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Mission Hills Country Club — Palmer Course

Rancho Mirage, California

June 28-July 1, 2004



Osborn shoots 4-under in the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills



RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. The day was hot and the conditions were challenging, but there was no stopping Tim Cha who shot a 5-under-par 67, putting him in the lead for the Boys Division in the first round of the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills.  Jennifer Osborn came out on top in the Girls Division with a 4-under-par 68.


Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills features 84 players from seven states and Canada, including 70 California natives. The 23rd annual Lennar Junior at Mission Hills is a 54-hole, stroke play tournament that is being held at Mission Hills Country Club — Arnold Palmer Course and began on Tuesday.


Cha, 17, of Chino Hills, Calif., said he had a successful first round that gave him the confidence he needs for the rest of the tournament.  A pair of eagles on Nos. 3 and 15 helped him to soar to the top along with three birdies on the front nine. 


“I was 1-over on the front nine until I made eagle on No. 3, and that got me going for the rest of the round,” he said.  “In tomorrow’s round I plan on taking it one shot at a time.  I’m going to play my own game and play my best.”


Cha said he found a way to make the course work for him.


 “If you can hit it well and control your ball, it’s accessible,” he said.  “If you can putt, then it’ll help you to go low and that’s what I plan on doing tomorrow.”


Following Cha are Matthew Vickers of Fairfield, Calif., Rory Hie of Lakewood, Calif., and Brian Locke of Los Angeles, with scores of 3-under-par 69 and Sasan Shahi of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Lucas Lee of Torrance, Calif., Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Jeff Koprivetz of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Brett Kanda of La Crescenta, Calif., with scores of 2-under-par 70.


Jennifer Osborn, 17, of Huntington Beach, Calif., said she had great chances for birdie because she hit her irons so well.


“I had so many opportunities to go low,” she said.  “I birdied three out of my first four holes of the day so that gave me a cushion to sit on.  It felt good because they were tricky holes.” 


Coming in behind Osborn are Tiffany Joh of San Diego, at 2-under-par 70, and Esther Choe of La Quinta Calif., at even-par 72. 


Second-round tee times will run from 6:30 - 8:27 a.m., Wednesday at Mission Hills Country Club.


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 Goetze-Ackerman, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr and Beth Bauer.

For more information on the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills, contact Tournament Headquarters at (706) 324-9400 ext. 507