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Park’s Lead Grows to 2 Strokes

From Staff Reports

Golfer Jane Park of Beaumont made only three birdies -- four fewer than she had in the first round -- but increased her lead Wednesday after the second round of the AJGA McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls’ National Championship at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del.

Park shot a two-under-par 69 for a two-day total of 134. She has a two-stroke lead over Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, Calif., who also had a 69.

Park, who finished 14th in the tournament two years ago, led Sukjin Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J., by one stroke after the first round, but Wuesthoff shot a 73 to fall five strokes off the pace.

Amie Cochran of Torrance had a 66 for the best score of the day and is in third place at 137. Angela Park, also from Torrance, shot a 71 and is tied for fifth with In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., and Ki-Shui Liao of Alameda at 144.

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The 54-hole tournament concludes today.

Derek Sipe of Yorba Linda shot a four-under 67 to move within one stroke of the lead after the second round of the AJGA HP Boys’ Junior Championship at the Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Sipe, who shot a 74 on the Island Course in the first round, had six birdies on the Copperhead Course. At 141, he trails Lance Lopez of Fresno, Texas, who shot a 71 on the Copperhead Course after being tied for second after the first round.

Timothy Freund of Greensboro, Ga., shot a 73 on the Island Course and is in third place, two strokes behind Lopez at 142.

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First-round leader Daniel McGurk of The Woodlands, Texas, withdrew because of injury.

Matthew Pierce Jr. of San Juan Capistrano shot a 76 and Brett Kanda of La Crescenta shot a 78 for a two-day total of 150, and Brian Kim of Cerritos had a 75 and Heejoo Son of Carson shot a 77 to tie at 151.

The 72-hole tournament concludes Friday.

Mayumi Kobayashi, 16, of Santa Monica shot a round of 75 for a two-day total of 146 to remain in the lead of the girls’ division of the AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior at the par-72 Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate in Overland Park, Kan.

Kobayashi had three birdies to take a three-stroke lead over Mandi McConnell of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill.

The 54-hole tournament concludes today.

The San Diego Shores water polo club defeated Los Angeles, 6-2, to win its third consecutive boys’ under-18 championship at the National Junior Olympics at Lake Forest El Toro High on Tuesday.

The girls’ National Junior Olympics, which feature competition in the 18-, 16-, 14- and 12-under divisions, begins today at high schools throughout Orange County. Finals are Sunday at El Toro.

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