PING JUNIOR AT MIRASOL
The Country Club at Mirasol – Sunrise Course
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
June 1-4, 2004
RAGLAND LEADS BOYS DIVISION BY ONE STROKE AT 3 UNDER PAR
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Starting his round with seven straight pars followed by three birdies in the second round of the PING Junior at Mirasol, Rolex Junior All-American Toby Ragland, 17, of Jacksonville, Fla., leads the Boys Division with a two-day total of 141. In the Girls Division, 15-year-olds So-Hyun Park of Bradenton, Fla., and Jessica Yadloczky of Cassleberry, Fla., lead the field by 1 stroke with matching two-day totals of 146.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole event is being held at The Country Club at Mirasol – Sunrise Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic, and features 84 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 16 states. Highlighting the field are five Rolex Junior All-Americans including Ragland, Jon McLean of Weston, Fla., Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., and Christie Reed of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Ragland, who carded a 69 in the second round, said the Sunrise Course fits him well. “It’s really tough around the greens and I usually hit a lot of greens,” he said. “It’s kind of an advantage for me.”
Ragland said he saw improvements in his swing after his first-round score of 72. “I struggled with my swing yesterday but I had started hitting it really well on the back nine,” he said. “That carried into today.”
Both Park and Yadloczky credited their putting for their share of the lead.
“I didn’t hit many greens or fairways so I had to depend on my putting,” Yadloczky said. “And it pulled me through.”
Yadloczky had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6, both par-5s, as well as a birdie on her last hole of the day, No. 9. “I was on fire -- I was craving more,” she said. “I can’t wait to come back again next year.”
Park, who took only 29 putts for the round, earned one of seven birdies on the par-3 No. 11.
“I almost had a hole-in-one – it was like this close,” she said, indicating a length of a few inches.
And while the sweltering daytime high temperature of 89 compounded by high humidity made many of the competitors uncomfortable, Park hardly noticed the weather. “I concentrated so much that I didn’t realize it was so hot,” Park said.
In the Boys Division, Jason Elliott of Palm Harbor, Fla., David Palm of Jacksonville, Fla., and Tyler Rucarean of Gainsville, Fla., follow Ragland with two-day totals of 142. Close behind are Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., and Hudson Swafford of Tallahassee, Fla., at 143.
Trailing Park and Yadloczky in the Girls Division with two-day totals of 147 are Hannah Brabb of Maitland, Fla., and first-round leader Jade Bollinger of Wellington, Fla.
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 (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 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, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
For more information about the PING Junior at Mirasol, please contact tournament headquarters at (561) 776-4949, ext. 116.
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