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AJGA WINDY CITY JUNIOR

Winnetka Golf Club

Winnetka, Illinois

June 15-17, 2004

 

KAISER AND KINNEY NECK-AND-NECK IN WINDY CITY

Park makes first move in Girls Division

  

WINNETKA, Ill. -- Jeff Kaiser of Onalaska, Wis., and Joe Kinney of Antioch, Ill., both fired first-round 68s to put them 3-under-par and tied for the lead in the Boys Division going into the second round of the AJGA Windy City Junior.

 

So-Hyun Park of Bradenton, Fla., leads Lindsey Bergeon of Sarasota, Fla., by one stroke in the Girls Division after shooting a 1-over-par 72.

 

The AJGA Windy City Junior is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Winnetka Golf Club. The tournament features 100 of the nation’s premier junior golfers, ages 12-18, from 26 states and Canada.

           

University of Wisconsin-bound Jeff Kaiser played near-bogey free golf his entire round.

            

“I hit the ball solid today,” Kaiser said. “I hit 13 greens and got up and down. If you keep the ball in play off the tee, the course doesn’t play very long.”

           

Kaiser’s lone bogey came on the par-3 13th, where he ended up with a tough lie in a bunker off the tee.

 

Kinney survived a bumpy round in which he drained six birdies but bogeyed three holes, including his first hole of the day. However, Kinney finished strong by hitting the last 9-of-12 greens in regulation and taking only 24 total putts.

 

“You have to stay committed and hit the ball strong when you’re putting on this course,” Kinney said.

 

Cashel Rosier of Grand Ledge, Mich., is in third place at 2-under-par 69, while four others are tied for fourth at 1-under-par.

 

Park played a sub-par front nine, which included a chip-in birdie from the No. 8 bunker, and finished with three birdies on her day.

 

“I putted so good today,” Park said. “I didn’t have a three-putt all day.  There is still two days left, so I’m not going to try to think about my score.”

 

Jennifer Hong of Windermere, Fla., is in third place after a 3-over-par 74 and two players stand at 76.

           

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 USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural 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 Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Christie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

           

Second-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday off the No. 1 tee at Winnetka Golf Club. For more information about the AJGA Windy City Junior, please contact the AJGA at (847) 501-2050.