KIM ROCKS THE SIXTIES WITH 3-UNDER-PAR 69
Newell keeps hold of lead through second round
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Andrew Kim of Old Tappan, N.J., maintains the lead after the second round of the Junior All-Star at PGA National with a two-day score of 12-under-par 132. In the Girls Division, A.J. Newell of Tampa, Fla., remains atop the leaderboard after shooting a 5-over-par 77.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Junior All-Star at PGA National is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at PGA National Resort & Spa — Haig Course. The 82-player field features players from 17 states and Canada. The course is being played at 5,856 yards in the Girls Division and 6,640 yards in the Boys Division.
After establishing the junior course record Monday, Kim posted another score in the sixties during the second round. Once again the New Jersey native caught fire with birdies on Nos. 1-3 and a finishing score of 31 on his closing nine.
“I just tried to forget about my first nine today,” Kim said. “I knew I played well on the front nine yesterday and tried to take advantage of the birdie holes on that side.”
Blake Olson of Pensacola, Fla., is in second place with a two-day total of 1-under-par 143. Anthony Paolucci of Dallas, Texas follows him at even-par 144. Tied for fourth in the Boys Division are Julien Goulet of St-Roch De L'Achigan, Quebec, Bodi Karsono of Gainesville, Fla., and Blake Biddle of St. Charles, Ill., with tournament totals of 2-over-par 146.
In the Girls Division, Newell was able to sustain the lead posting a two-day score of 150. When asked about her second round she said she might head to the range tonight because her ball striking wasn't as good as yesterday.
“I'm going to try to have fun tomorrow,” Newell said. “I want to win it tomorrow just like everyone else.”
Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., shot an even-par 72 to put her at 152 for the tournament, alone in second place. Jessica Schall of Lake Mary, Fla., and Valentina Fontaine of Hilton Head Island, S.C., are tied for third with 36-hole totals of 154.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 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 begin off of Nos. 1 and 10 at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information about the Junior All-Star at PGA National, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (561) 627-2000 ext. 5240.