field to top 45 boys, 31 girls
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — After carding her second-consecutive 69 amidst gusting winds, Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., leads the Girls Division at 4-under-par 138 after the second round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., climbed atop the Boys Division after shooting a 2-under-par 69, giving him a two-day total of 137.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole stroke-play event that began with 165 players, including 67 Rolex Junior All-Americans and players hailing from 28 states and six foreign countries. The 36-hole cut left 45 players in the Boys Division at 150 (8-over-par) or better, while 31 players at 150 or better remain in the Girls Division.
In the event's 28th year, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is one of 11 Majors on the AJGA schedule and is the longest running AJGA tournament. The event is being held at the Long Cove Club, which has played host to two AJGA tournaments (the 1997 Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 1999 Canon Cup).
Though windy conditions dictated play for most of the day, Blumenherst was able to hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation, resulting in three birdies and only one bogey. For the tournament, the three-time Rolex Junior All-American has recorded seven birdies and hit 33 of 36 greens in regulation.
“I feel very confident with my game right now because I'm hitting the ball very well,” Blumenherst said. “I'm not getting into trouble, which makes a huge difference with this game. I feel like I'm just getting it close and making a lot of pars.”
First-round leader Jennifer Osborn of Huntington Beach, Calif., followed her record-breaking opening round 68 with a 1-over-par 72, putting her in second at 140. Kimberly Donovan of Hopkinton, Mass., and Kimberly Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, enter the third round tied for third at 1-under-par 141.
In the Boys Division, Cox is the only player to record back-to-back rounds in the 60s. The 2004 Rolex Junior All-American has tallied six birdies, one bogey, and zero three-putts during the first two rounds, resulting in a one-shot lead.
“I hit 15 out of 18 greens today, and I feel like I had 15 chances for birdie,” Cox said. “This course can really bite you if you make a mistake out there. I think the person with the least mistakes will win.”
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash., sits in second at 67-71-138, while first-round leader followed his record-setting round of 65 with a 74, good for a 139 total and third place. Rounding out the top five is Juan Candela of Bogota, Colombia, and David Yujin Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., who are tied for fourth at 2-under-par 140.
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 a 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 enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
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 280 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Dottie Pepper, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Third-round tee times will run from 7:30 — 9:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Long Cove Club. For more information on the Rolex Tournament of Champions, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (843) 686-0456.