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Vandenberg AFB, Calif. • July 9 - 12

Joo leads Girls Division by one stroke at Marshallia Ranch Golf Club

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. —  After a chilly day near the Calfornia coast, Macgregor Hoobery of Santa Maria, Calif. leads after the first round of the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch with a 5-under-par 67. In the Girls Division, Katia Joo of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., shot 1-over-par 73 and is in sole posession of the lead.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Assocation, the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch is a 54-hole stroke play event featuring 89 boys and 28 girls, ranging in age from 12-15. Thirteen states and one foreign country are represented with 84 players from California. The event is being staged on the par-72 Marshallia Ranch Golf Course with boys tees set at 6,536 yards and girls tees set at 5,651 yards.

Hoobery said he felt that his putting was the strongest part of Tuesday's round but hitting 16 greens helped. Hoobery knocked down five birdies on his way to a 5-under-par 67 and has a one-stroke lead going into Wednesday's second round.

“My game plan tomorrow is to go as low as I can,” Hoobery said. “I just need to keep my head on straight and not let my nerves get to me.”

Rounding out the top five are John Young Kim of Cypress, Calif., carding 4-under-par 68 for the second position. Tied for third are Nicholas Austin from Midlothian, Va., YiKeun Chang of Walnut, Calif., and Tucker Wadkins of Dallas, Texas at 3-under-par 69.

In the Girls Division, Joo carded even-par 72 in Tuesday's round and says she is happy with her score for the day, especially because this is her fourth event with the AJGA. Joo fired four birdies on the round, including a chip-in on No. 9.

“My iron shots were really strong today,” Joo said. “If I keep that constancy for tomorrow and am able to brush off my mistakes during the next round, I will have a chance to stay at the top.”

In the Girls Division, tied for third are Beverly Vatananugulkit of Cerritos, Calif., and Chessy Thomas of Spokane, Wash., at 1-over-par 73.

The AJGA 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 an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 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 AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

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 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

The second round of the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Rach will begin at 6:45 a.m. at the Marshallia Ranch Golf Club.

For more information about the Junior All-Star at Marshallia Ranch, please contact tournament headquarters at (805) 734-1333 and ask for the AJGA.