HANMI BANK JUNIOR OPEN
Black Gold Golf Club
Yorba Linda, Calif. • July 11 - 14
AMIRA AND CHO 5-UNDER-PAR GOING INTO FINAL ROUND
YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Louis Amira of Valencia, Calif., and Chris Cho of San Diego, share the lead over the rest of the field by one stroke going into the final round of the Hanmi Bank Junior Open. After shooting 69 on Tuesday, Amira's 2-under-par 70 set him up for a tie with Cho, who shot 4-under-par 68 on Wednesday. Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif., held her lead in the Girls Division after shooting a 1-over-par 73.
The Hanmi Bank Junior Open, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, features 64 boys and 21 girls — ages 12-18 — from five states, 76 from California. The event is being staged on the par-72, 6,697-yard Black Gold Golf Club (Girls Division played at 6,021).
First-round leader Amira had his short game going, as he needed only 12 putts on the front nine. After making back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7, Amira felt his game was on the mark until hitting the 417-yard, par-4 No.11.
“I was short to the right and ended up making bogey,” said Amira. “But it seemed like whenever I made a bad shot I recovered.”
After shooting a 71 on Tuesday, Cho made five birdies and only one bogey to put himself in good position for the final round.
“I will continue to play the same as I have been,” Cho said. “I hope to make more putts and just keep it on the fairway on the back.”
In third place is Tom Lo of Los Angeles, with a two day total of 140. James Lee of La Habra, Calif., is in fourth with a 141. Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division is Nick Shimon of Peoria, Ariz., with a 142.
In the Girls Division, Lee put together another excellent round of play allowing her to maintain a five stroke lead over the rest of the field. After struggling through the back nine where she began her day, Lee was able to make up for it with two birdies on the front.
“Reading the putts turned out to be difficult,” said Lee. “Luckily, I was able to make some putts for birdie and hope to make some more tomorrow.”
A strong lead will help Lee going into the final day. The rest of the field looms close as Glory Yang and Won Joo Choi both of Murrieta, Calif., are tied for second with two day totals of 148.
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, which enters its third decade of support, became the inaugural 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.
Final-round tee times will begin Thursday at 7:00 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Black Gold Golf Club.
For more information about the Hanmi Bank Junior Open, contact tournament headquarters at (714) 961-0060.