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The Dominion Country Club
San Antonio, Texas
July 12-15, 2004

Pressel maintains Girls Division lead with second-round 68

SAN ANTONIO – Josh Hedge of Billings, Mont., extended his lead to six strokes in the Boys Division after posting a second-round 68 Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout.  Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., remained on top of the Girls Division after a second-round 68 brought her to 4-under par for the tournament.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout is a 54-hole, stroke play event featuring junior golfers from nine states and Mexico.  101 Texans are among the 120 juniors, who range in age from 12-18.  2004 marks the 13th year the AJGA has staged the event in the San Antonio area.

Hedge, who has never finished better than 12th in an AJGA Open tournament, admitted he is in uncharted territory as he holds the lead entering the final round with a 36-hole total of 10-under-par 134.

“I definitely haven’t been in this position on this scale – at the state and local level, but never in a big tournament like this,” Hedge said.  “I’m going to keep playing every hole to make a birdie.  I’m hitting the ball well enough so I don’t see why I shouldn’t keep the same approach."

The 18-year-old used five birdies to offset just one bogey.  He cited his hot putter as the main reason behind his solid play.

“Inside of 10 feet I just feel like I won’t miss – that’s a good feeling to have,” he noted.  “I like the greens and I feel like I can putt well.”

Trailing Hedge by six strokes in second place is Nick Olivarri of San Antonio.  Playing in his final junior golf event before heading to college, the 18-year-old Olivarri made only one bogey Wednesday to post a second-round score of 2-under-par 70.  A relaxed attitude has enabled him to focus on enjoying his final junior event, he added.

“I hit a lot of greens and I putted very well again today,” he said.  “The last two days I’ve played with two really good guys and they have kept me relaxed.”

Standing behind Hedge and Olivarri in third place is Robby Ormand of Austin, Texas, at 3-under-par 141.  Ormand fired a second-round 67.  Tied for fourth place are Andrew Ok of Granada Hills, Calif., and K.T. Livingston of Midland, Texas, at 2-under-par 142.

On the girls side, Pressel continued the torrid play she has displayed recently as she shot the low round of the tournament in the Girls Division thus far with a second-round 68.  The 16-year-old made three birdies and an eagle on the front side before her putter cooled off on the back nine.  Pressel is fresh off her first win in an AJGA Invitational as she took first place in last week’s Rolex Tournament of Champions.

“It feels great,” she said about her recent streak of hot play.  “To win my first major was big.  I’m trying to continue playing where every shot counts.”

Her round was highlighted by an eagle on the 465-yard, par-5 ninth hole.  She hit her second shot with an 11-wood to within 15 feet and rolled in the putt.

In second place sits San Antonio native Caney Hines.  The 16-year-old shot 6-over-par 78 to bring her two-day total to 8-over-par 152.  Emily Kvinta of Yoakum, Texas, is in third place at 12-over-par 156.

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 AJGA has a 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 an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.

Final-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at The Dominion Country Club. For more information on the Valero Texas Open Junior Shootout, contact tournament headquarters at (210) 698-2745.