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Aspen Golf Club
Aspen, Colo. • June 11 - 14

Thomas leads Girls Division at 3-over-par 147

ASPEN, Colo. — After the second round of the American Junior Golf Association's Junior All-Star at Aspen, Santiago Gavino of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, leads the Boys Division by carding a 2-over-par 144 two-day tournament total. Chessy Thomas of Spokane, Wash., leads the Girls Division with a 3-over-par 147 two-day tournament total.

Conducted by the AJGA, the Junior All-Star at Aspen is a 54-hole stroke play event held at Aspen Golf Club. The Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events specifically designed for boys and girls ages 12 - 15 years old. The competition provides an opportunity for younger members to develop their skills and earn entry into open tournaments. The 89-player field features players from 25 states, Mexico, British Columbia and Taiwan. The course played as a 6,753-yard par 71 for the Boys Division and a 5,893-yard par 72 in the Girls Division.

Hitting 15 greens, Gavino, 15, said having the lead after the first round helped boost his confidence through the second round. Gavino carded six pars and three bogeys on the front nine to finish at 3-over-par 38. On the back nine he bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 but his birdies on Nos. 13 and 17 resulted in an even-par 36 to complete his round at 3-over-par 74.

“The best part of my game was my ball striking,” Gavino said. “I am feeling good about tomorrow and will get mentally prepared.”

Currently in second place is Kramer Hickok of Plano, Texas, recording a 3-over-par 145 tournament total. Joshua Granger of Monrovia, Calif., is in third with a 5-over-par 147 tournament total, while Mills Rendell of Winnetka, Ill., and Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., are currently in fourth, each carding 6-over-par 148 tournament totals.

In the Girls Division, Thomas, 15, said the combination of better weather conditions and better putting helped her stay in contention for the lead. With three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, Thomas posted a 1-under-par 35. She continued to stay under par on the back nine with one bogey and an eagle on No. 15, carding a 1-under-par 35, putting her at 2-under-par 70 on the day.

“I felt more consistent and confident today,” Thomas said. “Hopefully I'll carry my momentum into tomorrow to get a win.”

Tied for second place in the Girls Division are Valentina Fontaine of Hilton Head, S.C., and Casey Grice of College Station, Texas, both posting 9-over-par 153 tournament totals.

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 49 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 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.

For more information about the Junior All-Star at Aspen, please contact tournament headquarters at (970) 920-9453.

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