SANCHEZ CAPTURES A ONE-STROKE LEAD AT TPC CRAIG RANCH
Hu leads at the Under ArmourÂ® / Hunter Mahan Championship
MCKINNEY, Texas â€” Alberto Sanchez of Nogales, Ariz., leads the Boys Division with a two-round total 3-under-par 141. In the Girls Division, Bonnie Hu of Fremont, Calif., holds a 2-stroke lead after facing fierce winds and tough competition.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Under ArmourÂ® / Hunter Mahan Championship features 48 boys and 24 girls â€” ages 12-18 â€” from 13 states and Canada. Past champions of the event include Rolex Junior All-Americans Cameron Peck, Cody Gribble, Peter Uihlein, Taylore Karle and Rachel Morris. The Boys Division is playing the course at 7,052 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,104 yards.
Sanchez is looking for his first AJGA victory after finishing tied for seventh at the Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club earlier this year. He carded a 1-under-par 71 in the first-round. In his second-round, he played even stronger carding five birdies on Nos. 3, 5, 10, 15 and 18, finishing his round at 2-under-par 70.
â€śI have never played 36-holes in one day,â€ť Sanchez said. â€śDuring the round I felt really comfortable, I just tried to make pars and hoped for some birdies.â€ť
One shot behind Sanchez, tied for second is Andrew Presley of Fort Worth, Texas, and Anton Arboleda of La Canada, Calif. In fourth is Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., with a two-round total 144. Rounding out the Boys Division tied for fifth place is Mario Clemens of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Johnathan Schnitzer of Houston, with a 1-over-par 145.
In the Girls Division, Hu finished in the top five at five AJGA tournaments last year and is looking for her first victory on Sunday. Leading the Girls Division after the first round, she carded a 4-under-par 68 and is still atop of the leaderboard. She posted nine birdies today including eight in the first round on Nos. 1, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14 and 16.
â€śIt was hard getting started in the second round, playing 36 holes is a long day and the wind was blowing the ball all over the place,â€ť Hu said. â€śMy feet hurt and I am tired. But I am going to do my normal routine tonight; I will practice putting in my hotel room as I do before each round.â€ť
Two shots behind Hu is Mary Michael Maggio of Conway, Ark. Rachel Morris of Carlsbad, Calif., and Kayli Quinton of Cypress, Texas, are tied for third with a two-round total of 148.
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The 1999 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and three-time Rolex Junior All-American has provided the AJGA with more than $20,000 of Under ArmourÂ® merchandise in addition to his financial support of the tournament. Mahan will be on site during the event to meet the next generation of junior golfers.
On the PGA TOUR in 2008, Mahan was selected to the victorious Ryder Cup team, ended the season ranked No. 18 in the FedExCup point standings and earned more than $2 million for the second consecutive season.
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 50 states and 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.
Final-round tee times for the Under ArmourÂ® / Hunter Mahan Championship will run from 7:30-9:09 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at TPC Craig Ranch. For more information on the Under ArmourÂ® / Hunter Mahan Championship, please call Tournament Headquarters at (678) 936-0163.