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Diablo Grande – The Ranch Course

Patterson, California

July 5-8, 2004



Mindirgasov and Woo prepare for second round at the True Temper Junior Open


PATTERSON, Calif.  The Ranch Course at Diablo Grande proved to be quite the challenge during the first round of the True Temper Junior Open. A 2-under-par 70, shot by Andrey Mindirgasov of Pacific Grove, Calif., was enough to take the lead Tuesday amidst the heat and wind of Central California. Grace Woo of Burbank, Calif., matched the low total of the day, firing a 2-under-par 70 to take a three-shot lead.


The True Temper Junior Open is a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at The Ranch Course at Diablo Grande. The tournament features 144 players, ages 12-18, from eight states and three foreign countries.  One-hundred and twenty-two California natives are entered in the field.


Mindirgasov, 16, originally from Moscow, said his strategy was to not put too much stress on his score. He said that he knew if he played well, a low score would follow.


As a result of his attitude and focus, he made birdie on Nos. 5, 9, 11 and 16.


“My putting at the end was really good,” Mindirgasov said. “I kept hitting it pretty close, and hitting 14 greens also helped.”


Mindirgasov said he’s keeping the same strategy for Wednesday’s round.


“I can’t think about my scores,” he said. “I just have to make every shot the best I can.”


Tied for second behind Mindirgasov are Matthew Shaw of Clovis, Calif., and Nicolas Podesta of Yuba City, Calif., with 1-under-par 71s. Tied for fourth are Matt Muscara of Livermore, Calif., John Yeun of Brea, Calif., and Albert Lee of Los Angeles, Calif., with scores of even-par 72.


Woo, 16, said her driver was working well for her the whole day. She said she made some bad shots, but was always able to make up for them.


“On No. 5, I went in the bunker, made my shot, which hit the lip and went back in,” she said. “Then I hit my fourth shot on the green and made a 21-footer for par.”


Her strategy consists of concentrating on the feel of her swing rather than the mechanical aspect of it.


“The beginning of this year, I focused on thinking about too many things when I went to hit my driver,” she said. “My scores reflected that. I do a lot better when I just let it happen and feel the swing.”


Woo said she’s confident she can score low Wednesday if her driver and putter behave.


“I’m out to win, so watch out,” she said.


Tied for second behind Woo are Grace Chung of La Habra, Calif., and Joanne Lee of San Carlos, Calif., with scores of 1-over-par 73.


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.


The second round of the True Temper Junior Open will consist of two waves of tee times from the first and 10th tees. The first starts at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9:09 a.m. The second wave begins at noon and concludes at 1:39 p.m. For more information on the True Temper Junior Open, call tournament headquarters at (209) 892-4653.