Abilene Country Club
Abilene, Texas
July 16-19

Shin cards an ace to grab lead in the Girls Division

ABILENE, Texas-Brandon Destefano of Bryan, Texas, used a front-side 29 to secure the 36-hole lead at the AJGA Abilene Reporter-News Junior. The 16-year-old finished at 4-under-par 67 for a two-day 135 total. Cindy Shin of Coppell, Texas, carded a 2-under-par 69 to grab a two-stroke lead in the Girls Division.

The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, is being held at the par-71 Abilene Country Club. The field features 120 of the top junior golfers in the nation, representing 11 states and includes 102 Texans.

Destefano connected early with birdies on the first three holes. After another birdie on No. 6, the Bryan High School junior used a 4-iron to chip-in for eagle on the 521-yard, par-5 seventh hole. Destefano finished off the front nine with an eight-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth to make the turn at 7-under-par.

"I was putting really well, everything was right at the hole," said Destefano, who is competing in his second AJGA event.

Destefano steadily made par through the back nine before cooling off at the end to walk into the clubhouse with a personal best 4-under-par 67.

"Hopefully I'll maintain my lead tomorrow," Destefano said. "I need to continue to play well, and not make any mistakes towards the end."

Pete Pennington of Granbury, Texas, carded a 3-under-par 68 to sit two strokes back at 137. Tyler Kief of Kingwood, Texas, is alone in third place at 138. Shane Bacon of Marshall, Texas, and Jeremy Schoonover of Fort Worth, Texas, are tied for fourth place at 3-under-par 139.

Two-time defending champion Jeff Bell is 10 strokes back at 70-75--145.

In the Girls Division, Cindy Shin of Coppell, Texas, holed a 6-iron on the 150-yard, par-3 fourth hole en route to a 144 two-day total. It was her fifth career hole-in-one.

"I was really excited, but I had to try to keep concentrating on what I was doing," the 16-year-old said. "At that point, I wanted two more birdies to make up for my round yesterday."

Shin tallied birdies on Nos. 1, 14 and 16 to elevate her to the top spot heading into the final round tomorrow.

"I'm pretty satisfied with today," Shin said. "I need to play solid tomorrow, and avoid making mistakes in order for me to keep the lead."

Brenda Norris of Spring Branch, Texas, also carded a 69 to move into second place with a 146 total. The New Braunfels Canyon High School senior connected on six birdies to sit two strokes back of Shin.

First-round leader Kelley Louth of Victoria, Texas, is in third place at 5-over-par 147.

Final-round action for the AJGA Abilene Reporter-News Junior begins at 7:00 a.m. Thursday at Abilene Country Club. For more information regarding the AJGA Abilene Reporter-News Junior, please contact tournament headquarters at (915) 692-2586.


-- Second-round results from the AJGA ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS JUNIOR conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Abilene Country Club. Par: 36-35--71. Yardage: Boys: 6,357 Girls: 5,610


