ZEUSKE AND TOM TIED GOING INTO FINAL ROUND
For second consecutive day, Kim leads Girls Division at PING Junior at Diablo Grande
DIABLO GRANDE, Calif. — David Zeuske of Coto de Caza, Calif., and Patrick Tom of Norwalk, Calif., share the lead at 7-under-par after the second round of play at the PING Junior at Diablo Grande. With a tournament total of 137, they lead the Boys Division by two strokes. In the Girls Division, Jenny Kim of Los Angeles, continues to dominate the field. After shooting 3-under-par 69 for the second consecutive round, Kim leads the field by seven strokes.
The PING Junior at Diablo Grande, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 89 boys and 28 girls — ages 12-18 — from 11 states. The event is being staged on the 6,919-yard, par-72 Legends West Course (Girls Division played at 5,858).
Tom, who will turn 18 on Saturday, is looking for his first AJGA victory. After playing the front nine at even-par, Tom went low on the backside with three birdies and no bogeys. Tom played well all-around today.
“Everything came together,” said Tom. “I was putting well, driving well, and chipping well.”
Zeuske will also be attempting to earn his first AJGA career victory. The 16-year-old gained the momentum and confidence he needed right from the start. After fanning his drive into the hay off the tee on the 415-yard, par-4 No.1, Zeuske hit his iron to within three feet of the hole.
“My irons were playing really solid today,” said Zeuske. “Tomorrow I hope for much of the same as today and hope to not make the little mistakes.”
The final round will be a close finish as Dustin Rhone of Culver City, Calif., and Sean McNamara of Monte Sereno, Calif., are two strokes off the lead in second place with a two day total of 139. Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division are Tim Cha of Chino Hills, Calif., and Geoff Gonzalez of Diablo, Calif., with a total of 140.
15-year-old Kim held on to the lead of the Girls Division after playing a round which included seven birdies and four bogeys. She was 2-under-par after the front nine, but then ran into some trouble on the backside. Kim remained collected and made a 50-foot birdie putt on No. 13, putting herself back to 3-under for the day. As was the case yesterday, Kim's putter aided her throughout the day, giving her a strong lead entering Thursday's round.
“I made all my birdie putts today, except one,” said Kim. “Even the long ones went in. My putter was really working.”
Grace Chung of Fullerton, Calif., will be looking to knock a few strokes off her round as well as she currently sits in second with a two day total of 145. In third place is Christina Stockton of Auburn, Calif., with a two day total of 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 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 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.
Final-round tee times will begin Thursday at 7:00 a.m. off the No.1 tee at Legends West Course.
For more information about the PING Junior at Diablo Grande, contact tournament headquarters at (209) 892-3968 ext. 206.