AJGA MARSH JUNIOR AT HAWK POINTE
Hawk Pointe Golf Club
Washington, New Jersey
August 4-7, 2003
BELDEN TAKES ONE STROKE
LEAD IN BOYS DIVISION WITH 5-UNDER-PAR 67
Grehan leads Girls Division after first round with even-par
72 at Hawk Pointe
WASHINGTON, N.J. - Brian Belden of Emmaus, Pa., made
four birdies and an eagle on his way to taking the lead in
the Boys Division after the first round of the AJGA Marsh
Junior at Hawk Pointe. Megan Grehan carded an even-par 72
to emerge as the leader in the Girls Division.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 54-hole
tournament features 100 boys and girls, ages 13-18, representing
16 states. The 14th annual event is being played at the Hawk
Point Golf Club for the second straight year.
"I hit the ball well today. My wedges weren't as good
but I was rolling the 15-footers well," Belden said.
The 16-year-old is coming off of his first AJGA win at the
AJGA Steel City Junior Classic in Greensburg, Pa., July 21-24.
"I was feeling pretty good after No. 2," Belden
said. "I pulled my drive in the fescue and hit a great
shot for an easy birdie."
Belden finished with birdies on Nos. 2, 10, 17 and 18, and
an eagle on No. 7. His only bogey of the day was on No. 16.
Grehan enters the week after competing at the AJGA McDonald's
Betsy Rawls Girls National Championship last week where she
finished in a tie for 22nd.
"I'm playing well but I should have played better,"
Grehan said. I missed three of four birdie putts within eight
feet, but I was hitting my irons and chipping really well."
The 14-year-old Grehan had birdies on Nos. 15 and 17.
"I just need to come back tomorrow and play the same
way I did today and hit a few more putts," Grehan said.
One stroke behind Belden with a 4-under-par is Brent Herlihy
of Glens Falls, N.Y. Herlihy, who will be playing at Princeton
in the fall, who picked up an early double-bogey but followed
it up with five birdies and an eagle to finish the round with
"I was hitting the ball great. The course is short and
soft so I was able to use my short irons a lot today,"
Minou Pak of Princeton, N.J., and Kyle Bilodeau of Manchester,
Conn., finished in a tie for third with 3-under-par 69s while
Jarrod Page of Pylesville, Md., Nick Feinberg of Cooperstown,
N.Y., and Greg Rodgers of Phoenix, Md., finished in a tie
for fifth with 2-under-par 70s.
Tiffany Tavee of Gilbert, Ariz., and Kelly Louth of Victoria,
Texas round out the top-three in the Girls Division with 73s.
The second round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
on Wednesday at the Hawk Pointe Golf Club.
For more information on the AJGA Marsh Junior at Hawk Pointe
contact tournament headquarters at (908) 689-1870.