It runs Aug. 20 thru 22 at Fiddler's Elbow CC in Bedminster, NJ. If I feel ambitious, I'll drop by for Thursday's round...I think KJ Choi has attended this event in the past. It's co-ed, 59 boys and 36 girls. This place has 54 holes and they are using the River course. I was here once for the 2011 USWA qualifier, but I don't know the name of the course used...it had to be the farthest one from the clubhouse. The boys will play it at 6974 yards and the girls will get 5911 yards.
After Round One, Kabin Choi (class of '21) leads the girls by four shots after shooting 64 (-8). On the boys side, Hyun Joon Yoo (class of '21) leads by two shots after shooting 67 (-5). Both leaders have Seoul as their residence...wow, that's a pretty long way to go for your summer vacation. Based upon surnames, 75% of the girls have kinfolk in China, Korea, Thailand or India. There appears to be a brother/sister combo here named Youn...and they live in Guatemala! There's also a Kim on the girls side who resides in the Dominican Republic!
I think Kabin Choi played in the KLPGA event last week.
Right you are!!! It appears that she played Bogner's Friday round (shot 69) and dropped out...she had no choice as KJ's event had player registration on Monday at 11 AM EST! I found a couple of pics of her in Korea wearing a KJ Choi cap, so that's the connection.
Choi shot "only" 71 today, but increased her lead to six shots over Brooke Rivers of Canada (I kid you not)...this thing is over. Megha Ganne was originally in the field, but dropped out...she played in California last week and the USWA the week before that. On the boys side, it's completely unsettled...Hyun Joon Yoo shot 75 and left the door wide open for anyone. The boys teed off after the girls and they might be in a weather delay...several players not finished and I heard some rumbling in the distance.
The AJGA Facebook page has daily photo albums for this event and KJ himself was playing in Monday's Junior-Am.
I'm leaving in a few minutes, should be there in less than an hour. I'll be out of touch until late Friday night...somebody cover me in case MHL breaks a course record.
On the boys side, Jun Min Seong of Jeonbuk ROK went out in the first group and is finished ... 82-79-64, WTH! Is KJ flying these kids in here on his own dime? On girls side, Kabin Choi leads by five shots after five holes. It looks like the 10th thru 13th holes is the goat track section of the course...Choi is 8-for-8 in birdies on this stretch during the first two days.
Here's the women's recruiter roster on the event website:
Kent State University Youngstown State University Sacred Heart University Rutgers University University of Delaware Yale University University of Washington Drew University
All of them are small potatoes, except U-Wash. I assume the big schools are getting ready for the opening of school, which is why they are not here. U-Wash. is the exception and maybe that's why they are so good every year.
I can't find the leaderboard or results anywhere on that site. Nice job, guys!
Huh? Just click that link at the top of first post on Aug. 20 and you'll get all the pertinent info.
It was like a JLPGA broadcast...I followed the action for only the last five holes...a report is in the works.
My new avatar is a flip phone pic I took of Kabin Choi, who won by four shots at -8. The boys winner by four shots was Gaven Lane at -5. Yes, KJ is younger than me, but it is criminal how much hair he has...even his unnecessary dye job is gorgeous.