AJGA SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR
Isleta Eagle Golf Course â€“ Lakes and Mesa
Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 1-4, 2004
GLISSMEYER AND JONES TIE FOR THE LEAD AT AJGA SOUTHWESTERN JUNIOR
Blumenherst keeps top spot after second round
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.â€” After another gusty day in Albuquerque, Tom Glissmeyer, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mark Jones, of Odessa, Texas, inched ahead to tie for the lead with two-day totals of 7-under-par 137s. Girls Division leader Amanda Blumenherst, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was able to hold on to a six-stroke lead after carding a 3-over-par 75 in the second round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Southwestern Junior features 99 players from 17 states, including 18 New Mexico natives. The tournament, being played for the 20th time, is being held for the fifth year at Isleta Eagle Golf Course, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Seventeen-year-old Glissmeyer, who played in the 2003 U.S. Open, was able to use the wind to his advantage early in the round and par No. 2 with birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 en route to a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the second round.
â€śI used the wind to attack a few pins,â€ť Glissmeyer said. â€śThen I hit soft fades to the right hole placements and let the wind carry it.â€ť
He said he was very efficient during the round, and as a result, he didnâ€™t make any bogeys.
â€śI still had some wayward drives,â€ť he said. â€śAnd I can always putt better. Thereâ€™s always room for improvement.â€ť
Jones, 16, shot a 4-under-par 68 and also finished with no bogeys in the round. He hit 13 greens, took 28 putts and had some good pars with the wind.
â€śI played very similar to yesterday, but I hit the driver better and played some shorter irons,â€ť he said.
Jones says he feels like heâ€™s playing pretty solid and isnâ€™t fazed by Fridayâ€™s final round or the competition.
â€śI canâ€™t worry about anyone elseâ€™s score,â€ť he said. â€śI have to play my own game.â€ť
Sitting three strokes behind Glissmeyer and Jones in the Boys Division are Cornelius Carroll, 17, of Windermere, Fla., and Zach Fullerton, 17, of Albuquerque, N.M., with 4-under-par 140s. Jeffrey Edelman, 16, of Southlake, Texas rounds out the top five after shooting a 2-under-par 70 for a tournament total of 141.
Seventeen-year-old Blumenherst maintained her lead in the Girls Division with a two-day total of 142, despite struggling with the breezy weather conditions.
â€śTrying to judge the hole locations was hard, and I didnâ€™t play the wind very well,â€ť she said. â€śIâ€™m disappointed with the round today because I know I couldâ€™ve putted better.â€ť
Blumenherst said she had a â€śbirdie droughtâ€ť in Thursdayâ€™s round and hopes to relive the eagle and five birdies from her first round.
Behind Blumenherst are Jane Rah, 13, of Torrance, Calif., Lucy Nunn, 17, of Lawton, Okla., and Kristin Ingram, 17, of Pasadena, Calif., 4-over-par 148s.
The final round tee times will run from 7-11:48 a.m., Friday, at Isleta Eagle Golf Course.
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.
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For more information on the AJGA Southwestern Junior, contact Tournament Headquarters at (505) 869-0950.