WEAVER'S FLAME KEEPS BURNING AT MISSION HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
Kang and Johnson tied for Girls Division lead at ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., held onto his lead in the Boys Division at the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior. His second-round score of 4-under-par 68 brought him to a two-day total of 11-under-par 133. Danielle Kang of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and 2007 champion Jennifer Johnson of La Quinta, Calif., find themselves tied for the Girls Division lead, each with a two-day total of 4-under-par 140.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event being held at Mission Hills Country Club - Dinah Shore Tournament Course. The tournament field features 54 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from five states and Thailand. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course from 7,078 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 6,172 yards.
Weaver continued his hot streak during Wednesday's second round and finished two strokes ahead of Steven Kearney of Carlsbad, Calif. Weaver had another impressive round, finishing with six birdies and only two bogeys. He had a consistent day hitting 17 of 18 greens and 9 of 14 fairways, which he believed to be the key to his successful round.
“I hit well off the tee and got myself into a good position to get the ball in play,” Weaver said. “I wasn't very conservative or too aggressive either.”
Kearney sits alone in second after shooting 7-under-par 65 to bring him within two shots of the lead, posting a two-day total of 9-under-par 135. Five shots behind in third is Preston Valder of Yorba Linda, Calif., who posted a two-day total of 4-under-par 140. Alex Bungert of Orange, Calif., sits in fourth after posting 3-under-par 141. Max Homa of Valencia, Calif., and Jake Katz of Thousand Oaks, Calif., are tied for fifth, each sitting at 2-under-par 142.
In the Girls Division, Kang had a steady round, hitting every fairway and 17 of 18 greens recording birdies on Nos. 11 and 18. Kang attributes her nearly flawless round to her much improved wedge game.
“I usually avoid wedge shots,” Kang said. “But at this tournament I have been able to control my wedge game and I've stuck everything from 100 yards out to within 10 feet of the pin.”
Johnson started her round off strong with birdies on her first and second holes (Nos. 10 and 11). She then went on to bogey No. 14, but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 to finish her front nine at 3-under-par 33. the round with a 3-under-par 69. Johnson said that No. 15 was the highlight of her round.
“I have a tendency to go right when I hit my driver,” Johnson said. “But this time I hit the ball right down the center. I then went onto make birdie on the hole.”
Tied for third in the Girls Division are Jessica Vasilic of Anaheim Hills, Calif., and Kelli Oride of Lihue, Hawaii, both girls finished at 2-under-par 142.
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 for the ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior will run from 6:30 - 8:18 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees Thursday at the Mission Hills Country Club - Dinah Shore Tournament Course. For more information, please contact the Tournament Director Tommy Tangtiphaiboontana at (760) 324-9400.