AJGA hp BOYS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Copperhead and Island
Palm Harbor, Florida
July 27-August 1, 2003
McGURK TAKES ONE-SHOT LEAD WITH 4-UNDER-PAR
68 ON ISLAND COURSE
Freund goes low on the Copperhead Course
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Daniel McGurk of The Woodlands,
Texas, claimed a one-shot lead after Tuesday's opening round
of the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship. McGurk's 68 on the
Island Course was enough to leave him one shot clear of the
The 72-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, features 144 boys from 29 states and two
foreign countries. The event is being contested at the Westin
Innisbrook Golf Resort, Copperhead and Island Courses. Play
is taking place on both courses during the first and second
After two rounds, the field will be cut to the top 72 juniors
plus ties. The final two rounds, which will be contested on
Thursday and Friday, will take place at the Copperhead Course.
Past champions of the event include David Duval, Jim Furyk
and Tiger Woods.
With no practice round under his belt for the Island Course,
Daniel McGurk of The Woodlands, Texas, ended his day at 4-under-par
"Everything was going well today," McGurk said.
"I made three birdies in a row on the back nine and kept
making good putts all day. I think Copperhead will set up
well for me tomorrow."
McGurk said his round was also influenced by playing partner
Trent Leon of Dallas, Texas, who shot one stroke behind at
"I was trying to stay with it to the end," Leon
said. "I'm looking forward to the next few days. I played
well at the Copperhead practice round and I hope to do the
same tomorrow. It's nice to be in the fairways on Copperhead."
The Island Course, with tighter fairways than Copperhead,
suited Lance Lopez of Fresno, Texas, who ended his day at
"I'm actually glad that I played Island my first day,"
Lopez said. "My straight drives work well on these fairways
and I made a lot of good iron shots. I hope to do well here
to get exemptions for next year."
On the Copperhead Course, Timothy Freund of Greensboro, Ga.,
went out early and set the standard for the rest of the day.
Freund's 2-under-par 69 was the best score of the day on the
Copperhead Course, two shots better than the field and one
shot behind tournament leader McGurk.
"I played probably the most solid round I've played all
year (Tuesday)," Freund said.
Freund got the ball rolling early by making birdie on his
first hole. Freund recorded four birdies on the day and just
two bogeys. He credited much of his success to the short blade.
"I've been playing fairly well. My putting had been a
little bit sour, though. I felt that if I could drop some
putts, something like this could happen."
Also making noise on the Copperhead Course in the first round
was Harris Graham of Argyle, Texas, whose even-par 71 left
him three shots behind McGurk.
Second-round tee-times will begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday on
the Copperhead and Island Courses and conclude at 9:39 a.m.
For more information on the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship,
contact tournament headquarters at (727) 942-2000, ext. 2889.