LESSING'S AJGA CLASSIC
Eisenhower Park Golf Course - White Course
East Meadow, N.Y. • August 14 - 17
WILSON AND CHUNG TIED ATOP LEADERBOARD IN LONG ISLAND
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — David Yujin Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., and Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, Conn., are tied for the lead in the Boys Division, following the second round of play at the Lessing's AJGA Classic. Chung and Wilson both took advantage of favorable conditions to post second-day scores of 68 and 67, respectively. In the Girls Division, Kimberly Donovan of Hopkinton, Mass., and Tiffany Lua of Rowland Heights, Calif., lead the Girls Division with a tournament total 143.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the eighth-annual Lessing's AJGA Classic is a par 72, 54-hole tournament being held on the White Course at the Eisenhower Park Golf Course for the second consecutive year. The Boys Division is playing at 6,868 yards and the Girls Division is playing at 6,164 yards. The field includes 84 players, including 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 18 states and Canada.
In the Boys Division, Wilson capitalized on six birdies en route to posting a two-day total of 11-under par 133. The 13-year-old credited his steady putting for his strong performance on Wednesday.
“I had 27 putts today,” Wilson said. “You don't have to be too aggressive to make birdies on this course,” he said. “I'm going to continue to aim at the middle of the green, and hope to make some more putts.”
Chung, a Rolex Junior All-American and member of the East Canon Cup team, followed up his first-round 65 with a 4-under-par 68. The Fayetteville, N.C., native carded four birdies and an eagle on Wednesday. Chung hit 16 greens during his round, but felt he could have capitalized on more opportunities.
“I didn't take advantage on the green,” Chung said. “I had 32 putts today, compared to 26 yesterday. That was the difference between yesterday and today,” Chung added.
Dominic Bozzelli of Pittsford, N.Y., and John Olsen of Mahwah, N.J., are tied for third with a tournament total 135. Jason Cohan of Wayne, Pa., and Camrin James of Jackson, N.H., sit tied at fifth with a tournament total of 136.
In the Girls Division, Donovan, who hit 11 fairways and 14 greens, fired a second-round 71 to maintain her first-round lead. The Rolex Junior All-American credited her iron play for her strong performance.
“I was hitting my irons really well and I hit every green until No. 11,” Donovan said.
Lua, who carded 12 pars on the day, was able to hit more fairways in the second round than she did in the first round.
“I felt more comfortable with my driver on the back nine,” Lua said. “If you hit fairways, you can hit greens, and you have more opportunities to putt.”
Ana Nam of Bayside, N.Y., sits in third with a 72-73 — 145.
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, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual 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 is in 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, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
The final round of the Lessing's AJGA Classic will be Thursday on the White Course of the Eisenhower Park Golf Course with tee times starting at 7 a.m. of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. For more information about the Lessing's AJGA Classic please contact Tournament Director Greg Smith at (678) 315-3446.