AJGA CLUBCORP JUNIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Homestead Resort, Lower Cascades Course
Hot Springs, Virginia
July 28-31, 2003
CARLIN PACES HIMSELF, BOYS DIVISION WITH
Girls Division to come down to final day with three-way
HOT SPRINGS, VA.- Greg Carlin of Kensington, Md.,
carded a tournament- and career-low 7-under-par 65 to take
the lead in the Boys Division of the AJGA ClubCorp Junior
Players Championship. In the Girls Division, Catherina Wang
of Sarasota, Fla., Julieta Granada of Bradenton, Fla., and
Eleanor Tucker of Wilson, N.C., are in possession of the lead
at 3-over-par 147.
The 10th AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship features
123 players, 99 boys and 24 girls from 21 states, including
30 players from the state of Virginia. The field also includes
defending Boys Division champion Jared Jones of Kenova, W.
Va., 2001 Girls Division champion Whitney Myers and AJGA Polo
Golf Junior All-American Granada.
Carlin, playing in his fourth AJGA event this summer, entered
the second round seven shots off the lead at 1-over-par 73.
He took a simple approach into Wednesday's round.
"I just wanted to go out and play," said the 17-year-old.
"After each birdie I wanted to calm down, not get too
excited and keep playing."
Carlin's second round featured seven birdies and 11 pars.
His previous career-low came earlier this year, with a 2-under-par
68 at the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Invitational in Ashland,
Ky. Last year, he finished tied for fourth in this same tournament.
The previous tournament-low was Tuesday's first round leaders
Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio and Chad Fultz, of Staunton, W.Va.,
at 6-under-par 66. Fultz shot 2-over-par 74 to fall to second
at 4-under-par 140.
In a tie for third are Nathan Kinker of Barboursville, W.Va.,
and Miles at 2-under-par 142. Rounding out the top-five in
a tie for fifth is Clint Smith of Asheboro, N.C., and William
Shriver, IV, of Silver Spring, Md., at 1-under-par 143.
Wang, the first-round leader at 1-under-par 71, will enter
the final round as the leader for the first time in an AJGA
"I got some bad breaks today, but I still feel I putted
well," said the 15-year-old. "Tomorrow I just want
to take it step by step and make par all around the course."
By contrast, Granada will be making her fourth appearance
in a final pairing this season. She won the AJGA Hargray Junior
Classic in Hilton Head Island, S.C., earlier this summer.
She entered Wednesday's round at 1-over-par 73, just one shot
off Wang's lead.
"I struggled a little, but I hit the ball well on the
last three holes," said 15-year-old Granada.
On the final three holes, Granada made par on No. 16, birdie
on No. 17 and par on No. 18., for her round of 2-over-par
Tucker will join the final group tomorrow after carding a
1-over-par 73. Her highest finish in an AJGA event was in
2002 at the Henry-Griffitts Rome Junior Classic with a fifth-place
The final round of the 54-hole stroke play event will begin
Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m., off the No. 1 tee at The
Homestead Resort, Lower Cascades Course. For more information
on the AJGA ClubCorp Junior Players Championship, please contact
tournament headquarters at (540) 839-7708.
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Eugene Hong
2. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
3. Philip Barbaree
4. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
5. Davis Shore
|| 1. Kaitlyn Papp
|| 2. Kristen Gillman
|| 3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
|| 4. Alyaa Abdulghany
Newport Beach, Calif.
|| 5. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
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* Won via sudden-death playoff