PING HARVEY PENICK JUNIOR
Austin Country Club
July 5-8, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas – Lance Lopez of Missouri City, Texas, continued to separate himself from the field Wednesday, firing a 2-under-par 70 and taking a commanding seven-stroke lead heading into the final round of the PING Harvey Penick Junior. In the Girls Division, Michaela Cavener of Tulsa, Okla., shot a 2-under-par 70 to leap into the lead with a tournament total of 140.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the PING Harvey Penick Junior is being held at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. The 54-hole event features 120 players from 11 states and Mexico, including 100 from Texas. The tournament is highlighted by second-team Rolex Junior All-Americans Jeff Gerlich of Austin, Texas, and Lauren Espinosa of Hickory Creek, Texas, third-team Rolex Junior All-American Lance Lopez of Missouri City, Texas, and two honorable mention Rolex Junior All-Americans, Michael Randle of Austin, Texas, and Stefanie Page of The Woodlands, Texas.
Lopez, who led the Boys Division after Tuesday’s first round with a 4-under-par 68, said he wasn’t as consistent on Wednesday but was still able to score.
“I made more bogeys today than yesterday, but I just hung with it,” Lopez said. “The key to my round was my putting.
“For tomorrow, I need to work on my irons. I need to hit solid shots to the green – I’m not sticking them like I should.”
Will Griffin of San Antonio, Texas, is closest to the lead with a tournament total of 145 after carding a 2-over-par 74.
“Tomorrow I’m just going to try to keep it in the fairway off the tee and putt well,” Griffin said. “That’s the only way you can score low on this course because there’s a lot of trouble out there.”
Kyle Redman of Southlake, Texas, and Justin Mangubat of Bonita, Calif., are tied for third with two-day totals of 146, and Jeff Gerlich of Austin, Texas, and Benjamin Tewes of Lincoln, Neb., are tied for fifth place with tournament totals of 147.
In the Girls Division, Cavener shot her second-straight round of 70, Wednesday’s only round under par in the Girls Division, to take a five-shot lead over Kimberly Meck of Austin, Texas.
Cavener opened her round with a birdie at No.1, a par 5, then drained a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-4 second hole.
“I got the day started off on a good note,” Cavener said. “After that it was nothing spectacular. I just tried to hit it to the middle of greens. I haven’t three-putted once all tournament, so I’ll keep that same strategy tomorrow.”
Meck, who shot a 4-under-par 68 in Tuesday’s first round, carded a 77 for a tournament total of 145, good enough for second place heading into the final round.
“Tomorrow I’m going to be thinking offense,” Meck said. “The key factor on this course is taking advantage of the easy pin placements – whoever plays those holes the best will win the tournament.”
Andrea Zwartynski of Allen, Texas, shot even-par 72 for a tournament total of 149 and a spot in the final Girls Division pairing.
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.
Final-round tee times will run from 7 a.m. – 12:51 p.m. off the No. 1 tee. For more information on the PING Harvey Penick Junior, contact Tournament Headquarters at (512) 869-3298 or visit ajga.org.