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Mission Hills Country Club — Arnold Palmer Course

Rancho Mirage, California

June 28 - July 1, 2004



Osborn and Choe are neck-and-neck in Girls Division at the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. Fifteen-year-old Rory Hie, who shot a 4-under-par 68, emerged from the heat of the competition as the new leader after the second round of the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills. In the Girls Division, Jennifer Osborn and Esther Choe are tied for the lead with two-day tournament totals of 3-under-par 141.


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.


Hie of Lakewood, Calif., admitted that he began playing badly but eventually made a 50-footer for birdie on No. 7 that turned his luck around.


“My goal today was to just keep up with the leader,” he said.


Not only was he able to keep up with the first round’s leader, Tim Cha of Chino Hills, Calif., but he was able to surge ahead, making birdie on Nos. 3,4,7,8 and 10, putting his two-day total at 7-under-par 137.


“On this course, your second shots are key,” he said. “I’m definitely working on my putting and fairway wood shots for tomorrow.”


Trailing Hie with a two-day tournament total of 6-under-par 138, is Jeff Koprivetz of Yorba Linda, Calif.  In third with a 5-under-par 139, is Garrett Sapp of Cerritos, Calif., who made an impressive hole-in-one on No. 7.  Tied for fourth with two-day tournament totals of 4-under-par 140, is Lucas Lee of Torrance, Calif., and Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.


In the Girls Division, Osborn, 17, of Huntington Beach, Calif., shot a 1-over-par 73 and said her putting wasn’t as good as it was in Tuesday’s round.


“My iron shots weren’t as close,” she said. “I had to work a lot harder for birdie.”


She made a birdie on No. 2 and said her goal in Thursday’s round is to win by making as many birdies as she can.


Choe, 14, of La Quinta, Calif., is approaching the final round with a positive attitude and said she hopes to keep the same mindset she had in Wednesday’s round. She shot a 3-under-par 69 and was able to hit all 18 greens.


“I just have to think hole-by-hole, shot-by-shot,” she said. “I had 18 opportunities today for birdie, but only made three, so my putting needs work.”


One stroke behind Osborn and Choe at 2-under-par 142, is Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif. In a four-way tie for fourth are Grace Woo of Burbank, Calif., Melanie DeLeon of Santa Clarita, Calif., Amber Lundskog of San Diego, Calif., and Sooji Cho of Glendale, Calif., with two-day totals of 2-over-par 146. 


Final-round tee times will run from 6:30 - 8:27 a.m., Thursday 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 (760) 324-9400 ext. 507.