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AJGA GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Furman Golf Club
Greenville, S.C. •
September 4 - 7
CHUNG RISES TO THE TOP AT AJGA GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Higgins sits alone in second at Furman Golf Club
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Karen Chung of Livingston, N.J., jumped to the top of the AJGA Girls Championship leaderboard Sunday after posting a 1-over-par 73 for a two-day total of 3-over-par 147. One shot back is Katie Rose Higgins of Charleston, S.C., who carded a 1-over-par 73 to finish with a two-day total of 4-over-par 148.
Hosted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Girls Championship is a 54-hole stroke play competition. The field features 77 girls from around the world. In all, 13 states are represented along with players from Canada, Ireland and Paraguay. Competitors are playing the par-72 Furman Golf Club from 6,065 yards.
Chung began the round in fourth, five strokes behind first-round leader Anne Marie Covar of Edgefield, S.C. However, she didn’t let the pressure get to her and played a steady round, recording one birdie against two bogeys. The freshman took on the tough greens and conquered them, finishing the round without any three-putts, which was a personal goal for Chung.
“My putting helped me a lot today,” Chung said. “The greens are the hardest part of the course because they are very hard to read. I played them a lot better then yesterday, which was great.”
Despite her lead, Chung plans to keep a level head and play smart tomorrow.
“The next girl is only one stoke back so anything can happen,” Chung said. “I have to stay focused and play smart golf tomorrow, I can’t make stupid mistakes.”
Diana Fernandez Tonina of Asuncion, Paraguay, and Stephanie Meadow of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, are tied for third after each carded 5-over-par 149. Covar rounds out the top five after carding a two-day total of 6-over-par 150.
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 25 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 200 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 350 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.
Final-round tee times will run from Monday off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Furman Golf Club. For more information on the AJGA Girls Championship, contact Tournament Director Julie Kickbusch at (770) 617-3050.
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.