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Isleta Eagle Golf Course – Lakes and Mesa

Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 1-4, 2004



Carroll leads the Boys Division at AJGA Southwestern Junior


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.Amanda Blumenherst rose above the competition in the first round of the AJGA Southwestern Junior to take the lead in the Girls Division.  Cornelius Carroll edged out his competition with a one-shot lead.  Carroll shot a 4-under-par 68, easing ahead of six players who finished with 69s.  


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Southwestern Junior features 99 players from 17 states, including 18 New Mexico natives.  The tournament, being played for the 20th time, is being held for the fifth year at Isleta Eagle Golf Course, in Albuquerque, N.M. 


Blumenherst, 17, of Scottsdale, Ariz., shot a 5-under-par 67 and fired five birdies with an eagle on the first hole. She is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, a two-time member of the PING Junior Solheim Cup Team and set the tournament 18-hole record last year after she fired a 66 in the second round.   


“I’m very confident with my game right now,” said Blumenherst.  “I’m hitting the ball very close to the pin, so the next two days will be a lot of fun.”


Blumenherst has high hopes for the rest of the tournament. 


“My goal is to be consistent and keep this round going for the next two days,” she said.  “It’s exciting to be leading.  To be leading in any AJGA event is an accomplishment in itself.”


Coming in behind Blumenherst are Lucy Nunn of Lawton, Okla., and Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., in a two-way tie for second with 74s.    


Carroll, 17, of Windermere, Fla., picked up his first AJGA win at the Buick Junior Open presented by Golfweek in 2003 and he was also named a Rolex Junior All-American.  He finished off his first round with a 68, firing four birdies with an eagle on No. 10.  Carroll said he is looking forward to the next two rounds.


“I played well today considering I didn’t hit many fairways,” Carroll said.  “I only hit two fairways and eight greens on the front with 14 greens total.  My only disappointment was when I bogeyed both par 3s on the back.”


Carroll said that he had two really great shots that highlighted the round. 


“I holed out from 125 yards on No. 10,” he said.  “I reached No. 16 in two shots.  It’s a 610-yard par-5 and not many people did that today.” 


“My goal for the next two rounds is to play like I tried to play today,” he said.  “I tried to keep the ball in play.  I want to play solid golf for the rest of the tournament.”


Falling in line one stroke behind Carroll are Mark Jones of Odessa, Texas, Steve Saunders of Albuquerque, N.M., Jace Moore of Southlake, Texas, Guillermo Chavez of Clovis, N.M., Will Osborne of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Dalton Owens of Mount Vernon, Mo., in a six-way tie for second at 3-under-par 69.


The second-round tee times will run from 7-11:48 a.m., Thursday, at the Isleta Eagle Golf Course.      


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 a junior 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 U.S.A., a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.


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 Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Vicki Goetz-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.


For more information on the AJGA Southwestern Junior, contact Tournament Headquarters at (505) 869-0950.