AJGA ASHWORTH POSTSEASON JUNIOR AT GAINESVILLE
University Golf Course
Sept. 26-28, 2003
WATTERS TAKES TWO-STROKE LEAD AFTER FIRST
ROUND IN GAINESVILLE
Song, Fortner post even-par 70s at postseason event
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Jack Watters of Tampa, Fla., carded
four birdies in his first nine holes en route to posting a
two-under-par 68. This score put him in the lead after the
first round of the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at Gainesville.
Michael Song of Bradenton, Fla., and Sam Fortner of Fort Myers,
Fla., each came in with even-par 70s to sit behind Watters
going into the final round.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the AJGA
Ashworth Postseason Junior at Gainesville features 84 boys,
ages 13-18 from 14 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. The 36-hole
stroke play event is taking place at the University Golf Course.
Watters, who is playing in his first AJGA event, carded birdies
on Nos. 4,5,7 and 9. He made the turn with a four-under-par
"I wasn't thinking about the score, just taking it one
shot at a time," Watters said. His only bogeys in the
round came on Nos. 15 and 17.
"I only missed two fairways today and my iron play was
really good," Watters said. "I need to come back
tomorrow with the same strategy of just taking everything
one shot at a time and I think I'll be alright."
Finishing the first round two strokes behind Watters are
Song and Fortner. Song (35-35-70) had three birdies while
Fortner (34-36-70) had two.
"I saw a lot of trees during the practice round, so
I tried to hit my driver good today and play it safe,"
Song said. "The greens are a good type for me as well.
Tomorrow I need to try to hit as many fairways and greens
as I can and concentrate on my short game and chipping around
Fortner was also pleased with his play Saturday and is ready
to come back for Sunday's final round.
"I made some good shots today and it gave me something
to think about for tomorrow," Fortner said. "I'm
excited to come back tomorrow because I think I can improve
on a few areas."
Rounding out the top-five are Nicolas Donaldson of Windermere,
Fla., and David Palm of Jacksonville, Fla., with one-over-par
71s. Nine players are tied for sixth with 72s.
The final round of the AJGA Ashworth Postseason Junior at
Gainesville will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Sunday.
For more information on this event, contact tournament headquarters
at (352) 375-4863, ext. 4735.