Brandon Destefano (2003) Bryan, Texas* 68-67--135
Pete Pennington (2002) Granbury, Texas* 69-68--137
Tyler Kief (2002) Kingwood, Texas* 68-70--138
Shane Bacon (2002) Marshall, Texas* 72-67--139
Jeremy Schoonover (2002) Fort Worth, Texas* 69-70--139
Brent Akins (2001) Longview, Texas* 70-70--140
Ryan King (2001) Duncanville, Texas* 67-73--140
Robert Evans (2002) Amarillo, Texas* 73-68--141
Jeremy Alcorn (2003) Brownwood, Texas* 73-68--141
Ryan Neal (2002) Arlington, Texas* 71-70--141
Russell Helson (2003) Georgetown, Texas* 72-69--141
Dustin Byrd (2001) Fort Worth, Texas* 74-68--142
Derek Smith (2003) Elk City, Okla.* 72-70--142
Christopher Manning (2002) Cody, Wyo.* 72-70--142
Jeff Kiecke (2002) Austin, Texas* 69-73--142
Michael Douthit (2003) Palestine, Texas* 68-75--143
Ross Freeman (2002) Garland, Texas* 73-70--143
Kevin Schultz (2004) Richardson, Texas* 71-72--143
Trey Todd (2003) Abilene, Texas* 69-74--143
Evertte Nini (2002) Sour Lake, Texas* 75-68--143
Mark Jauernek (2001) El Paso, Texas* 73-71--144
Jonathan James (2001) Keller, Texas* 68-76--144
Palmer Hestley (2002) Kingwood, Texas* 71-73--144
Robby McKetta (2001) Houston, Texas* 72-73--145
Travis Lovins (2002) Canadian, Texas* 72-73--145
Arthur Beecherl (2002) Dallas, Texas* 75-70--145
Colton Turnquist (2002) Austin, Texas* 73-72--145
Robert Coleman (2002) Kingwood, Texas* 71-74--145
Matt Page (2002) The Woodlands, Texas* 72-73--145
Tom Nied (2001) Duncanville, Texas* 69-76--145
John Kelly (2003) St Louis, Mo.* 70-75--145
Adam Young (2002) Stephensville, Texas* 68-77--145
Jeff Bell (2002) Plano, Texas* 70-75--145
James Bartell (2001) Houston, Texas* 72-73--145
Stephen Thornton (2002) Bartlesville, Okla.* 71-74--145
Glenn Allen (2001) Sour Lake, Texas* 77-69--146
Jason Lindgren (2001) Midland, Texas* 72-74--146
Allen Lyons (2001) Houston, Texas* 73-74--147
Clay Hodge (2004) Tyler, Texas* 74-73--147
Brian Thornburg (2001) Albuquerque, N.M.* 76-71--147
Jeffrey Neimeyer (2002) Georgetown, Texas* 73-74--147
Derek Rogers (2002) Houston, Texas* 71-76--147
Daniel McGurk (2003) The Woodlands, Texas* 73-74--147
Brett Shirley (2001) San Antonio, Texas* 73-75--148
Tommy Lopez (2001) College Station, Texas* 75-73--148
Scott Jannarone (2003) Colleyville, Texas* 74-74--148
Matt Stahl (2001) Arlington, Texas* 73-75--148
Lee Best (2001) Scottsdale, Ariz.* 74-74--148
Sean Crebbs (2003) Tucson, Ariz.* 78-71--149
Taylor McNeely (2004) Duncanville, Texas* 75-74--149
Jeff Bober (2002) McKinney, Texas* 75-74--149
Colby Brownlee (2001) Andrews, Texas* 74-75--149
Josh Dixon (2002) Belton, Texas* 72-77--149
K.C. Lim (2002) San Antonio, Texas* 74-75--149
Jason Clamors (2002) Ozark, Mo.* 77-72--149
Ryan Hardgrave (2001) Sonora, Texas* 74-75--149
Chad Pickering (2001) Lubbock, Texas* 77-72--149
Jaime Luna (2001) Odessa, Texas* 74-75--149
Ryan Riess (2002) The Woodlands, Texas* 76-74--150
John Ross Holt (2002) Rogers, Ark.* 72-78--150
Brian Ricketts (2003) Highland Vil, Texas* 76-74--150
Nathan Virdell (2002) Llano, Texas* 76-74--150
Justin Cole (2003) Horseshoe Bay, Texas* 74-76--150
Jonathan Lenz (2002) San Antonio, Texas* 83-68--151
Colby Watts (2001) Merkel, Texas* 79-72--151
Cannon Cahill (2001) Madisonville, Texas* 75-77--152
Dillon Gooch (2003) Salado, Texas* 76-77--153
Chris Garza (2002) San Antonio, Texas* 73-80--153
Loren Longenecker (2003) Dallas, Texas* 80-73--153
Josh Price (2002) Marble Falls, Texas* 76-78--154
Shane Wills (2002) Rockwall, Texas* 76-78--154
Blake Braun (2002) Midland, Texas* 77-77--154
Jeff Kovalcik (2002) New Braunfels, Texas* 78-76--154
Mike Goldwater (2002) Austin, Texas* 75-79--154
Ford Halbardier (2002) Spring, Texas* 78-76--154
Stephen Lietzke (2002) Plano, Texas* 79-75--154
Jeff Murray (2002) Odessa, Texas* 75-80--155
Davis Nordell (2002) El Paso, Texas* 76-79--155
Kyle Yonke (2004) Lubbock, Texas* 78-77--155
Jason Shirey (2002) Canton, Texas* 76-80--156
Jace Moore (2004) Southlake, Texas* 78-78--156
Marty Leatherwood (2003) Trophy Club, Texas* 82-74--156
Walt Harris (2002) San Marcos, Texas* 80-77--157
Tyler Hairston (2003) Dallas, Texas* 78-79--157
Drew Varner (2002) Abilene, Texas* 83-74--157
Kyle Allen (2001) Timpson, Texas* 80-77--157
Chaz Brownfield (2002) Atlanta, Ga.* 79-79--158
Patrick Rodysill (2002) The Woodlands, Texas* 82-76--158
Bobby Hall (2003) Oklahoma City, Okla.* 82-76--158
Robert Washington (2002) Grapevine, Texas* 84-75--159
Cain Kohutek (2002) Belton, Texas* 79-80--159
Matt Slataper (2002) Mansfield, Texas* 81-79--160
Camden Robinson (2002) Carrollton, Texas* 81-82--163
Michael Bang (2002) Littleton, Colo.* 80-84--164
Oscar Pate (2003) Corpus Christi, Texas* 87-80--167
Jared Martin (2002) Broken Arrow, Okla.* 78---WD (Injury)


Cindy Shin (2003) Coppell, Texas* 75-69--144
Brenda Norris (2002) Spring Branch, Texas* 77-69--146
Kelley Louth (2004) Victoria, Texas* 73-74--147
Ashley Rollins (2003) Austin, Texas* 75-73--148
Andrea Vander Lende (2001) Longwood, Fla.* 75-74--149
Julie Kim (2002) Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.* 73-77--150
Tiffany Tavee (2003) Gilbert, Ariz.* 76-74--150
Christine Kovalcik (2003) New Braunfels, Texas* 80-72--152
Megan Hull (2001) Mansfield, Texas* 77-76--153
Stephanie Godare (2002) Houston, Texas* 78-75--153
Danielle Mask (2003) Irving, Texas* 77-77--154
Stacy Brown (2003) The Woodlands, Texas* 79-76--155
Jaclyn Golden (2002) Sugar Land, Texas* 78-78--156
Miranda Orr (2002) Victoria, Texas* 81-76--157
Camille Blackerby (2003) Breckenridge, Texas* 83-76--159
Christa Spedding (2003) Granbury, Texas* 84-75--159
Brooke Shelton (2001) Dallas, Texas* 81-78--159
Mindy McDowell (2002) Baird, Texas* 81-79--160
Elisa Gomez (2004) Carrollton, Texas* 77-83--160
Diana Dean (2002) Dallas, Texas* 86-75--161
Shelley McGraw (2002) The Woodlands, Texas* 79-86--165
Laura Evans (2002) Dalton, Ga.* 86-82--168
Jaclyn Stelzer (2003) Allen, Texas* 81-87--168
Beth Gates (2002) Villa Park, Calif.* 83-88--171

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