PING JUNIOR AT MIRASOL
The Country Club at Mirasol â€“ Sunrise Course
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
June 1-4, 2004
RAGLAND LEADS BOYS DIVISION BY ONE STROKE AT 3 UNDER PAR
Park and Yadloczky tied for the lead in the Girls Division
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. â€“ Starting his round with seven straight pars followed by three birdies in the second round of the PING Junior at Mirasol, Rolex Junior All-American Toby Ragland, 17, of Jacksonville, Fla., leads the Boys Division with a two-day total of 141. In the Girls Division, 15-year-olds So-Hyun Park of Bradenton, Fla., and Jessica Yadloczky of Cassleberry, Fla., lead the field by 1 stroke with matching two-day totals of 146.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole event is being held at The Country Club at Mirasol â€“ Sunrise Course, home of the PGA TOURâ€™s Honda Classic, and features 84 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states. Highlighting the field are five Rolex Junior All-Americans including Ragland, Jon McLean of Weston, Fla., Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., and Christie Reed of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Ragland, who carded a 69 in the second round, said the Sunrise Course fits him well. â€śItâ€™s really tough around the greens and I usually hit a lot of greens,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s kind of an advantage for me.â€ť
Ragland said he saw improvements in his swing after his first-round score of 72. â€śI struggled with my swing yesterday but I had started hitting it really well on the back nine,â€ť he said. â€śThat carried into today.â€ť
Both Park and Yadloczky credited their putting for their share of the lead.
â€śI didnâ€™t hit many greens or fairways so I had to depend on my putting,â€ť Yadloczky said. â€śAnd it pulled me through.â€ť
Yadloczky had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6, both par-5s, as well as a birdie on her last hole of the day, No. 9. â€śI was on fire -- I was craving more,â€ť she said. â€śI canâ€™t wait to come back again next year.â€ť
Park, who took only 29 putts for the round, earned one of seven birdies on the par-3 No. 11.
â€śI almost had a hole-in-one â€“ it was like this close,â€ť she said, indicating a length of a few inches.
And while the sweltering daytime high temperature of 89 compounded by high humidity made many of the competitors uncomfortable, Park hardly noticed the weather. â€śI concentrated so much that I didnâ€™t realize it was so hot,â€ť Park said.
In the Boys Division, Jason Elliott of Palm Harbor, Fla., David Palm of Jacksonville, Fla., and Tyler Rucarean of Gainsville, Fla., follow Ragland with two-day totals of 142. Close behind are Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., and Hudson Swafford of Tallahassee, Fla., at 143.
Trailing Park and Yadloczky in the Girls Division with two-day totals of 147 are Hannah Brabb of Maitland, Fla., and first-round leader Jade Bollinger of Wellington, Fla.
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 has a membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information about the PING Junior at Mirasol, please contact tournament headquarters at (561) 776-4949, ext. 116.
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