TRUE TEMPER JUNIOR OPEN

Diablo Grande – The Ranch Course

Patterson, California

July 5-8, 2004

 

TRUE TEMPER JUNIOR OPEN MARKS DUAL FIRST-TIME WINS FOR KIM AND CHO

Kim fires a 3-under-par 213; Cho shoots 1-under-par 215

 

PATTERSON, Calif. Bio Kim was thankful on Thursday afternoon after he sunk his par putt on No. 18 and finished the final round with an even-par 72, claiming his first AJGA win at the True Temper Junior Open.  Sooji Cho was able to maintain her lead and claim her first win with a tournament total of 1-under-par 215.

 

The True Temper Junior Open was a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Ranch Course at Diablo Grande Resort.  The tournament featured 144 players, ages 12-18, from eight states and three foreign countries.  One-hundred and twenty-two California natives were entered in the field.

 

Kim, 13, of Tustin, Calif., said his family was his main support system throughout the rounds.

 

“My dad told me not to stress and just to play my own game,” he said. “I’m very thankful for them because they helped me stay grounded.”

 

He said he was able to maintain his lead and win the tournament because of his mind control. 

 

“My focus was really good today,” he said. “I just tried to listen to my dad’s advice on staying calm.”

 

Kim birdied his first hole and continued through the front nine with three additional birdies.  He sealed victory on the back nine when he shot a 37 and ended the tournament with a three-stroke advantage.

 

Mathew Tom of Norwalk, Calif., finished in second place with an even-par 216.  Tied for third place with tournament totals of 1-over-par 217 were Matthew Shaw of Clovis, Calif., and Nicolas Podesta of Yuba City, Calif.

 

Another first of the day came for Cho, 16, of Glendale, Calif., when she shot a final round score of 1-over-par 73 to claim her first AJGA title. 

 

“I’m happy, of course,” Cho said. “I concentrated on my job and got it done.”

 

At the beginning of her round, Cho started out by shooting an even-par 36 on the front nine.  When she reached the par-5 16th hole, she said she hooked her drive in a hazard and hit a 5-wood out.  She was able to chip in for birdie, which marked her first birdie of the day.  She was able to card another birdie on No. 18, which put her at 1-over-par on the back nine.

 

Grace Woo of Burbank, Calif., finished in second place with a 3-over-par 219.  In third place with a 9-over-par 225 was Christy Yun of University Place, Wash.

 

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.

               

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch U.S.A., a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

           

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 Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

 

For more information on the True Temper Junior Open, call national headquarters at (770) 868-4200.

 
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Weekly Results
AJGA Reno / Tahoe Junior at ArrowCreek
Boys
Total
T
2
Ashkaan Hakim
219
1
Ryan Burnett
221
T
2
Griffin Cooper
221
Girls
Total
1
Xinying (Miranda) Wang
216
2
Ty Akabane
220
3
Tammy Lim
232
AJGA Junior All-Star at Spring Valley
Boys
Total
1
Rodrigo Rodas
219
T
2
Alexander Vogelsong
220
T
2
David Colleran
220
Girls
Total
1
Rachel Kuehn
219
T
2
Wen Qi Zhu
225
T
2
Mimi Chen
225
Daniel Berger Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Chris Nido
210
2
Bryan Teoh Wiyang
212
3
Carlos Marrero
216
Girls
Total
1
*Sophie Guo
222
2
Julia Matzat
222
3
Taylor Roberts
224
KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational
Boys
Total
1
*Karl Vilips
210
2
Canon Claycomb
210
3
Khavish Varadan
215
Girls
Total
1
Harmie Constantino
210
2
Jayna Choi
216
T
3
Michaela Morard
219
T
3
Ya Chun Chang
219
Insperity Invitational / Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Levi Valadez
207
2
Tommy Boone
209
T
3
Shuai Ming Wong
217
T
3
Cody Banach
217
T
3
Chad Sewell
217
Girls
Total
1
Beryl Wang
218
2
Jennifer Zhou
223
3
Greta Bruner
224
Mill Creek Foundation Junior All-Star
Boys
Total
1
Maxwell Moldovan
202
2
Tyler Isenhart
208
T
3
Marcus Smith
209
T
3
William Huang
209
T
3
N. Nels Surtani
209
Girls
Total
1
Reese Guzman
204
2
Sarah Beqaj
209
3
Kristen Chen
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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