POLO GOLF JUNIOR CLASSIC
Sea Island Golf Club â€“ Seaside and Plantation Courses
Sea Island, Georgia
November 20-26, 2004
HARIGAE TIES AJGA RECORD-LOW SCORE AT SEA ISLAND
SEA ISLAND, Ga. â€“ Two players came charging out of the gates during the first round of the Polo Golf Junior Classic with rounds of 62 and 66 respectively. Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., set the competitive course record on Sea Island Golf Clubâ€™s Seaside Course and tied an all-time AJGA record-low score with an 8-under-par 62. Meanwhile, on the Plantation Course, Arnond Vongvanij of Bradenton, Fla., fired a 6-under-par 66 to lead the Boys Division.
The Polo Golf Junior Classic, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, is in its 27th year of showcasing the premier talent in the world of junior golf. Past champions include Aree Song (2001), Spencer Levin (2001), Casey Wittenberg (2000), Hunter Mahan (1998), Beth Bauer (1995, 1997), Grace Park (1994, 1996), Tiger Woods (1991), Stewart Cink (1989), Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (1988, 1989) and Heather Farr (1979).
This yearâ€™s field features 175 players from 35 states and eight foreign countries (Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, South Africa, Spain and Sweden). Ninety-seven of these players were honored as Rolex Junior All-Americans based on their performances at the national level during the 2004 season.
The tournament is being played on Sea Island Golf Clubâ€™s Seaside and Plantation Courses for the first time in tournament history. The par-70 Seaside course is playing to 6,946 yards in the Boys Division and 6,057 yard in the Girls Division. The Plantation Courseâ€™s par-72 layout is playing to 6,966 yards in the Boys Division and 6,126 yards in the Girls Division.
The event consists of 36 holes of stroke play, after which the field will be cut to the top 32 boys and 32 girls. Match play will then determine the champion in each division. The Plantation Course will be used during both rounds of stroke play and the first round of match play. The Seaside Course will play host to the first two rounds of stroke play and all five rounds of match play.
Harigae, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, recorded eight birdies during her record-tying round. This run included consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-16. Harigae, whose previous lowest competitive score was a 69, holds a four-shot lead going into Tuesdayâ€™s final round of stroke play. The phenomenal run started early as Harigae birdied the first hole by sticking her approach shot to two feet and tapping in the birdie putt.
â€śI only missed one fairway and hit all the greens,â€ť Harigae said. â€śI just hope I didnâ€™t use up all of my birdies for tomorrow.â€ť
Jacqui Concolino of Orlando carded a 4-under-par 66 on the Seaside Course and sits alone in second place. Rolex Junior Player of the Year Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay, is in third place after shooting a 2-under-par 68 on the Seaside Course.
In the Boys Division, Vongvanij recorded eight birdies and two bogeys while building a one-shot lead going into the second round.
â€śMy short game and putting was good today, but I was hooking my driver,â€ť Vongvanij said. â€śAt least it was consistent, so I just played off of it.â€ť
Vongvanij, also a 15-year-old high school sophomore, is well on his way to achieving his goal of making it into the match play portion of the tournament.
â€śThis is a really big tournament to me,â€ť Vongvanij continued. â€śI tried to focus on every single shot today.â€ť
Standing alone in second place is Roberto Galletti, Jr. of Clayton, Calif., after recording a 3-under-par 67 on the Seaside Course. Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China, is in third place after carding a 2-under-par 68 on the Seaside Course. Three players, including Juan Pablo Solis of Morelia, Mexico, James Lee of La Habra, Calif., and Greg Forest of Palm City, Fla., are tied for fourth place after shooting 69s, all on the Seaside course.
Tee times will begin Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. off the first and 10th tees of both the Seaside and Plantation Courses.
For more information about the Polo Golf Junior Classic, please call AJGA Director of Media Relations Steve Ethun at (678) 571-7994.
SEA ISLAND, Ga. â€” First-Round results from the Boys Division of the Polo Golf Junior Classic conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sea Island Golf Club-Seaside Course, Par: Boys: 35-35â€”70. Yardage: Boys: 6,846 and Sea Island Golf Club-Plantation Course, Par: Boys: 36-36â€”72. Yardage: Boys: 6,966.