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The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

June 7-10, 2004



Chavez takes the lead for the Boys Division at the AJGA Lubbock Junior


LUBBOCK, Texas- Guillermo Chavez left his mark on round one by shooting a 5-under-par 67, giving him a 3-stroke lead over his competition in the Boys Division at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University.  For the Girls Division, there was a three-way tie at 1-over-par 73 among Melissa Fahey, Taylor Leon and Lauren Espinosa. 


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Lubbock Junior features 98 players from eight states, including 72 Texas natives. The event, which is being played for the first time, is being held at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The second round will begin on Wednesday.


Chavez, 17, of Clovis, N.M., started the day off by carding three birdies in a row on Nos. 1, 2 and 3. After a successful front nine, he went on to end the day on an even happier note by carding four birdies on the back nine.  In Tuesday’s round, he only made two bogeys and said he was feeling good about the way he played.


“I want to try and get into the top five,” he said.  “That’s my goal for this tournament.  I’m looking forward to coming out tomorrow to do the same thing again.”


Coming in behind Chavez are Colton Williams, 17, of Jacksboro, Texas, and Kyle Yonke, 18, of Lubbock, Texas, who shot 69s, followed by Zach Fullerton, 17, of Albuquerque, N.M., Justin Davidson, 18, of Haslet, Texas, Luke Symons, 16, of Lone Tree, Colo., and Mark Jones, 16, of Odessa, Texas who all shot 70s.          


Melissa Fahey, 17, of League City, Texas, said she was excited about how she played in round one.  Her favorite shot of the day was a putt on No. 14 in which she hit a 15 footer up the hill for par. 


“Patience is everything and I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” she said.  “It’s important to stay patient and have fun.  That’s what I’m here for.”


Taylor Leon, 17, of Dallas, Texas felt good about her round as well.  Her strategy for the next two rounds is to play it safe with fairways and greens.


“It feels good to be in the lead,” she said.  “It’s where I want to be.  I hit the ball and putted really well today.”


Lauren Espinosa, 17, of Hickory Creek, Texas, said that two of her shots really kept her going.  On No. 11, she hit it within six inches of the hole, and on No. 12, she followed it up by hitting it within two feet of the hole.


“I finished really well today,” she said.  “I’m excited because I finished better than I thought.”


Coming in behind Fahey, Leon and Espinosa are Kelley Louth, 18, of Victoria, Texas, and Stefanie Page, 17, of The Woodlands, Texas, who both shot 75s, followed by Lucy Nunn, 17, of Lawton, Okla., who shot a 77, and Carrie Morris, 18, of Tyler, Texas, and Kaylin Isler, 17, of Glendale, Calif., who both shot 78s. 


Second round tee-times will run from 7-11:48 a.m., Wednesday, June 9, at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University.


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 Lubbock Junior Presented by United Supermarkets and Market Street, contact Tournament Headquarters at (806) 742-4680