KHAN, CHOE REMAIN ATOP LEADERBOARD
Weather prolongs second round
EVERGREEN, Colo. — Following a three hour, 12 minute rain delay Thursday afternoon at the Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding, Jonathan Khan of Tucson, Ariz., remains in first place after firing a 4-over-par 74 in the Boys Division for a two day total of 143. Esther Choe of Scottsdale, Ariz., carded a Girls Division low 73 to remain in first place with a two-day total of 149.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding is being held at Hiwan Golf Club. The tournament field is comprised of 99 boys and girls ages 12-18 from 14 states, including 40 from Colorado.
Khan started the day with a 2-under-par 33 on the front nine, which included five pars and three birdies, but followed it with a 41 on the backside for a 74. With four holes left, Khan was forced to suspend play and noticed a big difference after the break.
“It was tough to come back after sitting around for a while,” Khan said. “The greens were completely different and you had to adjust to it, especially while chipping.”
Following pars on Nos. 11 and 12, Khan three-putted three of the next four holes.
“I felt like I was playing alright, but then I fell apart on the back nine,” Khan said. “I was just happy to make par on No. 18.”
Andrew Storm of Omaha, Neb., and Tyler Parsloe of Littleton, Colo., are tied for second place with matching 146s. Samuel Chavez of Hillsborough, Calif., Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas, and Riley Pumphrey of Georgetown, Texas, are knotted at 147.
In the Girls Division,15-year-old Choe improved her first round score by three strokes carding a 3-over-par 73 in the second round of competition, giving her a 149 tournament total. After shooting a 39 on the front nine, she answered with a 1-under-par 34 on the backside.
“On the front nine, I was having trouble getting speed on the greens, but then I turned it around on the back and putted a lot better,” Choe said.
After putting downhill most of the day on Wednesday, Choe was able to adjust her approach to Hiwan's difficult greens.
“Yesterday I was above the holes, while today I was playing short,” she said. “I was very happy about day two.”
Jennie Arseneault of Grinnell, Iowa, stands alone in second place after shooting a 4-over-par 74 Thursday for a 151 tournament total. Tied for third at 153 are Christine Cho of Kent, Wash., and Stephanie Kono of Honolulu.
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 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, 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.
The final round will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. For more information about the Hiwan Junior presented by Stonecreek Funding, contact tournament headquarters at (303) 674-3366, ext. 324.