AN LEADS ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS AT 3-UNDER-PAR 141
Johnson enters third round with one-shot lead at Victoria National Golf Club
NEWBURGH, Ind. â€” Byeong-hun An of Seoul, South Korea, leads the Boys Division at the Rolex Tournament of Champions at 3-under-par 141 after the second round. In the Girls Division, Jennifer Johnson of La Quinta, Calif., has a one-shot lead at 2-over-par 146 at the end of Wednesday's play.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole stroke play event being held at Victoria National Golf Club. The 141-player field features players from 26 states and seven foreign countries. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 Victoria National Golf Club at 7,169 yards, while the Girls Division is playing it at 6,375 yards. This year marks the 31st edition of the AJGA's flagship tournament. Past champions of this event include Esther Choe, Philip Francis, Charles Howell III, Jamie Lovemark, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park and Morgan Pressel.
An broke free from the five-way tie for the lead after the first round with a 1-under-par 71 in the second round. He is the only player in the field to have two rounds under par for the tournament.
â€ś[Thursday] there's going to be a lot of pressure,â€ť An said. â€śI've just got to play like I played today, keep playing hole-by-hole, and hopefully it will lead to good results.â€ť
Chan Kim of Chandler, Ariz., the only other player under par at the halfway point, is sitting alone in second at 1-under-par 143. Hojin Kang of Longwood, Fla., Ethan Tracy of Hilliard, Ohio, and Cory Whitsett of Houston, are in a three-way tie for third at even-par 144.
Wednesday's low-round and biggest turnaround came from Michael Cromie of Cary, N.C. After shooting 85 in the first round, Cromie rebounded with a 4-under-par 68 to make the cut by three shots.
Thirty-seven players survived the 36-hole cut which fell at 11-over-par 155. The last time the 36-hole cut at the Rolex Tournament of Champions came at double-digits over par in the Boys Division was in 2002 at The Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Johnson got to the top of the leaderboard in the Girls Division with a round of 2-over-par 74 that featured 16 pars and only two bogeys.
â€śMy short game was really good today,â€ť Johnson said. â€śIt's what saved me. I also was able to make some clutch par putts.â€ť
Victoria Sungmin Park of Irvine, Calif., sits in second place at 3-over-par 147. Lindsey Weaver of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif., are tied for third at 4-over-par 148.
The two-round cut for the Girls Division came at 13-over-par and narrowed the field to 32 players for the final two rounds.
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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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 25 foreign countries.
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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 third round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions is Thursday, July 3 with tee times running off Nos. 1 and 10 tee from 7:30 â€” 9:18 a.m. at Victoria National Golf Club and will be available in real-time through FootJoy Live Scoring. For more information about the Rolex Tournament of Champions, please contact Steve Ethun at 678-571-7994.