ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Sunriver Resort – Crosswater Course
Sunriver, Oregon
July 5-9, 2004

PAYNE, PARK AND SMITH TIED AFTER FIRST ROUND OF ROLEX TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Joh and Pandolfi share lead at two-under-par in the Girls Division

SUNRIVER, Ore. – In one of the American Junior Golf Association’s most prestigious championships, three players are tied atop the leader board in the Boys Division after the first day of the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Jordan Payne of West Memphis, Ark., Nicholas Park of Ithaca, N.Y., and Nicholas Smith of Ocala, Fla., all shot 4-under-par 68s.

In the Girls Division, Tiffany Joh of San Diego, Calif., and Jennifer Pandolfi of Navarre, Fla., both fired 2-under-par 70s to put them in a tie for the lead.

The Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole invitational stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Course. The tournament features 150 players, ages 12-18, from 32 states and seven foreign countries, including Canada, China, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay and South Africa.

The 2004 Rolex Tournament of Champions features 49 Rolex Junior All-Americans and past champions include the likes of Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, David Gossett, Grace Park and Beth Bauer.

Payne and Park both started their sub-par rounds early during the day’s first wave.  Payne opened with two straight birdies and attributed them to his success off the tee.

“It’s really important for me to get off to a good start,” Payne said. “This feels good and is the biggest tournament I’ve ever played in.”

Park played his entire round bogey-free, highlighted by four birdies.

“I putted pretty well,” Park said. “I have to stay focused for every shot and not worry about what I need to shoot.” 

As the wind picked up in the afternoon, Smith took advantage of the par 5 holes, playing them in 3-under-par.

“I played excellent in the wind,” Smith said. “I would have been happy with an even par in this weather.”

Six others are just one shot out of the lead at 3-under-par 69.

Coming off two straight wins, Joh continued her strong play by hitting all 14 fairways on the opening day.  Starting on hole No. 10, Joh birdied two of her first four holes and made the turn at 2-under-par.

“I was putting pretty well,” Joh said.  “It was still challenging adapting to the altitude and the wind.”

Soon to be a Duke Blue Devil golfer, Pandolfi started out slowly and made the turn at 1-over-par. She finished hot, though, making birdie on three of her last four holes.

“I was trying to shoot par and stay in it,” Pandolfi said. “I played patient and finally started to make some birdies.”
Rolex Girls Champion Julieta Granada of Asuncion, Paraguay, and Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., trail the leaders by just one stroke.  

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.

The second round of the Rolex Tournament of Champions begins Wednesday off tee Nos. 1 and 10 with two waves beginning at 7:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. For more information on the Rolex Tournament of Champions, please call tournament headquarters at (541) 593-3410.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
2. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
4. Noah Goodwin
Corinth, Texas
5. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
Girls
1. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
3. Kristen Gillman
Austin, Texas
4. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
5. Yujeong Son
(South Korea) Norman, Okla.
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Weekly Results
Lessing's AJGA Classic
Boys
Total
1
Peter Bradbeer
209
T
2
Perry Xin
210
T
2
Ethan Ng
210
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Peter
214
2
RuQing Guan
217
3
Michelle Ching Suet Lee
222
Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior
Boys
Total
1
Viraj Garewal
215
2
Brooks Dyess
219
T
3
Peter Hinnant
220
T
3
JonErik Alford
220
Girls
Total
1
*Carly Burkhardt
219
2
Jenny Bae
219
3
Kayla Kozak
220
David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior
Boys
Total
1
Simms Abney
208
2
Jacob Bergeron
213
T
3
Tommy Boone
215
T
3
Logan Lockwood
215
Girls
Total
1
Hailey Jones
209
2
Abbey Daniel
221
T
3
Katie Yoo
222
T
3
Libby Winans
222
T
3
Anne Chen
222
Action Zone / Bob Estes Abilene Junior
Boys
Total
1
Parker Coody
207
2
Tucker Allen
208
3
Riley Casey
213
Girls
Total
1
Kathrine Chan
214
T
2
Shawnee Allen
223
T
2
Elina Sinz
223
the Memorial Junior presented by Ohio Christian University
Boys
Total
1
Cameron Frazier
208
2
Evan Yakubov
209
3
Palmer Jackson
210
Girls
Total
1
Ashley Gilliam
217
2
Kimberlee Tottori
220
T
3
Katie Hallinan
222
T
3
Madison Mcdanel
222
Enagic Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
Matthew Lim
205
2
Vanchai Luangnitikul
207
3
Cameron Henry
208
Girls
Total
1
Crystal Wang
205
2
Yu Eun Eunice Kim
210
T
3
Jo Hua Hung
211
T
3
Alexa Melton
211
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.