hp JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP AT ABACOA QUALIFIER
ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Abacoa Golf Club
July 14, 2002
GALLOWAY FIRES 68 TO LEAD BOYS AT ABACOA
Erasmus, Lopez share medalist honors in Girls Division
JUPITER, Fla. - Matthew Galloway of Valrico, Fla.,
shot a 4-under-par 68 to pace the Boys Division at the AJGA
hp Junior Championship at Abacoa Qualifier. Natasha Lopez
of Asuncion, Paraguay, and Charmaine Erasmus of Bradenton,
Fla., each fired even-par 72s to share medalist honors in
the Girls Division.
The 18-hole qualifier was part of the ClubCorp Qualifier Series
conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Abacoa
Galloway, playing in only his second AJGA event, shot a 2-under-par
34 on the front nine that included two birdies and an eagle
on the par-4 third hole. Galloway added another birdie on
No. 15 after knocking in a 30-foot putt.
"I really didn't have many expectations coming in,"
the 16-year-old Galloway said. "I hadn't been playing
very well, but today I felt very comfortable. When I would
miss with my approach shots, I was able to save it with my
putting. I really played within myself today."
Stephen Arnold of Langhorne, Pa., shot a 35-36--71 to finish
second while Gregory Forest of Palm City, Fla., fired an even-par
72 to take third. Noah Goldman of Longwood, Fla.; Andrew Freeman
of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Tyler Hitchcock, Orlando, Fla.; Michael
O'Neal of Jacksonville, Fla.; John Eicken of Bradenton, Fla.,
and Robin Yoo of Bradenton, Fla., finished in a six-way tie
for fourth. Eric Beringer of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; Derek
Fathauer of Jensen Beach, Fla., and Mike Steele of Merritt
Island, Fla., rounded out the top 12 boys spots after qualifying
on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
In the Girls Division, Lopez came out of the gates quickly,
moving to 3-under-par after her first four holes. The 16-year-old
was a model of consistency, as she hit 15 greens in her round.
"I played great today," said Lopez, who will move
back to Paraguay at the end of the month. "I did exactly
what I was hoping to do. I played to the middle of every green
and was able to play safe."
Erasmus was equally impressive with birdies on her first two
holes en route to her even-par round. The 17-year-old qualified
for her second AJGA event after playing in the AJGA Avila
Junior Classic last month.
"I really felt confident today," Erasmus said. "I
played better than I expected, but I felt good the entire
Ashley Lambert of Bradenton, Fla., shot a 37-37--74 to finish
third while Elisenda Costa of Coral Gables, Fla., was fourth
at 78. Bianca Melone of Orlando, Fla., grabbed the fifth girls
spot with a 39-42--81.
The AJGA hp Junior Championship at Abacoa is being held at
Abacoa Golf Club and features 84 players representing 13 states,
the District of Columbia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Puerto
First-round tee times will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July
16, off the No. 1 and 10 tees.
For more information on the AJGA hp Junior Championship at
Abacoa, please call tournament headquarters at (561) 622-0036,