THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Final results from the PING Junior at The Woodlands conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6789
Girls Par: 35-35--70. Yardage:

HU, EDELMAN, MORRIS IN THREE-WAY TIE FOR LEAD AT PING JUNIOR AT THE WOODLANDS
14-Year-Old Lua Sits Atop Girls Division

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China, Jeffrey Edelman of Southlake, Texas, and Dustin Morris of Crosby, Texas, share the Boys Division lead at 3-under-par 69 after the first round of the PING Junior at The Woodlands. Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif., has a one-stroke lead in the Girls Division.

The 36-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center - Panther Trail Course, features 93 boys and 42 girls, ages 12-18, and includes players from 19 states, China, Canada and Mexico.

With his 69, Hu shaved 10 strokes off his score of a year ago at The Woodlands, which is one indicator of how far he has come in a year's time. Hu just returned Thursday night from China, where he competed in the European Tour's TCL Classic. He has previously played three Asian Tour events, making the cut twice and finishing as high as 11th place.

In shooting his 69 Saturday, the 15-year-old Hu hit 15 greens and was never outside 15 feet.

“My score should have been five shots better,” he said. “I was playing great today. I had a lot of chances, but I just didn't make those putts.”

Last year, Hu won two Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series events, including the Nike Golf Junior Championship.

Edelman, a 2004 Rolex Junior All-American as well as an HP Scholastic Junior All-American, shot out of the gate with birdies on three of his first four holes. From there he played even par golf the rest of the way.

“I just hit the ball really well,” the 16-year-old Edelman said. “I didn't hit into any hazards; I kept the ball in play. That's what you have to do out here. If you keep it in the fairway, you can score.”

Edelman won the AJGA Southwestern Junior in 2004.

In his first AJGA tournament, Morris, 17, reeled off five birdies on his front nine to make the turn at 5-under-par 31.

“I was hitting everything close,” Morris said. “Everything was really working today. I just made a few bad decisions.”

Morris gave back several shots on the back side with three bogeys and one double-bogey, but also made a birdie and an eagle to keep his share of the lead.

Last year, in his biggest victory to date, Morris won the 2004 Texas State Junior.

Tied for fourth place, one shot back of the leaders, are Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla., and Bronson Burgoon of The Woodlands, Texas. Although Burgoon started his round with three straight bogeys, he rallied on the back nine with three birdies and an eagle.

In the Girls Division, 14-year-old Tiffany Lua claimed a one-shot lead by firing an even-par 72.

“I started well with a birdie, but I bogeyed the two par-3s on the front,” Lua said. “Then I had two birdies on the back, but made bogey on the last hole. I was able to save a lot of holes by getting up and down for par.”

Tied for second at 1-over-par 73, Christine Kim of Pahoa, Hawaii, and Diana Cantu of Monterrey, Mexico, trail Lua by one shot. Stefanie Page of The Woodlands, Texas, and Jenny Kim of Los Angeles are tied for fourth at 2-over-par 74.

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 USA, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

The PING Junior at The Woodlands concludes Sunday at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center - Panther Trail Course, with tee times running from 7 a.m. to 12:51 p.m.

For more information about the PING Junior at The Woodlands, please contact AJGA Tournament Headquarters at (281) 364-6755.

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Girls Division
Rank
Name
Class
Hometown
Score
1 Sarah Zwartynski
2007
Allen, Texas 75-75--150
2 Jenny Kim
2007
Los Angeles, Calif. 74-77--151
T
3 Stefanie Page
2005
The Woodlands, Texas 74-78--152
3 Kimberly Kim
2009
Pahoa, Hawaii 79-73--152
3 Sydney Burlison
2008
Salinas, Calif. 77-75--152
3 Diana Cantu
2006
Monterrey, Mexico 73-79--152
7 Ashley Freeman
2006
Belleville, Ill. 77-76--153
8 Tiffany Lua
2009
Rowland Heights, Calif. 72-82--154
T
9 So-Hyun Park
2007
Bradenton, Fla. 78-77--155
9 Christine Kim
2006
Pahoa, Hawaii 73-82--155
9 Stephanie Connelly
2005
Pasadena, Md. 77-78--155
T
12 Sara Hemingway
2007
Kingwood, Texas 78-78--156
12 Susannah Aboff
2005
Huntington, N.Y. 77-79--156
T
14 Henna Cho
2006
Buena Park, Calif. 76-81--157
14 Alina Lee
2005
Evans, Ga. 75-82--157
14 Jaclyn Sweeney
2007
Bradenton, Fla. 76-81--157
17 Lila Barton
2008
Dallas, Texas 76-82--158
T
18 Eunice Yim
2008
LaCanada, Calif. 80-79--159
18 Alejandra Llaneza
2007
Mexico DF, Mexico 78-81--159
18 Shannon Fish
2006
Spring, Texas 81-78--159
21 Caney Hines
2005
San Antonio, Texas 77-83--160
T
22 Gina Bortoletto
2008
The Woodlands, Texas 83-78--161
22 Ginny Brown
2006
Austin, Texas 79-82--161
24 Daphne Vines
2006
Austin, Texas 78-84--162
T
25 Jessica Smith
2006
Louisville, Ky. 80-83--163
25 Lauren Johnson
2005
The Woodlands, Texas 79-84--163
25 Sarah Thead
2007
Poway, Calif. 83-80--163
T
28 Lizann Dernick
2005
The Woodlands, Texas 84-80--164
28 Jackie Smith
2007
Magnolia, Texas 80-84--164
28 Marina Alex
2008
Wayne, N.J. 78-86--164
31 Kathleen White
2006
Waukegan, Ill. 78-87--165
32 Megan O'Donnell
2006
Houston, Texas 81-85--166
T
33 Lisa McCloskey
2008
Montgomery, Texas 85-83--168
33 Kristin Vincent
2006
Burlington, N.C. 85-83--168
33 Jane Rah
2009
Torrance, Calif. 83-85--168
33 Tia Gannon
2007
Hilton Head Island, S.C. 82-86--168
37 Stephanie Smith
2007
The Woodlands, Texas 86-85--171
38 Kelsey Vines
2009
St. George, Utah 88-85--173
39 Julie Kim
2006
Bayside, N.Y. 87-87--174
40 Alexandrea Schulte
2006
Broken Arrow, Okla. 84-91--175
41 Brittany Tomerlin
2006
San Angelo, Texas 82-97--179
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Lauren Espinosa
2005
Hickory Creek, Texas
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