AJGA FIRST AMERICAN TITLE
AVILA JUNIOR CLASSIC
Avila Golf & Country Club
June 30-July 3, 2003
CALLAHAN OUTLASTS RAIN,
GANDRANATA FOR FIRST AJGA WIN
Lincicome goes wire to wire for Girls Division title
TAMPA, Fla.- Ty Callahan of Tampa, Fla., withstood
a strong effort from George Gandranata of Bradenton, Fla.,
winning the Boys Division of the AJGA First American Title
Avila Junior Classic by one stroke. Brittany Lincicome of
Seminole, Fla., captured the Girls Division on Thursday with
a 9-under-par 207.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
First American Title Avila Junior Classic featured 83 players,
62 boys and 21 girls from more than 18 states, New Zealand
and Bermuda. The field also featured eight Polo Golf Junior
All-Americans and four previous champions.
Callahan (67-73-70- 210) began his day with three birdies
through five holes, but double-bogeyed No. 8, just before
an hour and 40 minute rain delay halted his round on No. 9.
"I got off to a good start," said the 17-year-old.
"I tried to speed up because I knew the weather was on
the way, but when I double-bogeyed I hurt myself."
Callahan, a member of Avila Golf & Country Club, felt
proud to win his first AJGA event in front of his fellow members.
"It was really special to see the members and staff of
(Avila) come out and support me throughout my round."
The top-five of the Boys Division includes Gandranata at 5-under-par
211, a tie for third between 2002 champion, Nicholas Smith
of Ocala, Fla., and Ben Leong of Bradenton, Fla., at 4-under-par
212. Patton Kizzire of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Christopher Anderson
of Lake Mary, Fla., tied for fifth at 3-under-par 213.
Lincicome (72-65-70-207), taking her second AJGA event this
season, came off a second round in which she tied a career-low
round of 65.
"I knew I couldn't top a 65," said the three-time
Polo Junior Golf All-American. "I just tried to score
even-par all day. It was a great honor to win this event in
my home state."
Lincicome, 17, won this event in 2000 when it was called the
AJGA Tampa Bay Classic.
Rounding out the top three of the Girls Division are Julieta
Granada of Bradenton, Fla., at two-over-par 218 and Jenny
Suh of Fairfax, Va., in third at 6-over-par 222.
For more information on the AJGA First American Title Avila
Junior Classic or other AJGA events, contact AJGA headquarters
at (770) 868-4200.