AJGA CHICAGO JUNIOR AT BOLINGBROOK
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Bolingbrook, Illinois
August 11-14, 2003

BAKER TAKES LEAD AT 72 IN WINDY CITY
Nakazaki withstands gusty conditions for Girls Division lead

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, Ga.
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 of concentration.

"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 (630) 771-9400.

 
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1
Thomas Sullinger
145
T
2
Chase Lakari
149
T
2
Jack Kunkel
149
Girls
Total
1
Tabytha Robinson
160
T
2
Samantha Kellstrom
161
T
2
Marissa Kirkwood
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Boys
Total
1
Matthew Liston
140
2
Varun Chopra
144
3
Pierce Aichinger
146
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Total
1
Micheala Williams
147
2
Kailie Vongsaga
149
T
3
Madasyn Pettersen
150
T
3
Belinda Hu
150
T
3
Amy Matsuoka
150
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Boys
Total
1
*Brandon Yoon
142
2
Joe Parrini
142
T
3
Ethan Ng
144
T
3
Alexander Yun
144
Girls
Total
1
Lauren Peter
144
2
Yoonju Shin
147
T
3
Mallory Lovell
148
T
3
Crystal Wang
148
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Total
1
Brady Pevarnik
147
T
2
Bruce Shober
148
T
2
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148
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Total
1
Lauren Muhlbauer
154
2
Carolyn Wang
159
3
Lauren Freyvogel
161
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