IM LEADS AT 5-UNDER-PAR AT CORE REALTY HOLDINGS JUNIOR AT OLD RANCH
Miller and Kim tied for first in Girls Division at even par at Old Ranch Country Club
SEAL BEACH, Calif. -Michael Jae Woo Im of Fullerton, Calif., turned in a 3-under-par 69 Thursday to take the lead in the Boys Division after the second round of the CORE Realty Holdings Junior at Old Ranch. In the Girls Division, Nara Kim of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Piper Miller of Laguna Beach, Calif., are tied for first place after the second round at even par 144.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the CORE Realty Holdings Junior at Old Ranch is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18. Five states and two foreign countries are represented with 71 players from California. The event is being held on the par-72 Old Ranch Country Club, with boys tees set at 6,772 yards and girls tees set at 5,873 yards.
Im, who was in fourth place after the first round, said his goal for the second round was to shoot par. He said his driving and chipping improved Thursday, and with an eagle on No. 14 and a birdie on No. 9, Im finished the day bogey-free and reached his goal.
â€śI actually hit fewer fairways today, but the same amount of greens,â€ť Im said. â€śYesterday I struggled to get pars, so today finishing without any bogeys felt good.â€ť
In second place in the Boys Division is Tyler Raber of El Macero, Calif., at 140. Tied for third are Tyler Weir of Carlsbad, Calif., and Michael Yiu of Laguna Hills, Calif., at 142, and tied for fifth place are Boris Stantchev of Long Beach, Calif., and Tom Lo of Los Angeles at 143.
Kim, started the day at 1-under-par 71, said she felt her play Thursday was not as strong as it was in the first round. She said she plans to work on straightening out her shots off the tee and perfecting her putting for the final round.
â€śI worked on every aspect of my game today and it just didn't work as well as yesterday,â€ť said Kim. â€śTomorrow I'm going to play safe golf to try to keep the lead.â€ť
Miller said sinking a long putt for par on No. 14 changed her momentum and her putts started falling. She went on to fire three birdies and finish the round at 1-under-par 71.
â€śI left too many putts short yesterday,â€ť Miller said. â€śI was more assertive on the green today and more putts dropped.â€ť
Veronica Valerio of Temecula, Calif., is in third place entering the final round at 4-over-par 148.
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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.
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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.
The final round of the CORE Realty Holdings Junior at Old Ranch will begin Friday with 7 a.m. starting times off the Nos. 1 & 10 tees.
For more information regarding the CORE Realty Holdings Junior at Old Ranch, please contact tournament headquarters at (562) 596-4425 ext.721.