AJGA KROGER JUNIOR INVITATIONAL
Elks Run Golf Club
Batavia, Ohio
August 4-7, 2003

SUCHER EDGES INTO BOYS DIVISION LEAD
Goins holds slim advantage in Girls Division

BATAVIA, OHIO- Zach Sucher of Mobile, Ala., carded an even-par-71 to sit atop the leaderboard in the Boys Division of the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational. In the Girls Division, Mandy Goins of Frankfort, Ky., retains the Girls Division lead by one stroke over Kelsey Lindenschmidt of West Chester, Ohio.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational features 102 players, 81 boys and 21 girls from 20 states. Five are from the Cincinnati area, with 28 from the state of Ohio.

Sucher, playing in his second-career AJGA event, entered the second round one stroke off the lead, held by Jeff Hall of Franklin, Tenn., and Dan Doyle of Rochester, Mich. Sucher (70-71-141) credits his steady ball-striking for his advantage in the Boys Division.

"For the last month, I have been striking the ball well," said 16-year-old Sucher, "it has continued into this tournament and I hope it continues tomorrow."

This will be the first time Sucher will enter the final round of an AJGA event with the lead. Asked if he will be nervous on Wednesday night, Sucher replied,

"I am going to an amusement park to take my mind off golf and relax."

Rounding out the Boys Division top five are Doyle at 69-73-142, Hall at 69-74-143, Tyler Current of Louisville, Ky., 73-71-144. In a five-way tie for fifth at 4-over-par 145 are Bradley Ruch of Louisville, Ky., James Sacheck of Zionsville, Ind., Pat Collogan of Ponca City, Okla., Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio, and Ryan Brehm of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Goins entered Wednesday's second round with a three-stroke lead (73-75-148) over a five-way tie for fifth. She was the runner-up in the 2002 AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational and played in the event in 2001, which she credits to her success this year.

"It helps to play this course over and over," said the 18-year-old, who will be attending Wake Forest in the fall. "I didn't play as well as yesterday, but hopefully I will get more putts to fall tomorrow. I want to be mentally prepared for tomorrow's round and play as steady as I have the last few days."

Goins highest finish in 2003 was ninth at the AJGA Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational in Ashland, Ky.

Lindenschmidt broke away from the five-way tie for second to claim the position by herself at 76-73-149. In third in the Girls Division is Jordan Craig of Connellsville, Pa., at 76-76-152.

Final-round tee times for this 54-hole stroke-play event will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday off the No. 1 tee at Elks Run Golf Club. For more information on the AJGA Kroger Junior Invitational, contact tournament headquarters at (513) 735-6600.

 
Polo Golf Rankings
Boys
1. Chun-an Yu
Taoyuan, Taiwan
2. Philip Barbaree
Shreveport, La.
3. Davis Shore
Knoxville, Tenn.
4. Eugene Hong
Sanford, Fla.
5. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
Girls
1. Hannah O'Sullivan
Chandler, Ariz.
2. Mika Liu
Beverly Hills, Calif.
3. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
4. Andrea Lee
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
5. Kaitlyn Papp
Austin, Texas
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Weekly Results
Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Callaway Golf
Boys
Total
1
Chandler Eaton
170
2
Thomas Hogan
176
T
3
Alberto Martinez
177
T
3
Andy Mao
177
Girls
Total
1
Lei Ye
179
2
Jayna Choi
182
3
Auston Kim
183
AJGA Preview at The Glen Club
Boys
Total
1
Ryo Harada
147
2
Austin Freeman
148
T
3
Tyler Leach
149
T
3
Jason Folker
149
T
3
Stephen Kocerha
149
Girls
Total
1
Jocelyn Bruch
157
2
Hanna Tanaka
162
T
3
Julia Bower
166
T
3
Hadley Moritz
166
Justin Thomas Junior Championship
Boys
Total
1
*Nicolas Osterburg
217
2
Michael Sass
217
3
Matthew Liston
219
Girls
Total
1
Allyson Geer
218
T
2
Julia Dean
224
T
2
Addie Baggarly
224
AJGA Preview at Worthington Manor
Boys
Total
T
1
Ward Wilkinson
151
T
1
Matthew Barnes
151
3
Ryan Hammer
152
Girls
Total
1
Cynthia Zhao
156
2
Molly Holbert
160
T
3
Grace Stillman
162
T
3
Jacqueline Cherry
162
* Won via sudden-death playoff
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