FAMILY TOYOTA/FAMILY HONDA JUNIOR
presented by Cox Media
Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club â€“ South Course
Coto de Caza, California
August 17-20, 2004
OLSON SHINES IN SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Cho and Chin share Girls Division lead with matching 69â€™s
COTO DE CAZA, Calif. â€“ As the top scores in the Boys Division hovered in the low-70s for most of the day, Eddie Olson, 17, of Aptos, Calif., made a charge later in the afternoon, recording six birdies and only one bogey during a round of 5-under-par 67. In the Girls Division, Sooji Cho, 16, of Glendale, Calif., and Jane Chin, 17, of Huntington Beach, Calif., share the lead after shooting matching 3-under-par 69â€™s.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Family Toyota/Family Honda Junior presented by Cox Media is being held at the South Course at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club. One-hundred and nineteen players, including 111 from California, are entered in the 54-hole stroke play event.
Olsonâ€™s consistent play allowed him to develop a two-shot cushion heading into Thursdayâ€™s second round. He made birdie on three of his first six holes and then finished the round with a bang, carding birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. The only flaw on Olsonâ€™s card came on the par-4 7th, where he made bogey.
â€śI hit all the par-5â€™s in two so I had a lot of eagle putts,â€ť he said. â€śI hit a lot of greens and fairways and took advantage of the easier holes.â€ť
Although Olsonâ€™s round bested the field by two shots, he still feels a lower score is possible later in the week.
â€śI just have to keep playing the way Iâ€™m playing and see what happens from there,â€ť Olson commented. â€śHopefully Iâ€™ll be able to make some birdies on some of the more difficult holes tomorrow.â€ť
Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., sits alone in second place after firing a 3-under-par 69. Floresâ€™ round included five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 6th. Doug Fortner of Tustin, Calif., is in third place after shooting a 2-under-par 70.
A host of players are deadlocked in a tie for fourth place after matching rounds of 1-under-par 71. Ross Canavan of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Garrett Logan of Henderson, Nev., David Cape of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Sasan Shahi of Laguna Niguel, Calif., lurk four shots behind the leader and will look to make a run at the top of the leaderboard Thursday.
In the Girls Division, Cho was also a model of consistency, making five birdies during her first round. Cho, who took top honors at the True Temper Junior Open in July, was happy with her performance.
â€śI played well,â€ť Cho said. â€śI just need to keep hitting it straight and keep a good putting stroke going.â€ť
Chin finished strong to earn her share of the lead by making three of her seven birdies on Nos. 16, 17 and 18.
â€śEverything was pretty good,â€ť Chin said. â€śMy drives could have been a little better but I was pretty happy with the round.â€ť
Jennifer Osborn of Huntington Beach, Calif., is in third place going into Thursday after recording a 1-under-par 71.
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 AJGA has a membership of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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Second-round tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday off the No. 1 tee at Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club. For more information about the Family Toyota/Family Honda Junior presented by Cox Media, please contact tournament headquarters at (949) 858-3016.