DUNLOP CAROLINA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Green Valley Country Club
Greenville, South Carolina
June 2-5, 2003
PARK ATTAINS GOAL OF 68 AT RAIN-SOAKED
GREEN VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
Hall claws way to 69, one shot better than defending
champion Bass, challenger Hughes
GREENVILLE, S.C.- On a soggy afternoon
at Green Valley Country Club, In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla.,
carded 4-under-par 68 and Taylor Hall of LaGrange, Ga., notched
3-under-par 69 to claim the leads of their respective divisions
after the first round of the Dunlop Carolina Junior Championship.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Dunlop
Carolina Junior Championship boasts a total of 99 juniors,
75 boys and 24 girls ages 13-18, from 13 states and the Bahamas
competing in a 54-hole stroke play event.
After play was delayed for more than six hours due to inclement
weather, the players took the course at 1:03 p.m. The format
was revised from threesome groupings off the No. 1 tee to
a shotgun start with 24 foursomes and one threesome teeing
Park's 68 gives her a seven-stroke lead entering the second
round. The reigning Girls Polo Golf Junior Player of the Year
was not deterred by the wet conditions.
"It was very hard to concentrate with the long delay
today," said the 14-year old Park. "Shooting 68
was my goal today and I achieved it. I only three-putted once,
which was fortunate."
At 75 behind Park is Rachel Smith of Powell, Tenn., and Sukjin
Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J. In a tie for fourth with a score
of 76 are Whitney Simons of Aiken, S.C., and Julieta Granada
of Bradenton, Fla.
In the Boys Division, Hall will take a one-stroke advantage
over last year's champion J.D. Bass of Fairview, N.C., into
Wednesday's second round.
"I was hitting the ball well coming into the tournament
and the long delay had no effect because I continued to strike
the ball well in the wet conditions," said the 17-year
old Hall. "I was confident after No. 16 (his seventh
hole), when I reached 2-under."
Bass, 18, feels comfortable with the way his first round went.
"This was the best I have played in a while," he
said. "I made a lot of pars and stayed in the middle
of the green."
Also one shot back with a 2-under-par 70 is Matt Hughes of
The second round of the Dunlop Carolina Junior Championship
is slated to start Wednesday with 7:00 a.m. tee times off
of the No. 1 tee at Green Valley Country Club. For more information
on the Dunlop Carolina Junior Championship, contact tournament
headquarters at (864) 246-3941.