BEAUMONT, Calif. (Sept 1, 2006) -- Seung Rok Cheon of Korea and Cass Traub of Long Beach fired two-under-par rounds of 70 on the Legends course at the PGA of Southern California Golf Club in Beaumont to share the first round lead at the inaugural International Amateur Golf Championship.
As afternoon winds picked up, both Cheon and Traub managed to keep their scores down although Cheon had the opportunity to finish alone atop the leaderboard. Cheon had carded six birdies through the first 15 holes and held a two shot advantage as he went to the 16th hole, a reachable, par 5. Cheon made a disappointing bogey at 16 and added another bogey at the par 4, finishing hole.
Traub finished his impressive round with four birdies and a dazzling eagle at the 16th. Skylar Hong, who is also representing Korea, is one shot back at 71.
Alison Lee, the 11-year-old wonder-kid from Valencia was especially impressive firing a 77 from tees much longer than the courses she is accustom to playing in junior events. Using a combination of precise driving and skillful putting, Lee kept herself very competitive with the field.
The International Amateur Golf Championship is a 54-hole stroke play championship for golfers with a 4.4 index or better. The second round gets underway Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. The final round will be played on Sunday. The top three finishers earn exemptions to the 2006 California State Open Golf Championship scheduled for September 26-30 at both Redhawk Golf Club and CrossCreek Golf Club in Temecula.
The Inaugural International Amateur Championship at PGA of Southern California Golf Club
Beaumont, CA -- The Legends, Par 72
70 - Seung Rok Cheon, Korea; Cass Traub, Long Beach, CA
71 - Skylar Hong, Korea
72 - Robbie Douglas, Downey, CA
73 - Amit Chopra, Newport Coast, CA
74 - Jake Sarnoff, Manhatten Beach, CA; Sean Ouhyun Yoon, Korea
75 - Loren Lopeman, Redondo Beach, CA; Garvie Walker, Yucaipa, CA
76 - James Moseley, Arcadia. CA