MISSION HILLS DESERT JUNIOR
Mission Hills Country Club - Palmer Course
Rancho Mirage, Calif. • June 26 - 29
 

SIHWAN KIM SHOOTS 66, TAKES FIVE-STROKE LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND
Mindy Kim keeps her spot atop the leaderboard in the Girls Division after the second round

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — When it came time to see which leader in the Boys Division would sneak ahead in the second round Wednesday, it was Sihwan Kim of Buena Park, Calif., who stepped up to the challenge and broke away from the field, shooting a 6-under-par 66. In the Girls Division, Mindy Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., held on to her first-round lead, shooting a 2-under-par 70 for a 141 tournament total going into the final round.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Mission Hills Desert Junior is being played on Mission Hills Country Club's par-72 Dinah Shore Tournament Course. The 54-hole event features 60 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from six states, including 72 players from California.

The longest consecutive running AJGA event at the same venue, the Mission Hills Desert Junior boasts past champions such as Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bob May, Kevin Na, Danielle Ammaccapane, Brandi Burton, Emilee Klein, Kellee Booth and Grace Park. These professionals all played in — and won — the Mission Hills Desert Junior before making household names for themselves at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels.

Kim not only bested the field for the second day in a row, but he also went from 4-under-par to 10-under-par for the tournament. He was aware of his five-stroke lead but did not rule out his competition.

“It gets the pressure off, but it's golf,” Kim said. “Anything could happen, it's an unpredictable game.”

Starting on No. 10, he lit up the back nine with four birdies. Kim went on to sink two more birdies on Nos. 2 and 8. The defending champion spoke of his mindset during his bogey-free round.

“I'm just trying to get the momentum going,” Kim said. “(A win) two years in a row, that's hard to do.”

Currently in second place is Tom Lo of Los Angeles, at 70-69—139. Jeffery Kang, also of Los Angeles, stands in third with a 140 tournament total. Tied for fourth are John Yeun of Brea, Calif., and Michael Jae Woo Im of Fullerton, Calif., with matching 142s.

Four strokes ahead and leading for the second consecutive day, Kim resigned herself to staying calm and keeping focused. The 16-year-old said she felt confident after making birdie on the par 3, No. 17. She went on to make birdie three more times during the round.

“I didn't really think about (the lead) today, I just tried to keep focused,” she said. “I don't think about anyone else. I just play my best, my game.”

Two years ago, Kim took a season off and went back to her native country of South Korea. The rising junior was unsure if she would continue playing. However, Kim said she decided to pick up the game again last August and has been competing since.

“I hit it solid and made those putts,” she said. “It feels great. I think it's a great course.”

In the Girls Division, Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif., sits tied in second at 72-73—145 with Lizette Salas of Azusa, Calif., at 74-71—145.

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 counties.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural 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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.

The final round of the Mission Hills Desert Junior will begin Thursday, June 29 with tee times running from 6:30-8:27 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information on the Mission Hills Desert Junior, contact tournament headquarters at (760) 324-9400.

#AJGA#

 
Sponsors
Premier Partners
Official Partners
Media Partners
Association Partner
Twitter Facebook AJGA Blog AJGA on Instagram AJGA on YouTube
Member Logins
 
Player, Coach and Alumni Login
Center:
Member ID:
Password:
 
Forgot your password?
Don't have a password?
Forgot your Member ID?
 
Not A Member or Need to Renew?
 
What every member should know
Learn the basics
Performance Based Entry
Leadership Links
ACE Grant financial aid
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Sam Burns
Shreveport, LA
2. Sam Horsfield
Davenport, FL
3. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, LA
4. Gabriel Lench
Lake Mary, FL
5. Yechun (Carl) Yuan
Lake Mary, FL
Girls
1. Angel Yin
Arcadia, CA
2. Hannah O'Sullivan
Chandler, AZ
3. Mika Liu
Beverly Hills, CA
4. Nelly Korda
Bradenton, FL
5. Sierra Brooks
Sorrento, FL
Complete Rankings
Foundation

The Foundation

The American Junior Golf Foundation is the primary recipient of all charitable giving to the AJGA and as such administers a variety of programs designed to compliment the AJGA and the members and families who make up our community. Learn more about these important programs and how your contributions to the Foundation secure the AJGA’s financial future for future generations to come.
   
Donate Now
Planned Giving Program
Endow an ACE Grant
Annual Fund
ACE Grant

ACE

The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program provides financial assistance to junior golfers who wish to play in AJGA events. Its goal is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps to fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

Leadership Links

What is Leadership Links?

Leadership Links is a new program whereby the AJGA is able to further its mission to help develop young men and women by teaching charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age. This program gives juniors all the tools necessary to donate their time, talent and resources to local charities and the AJGA youth development programs. Please click here to learn more about the program and the different opportunities available.

Weekly Results
EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Open
Boys
Total
1
*Austin Hitt
210
2
Zhengkai Bai
210
3
Zachary Bariso
211
Girls
Total
1
Latanna Stone
219
2
Emma Albrecht
220
3
Lei Ye
222
Under Armour® / Scott Stallings Championship
Boys
Total
1
Goodman Rudolph
205
2
Ryan Hall
206
3
Brayden Garrison
207
Girls
Total
1
Olivia Cason
207
2
Amanda Doherty
208
3
Abigail Heck
212
Lockton Kansas City Junior
Boys
Total
1
Andy Spencer
202
2
Reese Ramsey
207
3
Brian Choe
209
Girls
Total
1
Pajaree Anannarukarn
208
T
2
Mia Ayer
220
T
2
Alexa Tsay
220
The Yang Foundation Junior at Wood Ranch
Boys
Total
1
Sean Yi
209
2
Brandon Brame
210
3
Seldon Doyle
212
Girls
Total
1
Kailie Vongsaga
215
2
Brittany Park
216
3
Ziyi Wang
217
AJGA Philadelphia Junior presented by Golf Performance Center
Boys
Total
1
Christian Cavaliere
216
2
Brent Ito
218
3
Alex Zhu
219
Girls
Total
1
Holly McCann
220
T
2
Brynn Walker
221
T
2
Jackie Rogowicz
221
* Won via sudden-death playoff
FJ Live Scoring
AJGA U
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.