Pinewood Country Club
Slidell, Louisiana
July 18, 2003

Nine boys gain entry into three-round championship event

SLIDELL, La.—Eric Shriver of Cary, N.C., and Brandon Jones of San Antonio, Texas, shared qualifier medalist honors Friday as they headed a group of 10 boys who played their way into the field of the AJGA hp Junior Classic at English Turn.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the hp Junior Classic at English Turn Qualifier was conducted on 16 holes at Pinewood Country Club. The field was comprised of 64 boys from nine states, including 21 from Louisiana. A 54-hole stroke-play event, the hp Junior Classic at English Turn will begin Tuesday at English Turn Golf and Country Club with an 84-player field, consisting of both boys and girls.

Shriver and Jones each posted rounds of 2-under-par 62 on the weather-stricken layout at Pinewood. Due to heavy rain in recent weeks and water damage to the course, the qualifier was shortened to 16 holes with a par of 64 and a length of 5,604 yards.

The 17-year-old Shriver jokingly said he hopes to match his qualifying score once the championship gets underway.

“I hope I shoot the same score,” he said, laughing. “Sixty-two would be nice. I’ll try to have fun again (once the tournament starts). Hopefully, I’ll play with good guys like I did today.”

After opening the day with two pars, Shriver hit his stride and birdied four of his next eight holes. His sole blemishes of the day came on holes No. 14 and 16 where he made bogeys to bring him to 2-under par.

“I started off with a couple of pars,” Shriver noted. “Then a couple of putts started falling for me. It was all fun from there on out.”

Jones, 16, will be making his third career appearance in an AJGA event. He said his approach to play the course conservatively led to his keeping the ball in play and resulted in a bogey-free round.

“I just decided to hit a lot of irons off the tee and get it in play,” he said. “That was my strategy and it worked out well.”

The Texas native bounced back nicely after failing to qualify for last week’s Abilene Reporter-News / Lawrence Hall Abilene Junior.

“It’s great,” Jones commented. “I went to Abilene last week and didn’t make it. But to come here, play well and make it into the tournament is a great feeling.”

Following Shriver and Jones in a tie for third place were Michael Naaman of Greenville, Miss., and Timothy Byrd of Laplace, La. The duo finished the 16-hole qualifier at 1-under-par 63 to gain entry into next week’s event. Leslie Bonvillain from Luling, La., rounded out the top five as he finished Friday’s round at even-par 64.

Also qualifying for next week’s 54-hole tournament were David Viviano of Lafayette, La., Aaron Gillespie of Jennings, La., Randy Guliuzo, Jr., of Belle Chasse, La., Christopher Banton of New Orleans and Gregory Wood of Tyler, Texas.

For more information on the AJGA hp Junior Classic at English Turn Qualifier or the championship event, contact tournament headquarters at (504) 391-8182.

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