hp JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP AT ABACOA QUALIFIER
ClubCorp Qualifier Series
Abacoa Golf Club
Jupiter, Florida
July 14, 2002

GALLOWAY FIRES 68 TO LEAD BOYS AT ABACOA QUALIFIER
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 Golf Club.

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 round."

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 Rico.

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, ext. AJGA.

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