AJGA CHICAGO JUNIOR AT BOLINGBROOK
Bolingbrook Golf Club
August 11-14, 2003
BAKER TAKES LEAD AT 72 IN WINDY CITY
Nakazaki withstands gusty conditions for Girls Division
BOLINGBROOK, ILL.- Chris Baker of Brownstown, Ind.,
breezed his way to the top of the Boys Division in the AJGA
Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook with an even-par 72. In the
Girls Division, Noriko Nakazaki of Hanover Park, Ill., carded
a 77 for a three-stroke advantage.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
Chicago Junior at Bolingbrook features 99 juniors, 75 boys
and 24 girls, from 16 states and two from Canada. 46 of the
juniors are from Illinois.
Baker (36-36-72) and all the juniors battled 20 mile per hour
winds for most of their round on Tuesday.
"In these conditions, I just wanted to keep my tee shots
in the fairway and just hang on in the wind," Baker said.
Baker, playing in his fourth AJGA event this season, punctuated
his round with an eagle on the par 4 No. 16, from 142 yards
with a pitching wedge.
"My drive wasn't perfect," said the 17-year-old.
"I just wanted to put my pitching wedge close, but I
knew I hit it perfectly once it left the club."
Baker's highest finish in the 2003 season was 11th at the
AJGA Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic in Ringgold,
Rounding out the top five after the first round in the Boys
Division are Joe Cermak of Chicago at 34-39-73, and a three-way
tie for third with Eric Meierdierks of Wilmette, Ill., Daniel
Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Sam Rosati of Oldsmar, Fla.,
at 2-over-par 74.
Nakazaki, heading to Notre Dame in the fall, was even par
after the front nine. The conditions were not the cause for
Nakazaki's (36-41-77) problems on the back nine, but a loss
"My front nine went very well today," said the 18-year-old.
"Unfortunately I lost my concentration on the back nine.
The wind doesn't bother me because I have played in it before."
The top three in the Girls Division after Tuesday's first
round are Chaneng Joe of Poway, Calif., at 40-40-80 in second
and Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., at 40-41-81 in third.
Second-round tee times begin at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at
Bolingbrook Golf Club. For more information on the AJGA Chicago
Junior at Bolingbrook, contact tournament headquarters at